About the film

René is a Haitian immigrant who moves to Louisiana in search of a better life. When an elderly woman in hospice care demands a French-speaking caregiver, she learns that René intends to abandon his own culture in exchange for becoming “a true American citizen.” It’s only then she feels brave enough to open up and share her own story of American assimilation and the great cost that came with it.

About the Filmmakers

Born and raised in Lafayette, La., Logan LeBlanc is a writer, director and cinematographer. Logan previously worked in the camera department on several features and music videos before deciding to become a full-time cinematographer. He has since written, directed, and photographed several narratives, documentaries, music videos and commercial projects. Logan is the director of 17 Year Locust.

Website: lmleblanc.com

A native of Bossier City and current resident of Lafayette, La., Allison Bohl Dehart aims to explore the intimacy and legacy of Louisiana in her works as a film producer, director and cinematographer. Allison won New Orleans Film Festival awards for the short-documentaries I Always Do My Collars First and Raised on Rice and Gravy, two films that find beauty in south Louisiana folklife. She has filmed music videos and concert documentaries featured in Rolling Stone, Flood, and Paste Magazine. As a director, Allison’s first feature length documentary Bending Lines about sculptor and mathematician Robert Wiggs, premiered at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Allison is the co-producer of 17 Year Locust.

A native and resident of Lafayette, La., Peter DeHart is co-founder and creative director of Makemade, a multi-faceted design studio and filmmaking company. An industrial design graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, his work expands across many creative fields and a variety of mediums. With graphic design, products, films and illustrations focusing on simplicity, playfulness and clarity, Peter's work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Advertising Federation, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and Alexandre Trauner ART/Film Festival. Peter is the co-producer of 17 Year Locust.

Website: makemade.com | Instagram: @makemade_

Presented by Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Full Credits


Stevenson Jean


Becca Begnaud

Man in Park

David L. Vallot


Monique Morton


Juliane Denis


Matt Mick

Staffing Agent

Allison Bohl DeHart

Young O

Emma Moore

Runner in Park

Jon-David Mahoney


Logan LeBlanc


Logan LeBlanc
Trevor Navarre


Allison Bohl DeHart
Peter DeHart
Stevenson Jean
Becca Begnaud

Director of Photography

Logan LeBlanc

Production Designer

Emily Kingston


Trevor Navarre


Chad Viator

French Script Consultant

Jean Denis
Matt Mick

Consulting Producer

Julie Bordelon

Production Assistant

Camille Broussard

Production Designer

Emily Kingston

Art Department Production Assistant

Alayna Cannon

Camera Operator

John Paul Summers

1st Assistant Camera

Lucius A. Fontenot


Jon-David Mahoney

Grip & Electric Swing

Jeremy Gegenheimer

Key Grip

Chase Guidroz


Matthew Koesy

Sound Mixer

Aaron Thomas

Hair & Makeup

Nikki Jordan

Digital Imaging Technician

Trevor Navarre

Still Photographer

LeeAnn B. Stephen


Trevor Navarre


Sam Howells

Sound Design

Allison Bohl DeHart
Peter DeHart


Chad Viator

Title Artwork

Olivier "Oski" Vilaire

Special Thanks

Aaron, Adam, and Ida Mae Thomas
Patrice Courtaban
Laura Strauss
Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority
Colleen Levy
Rebekke Miller
Scott Niemeyer
Brittany Bourdreaux
Christopher Robert
Brian Crutchfield
Erin Greenwald
Reve Coffee Roasters
Julie Bordelon
David Crochet
Clint Bowie
Bronson Sarver
Fallon Young
LA Creole Show
Matt Mick, Marguerite Justus, and Peggy Feehan at CODOFIL
Francis Pavy
La Fondation Louisiane
Ryan Hebert
Mike Mitchel and Terri Morgan at Lafayette Transit System
Terri Wyble
Lafayette Consolidated Government
T.G. Herrington
Sadie LeBlanc
Natalie Kingston
Lily and Anna LeBlanc
Brian C. Richard
Rick and Vickie LeBlanc
Renella Matthieu
Brad and Gail DeHart
Georgio Russo
Amelie DeHart
Camille Broussard
Al and Doris Bohl
Tony Navarre
Jen Grey Bonne Terre Vacation Rentals

Blog | The '17 Year Locust' Team Reflect on the Conversations That Shaped Their Film

Filmmakers Logan LeBlanc, Allison Bohl DeHart, and Peter DeHart share their experience making "17 Year Locust," and the value of sharing such stories with the world.
Blog | The '17 Year Locust' Team Reflect on the Conversations That Shaped Their Film