New Orleans Oscar Nominated Filmmaker Seeks Funding For ‘Fear No Gumbo,’ Doc. Film About Katrina Recovery Efforts

NEW ORLEANS – “Fear No Gumbo” provides a rare look at the recovery efforts underway ten years after Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in United States history.

         Filmmaker Kimberly Rivers-Roberts’ last film, “Trouble the Water,” that documented the travesties of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was nominated for an Oscar and won several awards including the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

         In “Fear No Gumbo,” she gives a first person account of what she calls the many injustices the community of New Orleans has experienced over the last ten years.

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         Rivers-Roberts has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 to edit and distribute her film. Pre-orders of the film as well as promotional items like T-shirts can be pre-ordered on Indiegogo from now until Thursday, October 1, 2015.

         In “Fear No Gumbo,” Rivers-Roberts said she exposes issues of unfair zoning laws and artistic property rights Katrina survivors face, as well as the ineffective ways the $6.2 billion plus an additional $800 million in recovery funds from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been put to use. 

         Rivers-Roberts said she refuses to give in to censorship or to the powers that would prefer that this part of the city’s history remain untold. She said this film is the best medium to spread her message. “Film can be a powerful tool for change, but only when it has an audience, and only when it has an advocate,” she said.

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         In “Fear No Gumbo,” Rivers-Roberts said you’ll see the love and passion that this city’s residents have for their culture and history and why it is worth fighting for.

         Rivers-Roberts also known as Queen Kold Madina, is a successful filmmaker and rap artist. She is a lifetime resident and community advocate of New Orleans.

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