A Southeastern Louisiana University student-produced documentary has won a pair of international television and film awards.
“McCrea 1971: Louisiana’s Forgotten Rock Festival,” produced by students Nick Brilleaux, of Hammond, and Scott Caro, of Mandeville, won both a Telly Award and a Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival recently. The two are student workers with the Southeastern Channel, the university’s cable access channel, Southeastern officials said.
The documentary won a Telly Award in the student production category. The 2014 Tellys received more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. Among other winners were The History Channel, and the major networks NBC, CBS and ESPN. It was the 35th Telly Award won by the Southeastern Channel in its 11 years of existence.
The Telly Awards is a national competition honoring local, regional and cable television programs, commercials, video and film productions. The awards showcase the best work of television stations, production companies, cable operators and advertising agencies throughout the world.
The documentary won a Gold Remi Award for “Historical Documentary” at WorldFest-Houston, the third longest-running international film festival in North America, behind only the New York and San Francisco film festivals, the release said.
WorldFest is an annual gathering of top independent filmmakers and in the past has honored new directors such as Stephen Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott and the Coen Brothers. It was the third Gold Remi won by a Southeastern Channel production.
“ ‘McCrea 1971’ is artfully crafted and engages viewers with a little-known, yet fascinating story,” said Rick Settoon, general manager of the Southeastern Channel. “Students Nick and Scott have produced a professional-quality documentary that richly deserves recognition of their talent, perseverance and work ethic. These prestigious international awards prove that their Louisiana documentary captivates viewers on a wide scale.”
“McCrea 1971” documents the disastrous “Celebration of Life” rock music festival staged in McCrea in June 1971. The festival attracted more than 60,000 attendees from all over the United States to McCrea, a small crossroads town along the Atchafalaya River levee in upper Pointe Coupee Parish.
Advertised as Louisiana’s version of Woodstock that would feature more than 70 big-name acts such as the Rolling Stones, Moody Blues and Beach Boys, the festival featured 10 bands and endured a series of calamities, including local hostility, instances of police brutality, intense summer heat, food and water shortages, and the drownings of four festival-goers in the swift-moving Atchafalaya Basin, the release said.
In addition to producing, Brilleaux and Caro wrote, directed, shot and edited the documentary.