The Axe in the Attic
DIRECTED BY - Lucia Small, Ed Pincus
The Axe in the Attic focuses on 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."
RUNTIME - 110 minutes
RATING - Not Rated
YEAR - 2007
FORMAT - DVD Region All
- Atlanta Film Festival 2008 (Atlanta, United States)
- Cinema du Reel 2008 (Paris, France)
- Green Mountain Film Festival 2008 (Vermont)
- Provincetown International Film Festival 2008 (Provincetown, United States)
- Torino Film Festival 2008 (Torino, Italy)
- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2007 (Durham, United States)
- Human Rights Watch International Film Festival 2007 (New York City, United States)
- New York Film Festival 2007 (New York City, United States)
3 stars -- "This is a shattering documentary." - Roger Ebert, The Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most challenging and unsettling American films of the year." - Livia Bloom, Cinema Scope Magazine
"3 out of 4 stars "The film is about rediscovering our common humanity - pushing through the flat screen of TV footage to connect with the Katrina victims as individuals." Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
"Best of Festival" - Human Rights Watching International Film Festival, January 2008 - Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
A Film, And Some Important Lessons To Be Learnedwritten by sal on Apr 21st, 2011read all my reviews
this review is from: The Axe in the Attic (ON DEMAND)
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina left no shortage of stories to tell. In Lucia Small & Ed Pincus' film, we get to experience not only the stories of the displaced survivors, but of the filmmakers themselves, as they embark on a 60 day road trip from New England to New Orleans to do their part for the victims. Sadly, the ethics of documentary filmmaking don't allow for much, so both Small and Pincus often seem confused and helpless.
What makes "The Axe In The Attic" work is its cast, real life people whose strength through the worst tragedy of their lives is beyond inspiring. The filmmakers at times seem overwhelmed, but they are smart enough to let the human element speak for itself. The personal triumphs, as well as the heartbreaking loss of these wonderful people will leave you spellbound.