Conni Castille



Conni Castille has directed award-winning documentaries on Cajun and Creole culture supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Her films include I Always Do My Collars First (2007), Raised on Rice and Gravy (2009), King Crawfish (2010) and T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (2012). Her awards include Best Louisiana Feature, Humanities Documentary of the Year and Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year.


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Documentary: T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story

Creole cowboys and Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love. This equine love affair began more than 250 years ago on the first ranches of south Louisiana. Creoles and Cajuns are some of America's first cowboys. Not only essential to hard ranch work, horses were often the focus of French Louisiana's renowned joie de vivre. T-Galop romps playfully across south Louisiana through professional sports to community rituals bearing witness to a modern horse culture that that was born many centuries ago.


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