By Jonathan Demme, Brooklyn Demme, Sean Gallagher • 2022 • Documentary • 90
Five months after Hurricane Katrina, filmmaker Jonathan Demme and writer Daniel Wolff traveled to New Orleans to document what would become of this great American City. They only planned a few visits. Fifteen years later, the over 500 hours of footage remained archived and the project was never finished – until now. Despite Jonathan’s death in 2017, his last film discovers that the recovery of New Orleans is more than just brick and mortar; it’s a struggle to revive the spiritual heart of the city.
Jonathan Demme began his career as a writer and producer with Roger Corman in 1971 and directed and produced more than 40 movies. His films have been nominated for 20 Academy Awards, including Beloved, Melvin and Howard, Philadelphia, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s Who Am I this Time?, Rachel Getting Married, The Manchurian Candidate, and Silence of the Lambs, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director in 1991.
His documentaries and performance films include Cousin Bobby, The Agronomist, Haiti Dreams of Democracy, Stop Making Sense, Swimming to Cambodia, Neil Young Heart of Gold, Neil Young Trunk Show, Neil Young Journeys, Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains, I’m Carolyn Parker, The Good the Mad and the Beautiful, New Home Movies from the Lower 9th Ward, Tavis Smiley’s Been In the Storm Too Long and Enzo Avitabile Music Life.
Jonathan Demme portrait ©JBFC/Russell Peborde
Directors: Jonathan Demme, Brooklyn Demme, Sean Gallagher
Production year: 2022