In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, two filmmakers, drawn together by outrage, take a sixty-day roadtrip from New England to New Orleans. Along the way they meet evacuees and witness the loss, dignity, perseverance and humor of people who have become exiles in their own country. The breakdown of trust between a government and its citizens, the influence of race, class, and gender - as well as the ethics of documentary filmmaking itself - form the backdrop for this universal story of the search for home. After World Premiering to uniform acclaim at 2007's New York Film Festival, the film has gone on to garner stellar reviews and impassioned reactions, with Cinema Scope's Livia Bloom declaring it "one of the most challenging and unsettling American films of the year."
A living-room sofa balanced on the roof of a truck; a school bus stopped by a massive barge; a pair of ranch-style homes entwined. Startling physical juxtapositions abound in THE AXE IN THE ATTIC, the new documentary about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by Ed Pincus and Lucia Small, contributing to what is one of the most challenging and unsettling American films of the year. --Livia Bloom, CINEMA SCOPE Magazine
"...this is a shattering documentary. The witnesses in it mourn the loss of their homes and possessions, but also their loss of a city." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times