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Ernest J. Gaines: Louisiana Stories (1993)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, San Francisco, California

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1993-02-25

Duration: 00:57:28

Subjects: Gaines, Ernest J., 1933- | Authors | Fiction | Literature | Writing/Composition | PLANTATIONS | River Lake Plantation (La.) | Segregation


  • Laney, Ruth Writer
  • Smith, Rick Editor
  • Shannon, Ed Narrator
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Gautier, Adele Actor
  • Lewis, Donald Actor
  • Zu-Bolton, Ahmos Actor
  • Eaglin, J. Carlos, II Photographer
  • Smith, Rick Photographer
  • Kent, Chris Photographer
  • Miranda, Chris Photographer
  • Normand, Keith Photographer
  • Fontenot, Jodie Photographer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Wade, Reggie Editor
  • Laney, Ruth Producer
  • Smith, Rick Producer
  • Gaines, Ernest J. Interviewee
  • Walker, Alice Interviewee
  • LeBeau, Murray Interviewee
  • Gaines, Ada Mae Interviewee
  • Colar, Norbert, Jr. Interviewee
  • Colar, Adrean Interviewee
  • Gaines, Lionel Interviewee
  • Robillard, Bill Interviewee
  • Biben, David Interviewee
  • Young, Lois Interviewee
  • Wooten, Carl Interviewee
  • Yarborough, Richard Interviewee
  • Davis, Thadious Interviewee
  • Simpson, Lewis Interviewee
  • Rickels, Patricia Interviewee


A 1993 documentary profiling the life and career of award-winning author Ernest Gaines, whose work is inspired by his childhood experiences of growing up in The Quarters of River Lake Plantation in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, during segregation. In this documentary, Gaines shares memories of the people of The Quarters who inspired his writing and the impact of moving to San Francisco as a teenager on his life and career. It includes interviews with his family and childhood friends, as well as comments from other writers and scholars discussing his work. Passages from several of his novels are also featured, including The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1971), In My Father’s House (1978), and A Gathering of Old Men (1983). Narrator: Ed Shannon