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Spike Lee Films Katrina Follow Up in Haiti

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2010 at 9:14AM

Spike Lee is in Haiti filming footage for his untitled follow-up to his HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke, which will be timed to air on the fifth anniversary of the hurricane. Before he and his film crew went, they asked for donations to take down there. Why film in Haiti? "You'll get it when you see it," explains Lee's longtime producer, Jon Kilik.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Spike Lee is in Haiti filming footage for his untitled follow-up to his HBO Hurricane Katrina documentary, When the Levees Broke, which will be timed to air on the fifth anniversary of the hurricane. Before he and his film crew went, they asked for donations to take down there. Why film in Haiti? "You'll get it when you see it," explains Lee's longtime producer, Jon Kilik.

Back in January Lee told a crowd at Northern Arizona University that he worried about "Katrina fatigue" -- the idea that over time people would grow indifferent to New Orleans' suffering. He also doubted whether earthquake-damaged Haiti would ever be rebuilt. "Whereas New Orleans was built back slowly, in Haiti, who knows?" Lee said. "Like in New Orleans, the people of Haiti are worried that once the glare of the worldwide media is gone that they will be left behind."

Meanwhile, Fox acquisitions executive Tony Safford, who has done considerable relief work for Habitat for Humanity, is traveling to Haiti this month to help rebuild homes there. We wish him well.



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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.