The Frontier

| 10/6/2010 2:03:18 PM

Fundraising campaign began September 24, 2010

Louisiana—Although oil has finally stopped spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, work continues on The Frontier, a poetic documentary portrait of coastal Louisiana, one of the most beautiful, ecologically diverse and productive regions in America.

In an attempt to create a picture of what it’s like to live on the margins of this vast, but vanishing edge of the country, The Frontier follows a charismatic cast of characters trying to make ends meet—some of the participants include a shrimper and bartender on Grand Isle, a swamp guide in Iberia Parish, and a 15 year-old high school student in Chauvin.

The film is being produced and directed by Jeremy Craig, graduate of the Columbia University film program whose most recent short film, Terrebonne, was scored by members of the four-time Grammy-nominated band, The Fray, and was funded through grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Louisiana Film Foundation and Kodak.

The Frontier was in pre-production when the Deepwater Horizon exploded, an event that Craig and associate producer Julie Engebretson are hesitant to discuss too closely in relation to the project.  “Although the catastrophe will be addressed in the film, The Frontier was never meant to be about the oil spill,” said Engebretson.  “Oil and natural gas, however, are a huge part of the culture of Louisiana and any honest portrait of the region has to include it in some way.”

So, as many journalists, activists, and media personnel begin their slow withdrawal from the region, work on The Frontier continues uninterrupted.  Having begun in late April, filming on The Frontier will be a yearlong process that is expected to conclude at the start of the next fishing season in May 2011.

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