Greetings from Ebertfest.
More than 1,000 movie-lovers turned out last night to see a screening of the Oscar-nominated “Trouble the Water,” the stunning documentary about Hurricane Katrina, as experienced by (and videotaped by) lifelong residents of one of the poorest sections of New Orleans. Documentarians Carl Deal (a Champaign native) and Tia Lessin were in attendance, as were Kimberly and Scott Roberts, the stars of the film. After the movie, I joined them onstage for a lively panel discussion, followed by a hip-hop performance from Kimberly. If you haven’t seen “Trouble the Water,” it’s now playing on HBO.