Dance for a Chicken (1993)

About the Film

Cajun filmmaker Pat Mire gives us an inside look at the colorful, rural Cajun Mardi Gras. Every year before Lent begins, processions of masked and costumed revelers, often on horseback, go from house to house gathering ingredients for communal gumbos in communities across rural southwest Louisiana. The often-unruly participants in this ancient tradition play as beggars, fools, and thieves as they raid farmsteads and perform in exchange for charity or, in other words, "dance for a chicken."

Licensing

For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Pat Mire, the distributor Pat Mire Films, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Pat Mire
  • Produced by: Pat Mire
  • Cinematographer: Charles Bush, John Britt, Jerry Devillier, Greg Milneck
  • Sound: Terry Knight, Blaine Dunlap, Randall LaBry
  • Editor: Jerry Devillier, Charles Bush, Pat Mire
  • Other Credits: Associate producer: Maida Owens; Assistant director: Maida Owens; Production assistant: Barbara Lau; Lighting: Phil Beard; Grip: Derek Mire, Jonathan Bush; Stills: Susan Roach, P.R. Jones.
  • Funding: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Program with additional support from Harold Mires. Sponsored by Liberty Cultural Association, City of Eunice
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©1993, Pat Mire
  • 56 mins, Color
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