Searching for Zachary Richard

A film that goes to meet a major songwriter with musical roots in cajun culture.

  • Stéphane Crocquey / Virginie Hoffmann
    Director
  • Stéphane Crocquey / Virginie Hoffmann
    Writer
  • Volutes Media
    Producer
  • Zachary Richard
    Key Cast
  • Céline Dion
    Key Cast
  • Francis Cabrel
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Sur les traces de Zachary Richard
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes 25 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 17, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    France
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16/9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Semaine Acadienne
    Courseuille-sur-Mer
    France
    August 13, 2021
    Official selection
  • Woodstock Museum
    Saugerties
    United States
    September 2, 2022
    Official selection
  • Auber International Film Festival
    Aubervilliers
    France
    November 30, 2021
    Finalist / Oficial selection
  • Saint-Petersbourg film and television festival
    Saint Petersbourg
    Russian Federation
    December 31, 2021
    Semi-finalist / Official selection
  • Paris Lift off film festival
    Paris
    France
    Official selection
Distribution Information
  • Volutes Media
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Stéphane Crocquey / Virginie Hoffmann

After a stint in Fine Arts and English studies. Stéphane Crocquey was for two years a French-language assistant in Dublin and then in London. On his return to France, he was a radio host for the Ferarock network. It was then that he crossed paths with authors passing through Lille and developed his talent as an interview leader in the company of Howard Butten, Michel Onfray, Pascal Brückner, Amélie Nothomb or Charles Aznavour...
At the same time, he scoured the music scenes with two rock song groups : Cépheïd's and Vereeck. Caught up by his passion for the image, an audiovisual diploma in his pocket, he freelances and signs many subjects on culture, environmental protection and the social and solidarity economy in the region. Trained in documentary writing by Pictanovo, the image community of the Hauts de France region, he directed in 2013 a documentary on the question of origins in a village in the Pas-de-Calais that hosts a migrant camp. In 2015, he wrote and co-directed the documentary "Les enfants de la dune".
In 2017, he signed the transposition for the web of this walk-movie that goes to meet the inhabitants of the coast of the North Sea. In parallel with his work as an author, he is, since 2018, head of audiovisual projects within Volutes Media

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Director Statement

I was in tears after watching "Buena Vista Social Club". Wim Wenders not only revealed the talent of the Cuban artists that were almost forgotten at the time , he also enabled us to have access to the beauty of their music.
"Searching for sugar man" was a great shock as well. The story and the songs of Rodriguez are just amazing. Malik Bendjelloul, the director, did such a great movie. Bringing back to life Rodriguez huge talent.
These documentary films inspired the production of "Searching for Zachary Richard". I was so honoured when Zachary said "yes" to the project. It was made when we were confined and the première was screened online at a time when cinemas where closed worldwide.
The film and Zachary'words and songs undeniably bring beauty to this world like a gift to which i am so happy to have contributed.