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Toronto - The newIMAX® film Hurricane on the Bayouwill carry audiences on a journey deep into the heart of Louisiana — before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. The film is both a musical celebration of New Orleans as well as a haunting document of Katrina’s powerful effects. Opening on October 12, 2007 at the Ontario Science Centre’s Shoppers Drug Mart® OMNIMAX® Theatre, Hurricane on the Bayouwill leave audiences with a greater appreciation for the need to restore the city, an understanding to protect the vital wetlands and a respect for the people and their spirit.
For centuries the Louisiana swamps have held ecological secrets of hurricanes: what drives a hurricane, when will they happen and how to protect from them. But the bayou is disappearing, at a rate of one acre every 30 minutes. Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray originally set out to tell the story and sound the alarm on this environmental calamity. He wanted to demonstrate what would happen if a hypothetical category 5 hurricane were to hit New Orleans. Little did he and his crew know that one of the worst hurricanes in history was on the approach and their imaginary nightmare would soon become a reality.
The film follows a group of musicians who explore the beautiful alligator filled bayous, a fragile home to unique animals and plants and uncover the electrifying culture of New Orleans. By recounting their personal stories of Katrina the musicians bring the focus to the rapidly disappearing wetlands. Reunited a year later they see a city in the throes of recovery and hope for the future with concerted efforts of preservation and restoration of the wetlands.
“Hurricane on the Bayouis not just the moving story of how four remarkable musicians survived Katrina and are facing the future, nor it is just the story of how the destruction of the wetlands is wreaking devastation for both humans and animals,” says Greg MacGillivray. “I think it is really about the tremendous value of New Orleans and Louisiana to our nation. I hope we reveal what a treasure this city is – a wild swampland that turned into a fantastic center for music, food and the enjoyment of life itself. To lose New Orleans would be an unthinkable tragedy.”
State of the art CGI effects recreates the fury of the storm made all the more dramatic by the size of the IMAX theatre screen. Eerie never-before-seen aerial footage of the storm’s aftermath provides a new perspective on the city that is different from what most people saw on television.
The film features; legendary singer and songwriter Allen Toussaint, Cajun blues guitarist and wetlands activist Tab Benoit, 14 year old fiddling prodigy Amanda Shaw and zydeco accordion master Chubby Carrier. The film was directed by Greg MacGillivray (Everest and Coral Reef Adventure) and is narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep.
Hurricane on the Bayouis produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational
Foundation and distributed by MacGillivray Freeman Films. Executive produced by Audubon Nature Institute with major funding from the State of Louisiana. Presented by The Weather Channel. http://www.hurricaneonthebayou.com/
The Ontario Science Centre uses science as the lens to inspire and actively engage people in new ways of seeing, understanding and thinking about themselves and the world. The Centre is also a leading developer of interactive exhibitions for science centres around the world. The Ontario Science Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario.