Surviving Katrina is just Square One

Prizewinning local filmmaker Susan Hamovitch has made a featurelength documentary that follows a storm survivor from New Orleans’ hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, Susan Boutwell LaGrange, through the first four years after Katrina as she struggles to lift her family out of poverty.

Prizewinning local filmmaker Susan Hamovitch has made a featurelength documentary that follows a storm survivor from New Orleans’ hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, Susan Boutwell LaGrange, through the first four years after Katrina as she struggles to lift her family out of poverty.

Kerhonkson filmmaker’s Stood for the Storm at Rosendale Theatre

Out of great traumas come great stories, testifying to the heartening human capacity for forging creation out of destruction. Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath have already inspired some impressive onscreen interpretations, including the HBO series Treme, Spike Lee’s documentary When the Levees Broke and Benh Zeitlin’s lyrical fiction feature Beasts of the Southern Wild. Now a prizewinning local filmmaker, Kerhonkson-based Susan Hamovitch, has made a featurelength documentary that follows a storm survivor from New Orleans’ hard-hit St. Bernard Parish, Susan Boutwell LaGrange, through the first four years after Katrina as she struggles to lift her family out of poverty.

The movie is titled Stood for the Storm, and it gets its New York State premiere this Saturday afternoon at the Rosendale Theatre. Producer/director Hamovitch will be on hand for a live question-and-answer session following the screening. “My goal for this film is to begin the conversation about what a major disaster engenders over the long term and what we must do as a community, as a nation to ease that struggle for our fellow citizens,” she writes on the film’s website, www.stoodforthestorm.com, where you can also view a trailer. Discussion of the impacts of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on our own region seems pertinent and likely.

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Admission to the 2 p.m. screening of Stood for the Storm this Saturday, September 26 costs $10, with part of the proceeds to be donated to Levees.org. The Rosendale Theatre is located at 408 Main Street (Route 213) in Rosendale. For more information visit www.rosendaletheatre.org.

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