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IDA Seminar Series - Doc U: Harry Shearer Takes it 'Uneasy'
Event Type:  Event Opportunities
09/20/2010 @ 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Los Angeles, CA

The International Documentary Association Presents


Harry Shearer

Conversation & Clips with the Satirist, Journalist,
and New Orleaner
As he reveals the story behind his feature documentary,
"The Big Uneasy."

Monday, September 20, 2010
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Discussion & Audience Q&A: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Wine Reception to Follow

The Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater
611 N. Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

One of the nation's sharpest voices, comic or otherwise, turns his gimlet eye and informed mind on exposing the true facts around the flooding of New Orleans, on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Employing an oft-ignored trope in conventional media - science! - Shearer and his impressive assemblage of engineers and whistle-blowers carefully and persuasively show audiences how this tragedy could have been avoided (disaster, yes, while also warning of the rebuild, in which the very same mistakes are being made.  

In this special Doc U session, the multitalented Shearer will show extended clips from the film, and discuss the passion and persistence that went into making it, in conversation with Eddie Schmidt, IDA's Board President and himself an Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker.  This promises to be an honest, irreverent, eye-opening Q&A with a man who believed in a cause so much he independently set forth to spread the word to the public - keeping the true spirit of investigative journalism alive. For Shearer, a longtime New Orleans resident, this time it's personal. 

"The Big Uneasy" premiered in a one-night only theatrical release on August 30th, but this Doc U session will be a one-of-a-kind event showing clips from a film that will, at this time, otherwise be unavailable to the public until its DVD release later in the year. 

Featuring appearances from actor John Goodman and Shearer himself, as well as the voices of Brad Pitt, Jennifer Coolidge, and many others, "The Big Uneasy" produced by longtime Shearer collaborator Karen Murphy ("Best In Show," "This Is Spinal Tap"), as well as doc veteran Christine O'Malley ("IOUSA," "Wordplay"), and features the contributions of director of photography Arlene Nelson ("Naked World," "Naked States," "A Mighty Wind"). 

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Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.

Special support provided by:

Los Angeles County Arts Commission The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pithy Little Wine Company
Members and Supporters of IDA

Location Name:  The Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theater
Address: 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036