Jason Berry’s ‘City of a Million Dreams’ documentary illuminates New Orleans jazz funerals

New Orleans journalist, author and documentarian Jason Berry spent much of his recent trip to the Heartland International Film Festival in Indianapolis commiserating.

For years, he labored to bring “City of a Million Dreams,” his lyrical study of New Orleans’ jazz funeral traditions, to life, struggling with funding challenges, a disastrous hurricane and the death of a main character.

Swapping similar stories with other indie filmmakers at Heartland “cushioned the bruises a bit,” Berry said this week. “This has been an epic in my life.”

That epic, the 89-minute “City of a Million Dreams,” will have its hometown premiere Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Broadside, the outdoor venue near the Broad Theater, as a prelude to the New Orleans Film Festival’s November opening. Berry and other principals will conduct a post-screening question-and-answer session… Click here to read the rest on Nola.com