The Big Uneasy
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Wed., Aug. 17: One-time-only special screening of The Big Uneasy followed by a QA with director and NPR host Harry Shearer.
“An indispensable part of any history of New Orleans before, during and after Katrina.” —The New York Times
The Wall Street Journal is the BAMcinématek and BAM Rose Cinemas sponsor.
As the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, on Wednesday, August 17 at 8pm, BAMcinématek is pleased to host acclaimed comedian, ”mockumentarian,” and NPR host Harry Shearer for a special screening of the actor-director’s first documentary, The Big Uneasy. A riveting account of the flooding caused by Katrina and why it could happen again, the one-night-only screening will be followed by a Q&A with Shearer.
New Orleans resident Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This is Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind) gets the inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented. Shearer speaks to the tireless investigators and experts who poked through the muck as the water receded and uncovers a courageous whistleblower from the Army Corps of Engineers.
His dogged pursuit of the facts reveals that some of the same flawed methods responsible for levee failure during Hurricane Katrina are being used to rebuild the system that is expected to protect the “new” New Orleans from future peril. In short segments hosted by actor John Goodman (Treme), Shearer speaks candidly with local residents about life in New Orleans. Together, they explore the questions that Americans outside the Gulf region have been pondering in the years since Katrina: Why would people choose to live below sea level? Why is it important to rebuild New Orleans? Shearer’s film also features never‐before‐seen video of the moments when New Orleans began to flood and the painstaking investigations that followed. Likewise, the film demonstrates what awaits people on the inside who try to report painful truths to the powers that be.
The Big Uneasy marks the end of ignorance about what happened to one of our nation’s most treasured cities—and serves as a stark reminder that the same agency that failed to protect New Orleans still employs the same flawed science in many other cities across America. Of course, why it took the bass player from Spinal Tap and the voice of Flanders, Smithers and Mr. Burns to reveal these tragedies is a story unto itself.
98 min. Directed by Harry Shearer, produced by Karen Murphy and ChristineO’Malley, special appearance by John Goodman
8 p.m., $7 for BAM Cinema Club Members, $12 for General Public: tickets
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Lafayette Ave (Downtown Brooklyn)