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Coming Up From The Ashes

On August 27, 2020 hurricane Laura a category four storm struck Southwest Louisiana, leaving behind a trail of devastation and destruction. Thousands of citizens were left without power or water for weeks, and without supplemental disaster relief funds from the government some would suffer for months. "Coming up From The Ashes" is the story of how a community found the courage, strength, and resilience to endure the toughest of times and together.

  • Michael A McGowan
    Reservation, How To Love A Geek
  • Christopher Templeton
  • Michael A. McGowan
    Reservation, How to Love A Geek
  • Nic Hunter
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 27, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Michael A McGowan

Michael A. McGowan is an American filmmaker from Southwest Louisiana. After moving to Los Angeles, Ca to pursue a career in screenwriting Michael began the process of self teaching himself how to produce, write, and direct feature length films. His dreams of owning and operating a film production studios, and directing feature film were fulfilled with the opening of Sedona Studios and “Reservation” his first feature film. Michael went on to write and direct “How To Love A Geek”, and has written several other scripts in various phases of production. Michael hopes to one day open a studio and film school in his hometown of Lake Charles, La.

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Director Statement

Filmmaking is my one true passion, and a gift that has led me to this project. The people of Southwest Louisiana are hurting, and feel forgotten. I wanted to use my gift of filmmaking to tell their story of resilience and hope! In hopes that others will see the true power in community, and not only be uplifted, but moved to help.