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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."

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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

Special Features

  • Over 30 Minutes of Deleted Scenes
  • Filmmaker Commentary with Update
  • 2 Short Films: Fast Women, Slow Horses and Lower Ninth Ward
  • Film Festival Q&A Sessions
  • Interactive Journey Map

Product Details

  • Actors: Ed Pincus, Lucia Small
  • Directors: Ed Pincus, Lucia Small
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Indiepix
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NHZ22K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Axe in the Attic" on IMDb

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Burger on January 7, 2009
Format: DVD
There have been many documentaries on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and rightly so. How can this national tragedy, which even now is being continued with families still awaiting trailers and new homes years after they were evacuated from New Orleans, be ignored or removed from the spotlight? Each documentary I have seen comes from a different perspective, but all focus on the struggles that the residents of New Orleans have suffered, the fight they are still undertaking, and the continual failing of the government to help its people. THE AXE IN THE ATTIC takes new steps in both telling the stories of Hurricane Katrina, and documentary filmmaking itself. The directors, Ed Pincus and Lucia Small, on their roadtrip down South, decide to take an active part in their own film. The story, which focuses on the inhabitants of New Orleans, many of whom have been removed to foreign parts of the country, is in large part told from the voices of the filmmakers. They reflect on their findings, their preconceived ideas, and what they discover as they move further south towards New Orleans, mixing the voices of those who witnessed the tragedy of Katrina from afar with those who lived through it. I have read reviews that criticize the choice of Pincus and Small to feature themselves in their own documentary, calling them self-involved. However, they are anything but. Their decision is to remove themselves from the passive position behind the camera and interact with their subjects, humanizing the process of filmmaking. Because of their decision, we get to know the directors as well as the interviewees, and their experiences become all the more vivid.Read more ›
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MnM on January 25, 2010
Format: DVD
My husband and I traveled to New Orleans last month and were therefore interested in watching this documentary.
We found this documentary to be be extremely drawn-out, lacking focus and in need of serious editing.
The post-Katrina 9th Ward footage was the most interesting part. However, a group of high school students could've produced a better film. Save your time and money.
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