Monday, November 29, 2010

Trouble the Water screening

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Filmmakers Carl Deal and Tia Lessin host a free screening and discussion (6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Tulane University's Freeman Auditorium) of their award-winning film Trouble the Water, one of the best documentaries made about Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures. The filmmakers were set on making a documentary about the the National Guard's role in the storm response, but then they met Kim and Scott Roberts. The two 9th Ward residents had not evacuated prior to the storm, and Kim had caught amazing footage of the flooding on a camcorder. The first half of the film covers her neighbors preparing for the worst, the Roberts' seeking refuge in their attic and amazing scenes of floodwaters rising above street signs. The film retraces their escape from the flooded neighborhood, their displacement and return. It's an amazing chronicle of how their family coped with that extended experience.

The film was nominated for an Oscar and won the grand jury prize at Sundance and the best documentary prize at the IFP Gotham Awards.

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