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Walking on Dead Fish (2008)

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In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the tiny town of LaPlace was overrun with thousands of displaced New Orleans residents. Their already bursting-at-the-seams high school, East St. John,... See full summary »

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In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina, the tiny town of LaPlace was overrun with thousands of displaced New Orleans residents. Their already bursting-at-the-seams high school, East St. John, took in over 450 new students. Twenty of them were football players. In order to make them feel more welcome, the coach declared all positions were open (even those help by ESJ seniors). For some, that meant the opportunity to play the sport they lived for, but for others, it put their scholarship chances (for many, their only chance at a college education) in jeopardy. But rather than fight or turn bitter, these young men banded together in the face of tragedy to create a team. Written by Variance Films

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
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5 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$10,524, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

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$30,328, 12 October 2008
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Hurricane Season: Walking on Dead Fish
22 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

I spent a year in tiny LaPlace, LA, shortly after Katrina struck. Laplace is located ten miles from New Orleans and was the first town that hurricane victims evacuated to.

The town was badly damaged by the hurricane, but even worse by the sudden influx of over 20,000 people. The school system was over run with 1500 new students in one week. The high school, East St. John, adopted 500 of them and became the center of the town's recovery with its football team providing the community something to rally around.

The team, comprised of kids from fifteen different high schools, was forced to put aside their former rivalries and band together as one. The result was a rocky, but beautiful story, the kind only a hurricane as devastating as Katrina could produce.

Watch the film and I promise that you will fall in love with these kids, especially Johnny and Stanley, two polar opposites in every way that somehow learn to co-exist for the good of the team and school.

And If you don't, I'll refund your money.

Sincerely,

Franklin Martin - Writer/Producer/Director of "Hurricane Season: Walking on Dead Fish


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