It’s been nearly 10 years since Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans and the Gulf Coast forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. Filmmaker Rennik Soholt has documented what’s happened to five people forced to change their lives overnight because of Katrina. Now Soholt is attempting to raise $30,000 to finish this film, a film 10 years in the making.
This is a documentary about the meaning of “home.” As Soholt saw it, it was a story he could not deny, partly because he was directly affected by Katrina.
“I used to live New Orleans, and had belongings in storage in the city when Hurricane Katrina hit,” Soholt states on his Kickstarter page. “Like the rest of the world, I watched the city being drowned by floodwater from afar on the news. It was heartbreaking to see, and made even worse knowing that some of my close friends decided to stay behind and to weather the storm. I had no idea if they were alive or dead. So I had to act. I grabbed a camera and headed to New Orleans. From the moment I arrived, the devastation blew me away. For a city where people expect the worst, roll with the punches, and keep their heads up with drinks in their hands…this was different.”
Soholt’s goal is to complete “Forced Change” by August 29, 2015. A website for the film can be found here. Donate to the Kickstarter campaign by clicking on the “k” within the frame of the trailer.