05 August 2008

Katrina Is Still Going On.

There is a free outdoor screening of the film "Trouble the
in Central Park
Wednesday, August 6th, 8:00pm
at the Reel Harlem Film Fest
Location: Lawn adjacent to the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street between 5th and Lenox Aves.

Rooftop Films and The Historic Harlem Parks Film Festival Present Trouble the Water (Tia Lessin and Carl Deal, New York/New Orleans, 90m)

The Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, Trouble the Water tells the story of an aspiring rap artist and her streetwise husband who are trapped in New Orleans by deadly floodwaters. Armed with a video camera, they show what survival is all about when they seize a chance for a new beginning.
Two weeks after Katrina made landfall, New York filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal flew to Louisiana to make a film about soldiers returning from Iraq who were now homeless. But the National Guard closed off access. Just when the filmmakers were ready to disband their crew, Kim and Scott Roberts, streetwise and indomitable, introduced themselves. Kim had bought a camcorder the day before the hurricane, and using it for the first time, she captured the devastation and its pathetic aftermath, including the selfless rescue of neighbors and the appalling failure of government. The strong center of Trouble The Water, though, are the Roberts themselves who, says Deal, "survived all the storms of their lives not because they were lucky, but because they had intelligence, guts, and the kind of hope that is based in will rather than experience."
"Trouble the Water" will be in theaters starting the weekend of Aug.
22nd (in NYC at the IFC Center).

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