(CLARKSDALE, MS) – This nonprofit event specializes in Mississippi-connected and music-related (blues/roots) movies. We also feature live blues music performances, history bus tours, a film workshop, nightly lobby receptions, special guests and more. The price? Just $5 per day!
(CLARKSDALE, MS) – This 9th Annual Clarksdale Film Festival Jan 25-26, a nonprofit event, specializes in Mississippi-connected and music-related (blues/roots) movies. They will also feature live blues music performances, history bus tours, a film workshop, nightly lobby receptions, special guests and more. The price? Just $5 per day!
Friday & Saturday January 25-26:
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM (1 Blues Alley) 10am-5pm – ROCK & BLUES MUSEUM (113 E 2nd St) 10am-5pm. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS RECTORY MUSEUM (106 Sharkey Ave.) 10am-1pm Sat only. “VISIT CLARKSDALE” TOURISM OFFICE (326 Blues Alley) Fri 9am-5pm
NEW ROXY 12pm: HISTORY BUS TOUR OF CLARKSDALE Historian/storyteller Robert Birdsong Please Meet At New Roxy at 11:45am. Drive by important film/music/Civil Rights/literary sites around town. Included in your $5 festival ticket (limited seating; first come, first served)
Friday January 25:
NEW ROXY 12pm: Lens Collective: Mississippi Docs presented by University of MS – 32 min – A multimedia workshop brought together 15 mentors and 31 students from 8 universities and gave them 12 hours to film and 6 hours to edit.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 12:30pm: Cheesehead Blues: Adventures Of A Dutchman In The MS Delta (final cut) – 82 min – Features the music of T-Model Ford, Super Chikan, Bill “Howl-n-Madd” Perry, Liz Mandeville, Sean “Bad” Apple, Deak Harp and others. This documentary centers on the life of Theo “Boogieman” Dasbach, a native of the Netherlands who’s been running the Rock ‘N Blues Museum out of a storefront in Clarksdale for the past several years. Q&A with Theo Dasbach follows.
NEW ROXY 1:15pm: We Lived The Blues: Great Flood Of 2016 – 16 min – This is Smokehouse and Mamie’s story of survival and what truly comes after the flood.
NEW ROXY 1:45pm: The Early Films Of William Ferris: 1968-75 – 115 min – Folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi throughout the 1960s and 1970s, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the roots of the blues. Films Include: Black Delta, Part I (1968), Black Delta, Part II (1968), Parchman Penitentiary (1968), Give My Poor Heart Ease: Mississippi Delta Bluesmen (1975), I Ain’t Lyin’: Folktales from Mississippi (1975), Made in Mississippi: Black Folk Art and Crafts (1975), Two Black Churches (1975).
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 2:15pm: Paradise Boogie: Detroit Blues – 69 min – Shines a light on the influence of Detroit’s early blues musicians, the neighborhoods of Black Bottom and Paradise Valley and how it all influenced the music makers of today and tomorrow.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 3:45pm: Ever Since I Stole The Blues: Mose Allison – 60 min – Affectionate portrait of the legendary jazz/blues singer, songwriter, and pianist (1927-2016)
NEW ROXY 4pm: Mississippi Madam: The Life Of Nellie Jackson – 81 min – Nellie Jackson, a black woman, was born into rural poverty in 1902. She became one of the most powerful people in historic Natchez, Mississippi, rising up from being a housekeeper to running a very successful business, a bordello they called Nellie’s. Followed by a filmmaker Q&A!
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 5pm: Reception with live blues by Lucious Spiller – 60 min – The Clarksdale Film & Music Festival features a “live” blues performance and complimentary refreshments (while quantities last) to attendees. Included in $5 festival ticket.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 6:15pm: Sidemen: Long Road To Glory presented by Blues Music Magazine – 80 min – In 2008 director Scott Rosenbaum honored the life and musical legacy of some of the last surviving members of the Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters bands, bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert Sumlin. Many artists also share their personal and professional recollections.
Saturday – January 26
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 11:50am: Earworm: The Greatest Album Covers Of Jazz presented by Vox – 7 min Explores Blues Note’s groundbreaking album cover designs.
NEW ROXY 12pm: Expressions Of The Blues: The Art Of Carol Boss – 7 min – Carol Boss has painted mostly Mississippi and St. Louis connected blues performers on old ceiling tin
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 12pm: Tales Of A City: Mississippi Miracle – 39 min (Australian TV production) presents the incredible true story of terminal cancer patient and eternal blues fan and his best friend as they take the ultimate pilgrimage to the home of the Delta Blues
NEW ROXY 12:15pm: High Water Everywhere: Charley Patton – 10 min Tribute the Father of Delta blues, a true-blue character. Interviews with Chester Burnett, Booker Miller, and Son House. Music by Charley Patton.
NEW ROXY 12:30pm: Front Porch Stage: King Biscuit Blues Festival – 60 min Each year the Clarksdale Film Festival screens the newest video produced by the Delta Cultural Center; this year it is from the 2017 fest.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 12:50PM: Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story – 144 min – Documentary about the life and career of legendary blues musician Paul Butterfield.
NEW ROXY 1:45PM: Blue Magnolia Films Presents Freedom Films – 75 min – A series of 18, four minute photo documentaries by Freedom Fellows, ages 10-18, highlighting the importance of conversations between Civil Rights veterans and next generation leadership.
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM (Arts & Education Room) 2pm: Podcast & YouTube Video Workshop with Clarksdale filmmaker and movie critic Coop Cooper. Free
DELTA BLUES MUSEUM (Arts & Education Room) 3pm: Making Silent Films Workshop with filmmaker and educator Will Goss
NEW ROXY 3:15pom: Giants Chronicles: The Incredible Story Of Charlie Conerly – 23 min — MVP on the hometown gridiron, hero on the battlefield, Marlboro Man. Followed by a special Q&A with film director Michael Collins and Conerly family guests, Lulu Maness (of MS Sports Hall of Fame) and Perian Stribling.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 3:30pm: Junior Kimbrough Unseen – 60 min – Recently restored archival footage and footage from the private collection Junior. Q&A with special guests follows
NEW ROXY 4:05pm: Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different – 54 min – Creative documentary about funky, sexy influential singer Betty Davis.
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 5pm: Reception with live blues by Sean ‘Bad’ Apple – 60 min – plus complimentary refreshments (while quantities last). Included in $5 festival ticket
GRANDMA’S SPORTS BAR 6:15pm: Mississippi Ramblin’: On The Trail Of Robert Johnson – 52 min – Special Introduction and Q&A with French director Nicolas Finet, who is flying in just for the US premiere — capping off this year’s Clarksdale Film Festival.