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World Premiere of Katrina Doc: Burn on the Bayou

May 14, 2008

Burn on the Bayou, the Missisippi film about an unlikely group of volunteers cleaning up after Katrina has its world premiere at the Santa Cruz Film Festival tomorrow night.

At the end of August 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, devastating over 90,000 square miles. Mississippi officials calculated that 90% of the structures within one half mile of the coastline were completely destroyed. Two thousand miles away, a group of volunteers emerged from an event in the Nevada desert: Burning Man. The unlikely group that converged in Biloxi and Pearlington, Mississippi had in common the shared experience of collaborating and building in harsh environments and the strongly held belief that when people need help, you help them. The film documents the group of volunteers over seven months of work following the storm, and it features interviews with both volunteers and residents.

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