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Tim's Island at the 2007 Wisconsin Film Festival
The documentary about Hurricane Katrina screened Friday at the Play Circle
<i>Tim's Island</i>
Tim's Island

Tim's Island could be described as one the most important movies that was never supposed to be made.

A documentary about surviving Hurricane Katrina, it follows the lives of 16 people, 7 dogs and 8 cats as they take shelter at Tim's house. A mutual friend to each and every one of them, and are trapped there because of the storm for seven days.

Shot mainly on a hand-held camera, this is one horrific home-video. Originally excited by the extreme weather and the vacation that the storm brings from normal life, the camera tells a different story as the water slowly and consistently rises and supplies become precious commodities. The city stews in raw sewage, and every day people are forced to adapt to unimaginable circumstances.

Tensions run high as minor cuts become infected; fatigue and stress become overwhelming. One of the most explosive evenings for the group comes as they fight over how to evacuate all the pets. The group keeps a good sense of humor throughout the ordeal, but several note: "We are going crazy."

They take out some of their anger by painting signs for their roof. "Thanks 4 Nothing, W" one reads, while the camera catches Air Force One flying overhead.

Tim's Island is screening for a second time at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday at the Play Circle.

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