Trouble The Water Blog


Our new film, CITIZEN KOCH, is playing select cities now! Find out where it is playing, and watch the new theatrical trailer here:!  Read More |

Citizen Koch to Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013

Wisconsin – birthplace of the Republican Party, government unions, “cheeseheads” and Paul Ryan – becomes a test market in the campaign to buy Democracy, and ground zero in the battle for the future of the GOP.

From the directors of Trouble the Water comes Citizen Koch, a film about money, politics, and democracy. Premiering in 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Gulf Coast Fund - Hurricane Isaac

Hurricane Isaac will impact vulnerable coastal communities still recovering from multiple hurricanes as well as the largest oil disaster in our nation's history.

Recovery and response will be needed in both the immediate aftermath and the long-term, and the Gulf Coast Fund is mustering all of our resources to meet the needs of impacted communities and ecosystems.

Support their efforts here:

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Show your support for a more integrated and livable New Orleans!

The New Orleans City Planning Commission is leading a series of public meetings to discuss the first draft of the text and maps for the rewrite of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance (CZO) as well as proposed amendments to the city's master plan, The Plan for the 21st Century: New Orleans 2030. These meetings will be held in various locations across the city and GNOFHAC encourages you to sign our petition which will be hand delivered to one of these meetings.  Read More |

Katrina Pain Index 2011: Race, Gender, Poverty


Six years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast. The impact of Katrina and government bungling continue to inflict major pain on the people left behind. It is impossible to understand what happened and what still remains without considering race, gender and poverty. The following offer some hints of what remains.

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Study Guide: Lessons in Privilege, Resistance and Resiliency—PLAN A CAMPUS SCREENING NOW!

The Trouble the Water Study Guide was designed by high school teachers, university professors, artists and activists, to deepen dialogue about the issues presented in the film in communities throughout the country. It is free with the Educational DVD, which is available here: And click through this blog for a preview of the introduction by Executive Producers Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes! Read More |


On Weds July 6, homeowners who alleged discrimination in the post-Katrina housing recovery program announced a settlement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Louisiana. They had alleged in a lawsuit that the formula used to allocate grants to homeowners through the Road Home program had a discriminatory impact on thousands of African-American homeowners.  Read More |

UNITY Releases Point In Time Report: Homelessness in Greater New Orleans

Homelessness remains a daunting problem in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, 5 1/2 years after the nation’s largest housing disaster when the levees failed following Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Despite the fact that New Orleans has about 80% of its pre-Katrina population, 9,165 persons now meet the HUD definition of homelessness on any given day in Orleans and Jefferson parishes, compared to 5,360 before Katrina.

Read UNITY of Greater New Orleans' full report here:

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Trouble the Water Monday May, 2 2011 on TCM’s Salute to Ebertfest!

TCM Turner Classic Movies will feature "Trouble the Water" in its tribute to Roger Ebert's film festival, Ebertfest on May 2! Other films on Ebert's list of overlooked gems showing on TCM: Erol Morris' "Gates of Heaven" (1978); Paul Cox's Innocence (2000); Jeff Nichols' Shotgun Stories (2007); and Jacques Tati's comedy "Playtime" (1967). "The film is about Katrina, and even more about the human spirit," Ebert wrote of Trouble the Water. "Kimberly and her husband, Scott, are the life force personified: smart, funny, undefeated, indignant, determined.”  Read More |

The BP Drilling Disaster: One Year Later—A note from RFK Center for Human Rights

Yesterday, America marked the one-year anniversary of the worst oil catastrophe of our time, the BP deepwater drilling disaster. Stephen Bradberry, the 2005 RFK Human Rights Award Laureate and Executive Director of the Alliance Institute, wrote an op-ed about the growing health crisis in the Gulf Coast.

Please read about the urgent situation below.

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