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Dirt Road to Lafayette

100 min.Drama
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$2MM (estimated)
Dirt Road to Lafayette is a coming of age road movie set against the backdrop of the Cajun and Zydeco music scene in Louisiana. Its about a 17 year old Scottish boy (Murdo) who comes to America with his Dad (Tom) following the death of his mother. Murdo's mother has taught him the accordion and he is a very accomplished player. He hasn't picked up his instrument since his Mum passed away however. On arrival in America Murdo is fascinated by the different musical styles and cultures he encounters and he embarks on a remarkable musical journey. Murdo's first encounter is with legendary Zydeco Queen Monzee-ay. Queen Monzee-ay is so impressed by Murdo's ability that she asks him to come and play with her at the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette. When Murdo approaches his Dad to ask permission to play with the band Tom refuses point blank. The more Murdo immerses himself in the music the more conflict arises between father and son. Tom can't cope with the loss of his wife - hasn't even begun to grieve properly - the thought of also losing Murdo terrifies him. For Murdo, his passion for music is so overwhelming that he decides he has to leave his Dad behind and take a road trip. And so we follow Murdo down through the southern States to Lafayette where he meets Queen Monzee-ay and plays in her band. Murdo is unaware that Tom has followed him to the small, smoky club where the band play. When Tom arrives its the first time he understands what music means to Murdo and when Murdo is offered an opportunity to stay in the States and play with the band Tom has to make one of the most difficult decisions he has every made in his life.  Less

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