Les Vues Free Film Series: "The Flying Vet of Lafayette"

Vermilionville Performance Center ,  300 Fisher Rd. Lafayette, LA 70508

(337) 233-4077

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Dates: March 27, 2017

Price: Suggested $5 donation

Time: 6:30 PM

Join us for the free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Performance Center. Les Vues is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. that focus on the themes surrounding various aspects of culture. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the themes of the movie and how they apply to that culture as well as our own.

ABOUT THE FILM

 

A young veterinarian travels to the US from Germany at the turn of the 20th century. He documents through drawings, photographs and later film footage his life as the first four year veterinarian in Lafayette, LA. He faces immigration issues during both world wars as he endears himself in the lifesaving business of caring for the large animals so necessary for farm and ranch life in the tropical climate of Louisiana. This is the story in it’s most abbreviated form.

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR

 

Leslie Leonpacher knew her grandfather, Lippi, through stories. As her dad's health declined, she realized there was precious time left to make sure she had the full story of her grandfather Lippi, a man she'd never met. Ultimately she knew it would make for good story and who knew him better than his own remaining children. Leonpacher has written for many years, some things made it past the computer and out into the world and some did not. Leonpacher is one of twenty-four grandchildren of Dr. Louis Leonpacher, Lippi as many called him. Her grandfather created a massive body of work through journals kept from 1909 to 1919, photos numbering in the thousands, hand drawings, movies of the daily life of veterinary medicine as well as South Louisiana in the day and letters. He saved some of the smallest details in his journals, a clipping about a restaurant, a paper receipt proving he entered the US lawfully, news articles, photos, the list is endless. Basically, he left all she would need to tell his story, in a way that others would find interesting. Leonpacher filled in some of the blanks with interviews of the people she'd found who knew her grandfather, which has been a road of discover for her as well.