NEW IBERIA, La. --- September 8, 1935, is a date many remember as the day former Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey Long was shot. In actuality, only one man died that day — Dr. Carl A. Weiss. He has been persecuted throughout the ensuing years for shooting Long. “Accident and Deception” is a 15-minute documentary based on a book by Dr. Donald A. Pavy, a country doctor with a lifelong quest to recapture that day and clear the family name. Legal justice may never be served, but, eyewitness stories reveal details that cannot be ignored.
This project was inspired by conversations between Dr. Donald Pavy and Vicky Branton, a writer intent on telling the doctor’s story about a practice that spanned 64 years before retirement. What he told her instead has fascinated thousands without achieving the goal he hoped would come from his passion — family honor.
The short documentary “Accident and Deception” will premiere at the Iberia Film Festival's opening reception on Aug. 1, at the Sliman Theater (129 E. Main St.) in New Iberia. Next door is the Bayou Teche Museum. The short will become a permanent public display in the new political exhibit to be installed following current renovations.
The documentary is being produced in partnership with Education Value Entertainment Inc., founded in 2001 by Vicky Branton, and Ardent Flame Media Group under the direction of Carrie Davis Simon and Mark Davis.
How to Donate:
Donations are now being accepted to help with production of this documentary and to further the cause of exposing the daunting death of Weiss, an assassination of an unarmed man. Tax deductible gifts can be directed to The New Iberia Museum Foundation, 501c3 for the Bayou Teche Museum in New Iberia. Your contribution will help Dr. Pavy tell his story — and could clarify part of Louisiana’s tainted history. Contributions are tax deductible. Donors, unless otherwise requested, will be acknowledged in the credits for their contributions to the making of this project.
Please make checks payable to:
New Iberia Museum Foundation
Bayou Teche Museum - Pavy Project
131 E. Main St.
New Iberia, LA 70560.
Dr. Pavy’s book is available on Amazon.com or at Books Along The Teche bookstore in New Iberia.
Cover-art posters, numbered and signed by the artist and Don Pavy, are available upon request for contributions exceeding $100. All proceeds benefit the Pavy project.
For more information, contact Vicky Branton at (337) 322-1664.