We are working to build on these Teaching Resources for Come Hell or High Water so stay tuned. You will find here profiles of impact about how the film has been used to promote dialogue from North Carolina to Indonesia, panel discussions and presentations with Derrick Evans and others, webisodes and podcasts about Turkey Creek, an article in Rethinking Schools by a history teacher at Gulfport High School whose students do field studies in Turkey Creek, a bibliography of articles about Turkey Creek, a copy of the Turkey Creek community plan and links to organizations involved, personal essays by Derrick Evans and Reilly Morse, and a 5-minute video extra about environmental justice issues in Turkey Creek.


America Reframed – Come Hell or High Water Excerpts (2015): One-minute clip from the film shows Derrick Evans talking to his middle school classroom in Boston about the importance of saving his coastal Mississippi community of Turkey Creek, in the face of natural disasters and encroaching development, and another 30-second clip shows a radio show broadcast from the creek.

America ReFramed – Webisode Discussion (2014) : Series host and moderator Natasha Del Toro interviews Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek subject Derrick Evans and journalist Brentin Mock (CityLab, Grist).

The New Republic – Podcast and Feature Article (2015): Jamil Smith, Senior Editor at The New Republic, interviewed Derrick Evans, journalist Brentin Mock (CityLab, Grist) and Jacqui Patterson (Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program) for a podcast titled It’s Not Mother Nature Who’s Racist . Derrick Evans, Rose Johnson and others were interviewed for an article titled After the Deluge: Building Climate Justice from the Wreckage of Hurricane Katrina

ABC News – Webisode (2015) : Five-minute video titled Turkey Creek: Surviving the Storm, featuring interviews with people in Turkey Creek and footage from Come Hell or High Water.

Public Interest Environmental Law Conference – Keynote Address (2015): Derrick Evans spoke about the use of environmental law in the work to save Turkey Creek. An excerpt was shared and the full address is also available.

Cornell University Africana Forum on Environmental Justice – Panel Discussion (2015): Video of discussion with Leslie Fields (Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Director, Sierra Club) and Kenneth L. Robinson (Associate Professor and Community Development Specialist at Clemson University).

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital – Panel Discussion (2014):: Journalist Brentin Mock moderated a discussion with Derrick Evans, Leslie Fields (Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Director, Sierra Club), Reilly Morse (Mississippi Center for Justice, Director) and filmmaker Leah Mahan. Highlights from that discussion are on Bridge The Gulf: Come Hell or High Water discussion in D.C.

State of the Reunion – Podcast (2011): Host Al Letson takes listeners on a trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for “an hour of stories about the fight for the natural world” in this program for PRX and NPR titled Mississippi Gulf Coast: Defending the Gulf


Classroom Case Study. In Rethinking Schools, a teacher from Gulfport, Mississippi describes the field work his high school students have done in Turkey Creek.

Bibliography. A web search will turn up many articles about Turkey Creek. Here are a few to start with:


There is a scene in Come Hell or High Water after Hurricane Katrina when community residents are gathered outside the battered home of Derrick Evan’s great-grandfather, beginning to dream up ideas about how the community should be revitalized. This is the result of those discussions, created with the help of urban and environmental planners at MIG, Inc.

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The work to protect and revitalize the Turkey Creek community and watershed has been carried out by a multitude of individuals, organizations and agencies working in collaboration, including:


Derrick Evans wrote an essay from the front porch of his grandfather’s home in Turkey Creek just after it was demolished, and Reilly Morse, a lawyer who has worked for years with organizations in the Turkey Creek watershed, wrote a prayer about lessons learned from Katrina.


This is a 5-minute companion video to Come Hell or High Water about the creosote factory in the Turkey Creek community. The site has been undergoing a cleanup for decades to protect the community from harmful chemicals. It’s a story that is only touched on briefly in the film.  Here are a few more minutes to begin exploring this complex topic of environmental justice.