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wade in the water

April 15, 2008

this is elizabeth and her boyfriend gabriel

these two little darlings made a movie called “wade in the water”. they went down to new orleans post katrina and gave a group of young students cameras to film their lives. the resulting video was then gracefully edited into the documentary. i just received an e-mail from elizabeth who is down in new orleans right now for the films premiere this friday.  their documentary was the ONLY “recommended film of the week” in the local Gambit- which is the the #1 weekly newspaper for arts & entertainment in New Orleans (like the Village Voice.) im so happy and proud of them. they have been working their ass off to make this film. not only that, my heart applauds them for choosing to make a film that is extremely socially important on many levels. i met her through my ex boyfriend 3 years ago, and i hope to know her for many more. she has an extremely strong spirit and a kind soul. a 5 foot bundle of joy. i wish them nothing but luck becuase they truly deserve it. it is a film the world needs to see. here is the review from the Gambit:

“Wade in the Water is one of the treasures salvaged from the wake of the levee failures. Filmmakers Elizabeth Wood and Gabriel Nussbaum moved to New Orleans to work with students in reopened public schools. They equipped students at Singleton Charter School in Central City with video cameras in order for them to tell their own stories. The two then edited that work into a remarkable look at the students’ lives that delves far below the surface of Katrina wreckage. There are raw and candid scenes of young people talking about their families, preparing for the LEAP test, and violence and guns in their neighborhoods ” from fear to bragging about gun ownership. One girl takes viewers on a tour of her house that interrupts her brother cleaning two pistols, and he relishes posing with the guns held up. Their stories touch on everything from families living in crowded FEMA trailers to coping with the stress of rebuilding to graduating from eighth grade and having a school dance. Through some of the bounce of hand-held cams and fuzz of their audio, the kids record a vivid portrait of their otherwise daily lives in a toxically mixed up time and place, and it documents the extraordinary efforts made to get a school open in fall 2005. The film screens in the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival.” — Will Coviello

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