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January 6, 2017 Arts and Entertainment

6th Annual Clarksdale Film Festival

From: Juke Joint Festival

Schedule of Events:

January 26, 2017:

6:30 PM:

Shattered: Even the powerful can't hide secrets forever

Directed By: Natasha Kermani
Produced By: Bill Luckett, Marie Pizano and others

Clarksdale Premiere: Executive produced by Bill Luckett (co-owner Ground Zero Blues Club and Clarksdale mayor) and set in a fictional "Clarksdale, Mississippi," the new film "Shattered" is based on T.T. Johnson's best-seller "The Shattered Faberge Egg." It tells the story of family betrayal, love lost, and a dark destructive secret that swirls around a high powered political family in the Deep South. Kate Stenson dreams of an enviable life as the quintessential Southern Belle. She marries Ken Burnett, the son of the town's powerful mayor - a controlling father who will do anything to protect his position. Kate's seemingly perfect lifestyle begins to fray at the edges as she discovers that Logan suffers from severe mental health issues. Kate's journey to uncover the true story of Logan's past reveals a dark secret that can destroy the entire Burnett legacy. Cast includes Morgan Freeman's son, Alfonso Freeman. Special Guests to include film producer Marie Pizano.

Actors: Ray Wise, Forest Burnett, Arianne Zucker, Molly Burnett, Alfonso Freeman and more.

The Clarksdale Film Festival is proud to present the Clarksdale premiere of "Shattered" — produced with local connections. Special thanks to Marie Pizano, Bill Luckett and Goldie Hirsberg for making this possible.

Location: Delta Cinema, Main Theater (downstairs)

6:30 PM:

Last Of The Mississippi Jukes: A Robert Mugge film

Directed By: Robert Mugge

Explores the fading traditions of rural Mississippi juke joints. The blues was first played by itinerant musicians in juke joints on the edge of cotton plantations, later migrating into so-called urban lounges, and regional musicians still practice their craft and entertain their fans in both, as well as in modern blues clubs and casino lounges. The film focuses, in particular, on two well-known Mississippi venues: Jimmy King's legendary Subway Lounge which, for three decades, operated in the basement of the historic, black-owned Summers Hotel in Jackson, MS; and actor Morgan Freeman's and attorney Bill Luckett's Ground Zero Blues Club, a contemporary blues venue in Clarksdale, MS that incorporates the design elements, menu, and spirit of a traditional juke. The story of Mississippi jukes is told by blues historians Dick Waterman and Steve Cheseborough, by the club owners, by local politicians, and by participating musicians. The musicians also demonstrate styles of blues that originated in the Mississippi Delta and elsewhere around the state. For instance, performing at Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale are Alvin Youngblood Hart with Sam Carr and Anthony Sherrod. Performing at the Subway Lounge in Jackson are Bobby Rush, Chris Thomas King, Vasti Jackson, Patrice Moncell, Eddie Cotton and more.

Location: Delta Cinema, Upstairs Screening

January 27, 2017:

11:00 AM:

So far, the always stellar lineup includes Late Blossum Blues (world premiere; story of late-in-life discovery, 84-year-old bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch), Gip: The Movie (award-winning story of 95-year-old gravedigging, blues playing, juke joint owner), Shattered (executive produced by blues club owner/mayor Bill Luckett), I Am the Blues (award-winning new exploration of Mississippi and Louisiana blues), Peter Brotzmann: Soldier of the Road (acclaimed story of 75-year-old German free jazz icon), Moonshine & Mojo Hands (the world's first blues reality show takes viewers inside Mississippi's blues culture), Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows (award-winning story of 80-year-old Mississippi-born blues/soul singer), Bayou Maharajah (story of eccentric New Orleans piano legend James Booker), How Berlin Got the Blues (with bluesman Eb Davis), Saint John Coltrane (BBC-produced doc on late-great jazzman - special free screening), Last of the Mississippi Jukes (updated/just re-released print of the classic blues film), To Me That's the Blues (new French blues/soul music doc), Barefoot Workshop film shorts (a best-of reel of Clarksdale musical and cultural stories), plus new short films by Clarksdale's own Coop Cooper…

Don't Miss It! Clarksdale's 7th annual international film fest features blues/roots music documentaries, Mississippi-connected films, live music, history bus tours, workshops and more at two historic theater locations — Delta Cinema and New Roxy! Plus, Clarksdale already has live blues every night in town.

$5 daily ticket or $10 weekend pass for two venues with three screens and a lobby of events... and Saturday "History Bus Tours of Clarksdale" with Robert Birdsong as well as a Film Workshop with Coop Cooper... and more.

Location: Delta Cinema and New Roxy

6:30 PM: GIP The Movie: Gravedigger by Day, Party Animal by Night

Directed By: Patrick Sheehan
Produced By: Melanie Jeffcoat

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: From movie web site: "Gip" is the story of Henry "Gip" Gipson, a gravedigger by day and a bluesman by night. In 1952 he started "Gip's Place" - a ramshackle, thrown-together juke joint in his backyard in Bessemer, Alabama. At "somewhere between 80 and 100 years old", Gip has been playing the blues in his backyard ever since. Juke Joints, once too numerous to count, have disappeared as modern night clubs, municipal regulations and time itself have rendered them relics of the past. Today, there are only a small handful of the original juke joints left. In fact, some argue that there are only four; and on May 4th, 2013, “Gip’s Place”, the last one in Alabama, was raided and closed. SPECIAL GUESTS: Bluesman Henry "Gip" Gipson, director Patrick Sheehan and producer Melanie Jeffcoat. Mr. Gip will perform a short set in the Delta Cinema lobby prior to the screening, and a Q&A with the filmmakers will follow the film. ALSO: Gip will perform an early set (8pm-ish) at Red's Lounge afterwards, prior to Red's main act at 9pm (separate cover charges may apply).

Actors: Henry "Gip" Gipson

The Clarksdale Film Festival is proud to present the Clarksdale premiere of "Gip the Movie" — years in the making. Special thanks to Melanie Jeffcoat, Patrick Sheehan, Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism and the Clark House for making this possible.

Location: Delta Cinema, Main Theater (downstairs)

January 28, 2017:

6:30 PM: Late Blossom Blues: The Journey of Leo "Bud" Welch

Directed and Produced By: Wolfgang Almer

World Premiere: Director Wolfgang Almer is flying in from Austria to present an amazing blues story of obscurity, discovery and success — starring (now nearly) 85-year-old Mississippi bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch. Discovered by accident at 80 years old, bluesman Welch has gone on to record two critically-acclaimed albums, appear in national media and tour the world — from Europe to Africa and beyond — thanks to the hard work of his friend/manager Vencie Varnado and Mississippi's Fat Possum Records. SPECIAL GUESTS: Director Wolfgang Almer, bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch and manager Vencie Varnado. Mr. Welch will perform a brief musical set in the Delta Cinema lobby prior to the screening, and a Q&A with the director will follow. ALSO: Welch plays Red's Lounge at 9pm (separate cover charge).

Actors: Leo "Bud" Welch, Vencie Varnado, Dixie Street

The Clarksdale Film Festival is proud to present the world premiere of "Late Blossom Blues" — 3 years in the making. Special thanks to Wolfgang Almer, Clarksdale-Coahoma County Tourism and the Lofts at the Five & Dime for making this possible.

Location: Delta Cinema, Main Theater (downstairs)

Dates: January 26 - 28, 2017


Delta Cinema, 11 3rd Street, Clarksdale, MS 38614.
New Roxy Theatre, 363 Issaquena Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614.

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