ABOVE THE LINE: SAVING WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE will premiere in its final form at the New Orleans Film Festival on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Prytania Theater (uptown).
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees failed, Willie Mae Seaton's famed Scotch House restaurant, like so many others, succumbed to the rising water.
Over the past two years, restaurateur John Currence, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and volunteers from near and far have worked to restore this culinary and cultural landmark. The documentary, by film maker Joe York, chronicles the effort to get Ms. Seaton back in her kitchen, cooking the red beans and rice and fried chicken that earned her a James Beard Award in 2005, just three months before Katrina. By extension, the film highlights the kinds of small victories that serve to engender optimism in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Also on the must see list at the New Orleans Film Festival, FAUBOURG TREME, THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS, written by SFA member, Lolis Eric Elie and TOOTIE'S LAST SUIT, produced by SFA member, Randy Fertel. Both films take on the issues of race and racism which were laid bare in post-Katrina New Orleans.