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Spike Lee Films Katrina Follow Up in Haiti

by Anne Thompson
June 1, 2010 9:14 AM
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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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