Spike Lee Katrina Documentary Premieres Tonight on HBO
To help set the mood for this evening's premiere of Spike Lee's documentary about Hurricane Katrina, here's a video of Marcia Ball performing Randy Newman's "Louisiana 1927." Ball is a blues singer who grew up in Vinton, Louisiana, with a piano style that combines elements of zydeco, swamp blues and boogie woogie. Her rendition transforms the Newman classic into a Louisiana anthem.
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From the HBO web site:
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans. Acts I and II premiere Monday, August 21 at 9pm (ET/PT), followed by Acts III and IV on Tuesday, August 22 at 9pm. All four acts will be seen Tuesday, Aug. 29 (8:00 p.m.-midnight), the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.