Double Feature: "Today" & SNEAK PREVIEW: "Land of Opportunity" plus panels
Ticket buys admittance to both screenings - come to either or both!
Dir. Naftali Beane Rutter, 2010, 70 min.
Today is the only film of its kind, the true story of one day in the life of three families in New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina. Stylistically bold, each scene shot with gripping intimacy, this film is about far more than just New Orleans. In the heroism of Robert McPeek, a policeman patrolling the crime ridden city, in the struggle of Alice and Lewis Blaise to catch just one fish to feed their children, in the tragic life passions of young Angelo Stanich Jr.--amidst three fascinating families and their prayers, songs, fights, laughter, and love, Today is the story of a day in the life of America, in all of its beautiful, disturbing, hilarious glory.
AFTER THE FILM:
Q&A with dir. Naftali Beane Rutter.
Land of Opportunity
Dir. Luisa Dantas, 2010, 96 min.
Land of Opportunity, a groundbreaking multi-platform documentary, captures the early years of post-catastrophe New Orleans through the eyes of a diverse group of people. Through their eyes, we experience the ups and downs of an unprecedented urban reconstruction process. Democratic processes fail them, economic crises pull the rug out from under best-intentioned plans, and migration and displacement prove to be a strange bargain. The people in the film are powerful, marginalized, black, white, latino, men, women, opinionated, humble, angry, sad, wise, hilarious, flawed, and often contradictory. Contained in their stories is our story, the story of ordinary people in cities and towns across the world, grappling with extraordinary circumstances much larger than themselves.
AFTER THE FILM:
Q&A with dir. Luisa Dantas. More speakers TBA.
Part of the two-part series "Country Rap: The Gulf States" & "Katrina: Five Years Later" August 20th - September 2nd, 2010 at the Maysles Cinema.
This two-part series sheds a spotlight on hip hop (and its cultural and political antecedents), from a region engulfed in environmental siege with centuries old roots and a New South identity. After considering hip hop's southern migration and local variations, Country Rap transitions into Katrina: Five Years Later, a selection of films that document New Orleans' rich history, lending further gravity to those made in response to the devastation of New Orleans, and efforts towards recovery.
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