PBS Premiere: July 14, 2014
Online: Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 13, 2015
What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? New Orleans is the setting for Getting Back to Abnormal, a film that serves up a provocative mix of race, corruption and politics to tell the story of the re-election campaign of Stacy Head, a white woman in a city council seat traditionally held by a black representative. Supported by her irrepressible African-American aide Barbara Lacen-Keller, Head polarizes the city as her candidacy threatens to diminish the power and influence of its black citizens. Featuring a cast of characters as colorful as the city itself, the film presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. Official Selection of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. A co-production of ITVS.
Getting Back to Abnormal (90 min.)
July 14, 2014
Excellent... A sobering look at the reverberations of segregation, but Abnormal also offers a surprisingly lighthearted glimpse of the Big Easy’s salty-sweet locals.
— Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly
Embodies all the drama of living life in 'post-racial' America.
— Jon Garelick, The Boston Globe
A look at the stark racial, economic and cultural divisions that characterize post-Katrina politics in New Orleans. This is a film unlike any you have ever seen before.
— Charlie Cook, National Journal
Every frame is full of life... New Orleans is always ready for its close-up.
— Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
The filmmakers have deep history here, and a credits list equally deep in cultural exploration and appreciation
— Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune