Date: Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Building: Woldenberg Art Center, Freeman Auditorium
Location: uptown campus
Newcomb-Tulane College Cocurricular Programs and the Reading Project of Tulane University present a screening of Trouble the Water, a harrowing first-hand account of being trapped in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. There will be a post-film discussion with the film’s producers and directors Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.
**Just added to the panel: Kimberly Rivers Roberts & Scott Roberts, the film's main protagonists, plus Brian Nobles, the Roberts' friend who is also featured in the film.
About the Film:
Nominated for an Academy Award for best feature documentary, Trouble the Water takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. It's a redemptive tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes - two unforgettable people who survive the storm and then seize a chance for a new beginning.
The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall, with 24-year-old aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts using her new video camera to film herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. "It's going to be a day to remember," Kim declares. With no means to leave the city, and equipped with just a few supplies and her hi 8 camera, she and her husband Scott tape their harrowing ordeal as the storm rages, the nearby levee breaches, and floodwaters fill their home and their community. Shortly after the levees fail, their battery dies.
Seamlessly weaving 15 minutes of this home movie footage with archival news segments and verite footage shot over the next two years, directors Deal and Lessin tell a story of remarkable people surviving not only failed levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past.
About the Filmmakers:
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin both produced and directed Trouble the Water, for which they received an Academy Award nomination.
Lessin's other film production credits include Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story, Fahrenheit 9/11, the Academy Award-winning Bowling for Columbine, Martin Scorsese’s No Direction Home: Bob Dylan and Charles Guggenheim’s Oscar-nominated film Shadows of Hate.
Deal co-produced Capitalism: A Love Story in 2009, was the Archival Producer for Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, and has contributed to many other documentary films. He previously worked as an international news producer and has reported from natural disasters and conflict zones in the United States, Latin America, and Iraq.
Sponsored by: Reading Project, Newcomb-Tulane College
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Parents, Prospective undergrads, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors
Tickets: Not required
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