March 28, 2016 01:00 PM

The free screening of “Tapped” will be followed by a panel discussion with local environmentalists

The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville for their free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in their Performance Center.


The free film series is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state. The films will center around the curator’s interest and can range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts, animation, etc. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the movie and how it applies on a local level.


The Monday, March 28 film screening will be curated by the Bayou Vermilion District's Director of Environmental Awareness, Greg Guidroz, who will be showing the film "Tapped." Following the screening, members the BVD's Bayou Operations team will lead a discussion on plastic pollution and their efforts to combat it in Lafayette Parish's main waterway, the Vermilion.


Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. This timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public’s right to water.


Gregory Guidroz is a Breaux Bridge native and the Director of Environmental Awareness for the Bayou Vermilion District. Guidroz has worked in just about every aspect of BVD and Vermilionville, from Bayou Operations crew member to gardener and artisan. With a background in Environmental Science and Sustainable Resources and more than 15 years’ experience as an environmental educator, Greg is our resident “Cajun Naturalist,” an Eagle Scout, a United States Marine, a storyteller and an outdoor enthusiast. He is the winner of the 2015 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Golden Can award for his longtime dedication as a recycling volunteer for Festival International de Louisiane and SPEAK, and for establishing BVD’s event recycle bin loan program as well as the recipient of the Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association's 2014 Visionary of the Year award.


The Les Vues Film Series presents "Tapped" on Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Vermilionville’s Performance Center, located at 300 Fisher Road in Lafayette. Admission to the series is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go toward the cost of screening and curating costs. To find out more about upcoming films, view trailers or for more details visit Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.

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