(Update: Be sure to check out Dan Zak's piece on Harry Shearer in the Washington Post)
We all know what happened in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, right?
Humorist and New Orleans resident Harry Shearer's documentary, The Big Uneasy, gets the inside story from the people who were there and what he finds might make you a little angry. As the film's trailer proclaims: "People didn't have to die." Shearer speaks to the investigators who poked through the muck as the water receded and a whistleblower from the Army Corps of Engineers who reveals that some of the same flawed methods responsible for the levee failure after Katrina are being used to rebuild the system expected to protect the new New Orleans.
There's still time to get tickets to see Tuesday's special screening sponsored by the Project on Government Oversight and DC Labor FilmFest at AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, Maryland. You can also attend a reception before the movie hosted by The Ridenhour Prizes and The Fertel Foundation of New Orleans at nearby McGinty's. The reception is free, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.
WHAT: Special Whistleblower Film Series Screening of The Big Uneasy and a special post-screening discussion with director Harry Shearer and featured whistleblower Maria Garzino.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
WHERE: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road
WHO: Filmmaker/Actor Harry Shearer starred as Derek Smalls in This is Spinal Tap and provides the voice for Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders and others in The Simpsons; Maria Garzino was the engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers who raised warnings about the defective pumps installed after Hurricane Katrina.