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J'étais au Bal

1972-4

 

This was a documentary project in which my wife, Fay, and I studied Cajun and Zydeco music for two years. Go to the dancehalls at night, meet some musicians and arrange to go to their houses the next week. We produced a record called J'Etais Au Bal, Music from French Louisiana — including lots of writing and photography. Here's a recent web version of that project.

Working so intensively with sound and pictures — and great subject matter — convinced me that I'd love to put them all together and become a  documentary filmmaker.

National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant