Atchafalaya Houseboat:Atchafalaya Houseboat: Resources, Awards, & Credits

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Louisiana Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce that the documentary Atchafalaya Houseboat has won a prestigious International CINE Golden Eagle Award. The LPB documentary was based on the book by Gwen Roland, published by LSU Press, about Gwen’s years on a handmade houseboat in the 1970s. Atchafalaya Houseboat was produced and directed by Christina Melton. This is Melton’s second CINE Golden Eagle for Louisiana Public Broadcasting in five years. Videography and editing for the program was by Rex Fortenberry and Keith Crews. The program premiered nationally on PBS.

The CINE Golden Eagle awards, distinguishing excellence in professional, independent and student works, are recognized internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in filmmaking and videography. Since its founding in 1957, CINE has been dedicated to discovering, rewarding, educating and supporting established and emerging talent in film and video. Among great talents whose first major awards included the CINE Golden eagle are Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard, and such great documentarians as Ken Burns, Charles Guggenheim, Stanley Nelson and Frederick Wiseman. Other PBS winners this year included Ken Burns documentary “The War,” American Masters episodes on musician Pete Seeger and artist David Hockney, and four episodes of the series Nature.

And, award-winning composer Mike Esneault has won a 2009 Suncoast Emmy for his score for the LPB documentary Atchafalaya Houseboat. Esneault was honored in the category of Musical/Composition/Arrangement. 

Esneault has composed and recorded the soundtrack for many LPB programs including the duPont Columbia Award-winning series Louisiana: A HistoryMaking Waves: Louisiana’s Radio Story, and Return to the Forest Where We Live.

RESOURCES

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CREDITS

PRODUCED, DIRECTED, WRITTEN AND EDITED BY

Christina Hendrick Melton

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND CHIEF EDITOR
Rex Q. Fortenberry

PHOTOGRAPHER AND EDITOR
Keith Crews

FEATURING STILL PHOTOGRAPHY BY
C.C. Lockwood

MUSICAL SCORE
Mike Esneault

ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY
Calvin Voisin
Gwen Roland

PHOTO RESTORATION AND MANIPULATION
Mark Carroll
Ashley Landry
Garry Allen

PRODUCTION MANAGER
Ken Miller

ENGINEERING MANAGER
Chris Miranda

SPECIAL THANKS
Alligator Bayou Tours in Prairieville, Louisiana
Frank Bonifay and Jim Ragland
Roger Tilley, Louisiana State Archives
Gwen and Preston Roland
Calvin Voisin and Kathy Boyd
Orney and Betty Hebert

ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO
Standard Oil (New Jersey), Collection, Special Collections, University of Louisville
Louisiana state Archives
National Geographic Magazine
The Library of Congress
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (more on the Atchafalaya Basin)
Hill Memorial Library Special Collection at Louisiana State University

LPB EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Clay Fourrier

LPB PRESIDENT AND CEO
Beth Courtney

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