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Hurricane Animal Rescue film premieres in Portland 8/17, Dark Water Rising

A portland independent filmmaker and crew traveled to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its effects on the pets of New Orleans. The film, which opens 8/17 at Cinema 21 and runs from 8/18-8/24 at the Laurelhurst theater features the efforts of the Oregon Humane Society and other animal rescuers.
Dark Water Rising:  The Truth About Hurricane Katrina Animal Rescues film opens in Portland.

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches on August 29, the questions that many Oregonians ask are:  
*What really happened to the pets in New Orleans after Katrina?
*Will this happen again this hurricane season, or here in the event of an earthquake, volcanic eruption or tsunami?
*Does Oregon have a pet evacuation plan?

Three-time Best Documentary award-winner and Portland filmmaker Mike Shiley (Inside Iraq:  The Untold Stories) will share the truth behind the animal rescues of Hurricane Katrina and what we can do to avoid a repeat of forced separation of pets from their owners in the future. 
Dark Water Rising is the smoking gun that will energize and activate the public to make sure that this horrific scenario is never repeated, in New Orleans, in Oregon, or any other community. 

Opening in August in Atlanta, Nashville, Washington DC, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and New Orleans.  
Portland show times:
*Cinema 21 on August 17 at 7:30pm
*Laurelhurst Theater from August 18-24 at 7pm and 1pm Sat./Sun.

 Filmmaker Mike Shiley will personally introduce the film and answer questions after every show.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER:   http://darkwaterrising.com/trailer.html

Mike Shiley
(503) 231-7658

Over 50,000 dogs and cats were left behind in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The pets (mostly dogs) that survived the flood were locked in houses and chained to fences without food and water for up to six weeks.  
A small group of brave rescuers from around the world risked their lives to sledgehammer down doors, brave toxic floodwaters and dodge corrupt cops in a race against time to rescue up to 10,000 trapped and starving animals. 
Some rescuers worked with the official rescue organization, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), while others joined a more aggressive rescue outfit, code named Winn Dixie.
This film also tells uplifting stories of hope and survival as pets are reunited with their owners while other lucky pets find loving new homes.
These hard earned lessons will help our nation understand the need for animal evacuation plans in natural disasters.
Join me for a behind-the-scenes look at the grim reality of the life and death struggles on the toxic streets of New Orleans.


I very much enjoyed your documentary.  Congratulations on your fine work.  It's an excellent portrayal of what went on in Louisiana.
Wayne Pacelle
The Humane Society of the United States
Washington DC
Fantastic job!
Ripley Forbes
American Humane Association
Washington, DC

Great job.  I still have nightmares of the ones we couldn't save and the ones still on the streets now.
Kristina Rieck-Perez
Twisted Whisker Farm Sanctuary
There wasn't one point that I think needed to be made that your film didn't cover. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 
Dorothy Pizzuti
Dog Detective
It shows so much more than the news reports, shows what it was like for all sides - the rescuers, the people caring for the animals, the animals, the owners - and showed the good and bad of the efforts.    Superb. Stunning.
Barbara Peduzzi
Camp Katrina Rescue Operation


homepage: homepage: http://www.darkwaterrising.com