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COME HELL OR HIGH WATER
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COME HELL OR HIGH WATER
 
World Premiere

Director: David Grand

United States, 2009, 90min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2011
Category: Documentary
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synopsis
Follows the healing journey to post-Katrina New Orleans by three trauma survivors from New York with trauma therapist/filmmaker Dr. David Grand. This unique film (currently in the final stages of post-production) is an emotionally powerful, unscripted, real life drama. The featured survivors include Rose, a mother of a firefighter who died on 9/11, Judy, a singer who survived a night-club suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, and Dennis, permanently disabled in an industrial accident. Together they set out on a 1,300 mile healing road trip to New Orleans. During the course of the week the survivors interact with victims of Hurricane Katrina and visit the sites of flooding and destruction. With Grand leading the way, the team encounters arranged and unpredictable healing opportunities with Katrina survivors, and for themselves. Opportunities to help these survivors, rescuers, health workers, local politicians and musicians deepen and widen the powerful journey. What happens? How do they bond? What chance experiences, crises and conflicts emerge? Who struggles and who prevails? How are they transformed forever by the challenge? What hidden demons are driving Grand throughout the story? COME HELL OR HIGH WATER weaves a colorful tapestry of stories within stories culminating with the road trip home, returning to the city and the lives they left behind.

director
David Grand, Ph.D., is an accomplished writer, documentarian, international lecturer, humanitarian, psychotherapist, performance and creativity expert and acting coach. Grand is the discoverer/developer of the breakthrough psychotherapy method BRAINSPOTTING with 3,000 therapists trained in the US, South America, Europe and the Middle East. He is the author of EMOTIONAL HEALING AT WARP SPEED, and co-author of THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SPORTS. His play, I WITNESS, about his experiences in treating hundreds of survivors post 9/11, has been performed in staged readings at the Duke Theatre on 42nd Street in NY and the Raleigh Studio in LA. He has taught scene-work at Mike Nichol's New Actor's Workshop and privately coaches actors in stage, film and TV work. Grand's work has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, O Magazine, NBC and CBS News and the Discovery Network.
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