HBO has slated an August 24 premiere date for the award-winning feature documentary Katrina Babies, which investigates how the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster is continuing to affect New Orleans residents who were between the ages of 3 and 19 at the time the levees broke.
The film marks the directorial debut of Edward Buckles, Jr., a New Orleans native who was 13 years old when Katrina struck. He subsequently spent seven years documenting the stories of his fellow young survivors, who recount both their experiences in the immediate aftermath of the disaster and their ensuing struggles with displacement, integration into new communities, lack of government support, and, for some, processing the trauma of having lost loved ones to the flood waters or being separated from them due to economic pressures.
Buckles won the Albert Maysles Award for best new documentary director at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival for his work on Katrina Babies, which came with a cash prize of $10,000. The film was also awarded the inaugural Human/Nature Prize, which recognizes a documentary “that best illuminates the pressing environmental issues of our time” and carries a value of $5,000.
Katrina Babies is an HBO Documentary Films presentation, and was produced by Buckles’ House of the Young Entertainment, Invisible Pictures, Creative Control and Time Studios. Buckles also serves as a producer along with Invisible’s Audrey Rosenberg and Time Studios’ Rebecca Teitel. Executive producers are Coodie & Chike for Creative Control; Ian Orefice, Loren Hammonds, Mike Beck and Alexa Conway for Time Studios; and Eileen Tavarez and Jess Jacobs for Invisible Pictures. For HBO, the executive producers are Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Sara Rodriguez.
The doc will be available to stream on HBO Max simultaneously with its debut on the linear platform.