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Panelist Bio

Glen Pitre
Louisiana Filmmaker,
Côte Blanche Productions

Glen Pitre is best known as the writer/director of acclaimed Louisiana-set movies such as The Man Who Came Back, Home Front, Belizaire the Cajun, Huit Piastres et Demie!, and La Fièvre Jaune, several of which featured Oscar-winning actors in their casts.

Born at Cut Off, Louisiana, Pitre worked his way through Harvard by fishing shrimp each summer. After graduating cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies, he returned to the bayou where he supported his filmmaking by working in the offshore oil fields. By age 25, American Film magazine dubbed him “father of the Cajun cinema” as his low-budget, French dialect “gumbo westerns” broke house records in bayou country theaters. With the help of the Sundance Institute Director’s Lab, his internationally-lauded Belizaire the Cajun became his first English-language production.

Since then Pitre’s work, frequently in collaboration with wife Michelle Benoit, most often about life in his native Louisiana, has encompassed a variety of media. Determined to master every item in the storyteller’s toolbox, his credits jump from internationally released feature film, to designing the exhibits for a natural history museum, to an IMAX movie, to a book project, to a 14 screen video wall, to a PBS/CPB commissioned documentary, then to on-stage storytelling at a folk festival in Martinique or Montreal.

Beyond Louisiana, Pitre has gigged as director in Chicago, producer in Hollywood, documentarian in New York, and screenwriter in Mumbai. His for-hire scriptwriting spans almost every genre, sit-com to horror to musical to sports to drama. He often works solo, but has employed at times over 300 people.

Pitre’s body of work as a movie director, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, documentary filmmaker, museum designer, TV and radio producer, songwriter, and non-fiction author has earned him numerous awards including an honorary doctorate and a knighthood from France. He’s been interviewed on CNN and MSNBC, and featured in the New York Times and USA Today. His work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. In a 2006 book, America’s most famous film critic, Roger Ebert, acclaimed Pitre “a legendary American regional director.”

Current Topic

     02/18 - Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana

How widespread is the problem in our state?
Governor John Bel Edward’s deputy chief of staff, Johnny Anderson, resigned in November due to allegations of sexual harassment. A month earlier, celebrity chef John Besh stepped down from his restaurant management group after sexual harassment accusations. Charges of sexual misconduct in the workplace against celebrities and government officials made state and national headlines during the last several months of 2017.

How widespread is the problem in our state? Where is the distinction drawn between boorish acts and abusive behavior? Is every circumstance unique or should all offenders be dealt with in the same manner? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Louisiana” Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, February 27)

- Sen. Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell; Senate Select Committee on Women and Children
- Craig Broome; Louisiana Society of Human Resource
- Janice Lansing, Chairperson of Governor Edwards’ Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Policy Task Force
- Allison A. Jones; attorney; Downer, Jones & Wilhite in Shreveport

Robyn Merrick will host.
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