The Laughing Man by Zack Godshall

  • October 26, 2022 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts (MTS)

    101 West Vermilion Street
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Ticket Price $9.00 This event is now over

The Laughing Man is a tragicomic portrait of part-time actor and occasional twin of Jesus Christ, Thomas Alan Williamson. Though known for his infectious laugh, Thomas has lived a life haunted by tragedy, mental illness, and estrangement. He’d like to visit his dying father back home in Texas, but Thomas faces homelessness in Louisiana and every day is a struggle to survive. A mosaic of verité encounters, interviews, photographs, first-person confessionals, phone calls, and hand-written journals, the film creates an intimate connection with a remarkable individual who is but one of the millions seeking shelter under our freeways and refuge in our hospitals.

Following the screening, Zack will be joined by Elsa Dimitriadis of ARCH  and Alton Thornton of Acadiana Cares in a panel moderated by Christiaan Mader of The Current to discuss homelessness and mental health in the Acadiana region.

The film was supported in part by New Orleans Film Society’s Southern Producers Lab and the Louisiana Board of Regents.


Louisiana native Zack Godshall makes films about unsung people and places that exist along the fringes of culture. His films have been acclaimed by The New York Times, The Atlantic, and Oxford American, among others and played at the Sundance Film Festival, on The Documentary Channel, and on Zack earned an MFA in film directing from UCLA and currently teaches film and screenwriting at Louisiana State University.


Directed by Zack Godshall 

Featuring Thomas Alan Williamson 

Produced by Jillian Godshall

Music by Daniel Coolik

Date & Time

Wed, Oct 26, 2022 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Venue Details

Acadiana Center for the Arts (MTS)

101 West Vermilion Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501 Acadiana Center for the Arts (MTS)
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.  

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.  

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.

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