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Thank you for joining LPB for the virtual premiere of the short documentary film "Flat Town" which looks at the Tee Cotton Bowl in Ville Platte.

About this Event

As part of the REEL SOUTH documentary anthology series, LPB was proud to present this virtual premiere of the short documentary, Flat Town on Thursday, April 1 from 6:30 - 7:45pm.

The thirty-minute film takes us to Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish for a closer look at the Tee Cotton Bowl. This annual exhibition football game between the majority-Black public school and the majority-White private school serves to unite the town, allowing sport to act as a form of intergenerational, anti-racist reconciliation.

Joining us for the premiere and discussion surrounding the film were:

  • Tim Fontenot - Tee Cotton Bowl Founder
  • Jennifer Vidrine - Mayor of Ville Platte
  • Bryan Tucker - Filmmaker
  • Raymond Partsch - Hosting, Acadiana-based sports writer and talk-radio host

The mission of the REEL SOUTH series is to spotlight Southern stories, revealing the South’s proud, yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives. Flat Town will kick-off the broadcast premiere of the REEL SOUTH series on LPB on Thursday, April 8 at 7:00pm.

Our Event Host:

Raymond Partsch III | Flat Town | Reel South

Raymond Partsch III – The host of the sports talk show RP3 & Company on 103.7 The Game. Partsch has won numerous awards for his work from both the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and the Louisiana Press Association. He was named LSWA Writer of the Year in 2016 & is a three-time LSWA Prep Writer of the Year.

Our Panelists:

Bryan Tucker | Flat Town | Reel South

Bryan Tucker – Two-time Emmy-award winning filmmaker based in Seattle. His first feature-length documentary film Closure (2014), was digitally distributed across a number of streaming platforms. He has also worked with a wide range of non-profit and commercial clients throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine | Flat Town | Reel South

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine is serving her third term as mayor of Ville Platte. She is the first woman and the first African-American to serve as mayor. Along with a variety of governmental leadership positions, Mayor Vidrine is especially honored to be named a Fellows Cohort by the E Pluribus Unum Institute.

Tim Fontenot | Flat Town | Reel South

Tim Fontenot - Tim Fontenot was born and raised in Ville Platte. He founded the Tee Cotton Bowl in 2000 along with his son Jacob.

Along with Flat Town, there are six other films on Reel South this season:

  • Muni - April 8 @ 7:30pm - Directed by Paul Bonesteel
    A jovial love letter to the game of golf, told by the Black golfers who, despite segregation and racist systems, built a vibrant culture and lasting community on a municipal golf course in Asheville, NC.
  • You Asked for the Facts - April 13 @ 8pm - Directed by Mary Blessey
    Four years after the historic enrollment of James Meredith, student activists at Ole Miss devise a plan to defy the campus’ speaker-ban in 1966 by inviting Robert F. Kennedy, who reveals the truth about back-room politics, the belief-systems of those holding the highest power, and how campus-activism shapes the future of civil rights and all those who bear witness.
  • That’s Wild - April 22 @ 7pm - Directed by Michiel Thomas
    When Atlanta teens Cliff, Ahmani, and Nicholas attempt to trek four 12,000 ft. snow-capped peaks in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, they face the thrills, joy, and struggles of navigating the wilds of Colorado and daily life back home in Georgia.
  • The Passing On - April 27 @ 10pm - Directed by Nathan Clarke, Produced by Lana Garland
    Renowned African American embalmer, James Bryant, puts his faith in a new generation to continue the legacy of Black funeral homes in San Antonio, Texas. But his young intern, Clarence Pierre, is conflicted about his commitment due to the judgment he receives as a queer, Christian man.
  • Rap Squad - Coming Soon - Directed by Nathan Willis
    An Arkansas community mobilizes around a divisive ballot initiative for a new high school, led by a group of high school writers and performers who seek healing for themselves and justice for their community through hip hop.
  • Jasper Mall - Coming Soon - Directed by Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb
    A dying shopping mall outside of Birmingham, Alabama, its patrons, and its tenants embody the diversity and tenderness of Americana culture in a changing South.

Major funding for Reel South was provided by: ETV Endowment, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media, South Arts and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Reel Sourth | Season 6 First Look

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Center for Asian American Media | Underwriter of Flat Town | Reel South
National Endowment for the Arts | Underwriter of Flat Town | Reel South
 South Arts | Underwriter of Flat Town | Reel South

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