Hurricane On The Bayou
Hurricane on the Bayou—a new giant screen production from MacGillivray Freeman Films in association with Audubon Nature Institute—takes viewers on a breathtaking tour of one of the most vibrant places in America, the Louisiana bayou and the city of New Orleans, a place overflowing with life, love, music and heartbreaking natural beauty. Here, in the region’s bountiful coastal wetlands, alligators, humans and other wildlife have lived in harmony for centuries. Tragically, these wetlands are eroding into the sea at the speed of one acre every thirty minutes, leaving the entire region more vulnerable to major hurricanes. Hurricane on the Bayou offers an emotional portrayal of this environmental calamity and the staggering effects of one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history, Hurricane Katrina.
MacGillivray Freeman Films has documented tragedy before in the breakthrough film Everest. In Hurricane on the Bayou, MacGillivray Freeman brings the same sensitive and emotional depiction of Hurricane Katrina's devastation as told through the stories of some of Louisiana’s most celebrated musicians whose lives were dramatically affected by the storm—rock 'n roll Hall-of-Famer and world-famous jazz pianist Allen Toussaint, gospel legend Marva Wright, Cajun rock n’ blues guitarist Tab Benoit, 14-year-old Cajun fiddler Amanda Shaw, and zydeco accordion master Chubby Carrier. With the full force of the IMAX® theatre medium, the film documents the rapid decline of the wetlands, which protect the coast as natural buffers against hurricanes; tracks the impending arrival of Hurricane Katrina; and documents the deadly storm's aftermath and effects on the wetlands and citizens of New Orleans. The resulting images are among some of the powerful ever to be seen on the IMAX® theatre screen.
Hurricane Katrina was not always a part of the film’s story. When Katrina hit in August 2005, the MacGillivray Freeman filmmakers had just completed production in New Orleans on a film about what could happen if a major hurricane hit the city. The film was intended as a warning about the destructive effects of a natural disaster just like Katrina. When Katrina touched down just four months later, it inevitably became part of the story, and the filmmakers returned to New Orleans to record the hurricane’s devastating aftermath in the IMAX® format.
Narrated by Academy Award®-nominated actress Meryl Streep and featuring a moving soundtrack that includes the best of New Orleans blues and gospel spirituals, Hurricane on the Bayou continues MacGillivray Freeman’s tradition of producing films that promote greater conservation of our natural world and cultural heritage. It is both a festive, blues-infused celebration and a somber environmental warning, a poetic tribute to America’s most unique city and an emotional call to action, and it presents a deeply moving case as to why we must save our country’s environmental and cultural treasures.
HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and executive produced by Audubon Nature Institute with major funding from the State of Louisiana. It is produced and directed by two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray.
Run Time: 45 minutes
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