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January 27, 2012

ULM Film Series to show "Eve's Bayou" Feb. 7

In celebration of Black History Month, the University of Louisiana at Monroe College of Arts and Sciences and the Campus Activities Board will continue the ULM Film Series Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 8:30 p.m. with director Kasi Lemmon's "Eve's Bayou" (1997) in Stubbs Hall, Room 100.

The event is free and open to the public.

"Eve Bayou" takes place in 1962 and was filmed in and around Covington, Madisonville, and Napoleonville, Louisiana.

Eve (played by Jurnee Smollett, of "Friday Night Lights" and "Roll Bounce") is the young daughter of local doctor and philanderer Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson). After Eve witnesses one of her father's indiscretions, their family life begins to fall apart.

Roger Ebert described the film as "a selection of memories, filtered through the eyes of a young girl who doesn't understand everything she sees . . . 'Eve's Bayou' studies the way that dangerous emotions can build up until something happens that no one is responsible for and that can never be taken back."

Ebert pronounced it "one of the very best films" of 1997. Director Lemmons won an "Outstanding Directorial Debut" award from the National Board of Review and a "Best First Feature" award from IFC's Independent Spirit. Six of the film's actors were nominated for Image Awards.

The film is rated R, and viewer discretion is advised.

About the ULM Film Series
The ULM Film Series typically features one film per month, offering selections from the classic cinema, art cinema, independent, foreign, and documentary repertoire.

The series is the brainchild of Assistant Professor of English Jana Giles and Instructor of English Amy Johnson.

The series is designed to be intellectually stimulating and may contain ideas that are challenging or unpopular for some viewers; the films shown do not necessarily represent the views of the university or any of its staff.

Concessions will not be offered, and audience members are asked to not bring food or drink.

For more information, contact Giles at or Johnson at or call the English department at 318-342-1485 or check out the ULM Film Series on Facebook.

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