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T-Galop Director Connie Castille to Speak Nov. 2.

The Arnold LeDoux Library will host Conni Castille, director of T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story, at a noon-time event Friday, November 2.

Castille will talk about T-Galop, a film about the evolution of horse play and work in Louisiana.

"This equine love affair began more than 250 years ago on the first ranches of South Louisiana where Creoles became some of American's first cowboys," explains Castille. "The Creole and Cajun idea of ‘passing a good time' of course made its way into their horse culture, like the old bush track races that birthed so many great jokeys, or the Mardi Gras horseback riders, or the leisurely Creole trail rides."

Castille grew up in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she currently teaches. Over the past few years, she has directed several award-winning documentaries on Cajun and Creole culture that have been supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

By using the everyday to convey universal meaning, her films tend to reveal something unexpected. Her hope is that audiences leave with a new point of view, not just about Cajun or Creole culture, but about the power and worth of everyday people doing everyday things. Her films include I Always Do My Collars First (2007), Raised on Rice and Gravy (2009), King Crawfish (2010), and T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). The films have shown at numerous film festivals including Cannes and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and have garnered awards.


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