Latest Trouble the Water Stories

2008-09-26 21:00:21

By John Beifuss I'm afraid that Hurricane Katrina ranks alongside the so-called War on Terror as a subject that weary Americans want to pretend to forget. But "Trouble the Water" shouldn't be missed. This documentary - inspired by the remarkable home-movie footage of Ninth Ward resident Kimberly Rivers Roberts, and partly shot in Memphis - is a tribute to human resilience and adaptability. The movie is certainly political (President Bush is shown muttering platitudes at the appropriately...

2008-08-29 18:00:28

By JOHN FLESHER TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - They make movies that deal with unpleasant topics such as war and racism, yet are entertaining and even humorous. They're passionate, mischievously creative, politically liberal. Does this sound like "Michael Moore The Next Generation"? If so, there's a good reason. These filmmakers once worked with Moore on pictures such as "Roger & Me" and "Fahrenheit 9/11." Now they're turning out documentaries of their own. "Michael's body of work has...

2008-08-22 21:00:17

By Bob Strauss Film Critic A week before Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, 24-year- old aspiring rapper and Ninth Ward resident Kimberly Roberts bought a $20 camcorder on the street. She turned it on for the first time the day before the storm made landfall, then again and again as the waters rose and no help came for days, until the battery died. Fifteen minutes of her astounding, terrifying footage anchors the documentary "Trouble the Water." But it's arguably not even the...

2008-06-24 02:29:54

SILVER SPRING, Md., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners, culminating the weeklong Festival activities that included screening 108 films representing 63 countries, free outdoor screenings and live performances, and a five-day concurrent International Documentary Conference attended by over 650 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals exploring the documentary in action,...

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