A touching portrayal of the essence of home is conveyed through this bitter-sweet, evocative archive of a house in Chalmette, Louisiana that was flooded by Katrina. The filmmaker is a member of the third generation of his family that lived in this house, which was designed and built by his grandparents in the early 1960’s. The house was flooded by about nine feet of water during Katrina, and was mistakenly torn down a year later. This film aspires to distill the universal qualities of essence of home and the feeling of loss that occurs when home becomes a memory, and convey them in a way that everyone can relate to so that observers of Katrina may see beyond the forensic analysis of Katrina’s aftermath and gain a deeper understanding of what has been lost.
Matt Faust was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and lived his first twenty years in Chalmette, Louisiana. After graduating from Louisiana State University in 2004, Matt was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer and spent six months receiving experimental treatment in Houston, Texas. Faust and his wife then moved back to Baton Rouge where he reentered graduate school in 2005, just one week before Katrina struck. Faust received a master’s degree in landscape architecture in 2007. He has been completely cancer-free for five years.
2009, 6', color, video
Festivals & Awards:
Tribeca Film Festival - Best Documentary Short