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“McCrea 1971” Documentary
September 4, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$5
Emmy Award-Winning Documentary McCrea 1971 to Screen in Marksville
Join this special one-time screening that explores the festival that almost wasn’t.
MARKSVILLE, LA – The Fox Theater, Bailey’s on the Square and the Marksville Courthouse Square Merchants present a one-time screening of McCrea 1971: Louisiana’s Forgotten Rock Festival.
Produced by Southeastern Louisiana University students Nick Brilleaux and Scott Caro, the Emmy Award-winning film documents the 1971 music festival Celebration of Life that brought thousands of people and a slew of problems to the small town of McCrea, LA located between a levee and the Atchafalaya River in Pointe Coupee Parish.
A double feature, the screening also presents the documentary Louisiana During World War II. Produced by Dr. Jerry Sanson, interim chair of the Department of History and Political Science at LSU-Alexandria and Dr. William Robison, Southeastern History and Political Science Department Head, the film examines Louisiana’s many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected the state.
The event is Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. and admission is $5 per person. A limited number of tickets are for sale and can be purchased in advance. A reception will immediately follow hosted by Bailey’s on the Square located in downtown Marksville. Attendees can learn more about the films during a Q&A session with the filmmakers.
“McCrea 1971 deals with some of the legal trouble the festival promoters dealt with in organizing a large event in such a remote and socially conservative locale,” said Caro, “It also documents the experiences of people who worked the festival, who attended and who lived nearby,” he added. The filmmakers recently won an Emmy in the Photography category after receiving an Emmy-quality rating for content, creativity and execution.
The festival was advertised as a Woodstock-like event to include acts such as The Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Moody Blues and Pink Floyd. As the film tells, only 10 bands actually performed.
“At the root of most failures was a lack of cooperation between festival organizers and local governments and police forces. That was the case for The Celebration of Life,” said Caro. The festival is described as a “tragic, yet fascinating story” by Southeastern Channel General Manager Rick Settoon.
The event is held in conjunction with the Marksville Courthouse Square Merchants’ monthly event First Thursday on the Square which highlights local businesses.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to bring an event like this to the city,” said Fox Theater president Lexie Leger. “It’s an intriguing topic and we invite everyone to come out and learn more about this sometimes forgotten piece of our parish’s history.”
For more information about the film, visit www.mccrea1971.com and for details about the event, visit the Avoyelles Arts Council’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/avoyelles.artscouncil.