Time Inc. and Rampante announced on Tuesday that their six-part Hurricane Katrina documentary series “New Orleans, Here & Now” will premiere on Aug. 27 on Time.com and multiple other platforms to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the disaster that brought devastation to the city of New Orleans.
The project is the first product of a partnership between Time Inc. and Rampante, an L.A.-based strategic advisory, production and distribution company headed by former Fox Television Studios chief Emiliano Calemzuk. The two companies pacted in November 2014 to create and monetize feature-length documentary films, non-fiction television and digital series across multiple platforms.
Executive produced by New Orleans-born actress Patricia Clarkson (“Pieces of April,” “Six Feet Under”) and “NCIS: New Orleans” star Scott Bakula, “New Orleans, Here & Now” consists of six short films about real people living in post-Katrina New Orleans, helmed by six different directors (Katie Dellamaggiore, Zach Godshall, Lily Keber, John Maringouin, Darius Clark Monroe and Angela Tucker). It was produced by Time Inc. in partnership with Rampante, Killer Films (“Still Alice,” “Boys Don’t Cry”) and New Orleans-based Field Office Films (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).
“Here & Now” will be the first original, premium video project available exclusively to Time magazine subscribers on Time.com. All visitors to Time.com will be able to view one of the six shorts, but they will be required to subscribe to view the remaining five. Sister publication People.com will make one of the films available to all visitors. The entire docu-series will also be viewable on Sundance Doc Club and Hulu and available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.