One day to feel ‘Uneasy’

Shearer documentary to plays theaters in August

“The Big Uneasy,” a feature documentary by Harry Shearer about the flawed preparation and response to Hurricane Katrina, is taking an unusual route to theatrical distribution, getting a one-day release Aug. 30 via the alternative programming arm of Gotham-based Screenvision.

Pic will play in some 125 venues in cities including New Orleans, L.A., New York and Chicago. Release strategy eschews the trappings of a traditional theatrical release, which these days can prove a risky proposition for feature docs.

Part-time New Orleans resident Shearer (“The Simpsons,” “This is Spinal Tap”) interviews experts and residents in the film, which focuses on ways in which the Katrina catastrophe could have been prevented and casts a critical eye on rebuilding efforts.

Shearer, who studied politics at UCLA and urban government at Harvard, does political satire and commentary on his weekly radio program “Le Show.”

Karen Murphy (“Spinal Tap”) and Christine O’Malley (“Wordplay”) produce the film.

Cinema advertising company Screenvision released another indie doc, “The Lottery,” to theaters last month.

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