Hurricane Katrina

Walker, Janet. "Moving testimonies and the geography of suffering: Perils and fantasies of belonging after Katrina." Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies; Feb2010, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p47-64, 18p UC users only

The Axe in the Attic
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, two filmmakers, drawn together by outrage, take a sixty-day road trip from New England to New Orleans. Along the way they meet evacuees and witness the loss, dignity, perseverance and humor of people who have become exiles in their own country. The breakdown of trust between a government and its citizens, the influence of race, class, and gender, as well as the ethics of documentary filmmaking itself, form the backdrop for this universal story of the search for home. Directed, and written by Lucia Small and Ed Pincus. 2007. 110 min. DVD X195

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Big Easy to Big Empty: The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans
Reporter Greg Palast investigates the government's management of planning and relief for Hurricane Katrina. On his arrival to view the relief efforts, he discovers the population of New Orleans is minuscule, the reconstruction sparse, suicide rates climbing, and that many citizens have not, or even know how to return to the city that care forgot. Special features: "Tomorrow's New Orleans: whose city will it be?", a half-hour conversation with Amy Goodman and Greg Palast; excerpt on Katrina and New Orleans from Palast's book, Armed madhouse; extended interviews from LSU's Hurricane Center; booklet featuring "Busted" report by Greg Palast; Crescent City Music, the "New Orleans comes alive, one year later" slideshow. Filmed and edited and co-produced by Big Noise Tactical Media. 2006. 30 min. DVD 8325

Homelessness Marathon, February 15-16, 2006, Atlanta, Georgia (The Ninth Annual)
A marathon radio program of issues surrounding homelessness in America with interviews and panel discussions by service providers, authors in the field, and homeless persons. This program broadcast from Atlanta, Georgia includes three segments on the experiences of homeless persons during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. 14 sound discs (ca. 14 hrs.) Sound/D 234

If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise
This follow-up to director Spike Lee's documentary, When the levees broke: a requiem in four acts, focuses on the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, five years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Bookending stories of individual heartache and perseverance are two momentous events: the historic 2010 Super Bowl victory by the New Orleans Saints and the disastrous British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Contents: Disc 1: Feature, Part 1 (ca. 120 min.) -- Special feature: Optional audio feature commentary by Spike Lee ; Disc 2: Feature, Part 2 (ca. 120 min.) -- Special features: Optional audio feature commentary by Spike Lee -- Pickin' up da pieces (ca. 67 min., 2010) ; featurette with never-before-seen interviews ; directed by Spike Lee; editor, Barry Alexander Brown). Director, Spike Lee. 2010. 240 min. DVD X6859

Inside Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina's path and power were known and its arrival was also known. Yet, somehow, when it slammed into the Louisiana coast with Category 4 winds and an equally strong storm surge, no one was prepared for the chaos it unleashed. Using comprehensive analysis of events, hours of government audio tapes, and personal interviews, sheds new light on the fateful decisions of those in charge and the struggles of those fighting to survive its impact. c2005. 92 min. DVD 5530

The Katrina Experience. Disc 1, A Compilation of Short Films
An eye in the storm (USA, 2006, 20 min.) / directed by Neil Alexander -- Still standing (USA, 2006, 7 min.) / directed by Paola Mendoza -- New Orleans furlough (USA, 2006, 10 min.) / directed by Amir Bar-Lev -- After Katrina: rebuilding St. Bernard Parish (USA, 2006, 22 min.) / directed by Adam Finberg. Eye on the storm: A stunning video diary offering up first person accounts that go way beyond the television coverage, beginning from the day the hurricane barreled its way into the lives of New Orleans' residents through their struggles to make sense of the aftermath. Still standing: A filmmaker comforts her Columbian grandmother as they examine the wreckage of her home in Waveland, Mississippi after the hurricane. The vulnerability of the foreign and the elderly is poignantly revealed, as well as this grandmother's surprisingly indomitable spirit. New Orleans furlough: A member of the National Guard returns from Iraq and sees in New Orleans' devastation a new mission. But his personal demons make him as dysfunctional as our own government was in coping with the tragedy. After Katrina: rebuilding St. Bernard Parish: A sensitive elegy to a working-class community's destroyed neighborhood and its passionate commitment to rebuild. We are offered intimate views of the nitty-gritty challenges that confront its residents. 2006. DVD 6048

The Katrina Experience. Disc 2, Desert Bayou
During Hurricane Katrina, without their knowledge, nearly 600 African Americans were airlifted to the almost entirely white state of Utah. This film seeks to examine whether two cultures can come together in a time of utter chaos, or whether their differences will prove too great a challenge to overcome. In their own words, evacuees tell how they survived the storm of the century only to end up at a military installation in the deserts of Utah. 2006. 76 min. DVD 6049

The Katrina Experience. Disc 3, New Orleans Music in Exile
Like their neighbors, the legendary New Orleans music community was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Music documentarian Robert Mugge creates an emotional portrait of horror, heartbreak, and hope as the musicians who lived through the disaster pick up the pieces and try to rebuild their lives. New Orleans artists comment on how broken levees, flood, looting, and black mold wreaked havoc on music and life in this colorful city. Directed by Robert Mugge. 2006. 112 min. DVD 6050

The Katrina Experience. Disc 4, Tim's Island
On August 29, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, sixteen people, seven dogs and eight cats took shelter in Tim's loft in an old dairy in New Orleans. When the levees broke, they found themselves surrounded by eight feet of water with a clear view of others stranded and access to news reports of the dire circumstances at the Superdome -- meanwhile, they had to find a way to survive. A wry study of group behavior under severe stress as Tim's houseguests cope with survival. 2006. 85 min. DVD 6051

Killer Hurricane: Anatomy of Katrina
Taking viewers inside the worst natural disaster in recent American history, this program reconstructs major events that unfolded prior to, during, and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina's landfall. Beginning with the National Hurricane Center's efforts to track the storm, the video illustrates Katrina's merciless path across the Gulf Coast region in chilling detail. Compelling, on-the-scene accounts from survivors in the hardest-hit areas - and exclusive interviews with federal and state authorities, including FEMA officials - create a comprehensive picture of Katrina's tragic effects on infrastructure, economic conditions, and human lives. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2005. 44 min. DVD 8886

Land of Opportunity
A character-driven documentary that interweaves the stories of a diverse group of people struggling to rebuild post-Katrina New Orleans. Juxtaposing different perspectives, from urban planners to immigrant workers to public housing residents, we see how the story of this city is the story of urban America. Filmed over a period of five years, this is a ground-level view of a situation that has been widely discussed but rarely seen with such texture and complexity. Extras include: Back On the Block (3 min.): In the summer of 2010, Tr'Vel Lyons returns to New Orleans and reflects on how it has changed, and St. Joe (9 min.): originally commissioned by New Orleans artist Bob Tannen, this video is a visual dirge to the bricks that built public housing in New Orleans. Producer, director, editor Luisa Dantas. Dist. New Day Films. 2010. 97 min. DVD X7053

Law & Disorder
Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. This year-long, ongoing collaboration among Frontline, ProPublica, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Director, Thomas Jennings. Originally broadcast as an episode of Frontline on August 25, 2010. 60 min. DVD X5417

The Storm
In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina -- a category 5 hurricane -- hit the U.S. Gulf coast, devastating New Orleans and causing the largest displacement of people since the Great Depression. This film examines the first critical hours of local, state, and federal emergency response to the hurricane. 2005. 60 min. DVD 5159

Storm that Drowned a City
Featuring eyewitness testimony, takes an in-depth look at what made Hurricane Katrina so deadly and analyzes how, despite technically sophisticated flood and storm defenses, this event has resulted in unprecedented destruction for the Gulf Coast. In less than 12 hours on August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana coast, leading to more than a thousand deaths and transforming a city of over one million into an uninhabitable swamp. Combining a penetrating analysis of what went wrong with a dramatic, minute-by-minute unfolding of events told through eyewitness testimony, investigates such questions as: What made this storm so deadly? Will powerful hurricanes like Katrina strike more often? How accurately did scientists predict its impact, and why did the levees protecting New Orleans fail? Originally broadcast on Nova in 2005. 56 min. DVD 5531

Treme: The Complete First Season
Performers: John Goodman, Wendell Pierce, Steve Zahn, Melissa Leo, Michiel Huisman, Lucia Micarelli, Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens, Clarke Peters. In this television series amid the ruins of New Orleans, ordinary people--musicians, chefs, residents--find themselves clinging to a unique culture and wondering if the city that gave birth to that culture still has a future. Contents: Disc 1. Do you know what it means / director, Agnieszka Holland ; written by David Simon & Eric Overmyer. Meet de boys on the battlefront / director, Jim McKay ; teleplay, David Mills -- Disc 2. Right place, wrong time / director, Ernest Dickerson ; teleplay, Eric Overmyer. At the foot of Canal Street / director, Anthony Hemingway ; teleplay, George Pelecanos. Shame, shame, shame / director, Christine Moore ; teleplay, Lolis Eric Elie -- Disc 3. Shallow water, oh mama / director, Brad Anderson ; teleplay, Tom Piazza. Smoke my peace pipe / director, Simon Cellan-Jones ; teleplay, David Mills & Davis Rogan. All on a Mardi Gras Day / director, Anthony Hemingway; teleplay, Eric Overmyer -- Disc 4. Wish someone would care / director, Dan Attias ; teleplay, George Pelecanos. I'll fly away / director, Agnieszka Holland ; teleplay, David Simon. Originally broadcast in 2010. 632 min. DVD X5589

Trouble the Water
Aspiring New Orleans-based rapper Kimberly Rivers Roberts ((a.k.a.: Black Kold Madina) films her experiences in the 9th Ward the day before, during & in the two years after Hurricane Katrina. As the hurricane began to rage and the floodwaters filled their world, Kim and her husband Scott continued to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors. The couple returned to the devastation of their neighborhood in New Orleans, only to be met by appalling repeated failures of the government. Special features: Deleted and extended scenes ; conversations with the directors, subjects, film critic Richard Roeper, and executive producer, Danny Glover ; theatrical trailer. Directed and produced by Tia Lessin and Carl Deal. 2008. 96 min. DVD X2784

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Full Frame Documentary Festical - Best Picture

Trying Days
A is a look at government action and inaction after Hurricane Katrina, and how the people of New Orleans organized to fight the injustice at the heart of the rebuilding process. Media Insurgente was a film collective that operated from 2005-07. Its mission was to capture important contemporary struggles for social justice. 23:35 min. DVD X2751

A Village Called Versailles (Làng Versailles (Vec Sai))
A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Director, S. Leo Chiang. 2009. 67 min. DVD X3195

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Lam, Mariam B. "A Village Called Versailles." Visual Anthropology Review, 2010, Vol. 26 Issue 1, p52-53, 2p UC users only

Wade in the Water
Through a mixture of private videos, and uncensored interviews, the children of New Orleans' violent Central City neighborhood have created a riveting look at life in New Orleans through the eyes of its children. The film class at Singleton Charter School invited students to take video cameras home and tell their stories expressing their thoughts in the chaos after Katrina. Through their own remarkably honest and unusual footage, we enter the kids shuttered housing projects, flooded homes and darkened streets to discover a New Orleans that was a disaster long before Katrina, a place where role models are scarce and gun violence is normal. Dist.: Cinema Guild. 2007. 75 min. DVD X2112

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
An extensive documentary covering a wide variety of perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced. Special feature (Discs 1 & 2): Optional audio commentary by filmmaker Spike Lee. Directed by Spike Lee. Originally produced as a television documentary in 2006. 255 min. DVD 6725

When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
An extensive documentary covering a wide variety of perspectives on the pivotal events that preceded and followed Katrina's passage through New Orleans, a catastrophe during which the divide between race and class lines has never been more pronounced. Special feature (Discs 1 & 2): Optional audio commentary by filmmaker Spike Lee. Directed by Spike Lee. Originally produced as a television documentary in 2006. 255 min. DVD 6725


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Emmy Awards - Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking; Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
Peabody Award
Venice Film Festival - Human Rights Film Network Award; Venice Horizons Documentary Award

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