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Talking with Filmmakers Ed Pincus and Lucia Small

Rough cut of documentary about Katrina diaspora debuts at COM

Click here to hear Ed Pincus and Lucia Small talk about the making of The Axe in the Attic.

Late last year, documentary filmmakers Ed Pincus and Lucia Small set out on a 60-day journey through the South, collecting the personal stories of dozens of people who had been displaced by the wreckage of Hurricane Katrina. 

Filmmaker Ed Pincus collected personal
stories of Katrina victims.

Tonight, Pincus and Small are showing a rough cut of the product of that labor, The Axe in the Attic, at 7 p.m. in Room B-05 of the College of Communication. The new work documents in painful detail the harrowing story of evacuee life after Katrina, tackling, in famous Pincus fashion, questions of race, class, and the role of government in times of crisis.

Pincus, a pioneer of personal documentary, is best known for helping to launch the MIT Film Unit and for coauthoring the classic text The Filmmaker’s Handbook.

Small’s much-shown family autobiography, My Father, the Genius, won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Slamdance Film Festival.

Lucia Small, 2002 Slamdance Grand
Jury Prize winner, worked with Pincus.

On Friday, March 2, Pincus makes a second appearance at COM to show his four-hour masterpiece, Diaries (1971–1976), an in-depth portrait of the Pincus family and marriage, struggling for a foothold during an era of sexual exploration and social change. The film will be screened at 6 p.m. in COM Room B-05.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu. Jessica Ullian can be reached at jullian@bu.edu.