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Galveston Independent School District
News Release
Friday, February 17, 2012

Free screening and DVD sale for acclaimed Ike: A Documentary on Feb. 23 at The Grand
Award-winning documentary produced by Ball High students on sale through Galveston ISD following free screening at the Grand 1894 Opera House

GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston ISD and the Grand 1894 Opera House invite the public to a free screening of the acclaimed Ball High student produced film, Ike: A Documentary, on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. Following the screening, DVDs of the film will be available for purchase for $15 each. All proceeds will go back to GISD student programs.

“We are really excited about finally being able to sell copies of Ike: A Documentary as we’ve had such high demand for this film since we screened it a few years ago,” said film producer and former Ball High Media Technology teacher Bobby Weiss, now attending graduate school at Syracuse University. “It really touched a nerve when we started showing people in the community the finished product. All those involved are still very proud of the work we accomplished in a tough time for all Ball High students.”

Ike: A Documentary follows a group of Ball High students that lived through Hurricane Ike, one of the biggest storms weathered by Galveston, Texas, hitting shore on September 13, 2008. The subjects of the film are 15 students called the Hurricane Story Tellers that documented how the storm affected their lives and community. Ike: A Documentary detailed the damage inflicted on Galveston, but also the undeterred spirit of their home town in the rebuilding process.

The film went on to garner national press, including spots on Good Morning America and the Weather Channel. It also won entry to several national film festivals, including South By Southwest, the Great Lakes Film Festival, and the Independents’ Film Festival in Tampa Florida. The Hurricane Story Tellers also found themselves on the cover of such publications as the Austin Chronicle.

After Feb. 23, Ike: A Documentary DVDs will be available for purchase at the GISD Support Center (3904 Ave. T) and the Ball High school store (4115 Ave. O) during regular business hours. Purchasers are asked to pay with cash, money orders, or checks made out to the Galveston Independent School District. As of this time, no mail orders will be taken.




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