Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Another Katrina Doc: Walking on Dead Fish

Posted By on Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 6:40 PM

I hesistate to label this as a movie that's straight out of the Hollywood "twin movie" doctrine — one released at the same time as a very similar movie — but it does bear much resemblance to "Trouble the Water." Biggest difference, though, is that this is a movie about East St. John and how it took on displaced football players and integrated them into their own program. That and this movie is narrarrated by Terry Bradshaw and might win out for the most interesting title.

Speaking of, the movie's official site actually explains the title:

With each step, I felt bone like breaks beneath his feet.  Afraid to look down, I finally did....we weren’t walking on leaves on an autumn day in Princeton, we were “WALKING ON DEAD FISH.”

The site also goes on to explain why this became the title of a film about a high school football team:

Having lunch with a friend, I told him that the fish served as a metaphor for what the people of New Orleans had to endure. Whether its walking on dead fish in order to get to school like my kids; or citizens walking around dead bodies, animals and garbage to get home, they had to walk over something in order to survive.  Later that day I went to the editing room and there it was....me stepping into three feet deep waste.  My sneakers were ruined.  I pulled them off and threw them into a garbage dumpster overflowing with foul water.  The impact caused the foulness to splash up on me.  I nearly lost it.  Caught on tape, I couldn't deny it.  It wasn't dead fish, but the point resonated and I finally understood what these people had do endure.  Walking on Dead Fish seemed to sum it all up. 

Let's hope we won't be walking on any more dead fish any time soon.

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