“After the Storm” Documentary at Asheville Arts Center

November 10, 2009 at 2:52 pm 3 comments

AfterTheStormAACPoster“After the Storm,” a documentary about a post-Katrina production of “Once on this Island,” was shown on November 14th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm at the Asheville Arts Center thanks to a generous contribution from Volvo Construction Equipment.

A group of NYC filmmakers joined forces to head down to New Orleans after Katrina to produce a timely production of the musical “Once on this Island.” They auditioned all local kids, who were also all Katrina survivors.  Broadway actor Gerry McIntyre, a member of the original Broadway cast of “Once on this Island,” acted as director.

“We can’t be more pleased that the folks involved in the documentary are letting us share this story with the community,” said Chuck Taft, Asheville Arts Center Owner.  “It is an amazing story of hope and courage.  And a wonderful testament showing that art actually can help heal.”

The Asheville Arts Center’s Acting Academy is doing a production of “Once on this Island” in Asheville in December and taking it to the Jr. Theatre Festival in Atlanta in January.  The documentary gives them a first-hand look at kids, their own age, who have actually experienced what the characters in “Island” express.

Ann Mahoney, the Director of the Asheville Arts Center’s production of “Island” and a Hurricane Katrina survivor herself says, ‘“Once on this Island” centers around a group of Haitian peasants, who are eternally at the mercy of the wind and sea. In the course of the show they see several storms and floods, in which many huts are washed away. Needless to say, the Katrina survivors featured in “After the Storm” truly understood what being at the mercy of the wind and sea meant, as well as being too familiar with many huts washing away.”

“After the Storm,” which until now has only been shown in NY, will also include a live Q&A session after the first screening with Gerry McIntyre, who will also be working with the Asheville Arts Center’s Academy kids on Friday, during their “Island” rehearsal.

”After the Storm” is Directed by Hilla Medalia, Produced by Hilla Medalia, John and Ed Priddy, with Executive Producers: John and Ed Priddy, James Lecesne  and the Director of the show Once On This Island- Gerry McIntyre.

Check out the trailer!

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