Conni Castille

Conni Castille holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in Folklore from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she currently teaches. Over the past few years, she has directed several awardwinning documentaries on Cajun and Creole culture that have been supported by the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. By using the everyday to convey universal meaning, her films tend to reveal something unexpected. Her hope is that audiences leave with a new point of view, not just about Cajun or Creole culture, but about the power and worth of everyday people doing everyday things. 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). The films have shown at numerous film festivals including Cannes and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, and have garnered awards. T-Galop received the Humanities Documentary of the Year in 2012 from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.