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Flood Streets

By MITCH LILLIE

[ONE NIGHT ONLY] An anarcho-punk woman cycles through the city, putting up fliers to rollicking Russian gypsy folk masquerading as zydeco—this is the early-morning opening of Flood Streets. Set in New Orleans a year after Hurricane Katrina, Flood Streets has a strong political message. Madeline (Becky Stark) contemplates committing welfare fraud as her real-estate job leaves her eating military rations. Matt (Joseph Meissner), a self-made designer, looks all over the city just to find a newspaper. Lights constantly flicker in homes both rich and poor. Complex and relatable characters (in addition to Madeline and Matt, these include a dentist, an artist, a mother and a motivational speaker) create an emotional tension and humor usually absent in such political films. Discovering a squatter in an abandoned house, Madeline fires off questions for legal purposes, only to end up getting high with the woman and then asking sweetly, “And if you don’t mind my asking, where do you get your weed?” Marijuana, or the lack thereof, figures prominently in the film. Refreshingly, the issue is examined without judgment. In fact, the same could be said of many of the film’s political themes: The facts are presented gracefully by an excellent if rather large cast, and the audience is left to decide for itself.

 

Special Note

Clinton Street Theater. 7:30 pm Wednesday, Nov. 21. 
 
  • Genres: Drama
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: B+
  • Starring: Becky Stark [Madeline], Harry Shearer [Dr. Keeley], Ava Santana [Brandy Castellano], Melissa Hall [Liz], Ursaline Bryant [Ruby], Joseph Meissner [Matt], Rachel Dupard [Feliciana], Alma Maleckar [Dischordia]
  • Directed by: Joseph Meissner [Director], Helen Krieger [Screenwriter], Helen Krieger [Producer], Joseph Meissner [Co-Producer], Glen Pitre [Co-Producer], Michelle Benoit [Co-Producer], Miceal O'Donnell [Cinematographer], Robert Hebert [Film Editor]
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