Tuesday, August 23, 6pm – Miami Tower, 100 SE 2nd Street, Miami
Miami Tower, Sky Lounge, Miami Jazz Society and Community Cultural Discovery Exchange present 2011 Downtown Jazz Series Miami Tower Film Series Community Building and Education Series. Free Admission.
5â€“6pm â€“ 19th Floor Auditorium: Reception, Free Food platter and Cash Bar & Snacks
6â€“10pm â€“ 11th Floor Sky Lounge:Â Â Cash Bar and Food
6pm – When the Levees Broke
With a runtime of over four hours, this HBO-produced Spike Lee documentary is the definitive word on Hurricane Katrina. Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, causing the levees that had previously kept the city from flooding to burst, which led to death, destruction, and homelessness on an alarming scale. Lee carefully plots the buildup to the hurricane, using many of the key figures in the city–such as mayor Ray Nagin and local radio show hosts–to outline the warnings given to residents. The film then covers the hurricane itself, showing gut-wrenching pictures of dead bodies and people pleading to be saved, before it settles into a lengthy discourse on the government response to the tragedy. Celebrities such as CNNs Soledad OBrien, Sean Penn, and Harry Belafonte all appear, but Lee mainly focuses on the words of those who somehow made it through Katrina and lived to tell the tale.
8:15 pm – If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise
For this sprawling sequel, Spike Lee returns to the scene of his Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. He begins with images of New Orleans in the wake of Katrina before fast-forwarding to the 2010 Super Bowl in which the Saints emerged triumphant. But one football game can’t change everything, and serious problems remain. Aside from residents, scientists, pastors, and politicians, he speaks with famous figures, like reporter Anderson Cooper; musician Terence Blanchard, who provides the stately score; and actors Wendell Pierce, star of Treme, and Brad Pitt, who launched a foundation to help rebuild the Ninth Ward. (Some subjects also appeared in the first film.)