Rampante, Killer Films prep “New Orleans, Here & Now”

The first project from Time Inc.'s partnership with LA-based producer-distributor Rampante is a doc series about New Orleans 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, set to premiere across Time Inc.-owned platforms next month. (Pictured: Rampante founder Emiliano Calemzuk)
July 15, 2015

The first project to stem from Time Inc.’s partnership with LA-based producer-distributor Rampante is a docuseries marking the 10th anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The six-part New Orleans, Here & Now  is produced by Rampante on behalf of Time – with which it joined forces last year to form a stand-alone development and production unit for multi-platform video content – and in partnership with Killer Films, producers of the drama Still Alice, and the New Orleans-based Field Office Films, which produced the Oscar-nominated Beasts of the Southern Wild. The docuseries is exec produced by actors Patricia Clarkson – who was born in New Orleans – and Scott Bakula.

The series, available to stream in August across Time Inc. digital properties, is being directed by a roster of filmmakers who have connections to the city, including John Maringouin, Darius Clark Monroe, Angela Tucker, Lily Keber, Zach Godshall and Katie Dellamaggiore.

Each short film within the series will focus on a personal story that spans multiple generations and reflects New Orleans’ resurgence following Katrina, which is considered the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with an estimated $150 billion in economic impact on Louisiana and Mississippi.

The stories featured in the series will include boxer Tiffany Junot’s path to becoming the World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion of the World, the family history of a Vietnamese restaurant and TBC Brass Band.

Killer Films founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler are exec producing alongside Clarkson and Bakula.

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