May 23, 2016
RIVER RALLY – Screening to commemorate Derrick Evans’ River Hero Award
Derrick Evans, the protagonist of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek, has been named 2016 “River Hero” by the national River Network. Evans will be presented with the award on the final day of the annual River Rally, held this year May 20-23 in Mobile, Alabama. Find a press release here and download a flyer here
April 10-15, 2016
SKOLL WORLD FORUM – Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change
Come Hell or High Water filmmaker Leah Mahan will attend the Skoll World Forum in Oxford, England as a Storytelling Fellow with the Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change initiative. In pre-forum labs, Leah will work with Skoll-awarded social entrepreneurs to help them develop storytelling strategies and then will take part in the forum with the Stories of Change team, including an event titled “Finding Your Story and Making It Count”. Leah’s blog post about sharing the story of Turkey Creek in a fall 2015 Stories of Change lab is here. Leah will also participate in a pre-forum Hatchlab hosted by the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture.
April 21, 2016
HOWARD UNIVERSITY – Earth Day Screening and Discussion
Screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek with environmental justice leaders, journalists and scholars. Discussants: Leslie Fields, National Environmental Justice Coordinator, Sierra Club; Brentin Mock, Staff Writer, City Lab; and Terri Adams-Fuller, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences, Associate Dean of College of Arts and Sciences. Co-Sponsors: Department of Sociology and Anthropology, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences, School of Communications, Environmental Studies Program. 6-8pm in Room West, CB Powell Building, School of Communications, Howard University. Download event flyer here
October 15-18, 2015
Mississippi Center for Justice – Great Mississippi Road Trip Marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
The Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. The Great Mississippi Road Trip is an opportunity to share the latest on the Center’s work and connect supporters with trailblazers of the civil rights movement. MCJ President Reilly Morse was instrumental in the events that unfold in Come Hell or High Water and the film will be featured this year on the trip. Leah Mahan and Derrick Evans will take part in discussion of the film. Reserve your seat today.
August 29, 2015
EcoCenter of San Francisco at 12pm – Hurricane Katrina Commemoration
Join us for a conversation with filmmaker Leah Mahan, moderator Milton Reynolds of Facing History, and young people engaged with Literacy for Environmental Justice as Eco-stewards of Bayview Hunters Point. This “Science Saturday” event at the EcoCenter will explore how this story of environmental disaster and grassroots leadership speaks to challenges faced by Bay Area communities, and hopes for the future. Seating is limited, so please RSVP here.
August 25, 2015
WORLD CHANNEL – #katrinastories Twitter Chat
Join a Twitter chat with filmmakers @leah_mahan (Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek), @MoniqueVerdin (My Louisiana Love), @sleochiang (A Village Called Versailles), and @landofopp’s producer Luisa Dantas on Tuesday, August 25th at 4p ET. #katrinastories. Details here.
August 25, 2015
WORLD CHANNEL – Encore Broadcast Marks 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
America ReFramed posted this 4-min. webisode in advance of the August 25 encore broadcast of Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mark your calendar and next month check your local World Channel schedule (http://worldchannel.org/schedule/localize/) for America ReFramed broadcast times. It’s generally 8pm ET/7pm CT but check your local listings!
August 12, 2015
Conservation Law Foundation at 6pm – Hurricane Katrina Commemoration
Filmmaker Leah Mahan and Turkey Creek native and Boston educator Derrick Evans will attend a special screening and discussion with special guests: Leslie Fields, Director of Environmental Justice, Sierra Club; Greg Watson, Director of Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for New Economics; Kalila Barnett, Executive Director, Alternatives for Community and Environment; and Mel King, Founder and Director, South End Technology Center. Join us for a conversation about how this story of grassroots leadership confronting natural and man-made disaster speaks to challenges faced by communities in New England, and hopes for the future. 6-9pm at CLF, 62 Summer St., Boston, MA 02110. Details and RSVP here.
May 6, 2015
Commonwealth Club of California
Leah Mahan will join a panel of other filmmakers for “Lights, Camera, Take Action; Storytelling for Change: The San Francisco Green Film Festival.” The panel features documentary filmmakers “who are using this impactful medium to bring us the stories that motivate environmental progress. Panelists will share clips from their films, uncovering their approaches and successes in bringing their difference-making stories to the screen. Plus, get a sneak peek of the upcoming San Francisco Green Film Festival, running from May 28 through June 4.” The 6 p.m. program is preceded by a networking reception at 5:30 p.m at 555 Post St., San Francisco.
American Film Showcase – Indonesia
Leah Mahan will travel to Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi to share Come Hell or High Water with students and NGOs and lead discussions and workshops on documentary filmmaking. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. The Showcase “highlights the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.” Find out more at American Film Showcase.
March 12, 2015
National Environmental Justice Conference – Working Films
Working Films’s Molly Murphy will include the recent Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek North Carolina Environmental Justice Film Tour (http://bit.ly/18UNcnG) in Thursday’s session “Using Documentary Film and Multimedia Art to Strengthen Efforts for Environmental Justice” at the National Environmental Justice Conferencenext week. #nejc2015 #EJ.
March 7-8, 2015
Changing Currents: Public Interest Environmental Law Conference 2015
Derrick Evans of Turkey Creek will be a keynote speaker on March 7 and will also take part in a discussion following a screening of Come Hell or High Water on March 8. The conference takes place at the University of Oregon Law School. Now in its 33rd year, the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (@PIELCUO) unites thousands of activists, attorneys, students, scientists, and community members from over 50 countries around the globe to share their ideas, experience, and expertise. With keynote addresses, workshops, films, celebrations, and over 130 panels, PIELC is world-renowned for its energy, innovation, and inspiration. Event brochure and registration.
March 6, 2015
Portland, Oregon Screening and Discussion with Derrick Evans
Local organizations will co-host a screening of Come Hell or High Water followed by a dialogue with Derrick Evans about racial and environmental justice issues affecting Portland. 6pm at PSU Market Center Building, 1600 SW 4th (corner of SW 4th and Market) Rm 123. Hosted by: Bridge the Gulf, Groundwork Portland, Sierra Club, Don’t Shoot Portland, and Portland State University – Ecosystem Services Supporting Urbanizing Regions – IGERT program.Free admission and snacks. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 10 through February 12, 2015
Working Films is coordinating a series of free screenings and discussions of Come Hell or High Water at North Carolina colleges and universities. The events will connect faculty, students and local residents to issues of environmental justice. Filmmaker Leah Mahan will join discussions with local educators, students and experts.
Warren Wilson College
Holden Auditorium, Holden Arts Center, Asheville, NC 28815
Screening and discussion hosted by the Office of the President and The Wilson Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Office, in partnership with Working Films.
Global Learning Center Auditorium, 521 Gorrell St., Greensboro, NC 27401
A Black History Month Program sponsored by the Division of Humanities at Bennett College and co-sponsored by Working Films and the NC League of Conservation Voters Foundation.
1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC 27759
Hosted by the Institute for the Environment at UNC-CH and UNC-CH Department of Communication Studies, in partnership with the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and Working Films.
December 16, 2014 through January 15, 2015
Broadcast and Stream on the WORLD Channel’s America ReFramed
November 22, 2014
Roxie Theater Special Screening in Celebration of Rose Johnson
Rose Johnson, an important voice in Come Hell or High Water and a tireless advocate for Turkey Creek and its surrounding communities, will receive the first Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award from the Sierra Club on Nov. 21. The following night, we’ll celebrate with a screening at the Roxie Theater. Q&A with Leah Mahan, Rose Johnson and Leslie Fields, who is Sierra Club’s director of environmental justice. Event info here. Join and share the Facebook event.
November 21, 2014
Sierra Club Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award in San Francisco
Rose Johnson, an important voice in Come Hell or High Water and a tireless advocate for Turkey Creek and its surrounding communities, will receive the first Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award from the Sierra Club. Dr. Bullard will present the award in San Francisco at the Sierra Club’s annual ceremony.
November 18, 2014
Berkeley FILM Foundation screening at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland
In celebration of Rose Johnson’s Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award, which will be presented by Dr. Bullard in San Francisco on November 21, a special screening of Come Hell or High Water will be held at Oakland’s wonderful New Parkway Theater. Tickets ($10) help support the Berkeley FILM Foundation, which provided a production grant for Come Hell or High Water. Q&A with filmmaker Leah Mahan, Derrick Evans of Turkey Creek and other special guests. Join and share the Facebook event.
November 17, 2014
UC Berkeley Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning & Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism
Screening of Come Hell or High Water followed by discussion with filmmaker Leah Mahan and Derrick Evans of Turkey Creek about community-driven efforts to create a more healthy, just and resilient Gulf Coast. Event info here.
November 13 – 15, 2014
Race Flicks Film Festival and Working Films workshop at Facing Race in Dallas
Come Hell or High Water will screen at the Facing Race Race Flicks film festival and, along with Freedom Summer, will be the focus of a workshop led by Working Films on the use of documentary film by organizations addressing justice issues in Texas and beyond. Event info here.
November 3, 2014
Screening at Humboldt University Campus Dialogue on Race
Filmmaker Leah Mahan will attend a screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water during Humboldt State University’s annual Campus Dialogue on Race. Event info here.
November 1, 2014
American Conservation Film Festival
Come Hell or High Water will be featured at the American Conservation Film Festival in West Virginia. Event info here.
October 25, 2014
Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation
October 22, 2014
Greenbuild Film Festival
October 22, 2014
Texas A&M Campus Sustainability Day
October 17, 2014
North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
October 15, 2014
EPA Office of Environmental Justice hosts DC screening for planners and architects at Catholic University of America
A screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water hosted by the EPA Office of Environmental Justice in partnership with the Planning and the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association and the DC Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects will be held at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. RSVP: whoozin.com/X7P-39W-7RPJ. Event info here.
October 14, 2014
Howard Energy & Environmental Law Society (HEELS) screening
Howard Energy & Environmental Law Society (HEELS) allows the members of Howard University School of Law to explore and discuss issues of both energy and environmental law. HEELS is particularly dedicated to exploring and exposing incidents of Environmental Justice, and the drastic effects of climate change. A screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water with Derrick Evans will take place on October 14 from 5-7pm in Houston Hall Classroom 2.
August 27 through September 24, 2014
Film streams for free on PBS in commemoration of Hurricane Katrina
Following the encore broadcast of Come Hell or High Water on the WORLD Channel series America Reframed in late August, the film is streaming for free on the PBS website until September 24th at http://bit.ly/TurkeyCreek
September 22, 2014
Ole Miss Racial Reconciliation Week
Screening with discussion moderated by Reilly Morse, President & CEO, Mississippi Center for Justice. Event info here.
September 17, 2014
Reel Power screening in Houston
A screening of Come Hell or High Water will be hosted by Houston Green Film Series at Rice University.
August 27, 2014
Reel Power screening in San Antonio
A screening of Come Hell or High Water will be hosted by 350SanAntonio.org in partnership with Texas Drought Project, Solar San Antiono and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center.
August 26 & 30, 2014
Encore broadcast on the WORLD Channel in commemoration of Hurricane Katrina
Come Hell or High Water will air on the WORLD Channel’s series America Reframed in commemoration of Hurricane Katrina. The film will air Tues. Aug. 26th at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT and Sat. Aug. 30th at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. PT. The film will stream for free on the PBS website August 27th through September 24th at http://bit.ly/TurkeyCreek.
Check your local listings: http://worldchannel.org/schedule/.
August 6, 2014
Special Screening at EPA Environmental Justice Workshop in Houston
Derrick Evans will attend a screening of Come Hell or High Water hosted by the EPA Region 6 Office of Environmental Justice in partnership with T.E.J.A.S. (Texas Environmental Advocacy Service). Events take place at the Houston Marriott, 9100 Gulf Highway.
June 26, 2014
Special screening at Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary
On June 26, Derrick Evans, a descendent of Turkey Creek’s first settlers and the subject of Come Hell or High Water, will attend a special screening at the Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference hosted by The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement. The screening will take place at 3 p.m. at the Bennie G. Thompson Auditorium at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Miss. The film (56 minutes) will be followed by a Q&A with Evans and Reilly Morse of the Mississippi Center for Justice. A press release can be downloaded from the Media Kit. For more information on the Mississippi Freedom Summer event, visit http://freedom50.org/.
June 10, 2014
Mississippi Heritage Trust, Heritage Award
Come Hell or High Water was presented with a Heritage Award for Preservation Education at the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s Listen Up! event in Tupelo, Miss. http://www.listenupms.com/heritage-awards/.
May 31, 2014
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Come Hell or High Water will be featured at the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Discussion with: Leah Mahan, director; Derrick Evans, Turkey Creek; Julian Mocine McQueen, Director of Education & Outreach, Green For All; Judy Hatcher, Director, Pesticide Action Network; additional guests to be announced. The screening will be at San Francisco’s historic Roxie Theater.
May 1 – 30, 2014
Streaming on America ReFramed and PBS Video
April 30, 2014
Second of two local airings on Mississippi Public Broadcasting in April
On April 30 at 8 p.m. MPB will air Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
April 29, 2014
Broadcast on America Reframed
On April 29, Come Hell or High Water will air on WORLD Channel’s series America Reframed (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT). The broadcast will be followed by a half-hour discussion between series host Natasha Del Toro, Derrick Evans and journalist Brentin Mock. The simulcast Online Premiere and Live Chat will begin at the same time. Viewers can find the America Reframed broadcast of Come Hell or High Water on a local public TV station or join the live chat. Mississippi Public Broadcasting will air the documentary locally on April 30, and the film will stream nationally on PBS Video April 30–May 29.
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April 24, 2014
Featured in American Film Showcase
The documentary will be part of American Film Showcase 2014, a program funded by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts that aims to highlight the value of film in fostering understanding and cooperation, dialogue and debate.
Special Screening at the Justice Leadership Summit in Mobile, Alabama
The documentary will be shown on April 24 at an annual gathering of Gulf Coast community leaders hosted by the Center for Fair Housing. The screening will be followed by discussion with Derrick Evans of Turkey Creek and a summit workshop on using film and media for social change, coordinated by Bridge the Gulf and Working Films. The director of the Center, Teresa Fox-Bettis, describes the impact of the film on Mobile residents at a preview screening: “We were moved to tears. You see, Africatown, much like Turkey Creek, was established by freed slaves, and the stories were eerily similar in so many ways. For us it was a painful reminder, but it was validation, it was hope. We need tangible evidence to show the community why it is so important to not give up, no matter what.” The screening will follow the opening plenary on Thurs. morning.
Special Screening with East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice in Long Beach, California
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, established by residents of the Commerce/East Los Angeles area concerned with the increasing environmental health impacts of industrial pollution in their community, will co-host a screening and discussion of Come Hell or High Water with partner organizations at the historic Art Theatre of Long Beach. Filmmaker Leah Mahan will attend. Event at 7pm followed by reception.
April 13, 2014
First of two local airings on Mississippi Public Broadcasting in April
On April 13 at 10 p.m. MPB will air Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
April 9, 2014
Special Screening at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
On April 9, Dr. Robert Bullard, the “father of environmental justice,” will host a screening of the film at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, where he serves as Dean. Guests include Derrick Evans and Houston environmental justice leaders including Bryan Parras of T.E.J.A.S. Dr. Bullard says, “This powerful documentary illustrates a classic case of environmental injustice and exposes raw in-your-face Mississippi racial politics. Come Hell or High Water is a perfect lesson that we are not living in a post-racial era.”
March 31, 2014
Presentation for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Staff
A brown bag breakfast with Leah Mahan and Derrick Evans will be co-sponsored by the Urban Waters Program and Office of Environmental Justice. Mahan and Evans will share clips from Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek and discuss the Turkey Creek story with EPA staff in Washington, D.C. and as well as departments in Jackson, MS and Atlanta, GA that will join the discussion by live video stream.
March 30, 2014
Washington, D.C. Premiere
Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek will have its Washington, D.C. premiere on March 30, on the final day of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The theme of the 22nd annual festival, Our Cities, Our Planet, “will examine the challenges posed by Earth’s urban environments and the efforts of the world’s cities to balance environmental and economic needs.” The free film screening at the Carnegie Institution for Science at 4:30 p.m. will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests: Derrick Evans of Turkey Creek; Leslie Fields, National Environmental Justice Director for the Sierra Club; filmmaker Leah Mahan; Grist writer Brentin Mock; and Reilly Morse, president of the Mississippi Center for Justice.
Launch of Bridge the Gulf Redesign
While producing the film, Mahan worked with Derrick Evans and the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health to create Bridge the Gulf, a community media project that has been a resource to people and organizations across the Gulf South since it launched in 2010; a redesign of the website will launch in late March with support from the Independent Television Service.