Creative Writing & Production
Broussard's creative pursuits largely focus on arts and culture phenomena prominent in the south-central Louisiana area. His projects are sometimes self-funded, supported by grants or commissioned by commercial and government organizations who see the benefit in his work. His projects have explored public art, a range of cultural trends and forgotten historical phenomena. The works most often present themselves as an exploratory effort to better understand the human environment and our role within our constructed communities.
Art of the people
From the back cover: "Lafayette, Louisiana routinely makes larger-than-life headlines. The award-winning cuisine wins constant praise and earns top rankings in national publications. The city is home to several Grammy-winning musicians and its rich music scene is both diverse and evolving, yet rooted in centuries-old tradition. Art of the People, explores Lafayette's famous culture from a different perspective . . . through its public art."
Through vivid photos and rich back stories, Jeremy C. Broussard's book, Art of the People, provides a visual tour of public art expressed by this town once dubbed the "Happiest City in America." It connects readers with the unlikely mingling of cultures that created a perfect recipe of passion and camaraderie often referred to as "Joie de Vivre" (literally "Joy of Life"). The book is a snapshot of an ongoing tale about cultures and inspiration mixed in a city where people simply expect everyday life to be colorful, vibrant and fun.
This project was funded by grants from the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette Economic Development Authority and Acadiana Economic Development. Additional support was provided by Lafayette Travel.
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Lights Out in Blackham
Broussard served as associate producer for Lights Out in Blackham, a documentary film that recounts the story of a small southern university's meteoric rise to basketball stardom in a nation still divided by race and a league resistant to accepting the possibility of minorities becoming champions.
"The film tells a story of white and black athletes competing together for the first time, a university that peacefully integrated a decade before the civil rights movement and a man who refused to bend his beliefs."
It is the first — and last — time USL Basketball Coach Beryl Shipley records the story in his own words.
Allons was a first-of-its-kind publication available through the iBookstore for iPhones and iPads. The first issue featured Marc Broussard and Terrence Simien in the second, then expanding the artists favorites with video, photos and articles about Lafayette.
Broussard conceptualized, composed and produced all content for the first two issues. John Finley provided shooting and editing services, Lafayette Travel provided layout and design services and programming functionality was provided by Firefly Digital.
• More about the inaugural issue
Little Houses: A small film about death.
Little Houses investigates the now-forgotten Cajun custom of building grave houses above a brick or concrete burial vault. Indigenous cultures often built shelters above a burial site, but why did the Cajun Catholics of the Louisiana prairies practice a similar tradition for an estimated 100 years? Why did they stop in the 1930s? Though the mystery may never be solved, the documentary achieved a significant goal — listing the last three remaining Cajun grave houses on the National Register of Historic Places.
Broussard was inspired to create the documentary after reading Anthropologist Dr. Rocky Sexton's research on the grave houses. The project was created over the course of four years with the help of Co-Director Donny Broussard and Writer-Director Zach Broussard.
Grave House Legends
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