We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of a Columbia MFA short film, Évangéline, written and directed by Cory St. Ewart.

The Nous Foundation Proudly Presents “Évangéline,” a Cinematic Exploration of 1940s Louisiana New Orleans, LA – The Nous Foundation, a New Orleans-based cultural institution committed to preserving and promoting Louisiana’s heritage cultures (including Cajun, Creole, and Indigenous communities), is thrilled to announce the premiere of its latest film, “Évangéline.” Directed by the visionary Cory St. Ewart, this film is set to make its film festival debut in 2024. “Évangéline” is a poignant short narrative set in 1940s Louisiana that centers on a young Cajun girl, Évangéline, and her deep connection to the swamp lands she calls home. Defying her father’s strict prohibitions, she forms a mystical and sinister bond with a Rougarou, a creature of local folklore, as she seeks freedom from her oppressive domestic life.

“Évangéline” uniquely combines two iconic pieces of Cajun folklore. The title character draws inspiration from the famous Longfellow poem about the tragic Acadian migration, embodying the spirit of resilience and connection to the land. Meanwhile, the Rougarou, a legendary swamp creature feared in Cajun tales, represents the wild and mystical aspects of the region’s folklore. Together, these elements weave a rich tapestry of myth and reality, celebrating Cajun heritage while exploring themes of freedom and identity. The film focuses on its high degree of authenticity, meticulously crafted to reflect the era’s cultural setting. The dialogue is presented entirely in Louisiana French, enhancing the authenticity and immersive experience.

The production design meticulously recreates an Acadian-style home, and the musical score incorporates traditional Cajun instruments such as the accordion and fiddle, which are integral to the regional heritage. In commenting on the importance of the film, Scott Tilton, Executive Director of the Nous Foundation stated, “As a nonprofit dedicated to supporting and revitalizing Louisiana’s heritage cultures, we’re thrilled to be able to produce films that highlight Louisiana’s deep connections to the French language. Évangéline brings together a unique Louisiana-style of Southern gothic and language in a way that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. We’re fortunate to be able to work with a talented filmmaker such as Cory St. Ewart, who is helping us bring a new voice in Louisiana cinema to a global audience.

Katya Vaz : Artistic Director of the Nous Foundation, a New Orleans-based nonprofit promoting French and Creole. (504) 813-0181