Streep Narrates Katrina Doc
Audubon-sponsored film will premiere in New Orleans in late August
The two-time Oscar winner will narrate "Hurricane on the Bayou," a giant screen film shot before, after and during last summer's devastating Hurricane Katrina.
The film is scheduled to premiere in New Orleans on Aug. 29, coinciding with the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It will segue over to a run at Los Angeles' California Science Center IMAX Theater before moving into IMAX theaters worldwide on Dec. 22.
The film focuses on the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana's coastal wetlands, an disappearing ecosystem that was supposed to be New Orleans' first line of defense against storms.
"Ultimately, nothing can shake the spirit of the people of New Orleans. Our city is already recovering, as it has from previous hurricanes many times in its long history," says Ron Forman, president and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute President, which executive produced the film. "New Orleans will endure as one of the world's greatest cities and Audubon is committed to helping ensure its future. We will continue to educate people about the need to restore our wetlands as a key defense against any hurricanes to come."
Streep, whose summer has included "Prada" as well as "A Prairie Home Companion" and a vocal turn in "The Ant Bully," is taking her second narrating stint for a Greg MacGillivray-directed IMAX film. She did similar duties on 1995's Oscar nominated "The Living Sea."
"'Hurricane on the Bayou' is an emotional giant screen document of Katrina's powerful effects as well as a profound musical celebration of a city that has been called the 'soul of America,' and a call to restore New Orleans and the vital wetlands from which the city's unique identity first arose," says director Greg MacGillivray. "Meryl Streep's ability to connect with audiences and the depth she brings to everything she does makes her the ideal narrator for this film, which has so many moods and which uses the full force of the IMAX theatre film medium to not only educate and entertain but inspire."