Music after Katrina
Hurricane on the Bayou
Review by Ross Anthony

This review is based on a rough-cut screening in April 2006.

Wow! Even unfinished, this is a powerful piece of cinematography, nature, story telling, and history. I was pretty much blown away with the big huge shots of the devastation and large scale reconstruction efforts.

This is a situation that needed the big screen to be comprehended. We all saw it on our little TV sets. We saw images of flooding and tragedy over and over, day after day. But our little TV's just couldn't communicate the scale -- even if we watched it 24 hours a day for a month. If you want a more actual size understanding of Katrina's devastation on the people of the New Orleans area and beyond -- see this film.

For this very reason, however, you may worry that the large format filmmakers are simply being opportunistic. That is not the case at all. They started filming in New Orleans prior to Katrina.

The film follows four local musicians -- their heart connection with the area, the wetlands, and how Katrina toppled their lives. The film feels very genuine, personal, and bold. It's colossal in its imagery, and quite warm in its coverage.

The rough-cut is like an early rough draft. It still had elements that were missing -- sometimes the screen went black where soon-to-be acquired film should be. This is normal for a rough-cut. Oddly, I felt these "black outs" worked quite well to communicate the feeling of overwhelming destruction.

I recommend it highly and have only one suggestion. Since the Mississippi soot situation seems to be quite a problem -- I would like to have it better explained.

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  • Hurricane on the Bayou. Copyright © 2006.
  • Directed by Greg MacGillivray.
  • Screenplay by Greg MacGillivray.
  • Produced by Greg MacGillivray at MacGillivray/Freeman.

Grade..........................A (3.5/4)


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