Teri Wyble (The Walking Dead, Terminator Genisys), Dane Rhodes (True Detective, The Magnificent Seven), and Hunter Burke (Claws, The Big Short) will star in Lost Bayou, an English and Cajun French language film set deep in the bayous of Louisiana. Lost Bayou was a finalist in the Duplass Brothers and Seed&Spark "Hometown Heroes Rally."
Lost Bayou was one of the top 6 finalists selected by the Duplass Brothers, and awarded grant money, as announced Facebook LIVE by Mark Duplass and Seed&Spark CEO, Emily Best, on November 1, 2017. Said Mark Duplass, regarding Lost Bayou, "These guys are very near and dear to my heart, and very close to my hometown. They are going to need it (the grant money) because Cajun people are f'ing crazy and you never know what's going to happen."
"The Hometown Heroes Rally gave us momentum we needed to springboard this passion project into reality. Receiving recognition and support from New Orleans own indie filmmaking heroes, the Duplass Brothers, was an even bigger shot in the arm for our homegrown team. Casting Teri, Dane and Hunter just elevated Lost Bayou for next level performance," said Alicia Davis Johnson, EP.
The film also received another vote of confidence, additional funding, and equipment when #CreateLouisiana named Lost Bayou recipient of the 2017 Narrative Feature Film Grant, on December 8, 2017. Selected from five finalists, Lost Bayou received a $10,000 cash grant supported by Deep South Studios along with a camera rental package from ARRI Rental valued at $25,000.
"ARRI Rental is pleased to be a part of the #CreateLouisiana grant and have the opportunity to work with the team of talented filmmakers who will bring Lost Bayou to life. Natalie and Brian have a clear and precise artistic vision, and we look forward to providing them with cinematic tools to help them achieve their goal of producing honest and entertaining art," said Kelli Bingham, ARRI Rental's Regional Marketing Executive for the Southeast.
"Our story is a tale of hope, healing, and home; one with a deep reverence and love for the people, traditions, and landscape of South Louisiana. With CreateLouisiana's support and Arri's generous camera package, we can more effectively share part of our culture with the world and preserve a piece of our Cajun heritage for future generations," said Alicia Davis Johnson, EP.
In Lost Bayou, a struggling addict ventures out into the Louisiana swamp and discovers her estranged father, a Cajun faith healer, is hiding a troubling secret. Together, as they set out on an adventure across the Atchafalaya Basin, the two must come to terms with their own sins, learn to forgive, restore the faith in each other and finally heal from their own personal tragedies. Steeped in Cajun cultural and spiritual traditions, the film's dialogue is a dynamic mix of English and Cajun French.
Lost Bayou, currently filming in Louisiana, is directed by Brian C. Miller Richard, cinematography by Natalie Kingston, written by Hunter Burke and Nick Lavin, produced by Lorraine Caffery, Russell Blanchard, Kenny Reynolds, and Murray Roth and executive produced by Alicia Davis Johnson, Brian Richard, and Hunter Burke.
"This is a story that needs and deserves to be told. This film can cement another chapter in preserving our Cajun heritage through cinema," said director Brian Richard.
Rhodes is represented by People Store; Wyble and Burke are repped by the Alexander White Agency.