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Little Chenier is a 2006 film written by Jace Johnson and Bethany Ashton, and directed by Ashton. It is set in the bayous of Louisianamarker, and stars Johnathon Schaech, Frederick Koehler, Tamara Braun, Jeremy Davidson, Clifton Collins Jr., & Chris Mulkey. The film completed production in 2006 but, as of 2007, has yet to find a distributor despite glowing reviews from a number of film festivals. It premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 20, 2006 and was released January 18, 2008. Radio London Films will be releasing the DVD version of Little Chenier on July 8, 2008.


Beauxregard 'Beaux' Dupuis (Johnathon Schaech) lives a simple, idyllic life in the Louisiana bayou with his mentally challenged younger brother, Pemon (Frederick Koehler) on a small stretch of land called Little Chenier. They live a good life until Pemon is accused of a crime and Beaux resolves to protect him at all costs.

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Hurricane Rita

Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, Hurricane Rita hit the city of Lake Charlesmarker and the various parishes used for filming. Virtually all of the sets and locations used in the film were destroyed, leaving many locals homeless. The film is believed to be the only known footage of the area. Bethany Ashton and her family set up a non-profit organization called Rita Remembered to rebuild the communities and help those in need, who were largely left out of the eventual help offered to victims of Katrina. The charity is unique in that Ashton and the fellow creators invite people to correspond directly with them to find out exactly how their contributions were used.



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