On the eve of another hurricane heading straight for New Orleans, coincidentally on the week of the anniversary that Hurricane Katrina ravaged the coastal city in 2005, I’d like to share a short film I made in that wonderful place. In 2011, I visited New Orleans, Louisiana and toured the Ninth Ward. I made a short film with iPhone 4, using the app “8mm” titled “Ten Commandments.” The film features local New Orleans musicians as well as the poem with inspired the film’s name as read by it’s author and among many other things, the AMAZING poet Jericho Brown, (which might be the biggest understatement of my blog’s short history).
For me the film serves to show the disparity between the rich and the poor, through juxtaposing the ritzy, up kept stretches of St. Charles Street with the still dilapidated state of the Ninth Ward, even thought many of the homes, although not all, have been revamped and “George Jetsoned” by Brad Pitt’s generous endeavor. In the Ninth Ward, some of the original ruin still lies on site, whereas all the streets and lawns that stand on St. Charles Street are manicured more than a metro-sexual living in early 2000’s San Francisco Bay Area….
Anyways be safe New Orleans!