Hexing a Hurricane
is a 2006 documentary film
about the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans
. It has been billed as the "First Katrina documentary" released by a New Orleanian. The film is directed by Jeremy Campbell
and distributed by the National Film Network. The film's score was orchestrated by New Orleans artist Eric Laws.
The film begins back when life was "normal" in New Orleans- six weeks before Hurricane Katrina and the associated levee failures devastated the city. Hexing a Hurricane opens with a 9th Ward Voodoo Ceremony at the start of Hurricane Season asking spirits for protection from dangerous storms. After the ominous hurricane strikes a few weeks following the VooDoo service, the film follows locals affected.
Those appearing on screen include Chris Rose (Times-Picayune columnist), Angela Hill (WWL-TV Channel 4 news anchor), Garland Robinette, (WWL (AM) radio talk show host), Harry Anderson (actor, former resident, former local club owner), Irvin Mayfield (musician), Sallie Ann Glassman (artist, Voodoo priestess), along with various people of New Orleans.
Scenes in the film include:
- Members of La Source Ancienne Temple perform a VooDoo ceremony asking powerful spirits to protect New Orleans from dangerous hurricanes.
- Jackie and her fiancee Carl return to the flood-damaged neighborhood of Lakeview to view their devastated home for the first time.
- New Orleans Cultural Ambassador (and Grammy nominee) Irvin Mayfield issues a Call to Action from beneath the unharmed statue of jazz great Louis Armstrong in the French Quarter.
- Acclaimed Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose provides amusing and unfiltered commentary on the local media and regarding day-to-day life after the storm.
- Former sitcom star and longtime New Orleans resident Harry Anderson (Night Court, Dave's World) trades in his Wednesday night comedy act at his French Quarter nightclub for a new role as "town hall" leader.
- Locally famous broadcasters (and former husband and wife co-anchors) Garland Robinette (the Big 870) and Angela Hill (WWL Channel 4) reunite to share a candid conversation together in Jackson Square about personal experiences during a disaster of global interest.
- VooDoo Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman explains why she believed in her protective ceremony for years before the storm hit. She openly admits "what happened" with last year's service and tells a possiblemessage from the spirits regarding the disaster.
- The Rebirth Brass Band performs in the 77th annual Original Prince of Whales club second line parade dedicated to the memory of "all brothers and sisters lost in Hurricane Katrina."
- The film also debuts Beyond Zero, a ballad by street musician "Willow".
- "Best American Documentary" nominee - Rome International Film Festival