Clarksdale Film Festival

Clarksdale Film Festival

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021 at 11:00am

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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.

Schedule:
11:00am: Can't Be Satisfied film
54 minutes
"Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied" - The first authoritative documentary of a man who grew up in Clarksdale, pioneered electric blues and paved the road for rock 'n roll. Grammy-nominated film produced and directed by Memphis' Robert Gordon, author of "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters."

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

11:30am: Virtual Panel Discussion #1
45 minutes
Watch  Online For Free, Y'ALL! Virtual Panel Discussion #1: FGCU Professor Clay Motley moderates an entertaining and educational online talk - "Clarksdale festivals in the age of Covid" - with Clarksdale festival organizers and promoters.

Location: LiveFromClarksdale.org

12:00pm: History Walking Tour
45 minutes
Local historian Robert Birdsong normally gives History Bus Tours during our film festival, but because of the pandemic (who wants to be herded into a crowded bus?), he's taking his tour to the sidewalk! Mask up, Socially Distance and... join Robert for an amazing walk through Clarksdale's historic downtown. MEET UP OUTSIDE YAZOO PASS at least 15 minutes before departure time (12 noon or 2pm).

Location: departs from Yazoo Pass sidewalk

12:15pm: Vinyl Nation film
92 minutes
Excellent new documentary that digs into the resurgence of vinyl records, the diversification of vinyl fans and what this all means for America today.

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

2:00pm: Billie film
98 minutes
Fascinating new documentary on famed jazz singer Billie Holiday.  

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

2:00pm: History Walking Tour
45 minutes
Local historian Robert Birdsong normally gives History Bus Tours during our film festival, but because of the pandemic (who wants to be herded into a crowded bus?), he's taking his tour to the sidewalk! Mask up, Socially Distance and... join Robert for an amazing walk through Clarksdale's historic downtown. MEET UP OUTSIDE YAZOO PASS at least 15 minutes before departure time (12 noon or 2pm).

Location: Departs from Yazoo Pass sidewalk

2:30pm: Virtual Panel Discussion #2
45 minutes
Watch  Online For Free, Y'ALL!   Virtual Panel Discussion #1: FGCU Professor Clay Motley moderates an entertaining and educational online talk - "Blues music in the age of Covid" - with Clarksdale blues musicians and promoters. Don't miss this one-time event.

Location: LiveFromClarksdale.org

3:45pm: Visit Clarksdale short films
5 minutes
Visit Clarksdale's tourism director Bubba O'Keefe, producer Tim Hardiman and team produced a series of "READY TO ROAD-TRIP?" Clarksdale videos as part of the state's #VisitMSresponsibly pandemic marketing response. Featuring local people and places, the videos also promote the health and safety protocols necessary to keep tourists visiting, businesses running and locals safe. For more info, go to visitclarksdale.com.

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

3:50pm: Memphis '69 film
72 minutes
Long-lost concert film documenting the fourth Memphis Country Blues Festival and starring Sleepy John Estes, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis, Johnny Winter, Rufus Thomas, John D. Loudermilk, Bukka White, Jo Ann Kelly, John Fahey and Nathan Beauregard. Special screening courtesy of Fat Possum Records (Oxford, MS). Filmed by Gene Rosenthal.

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

5:00pm: RAP SQUAD film
53 minutes
A new feature documentary about art, education and justice in the Delta. In this intimate verite documentary, two Helena, Arkansas, high school hip hop artists seek healing for themselves and justice for their community through their music.

Location: The Bank 'pop-up' indoor theater

5:30pm: Blues Trail Revisited drive-in film
5:30PM (parking) / 6PM (film) - BLUES NIGHT featuring BLUES TRAIL REVISITED (Parts I & II) - World premiere! In the spring of 1970, 20-year-old Museum of Fine Arts film students Ted Reed and Tim Treadway drove through the South to find and record some of the last living blues legends. Their goal was to discover the very roots of American popular music, and the sources of the rock music they'd grown up with-music that had traveled from the US to England and then back to the US through groups like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Cream. 50 years later, Reed, by now an award-winning documentary filmmaker, rediscovered his old film-initiating a new quest, a new search. 50 years later, Ted returned to Memphis, Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta. Interviewing blues musicians, entrepreneurs, tourists and historians... filming live music and events at Juke Joint Festival... and generally searching for where the music came from and where it's going... Reed dove deep. He also reconnected with Treadway for the first time in years, reflecting on all that had passed during the past half-century. The resulting film-BLUES TRAIL REVISITED (Parts I & II)-is a personal memoir that encompasses the evolution of American music, the upheavals of the Civil Rights movement, the power of memory, and a reflection on the treasures of personal experience, both lost and found. Special guest Ted Reed.

Location: 'Pop-up' Drive-in Theater

9:00pm: Anthony 'Big A' Sherrod Blues Trio
"The Torchbearer of Clarksdale Blues" - Anthony "Big A" Sherrod - and his killer trio play 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

Tickets:
Daytime (10:30am - 6:00pm):: $10.00 per person
Night (5:30pm - 8:30pm): $10.00 per carload

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