All this week, Paste announces our 2010 People of the Year in Documentary Film, Narrative Film, Fiction, and Nonfiction.
When the creator of the show many critics call the greatest of all time premieres his followup show, it’s a big television moment. When that show settles itself in, and examines, and grieves with, and pays weary homage to a great American city still woozy from the shock of the greatest natural disaster to hit America, that transcends television. That’s a big cultural moment. For creating the wonder of Treme and assembling the stellar talents of Melissa Leo, Kim Dickens, John Goodman, Wendell Pierece, and so many other greats to bring it to life, David Simon is Paste’s 2010 Person of the Year for TV.
Simon is deep in the midst of creating more _Treme magic, and unavailable for interviews for a few weeks yet. But in the meantime, we thought we’d get show reactions from a true New Orleans hero. Ray Cannata is a Presbyterian pastor who moved his family from New Jersey to New Orleans shortly after Katrina in order to help the city rebuild. In the best tradition of firefighters worldwide, he was running in while everyone else was running out. He fell in love with the culture and decided to become the first person in history to eat a meal at every restaurant in the entire city, a feat he will complete in June of this year. Along the way, his tiny little church coordinated volunteer teams from all over the country and has rebuilt over 500 homes (and counting). Ray is the subject of a documentary film Paste is co-producing called The Man Who Ate New Orleans.
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