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Join an Online Video Chat with the Filmmakers of “Getting Back to Abnormal”

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Update: This chat has ended (watch the video at Thank you to all who participated and submitted questions.

Filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler will join POV for a live video chat on POV’s Google+ page on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 12:30-1:15 PM ET (9:30-10:15 AM PT) to discuss their new documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal.

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.

Ask the filmmakers your questions by posting a comment below or on Google+.

Here is an overview of the event:

Where: Online on POV’s Google+ page

When: Tuesday, July 15, 2014, from 12:30-1:15 PM ET (9:30-10:15 AM PT).

Who: Filmmakers Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, Peter Odabashian and Paul Stekler will be the guests.

How: Go to the Google+ event page to watch the live video. Let us know you’re coming and get your questions in early by RSVPing on the Google+ event page. You can also leave your question as a comment on this post or by tweeting with the hashtag #docchat. If you are accessing the chat via a mobile device, you will need the Hangouts app which must be synced to YouTube. Download the app for iOS or Android devices. If you miss the event, revisit this page later for a recorded video of the discussion.

On Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of Getting Back to Abnormal on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from July 15 to August 12, 2014.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Laura Botsford

    Absolutely loved the documentary! It has heart and a personable connection with the true spirit of New Orleans. I was captivated by the genuineness of Miss Barbara and Stacy as the thread of the campaign in your film. They wove a story of the devotion an appreciation for the diversity of the city and it’s indomitable spirit to move forward and yet keep the reassure of its unique culture. Well Done and a standing ovation.

  • Michael Goodwin

    Hey Louis! Hey Andy! I heard this was a great documentary but had no idea you were involved until I saw the credits. It’s just like your earlier films: brilliant, crazy, complicated, inspiring, thoughtful. Congratulations, old friends! Mike Goodwin