In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Time Inc. and Rampante present "New Orleans: Here & Now" – a short-form documentary series executive produced by New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson and "NCIS: New Orleans" star Scott Bakula, which also spotlights the talents of emerging filmmakers – 6 short docs on real people living in a post-Katrina New Orleans.
"New Orleans, Here & Now" is the first premium video content produced and distributed by Time Inc. in partnership with Rampante, Academy Award-winning Killer Films ("Still Alice," "Boys Don’t Cry") and Field Office Films, a New Orleans-based company created by the producers of "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Available exclusively to Time magazine subscribers on Time.com, "New Orleans, Here & Now" is also available to purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
Directed by filmmakers connected to the city of New Orleans, films of note in the series include 2 directed by filmmakers you would be familiar with: Darius Clark Monroe ("Evolution of a Criminal") and Angela Tucker ("Black Folk Don’t," "Afropop: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange").
Monroe directed "Two Cities" which "recounts what it means to be part of the displaced New Orleans population in Houston."
And Tucker’s film is titled "The Older Fish" which "follows four dynamic high school seniors, who were eight years old when Katrina hit, as they prepare for graduation."
Katie Dellamaggiore, Zach Godshall, Lily Keber, and John Maringouin round out the list of directors commissioned for the project.
Their film contributions to "New Orleans: Here & Now," with descriptions follow:
– "The Best Eva 1.5" (directed by John Maringouin) "chronicles the triumphs of Tiffany Junot to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Champion of the World."
– "The Boatman" (Zack Godshall) "shares an oyster farmer’s love for a boat that he’s been building for decades and his family."
– "Everything is To Be Continued" (Lily Keber) "examines how music is at the heart of the people and the rich culture of New Orleans through the eyes of the TBC Brass Band members."
– "Labor of Love" (Katie Dellamaggiore) "explores a multi-cultural family’s bond, food culture, and the Vietnamese population that is part of the fabric of New Orleans."
To watch the entire collection of short films, you have several options as listed about (subscribe to Time.com, purchase on VOD platforms like iTunes and Amazon), etc.
However, Entertainment Weekly was granted an exclusive look at Darius’ film, which is embedded below for you to watch in full. If I can get my hands on Angela’s contribution, I’ll update this post with it (or you can always watch it via Time.com, iTunes, Amazon, etc).
Until then, here’s Darius Clark Monroe’s "Two Cities." You’ll find a trailer for the series underneath.