When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in August 2005, neighborhoods across the city were flooded. But nowhere was devastation greater than in the Lower Ninth Ward, a neighborhood bordered by the Industrial Canal and the Mississippi River, home to a vibrant African-American community and one extraordinary woman. Several months later, Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme and producer Daniel Wolff set out to document the devastation and rebuilding of the Crescent City.
After Demme met Carolyn Parker and gained permission to film her progress, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a deeply personal character study of the courage and resiliency of this fierce, opinionated matriarch and community activist. I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful, shot over the course of five years, is Demme’s intimate, unvarnished chronicle of Parker’s five- year crusade to rebuild her beloved neon-green house, her church, her community—and her life.
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