LPB's documentary Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle, written and co-produced by UL's Cinematic Arts Workshop Director Charles Richard, has received the "Platinum Best of the Show - The Aurora Awards" in the recent international competition honoring excellence in the film and video industries.

Aurora Award, Charles Richard, Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle, Film Studies, University of LouisianaAurora Award, Charles Richard, Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle, Film Studies, University of Louisiana

"The Aurora Awards are very prestigious awards recognizing excellence in television and film, and for this film to receive a 'Platinum Best in Show' is a tremendous honor," notes Richard.

"I am humbled by this award. It is a great recognition for the University, because so many Humanties scholars contributed to this LEH project. Folklorists Barry Ancelet and John Laudun both participated as on-film interviewees, and Carl Brasseaux served as the project evaluator for LEH, who funded the fillm."

The Aurora Awards is an international competition designed to recognize excellence in the film and video industries. It specifically targets products, programs and commercials that would not normally have the opportunity to compete on a national level, by focusing on non-national commercials, regional or special interest entertainment and corporate sponsored film and video. Entries have come from across the US, and around the world.

The Aurora Awards recognizes the ability of media creators around the world to captivate audiences by their creative displays of color and light. Competitors come from the independent, corporate, and freelance production groups, advertising agencies, broadcast stations, large and small.

About the film:  Sixty years after the release of the controversial movie Louisiana Story, Louisiana Public Broadcasting created a new documentary Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle that explores the legacy of Robert Flaherty's film.

Acclaimed as "the father of documentary filmmaking" for his work on Nanook of the North, Flaherty's Louisiana Story was his final film. It was film's first look at one of the most distinctive American subcultures, the Acadians (Cajuns) of Louisiana, as well as an artistic triumph. The importance of this documentary was immediately appreciated in its day. Along with an Academy Award nomination for Best Writing, Louisiana Story won the Venice Film Festival's International Prize for its "lyrical beauty," and a 1949 Pulitzer Prize for music. In 1994, Louisiana Story was declared "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress, and it was among the first films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

This program brings together the surviving key participants of the original 1940's movie and allows them to comment on this controversial film, including Richard Leacock, legendary cinematographer and associate producer of Louisiana Story, and J.C. Boudreaux, once the emblematic Cajun boy who personified Flaherty's optimistic vision. Reverse Angle features diverse commentary from native folklorists, artists, filmmakers, and historians who have both studied and shared in the legacy of Louisiana Story.

Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle was written and co-produced by Charles E. Richard, Director of the Cinematics Arts Workship at the University of Louisiana, directed, produced and edited by LPB’s Tika Laudun and narrated by Grammy-winner Michael Doucet. The original music for the documentary was composed and performed by Darol Anger. Gary Allen did the post production editing for the project which was photographed by Keith Crews and Rex Fortenberry. Clay Fourrier served as Executive Producer for the project.

Charles RichardEarlier this spring, Louisiana Story: The Reverse Angle also received a 2009 Bronze Telly Award, was named the "2009 Humanities Documentary Film of the Year" by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and received the Best Historical Documentary award by the New York Film and Video Festival.


Charles Richard is an associate professor of English, Director of Cinematic Arts Workshop, and Research Fellow of the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at the University of Louisiana. The Cinematic Arts Workshop is an innovative interdisciplinary institution at UL designed to facilitate faculty and student collaboration across the curriculum in producing new works of research and creative expression in cinema. His work includes over a dozen nationally distributed documentary films, earning recognitions such as "Best Historical Documentary" at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival and the prestigious "DuPont Columbia Award," television's Pulitzer Prize.