By Corrie Glanville
In advance of Ameriville, ArtsEmerson is screening three films that center around New Orleans: Les Blank’s Always For Pleasure, a portrait of street celebrations, the Boston premiere of Tootie’s Last Suit that explores the vivid Mardi Gras culture and the Academy Award nominated documentary Trouble the Water, an intimate snapshot of Katrina and its aftermath.
When the Levees Broke (2006)
Filmed in the months just following Hurricane Katrina, director Spike Lee dissects the devastation of New Orleans, the fury of its residents, the inadequate government response and the effectiveness of the current levees with regard to future storms. The New Yorker’s David Denby called Lee’s wrenching documentary “surely the most magnificent and large-souled record of a great American tragedy ever put on film.”
Hurricane Season (2010)
Based on actual events, the compelling Forest Whitaker stars as a high school basketball coach in Jefferson Parish, across the river from New Orleans, who manages to assemble a team of players from rival schools struggling with personal loss in the wake of Katrina. Through perseverance, discipline and hope, they find themselves on the way to the state championship.