Filmmakers and Producers


Mary Beth Black had been a long time resident of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Immediately after the natural disaster, Mary Beth filmed and produced three independent short videos to protest the disaster response to Hurricane Maria: PEOPLE SAY, NEW ORLEANS EAST, and VOTING RIGHTS NOW.
Her original footage and interviews have been featured in First Voices & Indigenous Radio, Democracy Now, the Jim Lehrer New Hour, the Emmy-nominated film. A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES and the book VOICES FROM THE STORM: THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS ON HURRICANE KATRINA AND ITS AFTERMATH.
Additional media works include BASIN ST. BLUES, VOICES OF THE EVICTED and N.O. Landfill.
Mary Beth Black was born in Tennessee, studied art in UC Berkeley and later became a Family Medicine doctor at CSU in New Orleans.


N.O. East
Mary Beth Black
2005, 9 min., Color, US
Two months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their homes and communities in 2005, residents of New Orleans East are willing to rebuild their neighborhood with the support of city and federal agencies. But there is no water or electricity in New Orleans East and politicians promoting the rebuilding o...

People Say
Mary Beth Black
2005, 5 min., Color, US
This insightful video montage embodies the full range of images, sights and emotions which followed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.. Yet, it also depicts the hope, compassion and commitment to this place that is New Orleans, Louisiana. Part of the Katrina Chronicles video series curat...

Voting Rights Now
Mary Beth Black
2006, 12 min., Color, US
On April 1st, 2006, seven month after Hurricane Katrina devasted the city of New Orleans and weeks before the elections for Mayor of New Orleans, thousands of New Orleans residents marched to protest the legitimacy of the upcoming elections. With more than half of the New Orleans population unable t...

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