Student Made "Ike: A Documentary" Premieres Tonight at the Grand

A group of Galveston high school students has spent the last eight months making a documentary about life on the island after hurricane Ike. Rod Rice reports the film debuts free of charge tonight at Galveston's Grand Opera House.

After the storm, when classes resumed at Ball High School, Robert Weiss asked his Advanced Media Technology students if they wanted to commit to making a documentary about what happened.  Eight months later "Ike: A Documentary" will have its premier tonight. Weiss says what began as a class project has been fashioned into something very special.

"It's really a brilliant piece of art work, and you know, it surprises me and surprises everybody who sees.  People who just see the preview get teary eyed every time they see it. I still do."

About ten students have been working on the project every day during and after school and Weiss says the hard work has paid off.

"I think people are going to be very pleasantly surprised at how amazing this film is. It's really a professional film."

Weiss says he's learned a great deal not only from the film, but also fro the students who made it.

"Mainly about the resiliency of people and these students in particular. The fact that they've been able to deal with these stories on a regular basis and deal with their own trauma when they go home, and ah, I couldn't be more proud of them."

To learn more abouut the documentary, visit www-dot-ikedocumentary-dot-com.

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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...