New Orleans premiere of a grassroots NOLA indie feature film featuring Harry Shearer, who will be on hand for the Q&A following the screening.
This movie is one reason I've been a little slow about organizing meetups for the last couple of months (that and I'm still looking for logs to do the mushroom meetup!). My wife Helen and I have been working on this movie for almost 5 years, starting with adapting the script from a collection of Helen's short stories. We shot it in Oct/Nov 2009 and have been working on editing, post-production, and submitting to festivals ever since. And now, finally, we get to premiere in our hometown.
What's the Permaculture connection? One of the characters lives completely off-the-grid, squatting an abandoned house in the Lower 9th ward, growing her own food and medicine.
Advance tickets are recommended ($10) and available here: http://neworleansfilmsociety.org/festival/detail/896/Flood-Streets
Winner of Best Picture at the 2011 Action on Film Festival, a Gold Medal at WorldFest-Houston, and Best Director, Runner-Up at White Sands, Flood Streets explores life in New Orleans a little over a year after Hurricane Katrina wiped out most of the city, interweaving characters as diverse and eccentric as the city itself.
Matt Bergeron is a reformed bohemian who is putting aside youthful creative pursuits to start a small advertising business. Madeline Mueller is a rising singer-songwriter, but to pay the bills she’s trying to sell real estate in the devastated Lower 9th Ward. Ruby is an older Creole woman with terminal cancer, who has been happily living without electricity or water inside the bare stud walls of someone else’s abandoned home. Georgia struggles to be a good mother, but her shady schemes to find love and money may put her feisty thirteen year-old, Feliciana, in danger. These and other stories coalesce and explode in a moment of jouissance that could only happen in New Orleans.
A nuanced view of the city and its people, Flood Streets shows the changing landscape of New Orleans as it has never been seen before, dispelling the stereotypes about this tragic, defiant, joyful city.
Hope you can join us! Get in touch with me if you have a lead on logs for the shiitake cultivation workshop. Complete info on what we need at nolashaolin.com/shiitakecult.pdf Also let me know if you have ideas for future meetups!