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Loyola hosts screening of carnival documentary "By Invitation Only"

February 13, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans Office of Co-curricular Programs will screen filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker’s documentary “By Invitation Only” Monday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion with Snedeker. The screening and discussion, which will take place at Satchmo’s Lounge in the Danna Student Center, is free and open to the public.

By Invitation Only” examines the inner workings of New Orleans’ carnival organizations, as Snedeker follows Emily La Cour Guiza, a debutante who has been chosen to reign as a queen of a Mardi Gras krewe. Snedeker, who herself was reared in New Orleans carnival society, decided to forgo the debutante tradition because she questioned its racial exclusivity.

Snedeker, who narrates the film, reveals the tension between family and social status through her own personal convictions and the winds of change in tradition-bound New Orleans.

For more information on the event, contact Tom Kupferer, assistant director for co-curricular programs at (504) 865-3622, or by e-mail at kupferer@loyno.edu.

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