From one of the city's most celebrated chefs who manned a soup kitchen to the hardware store owner who kept looters at bay while providing vital supplies, director Hanson Hosein and producer Tom Powers have captured the spirit of resilience and innovation of New Orleans' independent business owners in their documentary film, Independent America: Rising from Ruins. It is the inspirational story of the small businesses that risked everything to resurrect their neighborhoods after the worst natural disaster in American history -- even as they are now challenged by government policies skewed to favor corporate chain retailers.
What: World Premiere of Independent America: Rising from Ruins (www.independentamerica.net)
Where: Massey's Professional Outfitters (upstairs), 508 N. Carrollton Ave,
When: Saturday August 30, 2008; 6-9 pm
6 pm - First seating
7 pm – Light refreshments and discussion with filmmaker
8 pm – Second seating
Who: Open to the public. Suggested donation: $10, with proceeds benefiting Stay Local
Seating is limited: call 232-7821 or email email@example.com to reserve a space.
This film is being held in conjunction with a daylong conference, "New Orleans Speaks: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For."
For more information about the conference, or to view a trailer of the film, go to theneworleansinstitute.org