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Kamp Katrina (2007)



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Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, follows Ms. Pearl, a 56 year old Upper 9th Ward resident and Native American, over the course of six months. Ms. Pearl enthusiastically offers her backyard and ten people immediately move into "Kamp Katrina," their self-made tent community. She ends up playing the role of bouncer, psychologist, nurse, mother, domestic abuse counselor, housing advocate and even tourist in her beloved city. -- © Carnivalesque Films
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Critic Reviews for Kamp Katrina

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

The film ultimately is too tedious and meandering to have the desired impact, with its subject matter more appropriate for a short newsmagazine segment than a feature length documentary.

September 10, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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This verite digital video about coping with natural disaster contains exotic characters, tragic hardships, bureaucratic indifference, inner demons and the birth of a crack baby.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Ashley Sabin and David Redmon's gently observational videography and editing let the story emerge without any controlling structure or narration...

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Chicago Reader
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For a much more micro look at the storm's impact upon a small band of New Orleans eccentrics, there's David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's Kamp Katrina.

Full Review… | August 30, 2007
Chicago Tribune
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A touching documentary by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon, introduces us to [residents] of the makeshift Kamp Katrina.

Full Review… | August 24, 2007
New York Post
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Stirring and lurid in equal measure, the film is compelling in its details but queasily detached: verité verging on exploitation.

Full Review… | August 21, 2007
Village Voice
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Audience Reviews for Kamp Katrina

Assembled from over 300 hours of footage, this is a dark and depressingly dreary offering to the gods of dankness. The rays of light were edited out of the story - a nearby artist, and a two month visitor to the camp who quickly realized the nasty subtext that was evolving. The result is a film work of chaos, sadness, spiralling losses, the habitual nastiness overwhelms the few portrayed moments of tenderness. You may like this film if you like anything that is doggedly determined to challenge "preconceived Hollywood conventions". Imagine watching, neutrally uncaring, as a group of people slowly drown... oh well, Ultimately, this work reinforces the most negative stereotypes about NOLA - a place of endemic sin, evil, and hopelessness; forget all notions about New Orleans as a light-hearted, fun, or healthy place, with fascinating history. If cinema verite for you means promoting a shade of truth that tries too hard to be what Spielberg, et al is not - this dystopic story is a success - utterly lacking in mature subtlety or careful humor

Jess Verite
Jess Verite

1 of the best documentaries Ive ever seen.I was hooked from beginning to end & I cant wait till Ms. Pearls World comes out.Im definitely gonna be looking out for Carnivalesque Films from now on!!!

Brody Manson
Brody Manson

Super Reviewer

An intriguing documentary based on the horror show Katrina created out of New Orleans. Ms. Pearl is a terribly eccentric, interesting woman and we see her and her husband trying to help their city recover from it's disaster one person at a time.

Leighton Trent
Leighton Trent

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