Filmmakers in Exile – New Orleans Refugees to Complete the Last Movie Shot in St. Bernard Parish, LA

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New Orleans filmmakers flee to Atlanta to complete post-production on the last movie shot entirely in St. Bernard Parish - a totally demolished suburb of New Orleans.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, New Orleans residents, Merrill Capps and Britt Pitre, fled to the Atlanta area with the bare essentials along with what has been their life for the past year… their movie. Capps and Pitre, co-owners of Doorway Entertainment, wrapped production of their first independent feature film, "Feral" in late June.

"Feral" is now the last film shot entirely in St. Bernard Parish – a suburb of New Orleans. “We were about half-way through post production when we left town. We packed our editing system and the movie’s master originals and came to Atlanta,” Capps said. Judi Consiglio, a Cumming, GA resident, is the Executive Producer for "Feral." She agreed to let the two live with her during these uneasy times. She and her husband Michael Consiglio have taken in nearly 15 evacuees from New Orleans. “We’re just glad to have the room,” she said. She continued, “These guys have a lot of work to do – I’m not going to let anything – even a hurricane – stop them from finishing the movie.”

A psychological thriller, "Feral" is about a young couple’s desperate fight for survival, after an accidental murder while searching for their 6 year old daughter. The film questions the fine line between the human and the inhuman, civilization and the wild – which is quite ironic given the recent chaos in New Orleans. Pitre explained, “Although we miss our home in New Orleans, we are both eager to dive into new local film infrastructures here in Georgia and the east coast.” The two plan to take advantage of their displacement by exploring other new locations like Orlando and the Washington, D.C. area.

"Feral" is the first of many projects in the works; the duo will begin work on their next feature later this year. The anticipated premiere of the movie is still tentatively scheduled for sometime in November; however, an Atlanta premiere looks much more likely.


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