Post-Katrina New Orleans is Setting for 'Low and Behold,' Virginia Film Society's Next Screening

March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008 — The spring series of the Virginia Film society continues Monday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at Vinegar Hill Theatre with the screening of "Low And Behold," a drama set in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

"Low and Behold" is about Turner Stull (played by guest actor/writer Barlow Jacobs), an uninspired young man who takes a job writing insurance claims on hurricane-damaged houses in New Orleans. His life is dramatically altered when he's forced to deal with the mass destruction and loss that surrounds him.

After Hurricane Katrina wiped out the Gulf Coast, Jacobs lived in New Orleans, then later evacuated to Chattanooga, Tenn. During that time, he took a position as a insurance claims adjuster and worked for several months in the Gulf Coast, and developed the script of this film.

In February 2006, Jacobs returned to New Orleans, planning to invest all the money he had made as a claims adjuster into a feature-length film. He teamed up with director and co-writer Zack Godshall. It was imperative to both Godshall and Jacobs that the cast and crew be from New Orleans or the southern part of the country. They believed having a team that had felt the full impact of Katrina would aid in bringing the story to life in the most authentic way possible.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007, and won "Best Feature" at the New Orleans and Rome International Film Festivals.

Admission is $9, but free to Film Society members. Individual admission tickets may be purchased 30 minutes prior to the screening at the venue box office, when seats are available.

The Virginia Film Society is the year-round program of the Virginia Film Festival. All Virginia Film Society events are co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. This screening also is supported by Brown College at the University of Virginia.
For information, visit the Virginia Film Society Web site at or call (434) 982-5277.