Audiences to get preview of “Katrina & Biloxi’

Residents of Biloxi and the Mississippi Gulf Coast will be getting their first glimpses of the city-commissioned documentary “Katrina & Biloxi,” during WLOX-TV’s “4 O’clock Show” this afternoon, and on Coast radio stations and in The Sun Herald Friday morning.

The media outlets have been asked to preview the 50-minute production in advance of its world premiere Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi. The free premiere is open to the public, with theater doors opening at 5 p.m.

This afternoon, Mayor A.J. Holloway requested Biloxi radio stations play an original song, “Heaven’s Cry,” on Friday morning at 8:30. WLOX also plans to play a portion of the song during its “4 O’clock Show this afternoon.

The premiere on Sunday will be the first public showing of the DVD “Katrina & Biloxi,” which was designed to commemorate the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the community’s inspirational recovery efforts. The DVD is a production of the city and Tom Nebel Productions, a firm that accompanied the Atlanta Fire Department to Biloxi in the aftermath of the storm.

The “Katrina & Biloxi” documentary runs about 50 minutes, and the overall DVD contains another 20 minutes of bonus storm footage, including aerial footage and a video of “Heaven’s Cry,” which was penned by songwriter Brad Jerkins of Dothan, Aa., and a member of the DVD production crew.

Those who have pre-ordered copies of the DVD and/or companion photo album should be receiving their orders in mid-February. Meantime, orders for the DVD and photo album — $40, plus $5 shipping for both – can be placed online or via mail-order. For information, click here.