Mississippi Rising

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Mississippi Rising - The Concert in Support of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts (2005)
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Mississippi Rising, DVD
Also known as The Concert in Support of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts (2005)
Genre Concert/Telethon
Created by Sam Haskell
Developed by Sam Haskell
Written by Pamela K. Long
Directed by Paul Miller
Presented by Morgan Freeman
Starring Morgan Freeman, Rita Cosby
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Sam Haskell, Lanny Griffith, Michael B. Seligman, Hudson Hickman
Location(s) Oxford, Mississippi
Cinematography Penelope Spheeris
Running time 3:02:00
Production company(s) Magnolia Hill Entertainment
Seligman Entertainment
Distributor MSNBC
Original channel MSNBC
Picture format NTSC, Color
Original release October 1st, 2005

Mississippi Rising - The Concert in Support of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts (2005) telethon (2 DVD set)[1] was quickly put together after Hurricane Katrina had devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States between August 23–30, 2005.[2][3][4] This three hour concert and telethon was broadcast live on MSNBC throughout North America on October 1, 2005. It was marketed commercially as a 2 DVD set in very limited numbers. All proceeds have gone to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund.


The production was telelcast from the University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) on October 1, 2005; C. M. Tad Smith Coliseum was converted into a television production facility in order to accommodate the media production, telecast, and live concert. Native Mississippians, Sam Haskell III and Lanny Griffith produced the event. The event was underwritten by a contribution to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund by UnitedHealth Group Foundation.

All proceeds went to the Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund (www.mississippirecovery.com) or a similar fund in Louisiana administered by Foundations for Recovery, The Hurricane Katrina New Orleans Recovery Fund (www.foundationsforrecovery.org). The event raised in excess of $15 million.[5]

The event featured numerous celebrities backed by a live 50 piece studio orchestra.

After Hurricane Katrina, Whoopi Goldberg and director Penelope Spheeris collaborated to tell the stories of residents of Biloxi, Mississippi for MSNBC's "Mississippi Rising" telethon. Twelve two-three minute short documentaries aired during the Oct. 1, 2005 broadcast.[6]

Featured celebrities[edit]

Faith Hill, Jason Alexander, Sela Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Doris Roberts, Macy Gray, Ray Romano, Samuel L. Jackson, Lance Bass, Jean Smart, Marilu Henner, Steve Azar, Kathy Ireland, Delta Burke, Mary Donnelly-Haskell, Kristian Alfonso, Debbie Allen, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gary Collins, Billy Davis Jr., Brett Favre, Gary Grubbs, Deidre Hall, Kathy Ireland, Diana Krall, Lenny Kravitz, Marilyn McCoo, Brian McKnight, Gerald McRaney, Mary Ann Mobley, Gary Morris, Peter Reckell, Greg Rikaart, Joe Scarborough, Melody Thomas Scott, Alison Sweeney, Pam Tillis, Trent Lott, Haley Barbour

Musicians (studio orchestra)[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Cinematography: Penelope Spheeris
  • Producer, documentary segment: Hudson Hickman
  • Editor, documentary segment: Nels Bangerter[6]
  • Talent escort and production assistant: Wendy Bell
  • Production assistant: Michael Kettering
  • Script coordinator: David Lucky
  • talent assistant: Jenny Morgan
  • production assistant: Tim Reeves
  • travel coordinator: Christina Tong
  • transportation coordinator: Bob Maywhort



  1. ^ the 1st DVD is the 3 hour T.V. show and the 2nd DVD is "Extra Bonus Features" on how the show was produced and footage of the problems stemming from Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast Region
  2. ^ September 2005. The Hollywood Reporter. PP 66, 144. Wilkerson Daily Corp., 2005
  3. ^ Golding, Melody. Katrina: Mississippi Women Remember National Museum of Women in the Arts (U.S.), Mississippi State Committee, 2007. page 89. ISBN 978-1-57806-956-9
  4. ^ Playbill. Andrew Gans. September 22, 2005
  5. ^ Broadcast on Oct. 1 on WTOK-TV
  6. ^ a b segment for documentary part of "Mississippi Rising" edited by Nels Bangerter

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