The Women of the Storm are headed to the big screen. A new documentary about the nonpartisan activist group, formed in 2006 in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, will make its premiere at the Prytania Theatre on Thursday (Feb. 26).
Directed by Loyola sociology professor Wesley Shrum, the fittingly titled “Women of the Storm” will screen at 5 and 7 p.m. Local personality Angela Hill narrates, and members of the public are invited to attend the free event.
“We did 1,200 hours of interviews and saw dozens of civic groups after Katrina, but one of them stood out to me as particularly important for New Orleans,” Shrum said in a news release. “I wanted to find out who these women were and how did they do it. The Women of the Storm brought together an incredibly diverse group of women to lobby Congress for funds to rebuild the city. They are the model of how to approach Congress. ‘Women of the Storm’ tells that story and how they evolved to adapt to a broader environmental agenda.”
“Women of the Storm” founder Anne Milling said invitations to Thursday’s screenings have been extended to all of the group’s members throughout the Gulf South but that the group “of course would welcome anyone” interested in seeing the film.
Admission is free, while seats last.
For more information on Women of the Storm, visit the group’s website at www.womenofthestorm.net.