While conducting background research for STORM SURGE in August 2010, we had the pleasure of being introduced to Sheila Hagler (a photographer, pictured below in blue) and Peggy Denniston (a writer, pictured below in red) of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, the fictional home of Forest Gump and the self-proclaimed “Seafood Capital of Alabama.”
We meet up with these ladies at a local watering hole called Rod Nockers, named after a multi-generational shrimp fisherman named Rodney Lyons, who opened up the bar to help pay his bills after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster shut down his shrimp business.
They told us they had collaborated on a book called “In the Path of the Storms,” which profiled the lives of a diverse group of local residents looking to recover their livelihoods in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill.
We recently had an opportunity to see a screening of their one-hour documentary film adapted from the book of the same title. By all means, check out this wonderfully crafted film. The cinematography is awesome, the music is mesmerizing, and the characters profiled are so compelling they make you want to jump into the screen and give the a big ole bear hug of support.
“In the Path of the Storms” is currently entered in select film festivals in the U.S. and Europe and is being considered for broadcast by Alabama Public Television. It is also available on DVD and orders may be placed by calling 1-800-463-8825.