Jason Berry’s City Of A Million Dreams film premieres at the 2021 Sarasota Film Festival

Author of City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300 Jason Berry is premiering his film City Of A Million Dreams, for which he is co-screenwriter, producer, and director, today at the 2021 Sarasota Film Festival.

The premiere of Jason Berry’s City of A Million Dreams is virtual, so grab your popcorn and visit this link to view the film. (Note that the film is currently available to stream to viewers based in Florida.) Read a brief description of the film below:

Today, as they have for more than a century, New Orleans jazz funerals and Sunday second line parades absorb the pain of death and the legacy of racism, soaring to the transcendent joy of rebirth. A violent storm and a parade shooting plunge clarinetist Dr. Michael White and culture carrier Deb “Big Red” Cotton into a search for the city’s soul.

Jason’s book City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300 is now available in a paperback edition as well.

“Berry not only traces . . . overlaps of sound and spectacle; he uses overlapping narratives. . . . We see New Orleans, after another of its near-death experiences, still stubbornly not knowing how to die when it ought to.”—Garry Wills, New York Review of Books

Jason Berry is an independent writer, documentary film producer, and journalist living in New Orleans.