HURRICANE ON THE BAYOU | Movie Reviews + Features | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


IMAX documentary filmmaker Greg MacGillivray has a knack for happenstance. His 1998 film Everest coincidentally captured an expedition turned deadly. Perhaps he should have expected that in the summer of 2005, shooting for an IMAX documentary about Louisiana's vanishing bayous would be interrupted by the film's worst-case scenario: a massive hurricane that devastated New Orleans and surrounding communities. Ultimately, MacGillivray combines lovely pastoral footage from the bayous (the large format makes even alligators look like graceful beasts) with the dreadful aftermath of Katrina (you've seen it before, but never this big and wide). Incorporating the experiences of four New Orleans musicians before and after Katrina, Hurricane strains for a hopeful closing note, for both man and bayou. But given how poorly a culturally and economically vital city has been revitalized, the future doesn't look rosy for the imperiled wetlands, populated by voiceless birds, gators and snakes. Rangos Omnimax Theater, Carnegie Science Center (AH)



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