Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Victoria Greene, director/producer/writer
Film Name: Forgotten Bayou
Length of film: 73 minutes
Genre: Environment/social justice documentary
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Bayou Corne, Louisiana was once a thriving Cajun community. In 2012, a giant sinkhole swallowed cypress trees and swamps, creating havoc to this community and to our environment. Forgotten Bayou chronicles events surrounding this disaster, while sharing stories from residents about their struggles and life on the bayou.
What inspired you to make this film?
On March 9, 2013 I attended a community meeting in Pierre Part, Louisiana held for those families effected by the Texas Brine sinkhole. It was and continues to be one of the worst man-made environmental disasters that few know anything about.
During this meeting, homeowners shared their fears, frustrations and how traumatized they felt while their lives remained in limbo. They did not know when or even if they would ever be able to return to their homes after a mandatory evacuation was ordered on August 3, 2012.
These individuals touched me in a way that I cannot adequately explain; just knew that this story needed to be told, and by me. It was on that day, four years ago that Forgotten Bayou the documentary was born. We created a film that shows the beauty and culture of Southern Louisiana as well asthe horrors caused by an industrial disaster, while remaining neutral and telling all sides of the story.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
When Harry Met Sally, Blackfish (documentary) and The Godfather.
I love intense documentaries, dramas and great chick films!
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival)?
I used to travel through Mississippi, fairly often and have many fond memories of time in Jackson spent with my family. My sister who lives in Memphis, is meeting me at the festival and together we will see my film and enjoy Crossroads film festival.
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
I am honored and very excited to be included in the Crossroads Film Festival. Thank you for this opportunity.