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LOUISIANA STORIES AS TOLD BY LOUISIANA FILMMAKERS With HINDSIGHT: LOUISIANA, LPB Features Broadcast Premieres of Two Documentary Shorts

Hindsight, a documentary short film series, chronicling the live experiences of communities of color in the American South on the unprecedented experience of 2020.

Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) is pleased to announce the broadcast premiere of an LPB-produced limited series, HINDSIGHT: LOUISIANA, spotlighting the work of two Louisiana-based filmmakers, Zac Manuel and Kiyoko McCrae. Broadcast over two consecutive Fridays, HINDSIGHT: LOUISIANA will not only feature the broadcast premieres of both Manuel and McCrae’s short films, it will also feature one-on-one interviews with the filmmakers who share their experiences on making movies in Louisiana.

Manuel and McCrae were both selected for the Hindsight Project – an initiative focused on supporting Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) filmmakers living in the American South and U.S. Territories. LPB, working in conjunction with Firelight Media, Reel South, and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), was pleased to work with the talented, emerging filmmakers as they explored the cultural shifts, community ingenuity, and pivotal conversations that took part across the South during the pandemic and social justice movements of 2020.

The filmmakers & their projects:

Zac Manuel | This Body | Premieres Friday, November 5 at 8:00pm This Body explores the fraught relationship between African Americans and the medical industry. As Sydney Hall participates in an experimental coronavirus vaccine trial in hopes of protecting her beloved New Orleans community, she and her loved ones confront the history of medical abuse and experimentation on Black bodies. FILMMAKER BIO: Zac Manuel is a New Orleans bred-and-based director and cinematographer whose work in documentary film and music video explores intimacy, identity, class, and legacy. Zac is a grantee of the Tribeca All-Access program, the IFP Documentary Story Lab, and is a recipient of the #CREATE Louisiana Documentary Feature Grant and the Southern Doc Fund Production Grant for his debut documentary feature Bloodthicker.

Kiyoko McCrae | We Stay In the House | Premieres Friday, November 12 at 8:00pm We Stay In the House provides an intimate portrait of four mothers in New Orleans as they struggle to care for their families and themselves throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Between taking care of their children, finding time to work, and coping with personal loss and health crises, these women’s stories represent the lived realities of millions of mothers in America. FILMMAKER BIO: Kiyoko McCrae is a Japanese-American film and theater director, striving to shift mainstream narratives by telling under-told stories of communities of color. Her short film Black Back won the audience award for Best Louisiana Short at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival and her most recent film Artist in Exile was supported by the New Orleans Tri-centennial Story Incubator. She is currently developing her first feature documentary, Within, Within, with support from CAAM and SDF. She is also the Director of Documentary Programming and Filmmaker Labs at the New Orleans Film Society and lives in New Orleans with her filmmaker husband Jason and their two children, Manami and Koji.

“LPB is committed to supporting and elevating the many talented filmmakers in our state,” says Executive Producer Linda Midgett. “It was a pleasure to work with Kyoko and Zac on these thoughtful and important films, and we are delighted to make them available on broadcast to our audience.”

LPB will also broadcast all the short documentary films making up the Hindsight initiative with a 3-part anthology series, REEL SOUTH HINDSIGHT. Volume 1 airs Friday, Nov. 19 at 8:00pm and Volumes 2 & 3 air Friday, Nov. 26 at 8:00 & 8:30pm, respectively. For more on the Hindsight Project, visit www.reelsouth.org .