Treme

Great article in The Gambit on the filming of David Simon’s Treme. Hopefully HBO picks this up:

In a 2007 interview withThe New Yorker, Simon revealed his
greatest fear: the people he writes about won’t recognize themselves in
his work. It seems masochistic, then, to write about New Orleanians,
who rarely recognize themselves in anything.

  ”I haven’t recognized New Orleanians in a lot that’s
been filmed down there, I have to confess,” he says. “I think most
people come down and it’s just a backdrop for whatever they’re doing.
They’re not really writing about New Orleans; they’re writing a crime
story, so it’s like, insert local color at this point. I’m only
interested in writing about New Orleans. To me the characters are there
to serve what’s to be said about a modern American city that was very
close to destroyed, that has incredibly ornate traditions and where
people resist moving under extreme conditions and have done so for a
couple of centuries.”

  Being protective of New Orleans culture is a good thing,
Pierce offers. “And we welcome it as we try to portray it,” he says,
“because it keeps it conscious in our work as we approach it, trying to
be authentic. The one thing that’s guaranteed is, there are going to be
people that hate it. It’s New Orleans. That’s a part of the culture
also, which I hope we reflect in the show.”

SNIP

  “I don’t mean to make more of this metaphor than will
allow, but the country’s in very much the same emotional place as New
Orleans. A lot of Americans are feeling very dislocated after the last
decade or so. So the piece could be resonant to more than New Orleans
— if it’s done right, if we think about this thing in more
universal terms.”