Jazz funeral scene from "City of a Million Dreams," photo courtesy of Jason Berry

Beauregard-Keyes House hosts screening of ‘City of a Million Dreams’

Jason Berry’s acclaimed documentary City of a Million Dreams will be screened at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden on Thursday, February 17, at 6 p.m.  A panel discussion with Berry, clarinetist Dr. Michael White, and choreographer Monique Moss will follow the viewing.

City of a Million Dreams, which was filmed over 22 years, chronicles the history of jazz funerals in New Orleans while exploring race relations in American life.  The film draws from the 2018 book of the same title by Jason Berry and follows burial traditions as a lens on the evolution of New Orleans and the unique and resilient culture of our city.

“We are beyond thrilled to host the showing of this important work and to welcome such esteemed panelists for what promises to be an insightful, compelling discussion”, said Annie Irvin, executive director of the Beauregard-Keyes House. “We invite members of the community to visit our museum and to take advantage of culturally rich events such as this.”

Affectionately known to neighbors and supporters as “BK House”, the historic property at 1113 Chartres Street, has been inhabited by a variety of individuals and families since 1826. Programming has evolved far beyond guided tours and features lectures and demonstrations, crafting and art classes, concerts, cultural displays, and seasonal events, including a ArKIDtecture Summer Camp for children.

Tickets to the screening are $15 per person and must be pre-purchased at bkhouse.org.  Per City of New Orleans COVID-19 guidelines, everyone in attendance must wear a mask and anyone five years of age or older must provide proof of at least one dose of an approved COVID vaccine or negative PCR/antigen test within 72 hours.

For more information about City of a Million Dreams, visit here.