Ready to laugh your ass off and cry your eyes out? Probably one of the most honest, heartfelt, and feel good movies of the LA Film Festival is After the Storm directed by Hilla Medalia.

The film follows a group of legendary New York Broadway actors Gerry McIntyre, James Lecesne, Randy Redd, who were inspired to help the youth of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The problem is, they didn’t know what to do, so they decided that the best way for help was to do what they knew best, put on a show!

The group decided to stage a musical theater production of the Broadway play “Once on this Island” with 13 local teenagers at the St. Marks Community Center located at the edge of the French Quarter. By the end of the show, not only would all contribution help the community, BUT they would have rebuilt the Community Center which was left in shambles after the storm. The film follows the crew and the kids from auditions through performances and also tells the story of each young actor’s life in the wake of Katrina.

The film could have very easily wallowed in the sadness of the event, but instead, just like the people in the film, they all rose above it and created a genuinely fun and yet fulfilling film to watch and inspire.

The film will be playing at OutFest on July 11th at 11:30am at the Fairfax Theater and hopefully will make it’s way to theaters soon. Check it out when you have the chance!