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Zydeco Breakfast dives deep into the world of Zydeco music; telling the stories of some of this cultures most influential musicians.

Santa Fe, NM Documentary
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Evangenline Oak Tree, St. Martinville, LA
Evangenline Oak Tree, St. Martinville, LA

"Zydeco Breakfast" the beginning....

In 2007, Tom Uhl, the Director & Executive Producer of "Zydeco Breakfast", went to the Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana at 7:30am one Saturday morning to eat a great Cajun breakfast and listen and dance to Zydeco music played by a live band.

He had heard Buckwheat Zydeco some ten years before at a dance in New Mexico, but had forgotten how exciting the music was.

The music rocked his soul with its joyousness and uplifting quality and at 7:30 in the morning! The dancers were amazing and he had never seen anything like it.

That same weekend was the Festival International de Louisiane and that Saturday afternoon he had heard Donna Angelle play in an outdoor pavilion in Lafayette. Some of the same dancers were there, dancing outside to this music that was like an upbeat blues, with accordion.

In April of 2008, he was back again at the Zydeco Breakfast and by now he recognized some of the dancers by face and dance style. Once again, he was really moved by the beat and the joy and sexiness of the dancing. As he watched the faces of the dancers, the thought occurred to him “this is more than a party for these folk, this is like therapy”. His next thought was “how cool would it be to make a documentary film about this breakfast, with my son the cinematographer, Anders Uhl”? Call it Zydeco Breakfast: A bright spot in a troubled world”!

To him it seemed like a crazy idea! A 59 year old who had never made a film before get into a project, with what money and with no Hollywood backing? But the idea burned in him and so he said a prayer: “Bless it or Block, I’m good either way”. That's when doors started opening....

Earl "Washboard" Sally and Tom Uhl
Earl "Washboard" Sally and Tom Uhl

"Zydeco Breakfast" today....

And now here we are five years later and the film is almost complete!

In "Zydeco Breakfast", we feature current Zydeco musicians, such as Wayne Singleton, Horace Trahan, Donna Angelle, Joe Hall, Dennis Paul Williams, Earl "Washboard" Sally, Cedric Watson, Corey Ledet, Chubby Carrier and Geno Delafose.  Everyone who is working on the project is excited to see the film being complete.   

We are currently in the final stages of editing and will soon have the picture locked – meaning no more editing changes! After the film is picture locked, then it will go to Color Correcting and Sound Mastering. Once those stages are complete then the film will be ready for Film Festivals and Distribution!!

Currently, we are planning to have the film picture lock by November 1, 2012 and then it will premiere in Lafayette, LA during the Festival International de Louisiane in April, 2013.

Tom Uhl at Clifton Chenier's grave
Tom Uhl at Clifton Chenier's grave

"Zydeco Breakfast" and YOU!

We are asking for everyone’s help in finishing this amazing feature documentary. We are offering really great perks and any amount you give is not small – even $1.00 will help!!

Please also share this campaign with friends and family or anyone you know who is interested in Zydeco music! 

Please also visit and like our facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/zydeco.breakfast.film

And to learn more about the film, please also visit the website:  http://www.zydecobreakfastfilm.com/ 

We will be keeping everyone informed on the film’s progress through video updates. So please stay tuned for more!

Sid Williams and Tom Uhl
Sid Williams and Tom Uhl
Bayou Teche
Bayou Teche
Cafe des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA
Cafe des Amis, Breaux Bridge, LA
An awesome breakfast at Cafe des Amis
An awesome breakfast at Cafe des Amis
Clifton Chenier Club, New Iberia, LA
Clifton Chenier Club, New Iberia, LA

Risks and challenges

The funds we raise with this Kickstarter campaign will help cover the costs of Post-Prodcution, Color Correcting and Sound Mastering, as well as licensing fees for specific recordings.

We have already been in touch with several people regarding Color Correcting and Sound Mastering and are currently getting estimates for these final stages of the film. The most challenging aspect of the film will be contacting record labels for specific songs: songs by the greats: Amede Ardoin, Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis! We expect to have these challenges met by March, 2013.

Once all of the finishing stages of the film are met, then we will go to distribution. We are planning to have the film compete and ready to be distributed by April, 2013. All of the rewards will be sent out once the film is complete. Depending on the reward, people should receive their award no later than October 2013.

If we do not reach our goal with this campaign we will keep trying until we raise the monies needed.

We will never give up!

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    A 30-minute Skype session with the Director, Tom Uhl, Editor, Shelene Bridge and Musician, Wayne Singleton of Lil' Wayne and Same Ol 2 Step. Date to be determined, possibly early November, 2012, but no later than October, 2013. Ask whatever you want to ask about filmmaking, zydeco music and anything else that you want to know! A LIMITED EDITION Standard DVD or Blu-ray disc (please indicate which disc) of the completed film with a Bonus Disc of all featurettes on the music and musicians with rare and behind the scenes footage, as well as a Special Thanks in the credits plus a shout out on social media platforms AND our email updates to keep you notified on the film's progress.

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    A 30-minute Skype session with the Director, Tom Uhl, Editor, Shelene Bridge and Grammy Award Winning Chubby Carrier of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Date to be determined, possibly early November, 2012, but no later than October, 2013. Ask whatever you want to ask about filmmaking, zydeco music and anything else that you want to know! A LIMITED EDITION Standard DVD or Blu-ray disc (please indicate which disc) of the completed film with a Bonus Disc of all featurettes on the music and musicians with rare and behind the scenes footage, as well as a Special Thanks in the credits plus a shout out on social media platforms AND our email updates to keep you notified on the film's progress.

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    Associate Producer Credit PLUS a Zydeco music tour for 2 conducted by Zydeco Country Travel http://www.zydecocountrytravel.com/ - Zydeco Country Travel is a concierge service to all things Zydeco. You will be immersed into the music, dance and culture of Zydeco Country. Zydeco Country Travel works hard to make sure you have everything you need to make yours a stress-free, fun filled experience in Zydeco Country. (LODGING AND DRIVING SERVICE IN LAFAYETTE, LA INCLUDED, AS WELL AS ALL ENTRANCE FEES TO ALL THE SHOWS. Meals and Flights to Lafayette, LA not included.) Travel plans will need to be made with Zydeco Country Travel directly. PLUS A LIMITED EDITION Standard DVD or Blu-ray disc (please indicate which disc) of the completed film with a Bonus Disc of all featurettes on the music and musicians with rare and behind the scenes footage PLUS a 5 CD Bundle of the Zydeco Musicians profiled in the film (Joe Hall, Wayne Singleton, Chubby Carrier, Geno Delafose and Donna Angelle) PLUS a t-shirt (please indicate size), as well as a Special Thanks in the credits plus a shout out on social media platforms AND our email updates to keep you notified on the film's progress.

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    Executive Producer Credit! ATTEND THE OFFICIAL PREMIERE screening in Lafayette, Louisiana, birthplace of Zydeco music, where you will meet and mingle with the crew & cast at the After Party! Currently, the Premiere is scheduled for April, 2013. (Travel and Lodging costs are not included). PLUS A LIMITED EDITION Standard DVD or Blu-ray disc (please indicate which disc) of the completed film with a Bonus Disc of all featurettes on the music and musicians with rare and behind the scenes footage PLUS a 5 CD Bundle of the Zydeco Musicians profiled in the film (Joe Hall, Wayne Singleton, Chubby Carrier, Geno Delafose and Donna Angelle) PLUS a signed poster (11X17) PLUS a t-shirt (please indicate size), as well as a Special Thanks in the credits plus a shout out on social media platforms AND our email updates to keep you notified on the film's progress.

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