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A LOUD COLOR
Director: Brent Joseph
Producer: Brent Joseph
Winner of the LEGACY AWARD
ABOUT THE FILM
About A LOUD COLOR from Producer & Director Brent Joseph
I was asked by Tim Ryan at NOVAC (a nonprofit video access center in New Orleans) to contribute to a series of short films he was producing. He wanted to provide a local voice to the endless Katrina coverage that was filling the airwaves in the wake of the hurricane. “60 Minutes” had just run a story that called New Orleans a “sinking ship.” There was a sense of hopelessness in the mainstream media coverage and Tim wanted a group of local filmmakers to go out and find stories of people who were determined to fight the difficult odds and rebuild the city.
My intended audience comprised of people who cared about the struggle for education in minority neighborhoods as well as those interested in post-Katrina New Orleans. In the end, the film was made as a grassroots effort to inform people of the courage and determination of New Orleanians to strengthen their community.
This film follows Louis Harding as he rebuilds the community center he opened just one month before Hurricane Katrina hit and destroyed his work. Despite the setback, 72-year-old Harding refuses to give up on his mission to combat poverty in New Orleans. He discusses the importance of history, heroes and self-esteem in the black community and explains why making his dream a reality is more important now than ever before.
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