10TH ANNUAL KATRINA ARTISTICALLY REVISITED
The 10TH ANNUAL KATRINA ARTISTICALLY REVISITED SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE EVENT on the 10th anniversary since Katrina, Friday, August 28, 2015 at THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE (333 Canal Street, Shops at Canal Place, New Orleans, La.), offers more artistic responses to “everything Katrina” in its program this year than ever before with expanded hours from Noon to Midnight.
Katrina Artistically Revisited has been presented free to the community for a decade now by Patty Lee St. Martin and Armand St. Martin with several sponsors and many participating artists. (This milestone year several major films will be a $5 donation; everything else is still free.)
This special event has a Lobby that will be filled with Katrina-themed offerings such as a photographic exhibits, Podcasts, Octavia Books, book signings, a slide show on computer, mingling and meeting participating artists, and sharing Katrina stories with other attendees. A continuous program in the Theatre will offer award winning feature length films, authors, guest speakers, live music performances, award winning short films, movie trailers, first responder stores, Q&A with all the participating artists, and more.
In the Theatre, the 10th Annual Katrina Artistically Revisited special event offers feature films: Harry Shearer’s “The Big Uneasy” about the levee breaches that inundated and destroyed most neighborhoods in the Greater New Orleans area, with Q&A by Harry Shearer; Director Alexander Glustrom’s “Big Charity: The Death of America’s Oldest Hospital” with Q&A; “Quentin Road Bible Baptist Church Responders Starting the Day After Katrina” about pastors from Lake Zurich, Illinois traveling in their own helicopter to immediately help local Lamb Ministries with recovery; Craig Kraemer’s “Swimming Against the Holy See: New Orleans Church Closings” with Q&A; and, Ghost Rider Pictures’ Steve Scaffidi’s “Forgotten on the Bayou,” about Rockey Vaccarella from St. Bernard Parish who survived Katrina on his rooftop then towed his FEMA trailer to Washington to request lunch with the President. Rockey and Steve Scaffidi will be in attendance for Q&A.
Every artist participating with their artistic response to Katrina will be in attendance for Q&A.
The Theatre Lobby will feature Tom Lowenburg (with Q&A) and his Octavia Books table-display of beautifully published Katrina books for sale with book signings by Judy Walker, and by John E. Wade II. Also in the lobby will be featured a photo exhibit of “Selected Photographs from the ‘Hurricane Documentary Project’ shot by Staff Photographer Mark J. Sindler for the Louisiana State Museum System;” a mini-photo exhibit by Cheron Brylski of Katrina Photos by Harold Baquet, to honor her late husband Harold Baquet; also, “Katrina Aftermath: A Slide-Show of the Hardest Hit Areas of New Orleans” displayed on computer by The Advocate writer Dean Shapiro with Q&A. For attendees, there will be meeting and greeting artist participants while mingling in the Lobby and sharing Katrina stories, as well as Craig Kraemer’s Podcasts: “Post-Katrina Interviews with Notable New Orleanians: Antoinette K-Doe, Frank David, Leah Chase, Armand St. Martin, and Archbishop Hannon. For-purchase-food/drinks will be available in the Lobby at Gusto Cafe and Bar.
Also in the Theatre there will be live performances of Katrina songs and New Orleans Classics performed by local musician favorites Armand St. Martin, Steve Allen, Dr. Edward St. Martin, Otis Bazoon, Hannah Schulingkamp, and Al Bernard, with song titles such as “Waitin’ for My Trailer,” “Contraflow,” “Katrina,” “We’ll Meet Again,” “Orleans Lullaby,” “What a Wonderful World,” “What It Means to Miss New Orleans,” and more. Guest Speakers will include the President of Crescent Pilots AJ Gibbs about “River Pilots and Katrina” with Q&A; Judy Walker with her cookbook, “Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from the Times Picayune” with Q&A; John E. Wade II’s “Katrina Thoughts” with Q&A; and, New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) Director Erica Dudas speaking about “Katrina Accomplishments of NOMAF” with Q&A. Robert Lynn Green, Sr. will recount his “Lower Ninth Ward Katrina Story Never Before Told in Public.” He and his family rode on their rooftop as their house swirled down Tennessee Street in the flood – – stopped only by finally hitting a tree. He has devoted his life to sharing his Katrina story. “Second Line – Second Life,” a short film by Rick Lavine, M.D. chronicles Robert L. Green’s second lines in the Lower Ninth Ward since Katrina. Both guests will be available for Q&A.
From uptown New Orleans, Chaplain McEnery will share some of his wealth of personal first responder stories including how he rescued locals from the flooded streets in a power boat which remains a major part of the Louisiana State Museum’s Katrina Exhibit at the Presbytere. Libba McEnery’s moving film short, “You Lift Me Up,” shows the McEnery’s Lamb Ministry successes with their inner-city ministry kids and how out-of-town Christian teams came regularly through the years to help rebuild with Lamb and teach Bible classes since Katrina.
In the Theatre, award-winning short films and movie trailers will also be shown at the 10th Annual Katrina Artistically Revisited special commemorative event. “HOME” by filmmaker Matt Faust won First Place for a Documentary Short Film at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in NY (among multiple other worldwide awards). “HOME” is a brilliant masterpiece not to be missed, as is his trailer for his film, and his Q&A. He lost his home in Chalmette. Local Dennis Couvillion, a professional photographer, will present his short film, “Stillness. . . the aftermath of Katrina,” which is a poignant retrospective masterpiece that has been featured yearly at every Katrina Artistically Revisited since the very first Katrina anniversary. He lost his home in Lakeview. Richard Cahn’s film short is “Katrina: One Day After at Bayou St. John,” where his family home is located. “Project Katrina” by designer Chris Madden with Patrick Madden, is a short film that documents how Madden’s company decorated renovated homes in Mississippi after Katrina. The New Orleans Kids Camera Project is a slide show with photos taken by Katrina children and set to live music in the Theatre by participating musicians.
10 seconds of silence and 10 seconds of a single bell ringing will remind attendees “to remember those who perished and to honor those who survived.”
Sponsors: GEORGE SOLOMON, THE THEATRES AT CANAL PLACE, JOHN E. WADE II, THE NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS ASSISTANCE FOUNDATION (NOMAF), VIVIAN AND RICHARD CAHN, WORLD 10, OCTAVIA BOOKS, DOUG WHITFORD, KRAEMER ADVERTISING, GHOST RIDERS PICTURES, THE LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM, PATTY LEE RECORDS.