Hurricane on the Bayou
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Shot before and after the unprecedented devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the documentary brings into focus the startling loss of Louisiana's rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands that are New Orleans' first line of defense against deadly storms. Told through the personal stories of four musicians, both legendary and rising, who are drawing attention to this environmental calamity. The story is both a document of Katrina's powerful effects, and a profound musical celebration of the city that has been called the "soul of America." It is a call to restore New Orleans and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"The narrative is built one happy cliche at a time until the story of Katrina ceases to be about appalling environmental neglect, or the colossal failure of the federal government to manage a disaster."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino."
‑ Erika Gonzalez, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Hurricane on the Bayou makes its points in a compelling, and moving, manner."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
"not simply another 'isn't it tragic' picture of the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina. The movie spends just as much time celebrating the joyous music that has always been a part of New Orleans..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Although its subject matter gets tossed around a little, "Hurricane on the Bayou" always gets its message across."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"A classic 'before and after' document, terrific images of what was once there, actual footage of the storm itself, moving TV news coverage of the disaster and a conclusion that's more optimistic than it has any right to be."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Katrina will end up changing the entire South, from Houston to Florida, for decades to come, yet Bayou still insists on its upbeat gospel ending."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"[Features] a knockout soundtrack, some very impressive gators and two irresistible forces: Hurricane Katrina and 14-year-old fiddler and eco-warrior Amanda Shaw."
‑ Arthur Salm, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Though some of the images of the aftermath will seem chillingly familiar, there is ample aerial footage of the destruction that carries a deeper impact because of the wide screen."
‑ Edward Ortiz, Sacramento Bee
"It's a gumbo stew of a movie in which all the ingredients don't meld neatly, but then it has an excuse: Nature beat it to the punch."
‑ Bridget Byrne, Boxoffice Magazine
"The smart, classy Hurricane on the Bayou preaches an invaluable environmental lesson for children and parents: Don't monkey with the ecosystem without expecting payback."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands."
‑ Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"...amazing footage of Katrina's aftermath..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"This is an often-moving film, but its approach to life in post-Katrina Louisiana is hopeful, even celebratory."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The film's originally speculative scenario became reality on Aug. 29, 2005."
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
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