Coulée Productions is owned and operated by South Louisiana native and cultural anthropologist Becky Schexnayder, producing films and documentaries on the rich culture of South Louisiana. We focus on preserving and presenting the culture and history of Louisiana’s music, food and medicinal practices of the indigenous people. Coulée is a French word, meaning “to flow.” We let creative ideas flow and manifest through our filmmaking, featuring music and musicians, heroes and viragos, and foodways and byways less taken.
Becky Schexnayder studied and graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Anthropology and Photography in 1985. By combining these two disciplines, she preserves history through storytelling. She produced her first short documentary, Poverty Point: A Commemorative Closing in 1986, about the significance of the 2,500 year old Poverty Point Archaeology site in Epps, La., prior to its temporary closing. The film aired on AOC (Acadiana Open Channel) for six months.
Throughout her career, she has worked as a museum exhibit researcher, photographer, designer, and filmmaker. In 2009, she filmed and edited the music video, The Ballad of David Robicheaux, an artistic interpretation of a song written by Andy Smith about the main character, Dave Robicheaux from author James Lee Burke. “This piece really inspired me as a filmmaker, giving me the freedom to express myself artistically and creatively,” she notes. This music video was chosen to screen at the Cinema On The Bayou Film Festival in Lafayette in 2010.
While working on the J.D. Miller Music Studio Exhibit, Rebecca was intrigued by the stories of the Swamp Blues artists that recorded in that studio during the 1950s and ’60s. She says, “I realized the importance of this music and its contribution to our culture. I wanted to capture their stories on film as a way to preserve this part of our history … and I found Carol Fran living right here in Lafayette!”