Jim Sullos, Jr. President and CEO of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. of Tarzana, Calif., along with Burroughs' great-granddaughters Dejah and Llana Jane Burroughs, will be presented the proclamation on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday, April 12th.
This event is in conjunction with the release of a new documentary "Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle" and the reissue of the original film "Tarzan of the Apes" at the first ever Tarzan Festival in Morgan City on April 13 - 14 at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
The documentary by Al Bohl of Bossier City and his daughter Allison Bohl of Lafayette has been four years in the making. "I was told that the filmmakers left apes and monkeys behind in the swamp when they finished production on the first Tarzan film in Morgan City in 1917. After research I found many incredibly interesting events connected with the making of the film," said Bohl.
The Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle Festival begins Friday evening April 13 with the premiere of the documentary at 7:30. There will fun events for the entire family all day Saturday, starting with a 5K run, a Tarzan yell contest, a Tarzan and Jane look-a-like contest, a rock wall, jungle jump, Tarzan tug-a-war and other athletic events. Damon Troy and the Final Five will entertain with their special blend of Cajun and Zydeco music. Tarzan movies will play all day. The documentary will show again at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday evening at 7:30 the original silent motion picture "Tarzan of the Apes" will be shown accompanied by the West Edge String Quartet as they play a new orchestral score written by Kermit Poling. Tickets for the films are available at the Municipal Auditorium for $10 or both films for $15 per person for cash or check made payable to the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau. The festival is free.
A year-long Tarzan: Lord of the Louisiana Jungle exhibition opens at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson telling the story of the Tarzan film made in St. Mary Parish. It features a wonderful display of Tarzan artifacts and memorabilia throughout the 100 years of the famous character. One item is a painting done by the chimpanzee "Cheeta" from the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies series.