The first documentary by long-time “mockumentarian” Harry Shearer, THE BIG UNEASY follows three remarkable people–the leaders of two scientific investigation teams, and one whistleblower–as they reveal the true story of why New Orleans flooded, and why it could happen again.
A panel featuring Director Harry Shearer will follow the screening.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: HARRY SHEARER
Harry Shearer is a comic personality who takes “hyphenate” to new levels–first and foremost an actor, he is also an author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi–media artist and record label owner. The Los Angeles native and New Orleans resident has enjoyed enormous success over the last twenty years for his voice work for The Simpsons, on which he plays a stable of characters including Mr. Burns, Smithers, and Ned Flanders. Shearer began his career in the late 1960s as part of a satirical news team at KRLA–AM called The Credibility Gap, where he befriended Michael McKean. Shearer and McKean joined forces again in the early 1980s with Christopher Guest and director Rob Reiner as they began work on the cult hit This Is Spinal Tap, thus launching the mock–umentary genre. The band reunited in July 2007 for The Live Earth Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and again in early 2009 for their first ever “Unwigged & Unplugged” tour. Other collaborations with Guest and friends include A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration. In the world of fine art, Shearer’s installations have been featured at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Fullerton Museum Center, Washington, D.C.’s Conner Contemporary Gallery, and the Susan Inglett Gallery in Manhattan. Shearer’s first novel, Not Enough Indians (Justin, Charles & Company) was released in October 2006. Shearer joined the online video world in July 2007 when The Harry Shearer Channel became a cornerstone of My Damn Channel, an entertainment and new media platform. Theatrically, Shearer collaborated with writer Tom Leopold and composer Peter Matz to create the book and lyrics for J. Edgar!: The Musical, about J. Edgar Hoover, currently being developed for Broadway. Shearer has worked in the Los Angeles and Boston bureaus of Newsweek, has been a columnist for the L.A. Times Magazine–his most memorable columns are collected in the book Man Bites Town (St. Martin’s Press)—and contributes to magazines ranging from Film Comment to Gentleman’s Quarterly. He pioneered the digital coverage of the second O.J. Simpson trial for Slate.com and has his own popular column on the Huffington Post. His one–hour radio program Le Show airs weekly on stations worldwide. He has won two Cable Ace Awards.