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Conni Castille

Senior Instructor and Director, Moving Image Arts

M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Office: Griffin 138
Phone: 337-482-9006
E-mail: connicastille@gmail.com

Biography

Ms. Castille studied Philosophy and Folklore. Over the past few years, she has written, directed and produced 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 aired on Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and screened in the U.S., Canada, France, and China, and at numerous film festivals including Cannes and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. Awards include Louisiana Filmmaker Award, and Humanities Documentary of the Year in 2012 from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for T-Galop.

Teaching and Research Areas

Ms. Castille continues to produce documentaries and mentors students creating non-fiction projects. She teaches introduction to filmmaking, documentary filmmaking, and guides students through senior capstone projects.