More than 4,000 New Orleanians died in one month, largely because selfish, ignorant city leaders ignored basic sanitation measures that might have saved hundreds of lives.
Jason Berry is is the producer and director of City of a Million Dreams, a documentary that explores the evolution of New Orleans through jazz funerals and is based on the book of the same title.
Filmmaker Dan Pritzker’s biopic “Bolden,” about the horn player credited with inventing jazz, reaches for myth and misses the artist.
In an excerpt from his new history of New Orleans, Jason Berry tells the inspiring story of an outsider artist and gospel singer who epitomized the Crescent City’s gumbo culture.
Documentary filmmaker Stevenson Palfi immortalized Professor Longhair in a legendary film. His suicide cut short work on a similar tribute to Toussaint. But the work goes on.
The award-winning author explains what drew him to Leonardo da Vinci, and what we can all learn from this self-made Renaissance man.
Known for his mashups of fiction and fact, French author Emmanuel Carrère talks about his new book on St. Luke, an admiring but cool-eyed chronicler of Christ and St. Paul.
Sunpie Barnes has been a pro linebacker, a park ranger, and an accordion player backing Paul Simon. Now he’s singing the praises of San Maló, a legendary runaway slave.
A junkie and ex-con, the late James Booker was also the epitome of Crescent City keyboard artistry. A new documentary captures him right down to his glittering eye patch.
Marcial Maciel, once the founder of the Catholic Church's most lucrative new order, died mired in a massive pedophilia scandal. Now his former number two is also being accused.
Bill Ferris has taught a lot of people how to embrace Southern culture. He even co-edited an encyclopedia on the subject. Now he’s showing us what he loves in photographs.