Place Like Home
A Film by Courtney Fathom Sell
Dir. Courtney Fathom Sell
Produced by Courtney Fathom Sell & Jac Currie
50 min. b/w
•Behind the Scenes Trivia
•Still photo gallery
•Defend New Orleans Information
Filmed in roughly one month between the end of October
and the beginning of December 2005, Courtney Sell's film is an honest
portrayal of Jac Currie’s life after Katrina and one of his first
trips back to the Gulf Coast after being stranded in New York.
It shows Defend New Orleans’ transition to a
valid social aid project and documents some of the destruction in New
Orleans and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Shot entirely on a handheld hi-8 video camera, No Place
Like Home, features a moving soundtrack made by musicians personally
connected with the subjects and interviews with friends who survived
Katrina in New Orleans.
The film won best picture at the Blue November
Film Festival in November 2006, and was featured in the New York International
Independent Film and Video Festival in July of 2007.
Place Like Home became something of
an indie film fest darling, and the exposure has no doubt helped give
the Defend New Orleans project a shot in the arm. Courtney Fathom Sell
may just have been 20 when he shot his friend walking and talking, but
the doc itself moves with a very relaxed flow. The use of some of the
filmmaker's musician friends really enhance the local flavor, and lend
the right kind of underground cool to it all." - Digitally