Leah Mahan Productions

Come Hell or High Water – Audience Award and Onward!

I’m pleased to report that Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek received the Audience Award for Documentary Feature at its premiere at the New Orleans Film Festival, and the new year promises to be a busy time as we share the film around the country. (Announcements soon about screenings in DC and other cities.) Thank you […]
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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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Returning to Turkey Creek

Tonight I shared Come Hell or High Water at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Turkey Creek, where important moments in the documentary were filmed. I was so honored by the warm response. It was powerful to hear people talk about their experience watching the film — the pain of reliving difficult times, the joy of seeing […]
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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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Love’s Sweet Old Song

When I was searching for a title for my documentary about Howard and Barbara I came across the lyrics to Love’s Old Sweet Song: “So till the end, when life’s dim shadows fall, Love will be found the sweetest song of all” Earlier this week was the 10th anniversary of Howard‘s death and I called […]

Making music for COME HELL OR HIGH WATER

Monday was a great day in the long life of the Turkey Creek documentary, which is now titled COME HELL OR HIGH WATER: The Battle for Turkey Creek. Composer and musician Derrick Hodge recorded a live session for the score, with guitarist Marvin Sewell, percussionist Herlin Riley and harmonica player Dale Spalding. At the end […]
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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 moment to remember at the Sundance Doc Edit Lab

My life as a mother and a documentary filmmaker sometimes seems like a film that’s out of sync. But there was a wonderful moment this summer when everything clicked. I had been invited to bring the rough cut of my Turkey Creek documentary to the Sundance Documentary Editing and Story Lab but considered declining the invitation […]
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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 […]