LPB’s “In the Blind” explores duck hunting culture and coastal conservation

This December, Louisiana Public Broadcasting will release In the Blind, a powerful new documentary that traces the unique traditions and rich culture of waterfowl hunting in Louisiana’s Sportsman’s Paradise and explores the sport’s relevance in a global conservation effort to preserve and restore waterfowl populations, migratory flyways and fragile habitat of this imperiled region.

In the Blind transports audiences across Louisiana from coastal marshes to flooded forests to trace the history of some of the region’s most famous hunting clubs and public land hunting spots, along with the traditions and cuisine that make up this unique, renowned culture. The program features an immersive, “day in the life” of the sport’s most passionate participants, from the hunters and guides, to the card players, storytellers, cooks, decoy carvers, call-makers, wildlife conservationists, land managers and environmental journalists.

Intended for viewers who hunt and those who don’t, In the Blind will highlight duck hunters’ historically significant role in protecting Louisiana’s landscape for future generations to experience and examine what is at stake if the traditions are lost.

For this documentary, LPB partnered with New Orleans-based filmmaker Emma Lou Reid, producer, writer and director of In the Blind. For three years, Reid – a Minnesota native and Louisiana transplant – immersed herself in the culture, politics and landscape of duck hunting. Prior to working on In The Blind, Reid co-produced the National Telly Award winning documentary, Finding Common Ground.

“LPB is proud to share this beautiful documentary, and its authentic Louisiana voices and unique storytelling, with audiences across the state and the nation,” says LPB Deputy Director and Executive Producer of the project, Christina Melton. “Bringing documentaries like this to a wider audience is part of our mission to support the exceptional work of talented, independent Louisiana filmmakers, like Emma Reid.”

LPB’s President and CEO, Beth Courtney, will interview Reid about the project during the statewide premiere of In the Blind, Thursday, December 12 at 7PM on LPB. The film will also be steaming live at lpb.org/live and on the LPB App (LPB broadcast encore Sunday, December 15 at 6:30PM). Viewers will be offered exclusive opportunities during the LPB broadcast, including a hunting camp excursion, a kayak/birdwatching tour of Bayou Manchac led by Reid, and other unique duck hunting items.

In the Blind will also air on WYES in New Orleans on Wednesday, December 18 at 8PM (encore Saturday, December 21 at 3PM).

Major funding for In the Blind is generously provided by Lipsey’s, Acadian Ambulance Service and W. Clinton Rasberry Jr. and  W. Clinton Rasberry III.