What Does It Mean to Be Cajun? Filmmaker Wants to Find Out, Is Asking For Funding on Kickstarter
The thing about Cajuns is that we're all over the world. Some people say there are more Cajuns out in the world than there are in Louisiana. So, what does it really mean to be a Cajun? One Louisiana native who's transplanted to Pennsylvania wants to do a documentary to find out. But he's asking for help from the public to get it funded.
Clements co-owns a production company called "Postage, Inc," and he's set up an account on Kickstarter -- a site where strangers can contribute to causes they like -- to get the documentary made. According to his account, he's only raised about $1,500 of the $30,000 he's seeking for the movie as of the time this story was published.
In an interview with the Lafayette newspaper "The Independent," he states:
“Just being exposed to the melting pot of the Northeast United States, it started to change the way I feel, the way I act, and even the way I speak,” Clements says. “After speaking with friends that still live at home, I realized it’s not just Cajuns abroad feeling a loss of their identity, it’s also Cajuns still living in South Louisiana. Cajuns have been able to continue their distinct culture better than most cultures in America. We aren’t just alligator hunters and musicians. We’re also bankers, entrepreneurs, tech professionals ... We’re still Cajun, and just maybe our culture has something to do with our general success. I’m not really interested in discovering a textbook definition for Cajun, but rather what it’s come to be and how Cajuns view themselves.”
--Allen Clements on www.theind.com
Sounds like exactly what the Cajun community needs -- an accurate depiction of what it means to be from Louisiana! We have some high hopes to see this film. You can donate as little as $1 to the cause at Clements' Kickstarter page.