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Clarksdale FF unveils lineup

January 13, 2011

CLARKSDALE FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 27-30, 2011

DELTA CINEMAS

11 Third Street

downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi

(two movie theaters)

 

FULL SCHEDULE/UPDATES/DETAILS:http://www.jukejointfestival.com/film_fest.php

 

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thurs-Sun, Jan 27-30, 2011).

• On sale at Cat Head store (252 Delta Ave.) till Jan 27 – or at Delta Cinemas during festival.

 

MERCHANDISE: Festival caps available now ($20). Long sleeve T-shirts available at festival. (Juke Fest merch also available.)

 

SPONSORED BY: Organized by your non-profit Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (Juke Joint Festival). Sponsored by Clarksdale & Coahoma County Tourism, City of Clarksdale, Clarksdale Revitalization, Downtown Business Association, Miss Del’s General Store, Pharr Brothers Advertising, Cat Head, Sound Center and others. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT! To become a sponsor, please email Nan Hughes at pba@cableone.net.

 

SCHEDULE BELOW *****All screenings and events subject to change. It’s the Delta, y’all!*****:

 

THURS JAN 27, 2011

 

DELTA CINEMAS LOBBY:

5:30pm – doors open; ticket/merchandise sales

6pm – Cadillac John & Bill Abel perform live blues

 

MAIN THEATER:

7pm – “Festival Welcome” by organizers – Clarksdale Downtown Development Association

7:15pm – Raiders Of The Lost Ark: Adaptation – Clarksdale premiere with introduction and Q&A by Mississippi filmmakers Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos. Shot-for-shot remake of the original Raiders of the Lost Ark, made by teen-age boys in Mississippi over the course of seven years.

 

FRI JAN 28, 2011

 

DELTA CINEMAS LOBBY:

All day – ticket/merchandise sales

6pm – Pre-Prom Night in Mississippi reception with blues by Sean Apple.

 

UPSTAIRS THEATER:

11am-3pm (approx.) – Barefoot Workshops: Clarksdale Retrospective, Part I – First retrospective of film shorts shot over the past few years highlighting fascinating cultural aspects of Clarksdale / Coahoma County residents, businesses, blues music and history.

3:15pm – Selections from Music in the Hall: Volume I – Brand-new concert film compilation from Oxford, Mississippi, featuring Shannon McNally, Cary Hudson, South Memphis String Band, Kenny Brown, Amy LaVere, Jimbo Mathus’s Mosquitoville and more.

4:30pm – Full Moon Lightnin’ – John Gardiner’s award-winning documentary offers two intertwining blues stories – one of NYC bluesman Floyd Lee’s return to his native Mississippi Delta and one of his guitarist Joel Poluck’s concurrent personal tragedies; partly shot in Clarksdale.

6:15pm – The Blues – Robert Gibbons’ amazing archival The Blues film comes to us via Canadian television circa 1966 and features rare interviews and performance by Mississippi natives Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Otis Span, Sunnyland Slim, Bukka White, Big Joe Williams and more.

8pm – One Night at Red’s – Clarksdale premiere! Mississippi Spoonman performs live at Clarksdale’s own legendary juke joint, Red’s Lounge, with special guest like Clarksdale’s “Oil Man,” Big Jack Johnson.

 

MAIN THEATER:

Noon – Down to the Crossroads: Volume I – Big Star Media presents blues-rocker George Thorogood and blues sax legend Eddie Shaw filmed live at Clarksdale’s own Ground Zero Blues Club by Vincent Productions; award-nominated film includes music and interviews. Filmmaker Q&A after.

1pm – Don’t Start Me Talkin’: The Junior Wells Story – Clarksdale premiere of Peter Carlson’s acclaimed film biography of one of the biggest names to every pick up the “Mississippi saxophone” (a.k.a. harmonica) – Junior Wells. Born in the South but made famous in the North, it’s the story of a man born into the blues.

2:45pm – M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues – Filmed partly in Clarksdale, the award-winning M for Mississippi follows two blues fans on a fun and fantastic road trip to visit the region’s craziest bluesmen and juke joints.  Filmmaker Q&A after with Roger Stolle.

5pm – Big Shoes: Walking and Talking the Blues – Legendary music filmmaker (Deep BluesBlues Divas) Robert Mugge’s newest offering stars the Scissormen – a modern blues band based on tradition – as they play, tour and talk blues history.  Introduction/Q&A with Scissormen’s Ted Drozdowski.  (The Scissormen will also perform a short, acoustic set at Cat Head, 252 Delta Ave., earlier in the afternoon.)

7pm – Prom Night in Mississippi – Filmmakers Paul Saltzman and Patricia Aquino present the award-winning true story of actor Morgan Freeman’s offer to pay for Prom Night in Charleston, Mississippi.  There’s one hitch, though.  The historically separate white and black proms must integrate.  Clarksdale premiere with introduction/Q&A featuring the filmmakers plus a very special mini-Beyond Prejudice Workshop after. (Note: 6pm pre-screening reception in lobby, courtesy of Miss Del’s General Store.)

 

SAT JAN 29, 2011

 

DELTA CINEMAS LOBBY:

All day – ticket/merchandise sales

6pm – Acoustic blues in lobby by Sean Apple.

HISTORY BUS TOURS (Sat only):

Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film & theater bus tour of Clarksdale.  (First come, first serve.)

Noon – Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 11:45am.

1:30pm – Wait for bus at Delta Cinemas, 1:15pm.

UPSTAIRS THEATER:

11am-3pm (approx.) – Barefoot Workshops: Clarksdale Retrospective, Part II – Retrospective of film shorts shot over the past few years continues… highlighting fascinating cultural aspects of Clarksdale / Coahoma County residents, businesses, blues music and history.

3:15pm – 3 Film Shorts: Lukos (Michael Williams), Faithful Departed (Daniel Lee), Shudder House (Joey Dello Russo) – Three haunting film shorts in 45 frightful minutes, featuring strong Mississippi ties (filmmakers, locations and/or music).

4pm – Dedan le Sud de la Louisiane (In the South of Louisiana) – A Southern music movie classic by French filmmaker de Jean-Pierre Bruneau featuring a beautifully shot, travelogue study of Cajun music and culture, circa 1974.

5pm – The Story of Cotton – Willy Bearden and Deep Delta Films presents The Story of Cotton – a history forever tied the Delta and Deep South; documentary features archival photos, contemporary interviews and more. Introduction/Q&A by the filmmaker.

6:15pm – One Came Home – Clarksdale premiere of feature film by Mississippi-born Willy Bearden (shown here as part of a Bearden double-feature), One Came Home is a powerful drama full of love and lies set in Magnolia, Mississippi, circa 1946. Introduction/Q&A by the filmmaker.

8pm – The Blues – Encore presentation… Robert Gibbons’ amazing archival The Blues film comes to us via Canadian television circa 1966 and features rare interviews and performance by Mississippi natives Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Otis Span, Sunnyland Slim, Bukka White and more.

 

MAIN THEATER:

Noon – Let Your Feet Do the Talkin’ – Stewart Copeland’s deeply personal look at buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin – one of the South’s last, great old-time dancers.  (Presented in part by Dust-To-Digital.)

12:45pm – Smoke & Ears – Joe York’s film short about a Jackson, Mississippi, institution – the pig ear sandwiches at The Big Apple Inn.  (Presented in part by Scott Barretta.)

1:15pm – Hill Country Blues Picnic – Enjoy a sampling of Kenny Brown’s now-legendary Hill Country Blues Picnic, filmed in Potts Camp, Mississippi, and featuring several North Mississippi blues favorites.

2:30pm – Selections from Music in the Hall: Volume I – Encore presentation of a new concert film compilation from Oxford, Mississippi, featuring Shannon McNally, Cary Hudson, South Memphis String Band, Kenny Brown, Amy LaVere, Jimbo Mathus’s Mosquitoville and more.

3:45pm – Hard Times – A film by Damien Blaylock and Roger Stolle in which Big George Brock tells his fascinating “Mississippi blues gone North” story through archival photos, live blues performances and contemporary interviews; filmed partly in Clarksdale. Filmmaker Q&A after.

5pm – Blues: Mississippi’s Gift to the World – Clarksdale premiere of these wonderful film shorts courtesy of the B.B. King Museum in Indianola, Mississippi.

6pm – Falsifyn’ – Greg Sabatino’s rollicking boogie-woogie piano film – shot at Clarksdale’s Ground Zero Blues Club and starring Jerry Lee Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Marcia Ball and Henry Gray. Introduction/Q&A by the filmmaker.

7pm – The Best That Never Was – Jonathon Hock’s stirring story of Philadephia, Mississippi’s football prodigy Marcus Dupree.  Using archival footage and contemporary interviews, The Best That Never Was tells a spine-tingling tale of triumph, failure and redemption.  (Recently chosen by ESPN acclaimed “30 For 30” series.)  Filmmaker introduction – plus a very special Q&A after featuringBest’s Director of Photography Alastair Christopher and the football star himself – Marcus Dupree.

SUN JAN 30, 2011

 

MAIN THEATER:

Noon – One Night at Red’s – Encore presentation of Mississippi Spoonman performs live at Clarksdale’s own legendary juke joint, Red’s Lounge, with special guest like Clarksdale’s “Oil Man,” Big Jack Johnson.

1pm – Dedan le Sud de la Louisiane (In the South of Louisiana) – Encore presentation of a Southern music movie classic by French filmmaker de Jean-Pierre Bruneau featuring a beautifully shot, travelogue study of Cajun music and culture, circa 1974.

ADDITIONAL VENUES:

Also, enjoy a special “Restaurant Film Series” at participating downtown eateries during the festival.

LIVE MUSIC: Live music around town at night PLUS in the Delta Cinema lobby (6pm nightly)! Also, special early, Saturday afternoon blues set by the Scissorment at Cat Head. (PLUS, Ground Zero Blues Club offers live blues Thurs-Sat; Red’s Lounge Fri-Sat; Bluesberry Sat, etc.)

ALSO ON SUNDAY (NEARBY)…….

At THE BANK BUILDING, downtown – An Afternoon of Tennessee Williams Films.  Celebrate the former Clarksdale resident with a couple of his greatest plays brought to life on the silver screen.  Sunday, January 30 – times/details TBA. Located at The Bank Building, 123 East Second Street, Corner of Second and Yazoo.

MORE INFO: http://www.jukejointfestival.com/film_fest.php OR 662-624-5992.

 

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  1. January 14, 2011 8:41 am

    THANKS for helping to spread the word! We appreciate your support and hope to see y’all at the fest…. Roger

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