Bayou Blue

United States, 2012

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Pink Ghetto Productions Inc. & Swiss Petite Films, 80mins

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Synopsis

From 1997 to 2006, serial killer Ronald Dominique, raped and killed twenty-three men across a wide swath of poverty stricken Southeastern Louisiana, from Houma to New Orleans. The difficulties in apprehending Dominique ranged from the underfunding of law enforcement to a lack of family advocacy for the victims, to the general distraction by other catastrophes, such as hurricane Katrina. A harrowing documentary portrait of one American region's descent into darkness, Bayou Blue meditates on the decay of a community during a decade of terror, the efforts of those to rebuild in the aftermath of a monster's capture, and a decay that allowed one man’s darkness to fester into something truly horrifying.

Cast & Crew

Producers - Alix Lambert, David McMahon

DoP - Shane Sigler

Editors - Hannah Neufield

Music - Michael Mattison

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PopMatters.Com

"'Bayou Blue' Takes an Unflinching Look at Death in the Dark. [...]This is documentary storytelling in its truest form, and while it at times stumbles, there is a haunting darkness to film that is not easily forgotten."

Alix Lambert

Alix Lambert

Director

Alix Lambert's feature-length documentary The Mark of Cain was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, received an honorable mention from the French Association of Journalism, and aired on Nightline. She went on to produce additional segments of Nightline as well as 7 segments for the PBS series LIFE 360. She has directed and produced two other feature-length documentaries; Bayou Blue (made in collaboration with David McMahon) and Mentor. She also made Rabbits (2006). She is currently directing the feature-length documentary, Goodbye, Fat Larry. She has directed numerous shorts and music videos including You As You Were for the band Shearwater (Sub Pop) and Tiffany (POV). Lambert has written for a number of magazines including Stop Smiling, ArtForum, The LA Weekly, and Filmmaker Magazine, to name a few. She wrote Episode 6, season 3 of Deadwood: “A Rich Find” (for which she was nominated for a WGA award) and was a staff writer and associate producer on John From Cinicinnati. She was a writer on the video game Syndicate. As an artist Lambert has exhibited her work to international critical acclaim, showing in The Venice Biennale, The Museum of Modern Art, The Georges Pompidou Center, and the Kwangju Biennnale, to name a few. She is the author of four books: Mastering The Melon, The Silencing, Russian Prison Tattoos, and Crime. For theater, she has written and directed Crime, USA, which has been staged at Joe’s Pub in NYC, and the Cairns Festival in Australia and Crime, USA, Hartford, which was staged at Real Art Ways. Lambert co-founded and is co-artistic director of The Brooklyn International Theater Company (with Nelson George and Danny Simmons). She has conceived of and directed two original series for MOCAtv; Crime: The Animated Series and Ambiance Man. Additionally she conceived of and directed the forthcoming Prison Zoo. She recently produced a segment for This American Life, and is directing a new series for BET Network called B4 They Were Famous. She received grants from the NEA, NYFA and The Roberts Foundation. Lambert has received residencies and/or fellowships from: The MacDowell Colony, Headlands, The Studios of Key West, The McColl Center, The MIT Media Lab in Cambridge and was The Booth Tarkington Writer in Residence at Butler University for the 2014-15 school year.

Lambert joined the crew of HBO Western drama Deadwood as a writer for the third season in 2006. The series was created by David Milch and focuses on the growth of a settlement in the American West. Lambert wrote the episode "A Rich Find". Lambert and the writing staff were nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Drama Series at the February 2007 ceremony.

Lambert became an associate producer and staff writer for HBO surf noir John From Cincinnati. The series was created by Milch and Kem Nunn and focuses on the arrival of a messiah-like figure in a surfing community. Lambert wrote the episode "His Visit: Day Five". The series was canceled after completing its first season.

Lambert is also a documentary photographer represented by Gering & López Gallery in New York. She has previously shown at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

David McMahon

David McMahon

Director

David McMahon is originally from Birmingham, Alabama. He has a Master of Fine Arts from the Universityof California-San Diego. In 2004 David co-founded Apparition Productions, which produced both “Appartion” by Anne Washburn (Time Out New York Top 10 of 2005) and “Deathbed” by Mark Schultz Off-Broadway.

As an actor, David appeared in the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” at Madison Repertory Theatre, “Apparition” at the Connelly Theatre; “Thrash” and “Norman Rockwell Killed My Father” at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference.; “The Female Terrorist Project” at the Chocolate Factory; “The Adding Machine” at Actors Theatre of Louisville, directed but Anne Bogart, the national tour of “Goosebumps” directed by Rupert Holmes, and “Tartuffe” at La Jolla Playhouse, directed by Des McAnuff.

David McMahon is the co-founder of Apparition Productions, which produced both Apparition by Anne Washburn (a Time Out NY Top 10 pick for 2005) and Deathbed by Mark Schultz Off-Broadway, with Bayou Blue being his directorial debut. His second feature documentary, Skanks, premiered in Slamdance in 2014.