The Lower 9: A Story of Home is a documentary showcasing four determined Lower Ninth Ward residents who share their most intimate stories of home, as they resume their lives nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their neighbourhood. Each story finds a voice in a narrative that intersperses contemporary interviews, abstract cinematography of destruction, and powerful scenes of present, everyday lives.
Based out of Cleveland, Ohio, Matthew Hashiguchi is an award winning documentary filmmaker and multimedia journalist whose work focuses on the diverse cultural, social and ethnic stories of American society. After graduating from The Ohio State University in 2007, where he studied photojournalism, Hashiguchi worked and interned as a multimedia journalist for various news outlets such as The Lima News, The Findlay Courier and The Washington Post.
Currently, Matthew teaches Digital Media at Virginia Marti College in Lakewood, Ohio, and is filming Good Luck Soup, a documentary about one Japanese American Grandmother and her role as the family matriarch. The film was invited to the American Documentary Film Fund Pitch Session in 2012.
Matthew Hashiguchi’s visual stories have been exhibited in the White House, Time.com, WashingtonPost.com, NYTimes.com, Hulu.com, Philips de Pury & Company NYC and in various other outlets that span the globe. He combines his experience as a journalist with his understanding of image, sound and pacing to tell a compelling and contemplative story.
The Lower 9: A Story of Home (USA)