Featured Speaker: Kevin McCaffrey!
Nationally recognized documentary film producer Kevin McCaffrey is a James Beard Award finalist in broadcast media, and a writer, editor, oral historian, publisher, reviewer and consultant, with a long history of both commercial and volunteer service and collaboration.
McCaffrey is owner of e/Prime Media LLC, specializing in research and media products relating to culture, history, environment and design in Louisiana and around the rim of the Gulf of Mexico. e/Prime has done research work for the State of Louisiana, produced video for such disparate clients as The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, The New Orleans Museum of Art, Galatoire’s Restaurant and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Kevin produced a documentary in 2011 for television on Acadian Food Traditions, partially funded by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service in collaboration with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. It has appeared on regional PBS and screened at the Wood’s Hole Film Festival and the New Orleans Film Festival. Also he produced a documentary for television: “A Common Pot: Creole Cooking on Cane River”, a study of Creole Cuisine funded by the Creole Heritage Center and Cane River Federal Management Area, and “Celebrating Tradition, 100 Years of A Galatoire’s Restaurant,” funded by private donors through the Louisiana Restaurant Association Foundation. For videos on the arts McCaffrey wrote and produced profiles of New Orleans based artists Michael P. Smith for THNOC, and on Alan Gerson, and Shirley Masinter in collaboration with Lemieux Gallery and funded by the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation. Most recently he produced an exhibit film on “Great Collectors, Great Donors,” for the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Kevin was named the first male Visiting Scholar for 2009-2010 at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women at Tulane University mentoring in the Sophielab Media program and researching food issues. In studying foodways in Louisiana, McCaffrey has worked as co-director of an oral history project on culinary issues and foodways and recorded many hours of food related interviews for the archive at the Newcomb Center for Research on Women. He was also a consultant with the Deep South Regional Humanities Council on foodways related programs and recognized as a foodways scholar by the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities. He currently sits on the board of the Louisiana Folklife Society and is working with the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission on planning the foodways segment of the state’s celebration.
His 2009 documentary television program, “We Live To Eat: New Orleans’ Love Affair With Food,” produced for The Historic New Orleans Collection, was a finalist for a James Beard Award in broadcast media after airing on WYES and the Louisiana Public Broadcasting Network.
Among his writings are a regular column in Cultural Vistas magazine on stories found in archives and many articles ranging from foodways, recipe pieces to helping a partner cope with breast cancer. e/Prime has also published The Incomplete, Selectively Quirky, Year By Year Prime Facts Edition of the History of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. (ISBN 0-9766154-0-1). He has also conducted oral history for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Archive, interviewing the participants in the origin of its Festival. In 2010 he conducted an oral history project interviewing members of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for the Louisiana State Museum.
He is currently under contract with the University Press of Mississippi to create a book on the meat culture of Acadiana.