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July 21, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Performance Center
Vermilionville's weekly Cajun Jam is led by some of the area’s finest musicians. The free jam is held in the Performance Center of Vermilionville and is open to all skill levels-beginner to professional. Free admission is for the jam only and does not include entry to the park.
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July 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Performance Center
Come dance the afternoon away at Vermilionville's Performance Center with Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys. Admission is $10 (free for members) and refreshments will be available for this smoke-free, family-friendly event. For more information call (337) 233-4077.
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Les Vues Free Film Series: "Willie Francis Must Die Again"

When: 30-Jul-2018 - 6:30 p.m.
Where: Performance Center

Admission to the series is free. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated to cover curating and screening costs.

ABOUT THE FILM

The true story of Willie Francis, a 16 yr.-old African American with no prior record, who was sentenced to the electric chair in 1946...and survived the execution. For two years, following this attempt, his experience became national news and his case forced the nation to take a look at capital punishment. Ultimately, the Supreme Court ruled against Willie, and he went to the electric chair again in 1948; the execution was successful. 

The film - narrated by Danny Glover - won 'Best Documentary' at the Santa Monica Film Festival, the Memphis Film Festival, the Charlotte Film Festival and captured a Social Justice Documentary award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Allan Durand is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, LSU Law School and SMU Law School, who resides in St. Martinville, LA and practices law in Lafayette, LA. His screenplay “Willie Francis Must Die Again” won the 2012 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.

As a producer /director, his film career consists of producing five films (so far), most notably (along with Cajun film maker, Glen Pitre) the feature length film “Belizaire the Cajun” (with Armand Assante and Robert Duvall) in 1985. He has also been a visiting professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette  teaching Advanced Documentary Filmmaking.

Since 2012-2013, he has been a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.