Monday, September 12, 2011

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Posted By on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:00 AM

As the voice of dozens of characters on The Simpsons and an actor and musician in numerous Christopher Guest mockumentaries, Harry Shearer is a man best known for his comedic stylings and deep baritone voice.

Not only will Boiseans have the chance to meet and talk with Shearer this evening, but they will get to see yet another side of him: journalist.

Shearer will be at The Flicks this evening to screen his new documentary, The Big Uneasy, an examination of the role played by the Army Corps of Engineers in the catastrophic infrastructure failings in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

"The deaths are not Katrina deaths in the sense that they were caused by a hurricane," Shearer said. "They were caused, ironically, by the failure of a hurricane prevention system."

After having worked with everyone from Abbott and Costello to Lorne Michaels, Shearer is a legend in the entertainment biz, but in an interview with BW, he said his opinion as a notorious entertainer isn't what counts. To make The Big Uneasy, he used that status simply to wrangle the experts and let them speak. Though Shearer is a funny man, The Big Uneasy is not a funny film. It is a serious film and essential viewing for anyone wishing to understand the larger issues surrounding the tragedy in New Orleans.

The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $12.

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