‘Katrina & Biloxi’ DVD to premiere Jan. 29

The world premiere of “Katrina & Biloxi: A story of resolve and resilience” will be Sunday, Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Saenger Theater in downtown Biloxi.

The free event will be open to the public, with seating in the 1,000-seat theater on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets will be required.

The premiere will be the first public showing of the city-commissioned DVD 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, with another 20 minutes of bonus storm footage, including aerial footage and video of an original song, “I Saw Heaven Cry Today,” that also is featured in the DVD itself.

Those who have pre-ordered copies of the DVD and/or companion photo album should be receiving their orders in mid-February, two weeks later than the originally announced delivery date. In fact, those who have placed orders are being mailed postcards this week about the status of their order. To read the postcard, click here.

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.


Washington Post opines of promising future for Biloxi

Biloxi has a number of issues to address as part of its recovery effort, but the city “already has some good cards to play,” according to a column published today on the op-ed page of the Washington Post.

Columnist Eugene Robinson, in an 800-word article headlined “Good Bet in Biloxi,” compares the status of post-flood New Orleans and post-Katrina Biloxi.

To read the story for yourself, click here.