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 asThe Concert in Support of the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts (2005)
Created bySam Haskell
Developed bySam Haskell
Written byPamela K. Long
Directed byPaul Miller
Creative directorHarold Wheeler (music)
Presented byMorgan Freeman
StarringMorgan Freeman, Rita Cosby
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersSam Haskell, Lanny Griffith, Michael B. Seligman, Hudson Hickman
ProducerNels Bangerter (documentary)
Production locationsOxford, Mississippi
CinematographyPenelope Spheeris
Running time3:02:00
Production companiesMagnolia Hill Entertainment
Seligman Entertainment
Original networkMSNBC
Picture formatNTSC, Color
Original release1 October 2005 (2005-10-01)

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 23 and 30 August 2005.[2][3][4] This three-hour concert and telethon was broadcast live on MSNBC throughout North America on 1 October 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 telecast from the University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS) on 1 October 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 1 Oct. 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 1 Oct. on WTOK-TV". Archived from the original on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b segment for documentary part of "Mississippi Rising" edited by Nels Bangerter Archived 25 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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