The Baton Rouge Room Archives is hosting a special movie afternoon this Saturday, August 30, from 4-6 p.m. at the Main Library. We will screen two Louisiana films: “McCrea 1971” and “Louisiana During World War II”. The first selection, by Southeastern University graduate students Nicholas Brilleaux and Scott Caro, is a documentary about the Celebration of Life music festival in June 1971 in McCrea, Louisiana. Local uproar, an expensive legal battle, and disruptive summer weather wreaked havoc on the eight-day lineup, which originally included the likes of Pink Floyd and The Beach Boys. Shortages of food, water, and medical facilities contributed to the misery of festival-goers. The film combines long-lost footage and interviews with musicians and attendees to present the story of Louisiana’s forgotten rock festival.
The second film, produced by Jerry Sanson of LSU-Alexandria’s Department of History and Political Science and Southeastern’s History and Political Science Department Head William Robison, examines Louisiana’s many contributions to the Allied victory in World War II and how the war affected our state. The film features commentary from a dozen experts and addresses military maneuvers in Louisiana, the contributions of many Louisiana manufacturers to the war effort, and the war’s impact on the state’s politics, economy, culture, and race and gender relations. The documentary is based on Sanson’s book Louisiana During World War II: Politics and Society, 1939-1945.
Call 231-3752 for more information and come join us this Saturday!