Clarksdale Film Festival

Clarksdale Film Festival

Friday, Jan 29, 2021 at 2:00pm


Our nonprofit festival specializes in blues/roots-music and Mississippi-connected films — plus live blues music, panel discussions, special guests and more. Our 2021 pandemic edition features both in-person and virtual activities.

2:00pm: Lucious Spiller
Clarksdale bluesman extraordinaire Lucious Spiller plays Cat Head (outside if weather permits, inside it not) to a limited audience! Hand-sanitizing at the door, face masks and social distancing required, please.

Location: Cat Head - Mississippi's Blues Store

4:00pm: Sean 'Bad' Apple
Sean "Bad" Apple plays North Mississippi Hill Country-style blues at his new Bad Apple Blues Club to a limited audience! Hand-sanitizing at the door and facemasks (except for sips of beverage) and social distancing required, please.

Location: Bad Apple Blues Club

5:30pm: Finding Nemo drive-in film
100 minutes
5:30PM (parking) / 6PM (film) - Family Night featuring Disney's FINDING NEMO - Plot: After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home. Clarksdale connection: The award-winning music in FINDING NEMO was composed by Thomas Newman whose mother, Martha Louise Montgomery, was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in 1920. (She died in 2005.) A graduate of the University of Tennessee and an actress and former Goldwyn Girl, Montgomery is also mother of composers Maria and David Newman; sister-in-law of composer Emil Newman; aunt of singer-songwriter Randy Newman; great aunt of composer Joey Newman. Her husband - Thomas' father - Alfred Newman won the Academy Award for Best Original Score nine times. Thomas Newman has been nominated 15 times, including for the Finding Nemo score. Finding Nemo features the voices of Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould, Willem Dafoe; directed by Andrew Stanton.

Location: 'Pop-up' Drive-in Theater

7:00pm: Terry 'Harmonica' Bean
The pride of Pontotoc, Mississippi - one-man blues band Terry "Harmonica" Bean - plays a socially-distanced Hambone Gallery. Limited audience size. Hand-sanitizing at the door and properly-worn face masks (except when literally drinking) required, please.

Location: Hambone Gallery

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