The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour announces the north shore premier of ‘Forgotten Bayou’
The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour continues with the north shore premier of FORGOTTEN BAYOU, 70 min., Sunday, Sept. 17, 2 p.m., Abita Town Hall, 22161 Level St. The award-winning documentary by director Victoria Greene tells the story of the 35-acre sinkhole that formed five years ago and forever changed the lives of the 350 Bayou Corne residents. Followed by a Q&A with director Victoria Greene. FREE Admission.
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The Pontchartrain Film Festival Tour will present the north shore premier of the award-winning film “Forgotten Bayou,” a feature-length documentary about the Bayou Corne Louisiana Sinkhole.
The Honey Island Sierra Club and Abita Ready for 100 will host the free screening at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at Abita Town Hall, 22161 Level St. in Abita Springs. Director Victoria Greene will be in attendance for a question and answer session about the film.
The Bayou Corne Sinkhole formed five years ago and forever changed the lives of 350 Assumption Parish residents. A mandatory evacuation was ordered, and residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks.
Greene dedicated four years to documenting the disaster, and a community coping with its aftermath. Featuring interviews from current and former community members, Texas Brine employees, scientists and government officials, Forgotten Bayou chronicles the events leading up to the tragedy and the ways the sinkhole, created by mining of an underground salt dome, continues to change the landscape of the area's wetlands.
“The tragedy of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole is significant not just to Louisiana, but to the entire world,” Greene said. “We put a face on this disaster, humanize it, by sharing stories and experiences from the very people who lived through it.”
The screening is free, and doors open at 1:30 p.m. A reception follows, with environmental scientist Wilma Subra and residents from Bayou Corne joining to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the disaster.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival brings award-winning documentary films on tour through October, leading up to the sixth annual festival Nov. 3-4, 2017. The tour continues with the Louisiana festival premier of “Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Sees and Stories" directed by Christina Melton, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Covington Trailhead.
The PFF Film Tour is an opportunity to bring documentary films and filmmakers into settings where there can be interaction with their audience and discussions about the films and the filmmaking process.
The Pontchartrain Film Festival is a project of the nonprofit Olde Town Arts Center. For information, visit www.pontchartrainfilmfestival.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.