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Come Hell or High Water April 29 Broadcast and Live Chat

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the journey of Derrick Evans, who moves home to Mississippi’s Gulf Coast when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. The documentary will air on WORLD Channel’s series America Reframed on April 29, 2014 (8 […]
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D.C. Premiere of Come Hell … March 30 with Special Guests

Updated February 27, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Leah Mahan at www.leahmahan.com/contact COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, A DOCUMENTARY ON THE STRUGGLE TO SAVE A MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY SETTLED BY FORMER SLAVES, HAS ITS WASHINGTON, D.C., PREMIERE MARCH 30, 2014 Free screening with special guests on the final day of the Environmental Film Festival in the […]
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Come Hell or High Water with Reel Power at Power Shift

Last weekend Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek went to Power Shift, the world’s largest youth gathering of climate activists. The film was one of several showcased there by Reel Power, a project of Working Films that brings together filmmakers and activists “fueling the energy revolution.” This is the fourth Power […]
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Come Hell or High Water – Gulf Coast sendoff

UPDATE: The film received the 2013 New Orleans Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary Feature. Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek had its premiere Sunday at the New Orleans Film Festival, and the theater was full of old friends and new ones. Derrick Evans and Reilly Morse (Mississippi Center for Justice) joined me after the […]
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NEW ORLEANS PREMIERE OCT. 13 of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

After a dozen years making a film about a Gulf Coast community struggling to survive, what could be more fitting than a premiere screening at the New Orleans Film Festival? The screening of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek on Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m. will be followed by a Q&A […]
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What’s Possible: Documenting Disaster and Renewal

Cross posted from WHAT’S POSSIBLE: THE TIDES BLOG On April 20, 2010, the day BP’s oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi Gulf Coast community of Turkey Creek — which I had been making a documentary about for almost a decade — happened to appear on the front page of USA Today. […]

A Community Photo Project Asks “Why Save Coastal Louisiana?”

(Cross-posted from Leah’s blog on Bridge the Gulf) Searching for a way to mark the one-year anniversary of the BP oil disaster, I thought about a series of photographs I saw recently from Lower Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. They weren’t images of coastal destruction, they were the faces of people young and old holding up a […]

Media That Matters in 2011

“Storytelling is a sacred and beautiful art that we have to continue passing down, whether it be in film, whether it’s on radio, whether it’s on the Internet, whatever multimedia platform that we have to prepare ourselves for, the way that we do it is through telling those stories.” – Al Letson, host of State […]

A different take on Turkey Creek’s epic story tonight on The Daily Show

(Cross-posted from Leah’s blog on Bridge the Gulf) When I heard that The Daily Show was sending one of its “correspondents” to Turkey Creek (in coastal Gulfport, Mississippi), I tried to imagine how a brief satirical “news” segment might shed light on a story I take seriously, and one that I’ve been documenting on video […]
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New media for communities effected by the oil disaster

BridgeTheGulfProject.org launched this summer and it was rewarding to see how it became a useful tool for fishing communities impacted by the BP oil disaster. We produced a series of videos about community leaders and documented the efforts of independent fishermen who have been finding oil and dispersant in their fishing grounds. See Ada McMahon’s video […]
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