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4:30 PMDOORS OPEN: Ticket and Merchandise SalesDelta Cinema

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday, Jan 26-28, 2017) valid for all films plus one seat on Saturday History Bus Tour (limited seating). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • (Festival merchandise sales at Delta Cinema only.)

Note: Clarksdale Film Festival schedule subject to change. Film festival tickets valid for Delta Cinema, New Roxy and History Bus Tours (first come, first served) only. Nighttime music venues have separate cover charges.

5:00 PMLIVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema Lobby

Sean "Bad" Apple

Musician Sean "Bad" Apple returns to the Clarksdale Film Festival with his own high-energy brand Hill Country and Delta blues... paying tribute to his Mississippi heroes plus playing originals off his various albums.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnW_Ur6D1IA

5:00 PMRECEPTION IN CINEMA LOBBYDelta Cinema Lobby

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

6:30 PMSHATTERED - Clarksdale Premiere with special guestsDelta Cinema

SHATTERED: Even the powerful can't hide secrets forever

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 and executive producer Bill Luckett.

http://www.natashakermani.com/shattered/

DIRECTED BY: Natasha Kermani

PRODUCED BY: Bill Luckett, Marie Pizano and others (see IMDB.com).

ACTORS: Ray Wise, Forest Burnett, Arianne Zucker, Molly Burnett, Alfonso Freeman and more (see IMDB.com).

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.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

6:30 PMLAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES: A Robert Mugge filmDelta Cinema

LAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI JUKES: A Robert Mugge film

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. Q&A WITH DIRECTOR to follow screening. (76 min.)

www.robertmugge.com/jukes_film.htm

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

NOTE: Filmmaker Robert Mugge will be at the Clarksdale Film Festival all weekend to meet fans and screen four of his classic blues/gospel/jazz documentaries.

UPSTAIRS SCREENING (Delta Cinema) - 6:35pm

11:30 AMDOORS OPEN: Ticket SalesDelta Cinema & New Roxy

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday, Jan 26-28, 2017) valid for all films plus one seat on Saturday History Bus Tour (limited seating). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • (Festival merchandise sales at Delta Cinema only.)

Note: Clarksdale Film Festival schedule subject to change. Film festival tickets valid for Delta Cinema, New Roxy and History Bus Tours (first come, first served) only. Nighttime music venues have separate cover charges.

12:00 PMROBERT MUGGE introduces an afternoon of his filmsDelta Cinema

ROBERT MUGGE introduces an afternoon of his films

Director/producer Robert Mugge has made dozens of highly-acclaimed blues and roots music documentaries over the past few decades. The Clarksdale Film Festival is proud to have screened several of them in the past, and this year is no exception. Please give him a warm welcome... and enjoy the show!

www.robertmugge.com

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

12:00 PMPETER BROTZMANN: Soldier of the RoadNew Roxy

PETER BROTZMANN: Soldier of the Road

MISSISSIPPI PREMIERE: French-made (English language) doc about 75-year-old German avant garde/free jazz saxophone icon Peter Brotzmann. Brotzmann has recorded on over 100 releases since his sixties debut. As a small child during WWII, his family was relocated to Poland where he witnessed Nazi's parading captured Russian soldiers through the town square; a few months later it was the Russians parading the Nazis through. In the 1960s, he shook hands with blues legend Howlin' Wolf in Germany. In 1968 he assembled multiple sax players to record his perhaps his best-known classic, "Machine Gun," which AllMusic Guide gives 5 out of 5 stars, saying, "This historic free jazz album is a heavy-impact sonic assault so aggressive it still knocks listeners back on their heels decades later." Brotzmann's music is as complicated and edgy as his life story. Truly "free" jazz. Full of heart, but not for the faint of heart. (93 min.)

www.kviff.com/en/programme/film/256848-soldier-of-the-road-a-portrait-of-peter-brotzmann/

DIRECTED BY: Bernard Josse

PRODUCED BY: Bernard Josse, Gerard Rouy

ACTORS: Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennik, Joe McPhee, Paal Nilssen-Love, Evan Parker, Fred Van Hove, Ken Vandermark and others

TRIVIA: Oxford American magazine once asked President Bill Clinton to name a favorite musician who might surprise OA's readers. Clinton named none other than fellow saxophonist — Peter Brotzmann.

12:15 PMA NIGHT AT CLUB EBONY: A Robert Mugge filmDelta Cinema

A NIGHT AT CLUB EBONY: A Robert Mugge film

MISSISSIPPI PREMIERE: The director of "Deep Blues" and other classic blues docs presents a new history of the legendary Indianola, Mississippi, music club — featuring performances by B.B. King, Lil' Dave Thompson & Lee Shot Williams, David Lee Durham & Ladies Choice Band, Vasti Jackson & Patrice Moncell, Barbara Pope Looney & Mickey Rogers, plus interviews with club owner Mary Shepard, Jon E. Jones, Bobby Rush, Gatemouth Moore, and several others. (75 min.)

robertmugge.com/club-ebony/index.html

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

NOTE: Filmmaker Robert Mugge will be at the Clarksdale Film Festival all weekend to meet fans and screen four of his classic blues/gospel/jazz documentaries.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

1:00 PMENRICHING DESTINY: A Tribute to Sister TeresaDelta Cinema

ENRICHING DESTINY: A Tribute to Sister Teresa

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: A moving tribute to Sister Teresa Shields and her three decades of service in the Delta. By founding the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness, Sister Teresa established an array of opportunities to enhance the community of Jonestown, Mississippi. As she returns to Seattle, Washington, to undertake a new ministry, her legacy will continue to enrich Jonestown for many years to come. Featuring award-winning blues musician James “Super Chikan” Johnson. (24 min.)

http://www.mpbonline.org/enrichingdestiny/

DIRECTED BY: Lee Quinby.

PRODUCED BY: Erickson Blakney

ACTORS: Sister Teresa Shields, James "Super Chikan" Johnson

UPSTAIRS THEATER

1:45 PMM FOR MISSISSIPPI: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the BluesDelta Cinema

M FOR MISSISSIPPI: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues

ENCORE PRESENTATION: This Blues Music Award and Living Blues Award winner follows music fanatics Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel on a road-trip to capture the proverbial 'real deal' in the juke joints and cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. Features a dozen bluesmen, including T-Model Ford, Mississippi Marvel, Wesley Jefferson, R.L. Boyce and Bilbo Walker. Blues & Rhythm: "Easily one of the best documentary films made about the blues in years." Living Blues: "Has to rank high among the most important blues events of the year." Co-director/cinematographer Damien Blaylock; sound engineer Bill Abel. (94 min)

mformississippi.com

DIRECTED BY: Jeff Konkel, Roger Stolle, Damien Blaylock

UPSTAIRS THEATER

2:00 PMI AM THE BLUES: A musical journeyNew Roxy

I AM THE BLUES: A musical journey

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: New blues documentary takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's hayday, many in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin’ Circuit.

iamthebluesmovie.com

DIRECTED BY: Daniel Cross

PRODUCED BY: Daniel Cross, Bob Moore

ACTORS: Bobby Rush, Barbara Lynn, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer, Lil’ Buck Sinegal and others

2:30 PMGOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN: A Robert Mugge filmDelta Cinema

GOSPEL ACCORDING TO AL GREEN: A Robert Mugge film

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: Al Green was a Memphis soul singer with a million-dollar career when he awoke one day in a hotel room praising God. Full of this new spirit, he became a gospel singer and a Pentecostal preacher. Award-winning filmmaker Robert Mugge examines Green’s life and music in intimate interviews, passionate performances ("Let’s Stay Together," "Free at Last," "Amazing Grace"), and a sermon both spoken and sung — a fiery crescendo of conviction, inspiration, and joy. "A powerful vocal spectacle... James Brown times ten." - Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. "Pure musical electricity." - The Boston Phoenix. (94 min.)

robertmugge.com/acorn_media/al-green.html

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

NOTE: Filmmaker Robert Mugge will be at the Clarksdale Film Festival all weekend to meet fans and screen four of his classic blues/gospel/jazz documentaries.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

3:30 PMTO ME THAT'S THE BLUES: A French Film about Blues MusicDelta Cinema

TO ME THAT'S THE BLUES: A French Film about Blues Music

AMERICAN PREMIERE with special guests: This new French-made blues documentary has a stated aim of presenting blues music to a worldwide public – from its origins in Mississippi to what is happening in the present day. The director sought to capture what it means to be an American bluesman versus a French bluesman — asking the question, "What is it like to play the blues when you didn't grow up soaking up the music and the atmosphere of the Delta?" (71 min.)

www.facebook.com/tiandbo/

DIRECTED BY: Thibaud Degraeuwe

ACTORS: Bluesmen include: Gaspard Ossikian, Lurrie Bell, Donald Ray Johnson, Toronzo Cannon

Q&A AFTER FILM with French film representatives Fred Delforge, Etienne Mortini, Mireille artin, Sylvie Bosc, Patrick Sibilli and Jerome Tournay.

UPSTAIRS THEATER

4:00 PMEB DAVIS: How Berlin Got the BluesNew Roxy

EB DAVIS: How Berlin Got the Blues

MISSISSIPPI PREMIERE: "How Berlin Got the Blues" is the story of Arkansas-born bluesman Eb Davis and the Super band. The story of how a military man, working in a small, clandestine unit in West Berlin, was able to spread blues music to the people of West and East Berlin — bridging the gap between the cold war and the love of the blues. (45 min.)

www.imdb.com/title/tt5289148/

DIRECTED BY: Victoria Luther

PRODUCED BY: Victoria Luther, Sasha Bajac

ACTORS: Eb Davis and others

4:15 PMBLUES BREAKS: Short films by Robert MuggeDelta Cinema

BLUES BREAKS: Short films by Robert Mugge

SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Thirteen 60-second films produced, directed, written and edited by Robert Mugge for Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Host and music director: Steve Cheseborough. 1. Blues Highways 2. Delta Crossroads 3. Blues Plantations 4. Blues Graves 5. Blues Foods 6. Willie King on the Blues 7. Muddy Waters House 8. Blues Streets 9. W.C. Handy 10. Blues Venues 11. James "Super Chikan" Johnson - "Bent Skillet" 12. Willie King - "Terrorized" 13. Vasti Jackson - "Juke Joint Jump"

www.robertmugge.com/blues_breaks.htm

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

NOTE: Filmmaker Robert Mugge will be at the Clarksdale Film Festival all weekend to meet fans and screen four of his classic blues/gospel/jazz documentaries.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

5:00 PMLIVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema Lobby

Sean "Bad" Apple

Musician Sean "Bad" Apple returns to the Clarksdale Film Festival with his own high-energy brand Hill Country and Delta blues... paying tribute to his Mississippi heroes plus playing originals off his various albums.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnW_Ur6D1IA

Plus, special guest... 97-year-old bluesman Henry "Gip" Gipson!

5:00 PMRECEPTION IN CINEMA LOBBYDelta Cinema Lobby

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

6:30 PMGIP THE MOVIE - Clarksdale Premiere with special guestsDelta Cinema

GIP THE MOVIE: Gravedigger by Day, Party Animal by Night

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. (73 min.) 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).

www.gipthemovie.com/

DIRECTED BY: Patrick Sheehan

PRODUCED BY: Melanie Jeffcoat

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.

MAIN THEATER (downtstairs)

10:30 AMDOORS OPEN: Ticket SalesDelta Cinema & New Roxy

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday, Jan 26-28, 2017) valid for all films plus one seat on Saturday History Bus Tour (limited seating). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • (Festival merchandise sales at Delta Cinema only.)

Note: Clarksdale Film Festival schedule subject to change. Film festival tickets valid for Delta Cinema, New Roxy and History Bus Tours (first come, first served) only. Nighttime music venues have separate cover charges.

11:00 AMMOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS: Episodes 6, 7, 8, 9, 10Delta Cinema

MOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS: The Mississippi Blues Series

FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE: Blues fan/producers Jeff Konkel (Broke & Hungry Records) and Roger Stolle (Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art) follow-up the award-winning "M for Mississippi" and "We Juke Up in Here" documentaries with "the world's first blues reality show" as they traverse the state of Mississippi in search of blues music and Southern culture — visiting everyone from a moonshiner and mojo maker to a crazy Elvis fan and numerous bluesmen... dining on BBQ raccoon and Delta hot tamales along the way...

www.moonshineandmojohands.com

DIRECTED BY: Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkel

PRODUCED BY: Damien Blaylock, Lou Bopp, Tangent Mind

ACTORS: Jimbo Mathus, Sean "Bad" Apple, RL Boyce, Paul McLeod, Andre Otha Evans, Robert Kimbrough Sr., Lucious Spiller, Watermelon Slim, Arthniece "Gas Man" Jones, Super Chikan, Frank "Rat" Ratliff, Mark "Mule Man" Massey, Eddie Cusic, Pat Thomas, Bilbo Walker, Theo D., Blind Mississippi Morris, Johnny Lowebow, Gearshifter Youngblood, Roosevelt Roberts Jr., Larry Grimes and many more (over all 10 episodes)... plus your hosts Stolle and Konkel.

NOTE: See schedule for separate screenings of Episodes 1-5 (130 min.) and 6-10 (125 min.).

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

11:00 AMSAINT JOHN COLTRANE: Anniversary of 'A Love Supreme'New Roxy

SAINT JOHN COLTRANE: Special FREE Screening (courtesy of BBC)

THEATRICAL PREMIERE: On the 40th anniversary of John Coltrane's most famous record, "A Love Supreme," BBC presenter Alan Yentob examines the life and legend of the iconic jazz saxophone player whose obsession with music is matched only by an equally obsessive following all over the world — including a church created in his honor in San Francisco. (44 min.)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007c77j

DIRECTED BY: Lol Lovett

PRODUCED BY: Roy Ackerman, Lol Lovett, Ian MacMillan, Alan Yentob

ACTORS: Alan Yentob (presenter), John Coltrane, Benny Golson, Archie Shepp, Chuck Stewart, McCoy Tyner, Rudy Van Gelder

This film only is a special FREE screening, courtesy of the BBC.

11:30 AMBAREFOOT WORKSHOPS: Clarksdale documentary shortsDelta Cinema

BAREFOOT WORKSHOPS: Clarksdale documentary shorts

ENCORE SCREENING: Encore screening of classic Barefoot Workshops short films documenting aspects of Clarksdale and the Mississippi Delta's arts, culture, music and characters.

www.barefootworkshops.org/

DIRECTED BY: Various

PRODUCED BY: Chandler Griffen

Clarksdale loves Barefoot Workshops. They've been bringing enthusiastic students, filmmakers and photographers here to document the Mississippi Delta for over a decade.

UPSTAIRS THEATER

12:00 PMHISTORY BUS TOUR of Clarksdale with Robert BirdsongDelta Cinema

HISTORY BUS TOUR of Clarksdale with Robert Birdsong

Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale, Mississippi — included as part of the Clarkdsale Film Festival ticket (Saturday ticket or Weekend Pass).

MEET OUT FRONT OF DELTA CINEMA at least 15 minutes before tour begins. Limited seating. First come, first served.

12:15 PMSYL JOHNSON: Any Way the Wind BlowsNew Roxy

SYL JOHNSON: Any Way the Wind Blows

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: An unforgettable portrait of an overlooked yet hugely influential musician whose 60-year career spanned every genre of black music from the blues, to soul, to funk, to hip hop. Despite enjoying success in Chicago in the 1960s with songs like “Come On Sock It To Me” and “Is It Because I’m Black,” and recording with the same band and producer as Al Green at Hi Records in Memphis in the ‘70s, Mississippi-born Syl Johnson’s music remained largely unknown until hip hop artists started to sample his work — including Run-DMC, Public Enemy, NWA, the Beastie Boys, the Wu-Tang Clan, and Jay Z and Kanye West. (84 min.)

http://syljohnsonmovie.com

DIRECTED BY: Rob Hatch-Miller

PRODUCED BY: Puloma Basu, Michael Slaboch, Joaquin Perez

ACTORS: Syl Johnson, Otis Clay, Syleena Johnson, Yo La Tengo, RZA (the Wu-Tang Clan), Prince Paul (De La Soul)

1:00 PMDEFACTO, INC.: Muddy Atkins... Leg BreakerDelta Cinema

DEFACTO, INC.: Muddy Atkins... Leg Breaker

MISSISSIPPI PREMERE: In this fictional short film, Muddy Atkins is a good natured leg breaker who has lost his passion for the business after a "collection" job goes real bad. But his boss, Tank Mancini, convinces him to take one last job. Reluctantly, Muddy accepts his offer and learns the hard way why second chances aren't always worth it. Adult language/mild violence. (12 min.)

https://vimeo.com/140196681

DIRECTED BY: Rob Azevedo

PRODUCED BY: Rob Azevedo

A Clarksdale tourist and blues fan made this film that features a largely blues soundtrack. Director will be on hand as a special guest.

UPSTAIRS THEATER

1:30 PMHISTORY BUS TOUR of Clarksdale with Robert BirdsongDelta Cinema

HISTORY BUS TOUR of Clarksdale with Robert Birdsong

Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale, Mississippi — included as part of the Clarkdsale Film Festival ticket (Saturday ticket or Weekend Pass).

MEET OUT FRONT OF DELTA CINEMA at least 15 minutes before tour begins. Limited seating. First come, first served.

1:30 PMFRONT PORCH BLUES BASH: Presented by Delta Cultural CenterDelta Cinema

FRONT PORCH BLUES BASH: Presented by Delta Cultural Center

THEATRICAL PREMIERE: Each October, nearby Helena, AR, hosts the King Biscuit Blues Festival. As part of the massive event, the Delta Cultural Center hosts the intimate Front Porch Blues Stage. This new concert film features acts from the stellar 2015 lineup — including Mississippi favorites LC Ulmer, Gearshifter Youngblood, Big T, Cedric Burnside, Blind Mississippi Morris, Leo Bud Welch and others. (56 min.)

www.deltaculturalcenter.com

DIRECTED BY: Delta Cultural Center

PRODUCED BY: iDefine TV

ACTORS: Multiple blues acts.

UPSTAIRS THEATER

1:30 PMSHORT FILMS by Coop Cooper / Gary VincentDelta Cinema

BLOCK OF LOCAL SHORTS by Coop Cooper / Gary Vincent

MUSIC VIDEOS: 61 Ghosts (band), "Heartbeat" - directed by Coop Cooper (4:28). 61 Ghosts, "World Gone Crazy" - directed by Coop Cooper (6:03). Gary Vincent, "She's Got a Lovely Pair" - directed by Coop Cooper and Gary Vincent (3:08). FILM SHORT: Coop Cooper's new Prisma is the story of a corporate promotional VHS tape from 1984 that conceals a signal which is said to grant increased helath, longevity and psychic powers to those who watch it. View at your own risk. Q&A with the director to follow. (25 min total)

www.smalltowncritic.com/

DIRECTED BY: Coop Cooper, Gary Vincent

PRODUCED BY: Coop Cooper, Gary Vincent

Clarksdale-based filmmaker/critic Coop Cooper (Small Town Critic Productions) will also host a film workshop during the festival and handles the Q&As following each evening's feature.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

2:00 PMSUN RA - A JOYFUL NOISE: A Robert Mugge filmDelta Cinema

SUN RA - A JOYFUL NOISE: A Robert Mugge film

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: Robert Mugge spent two years shooting Sun Ra and members of his so-called Jazz Arkestra in a wide variety of performance and interview situations. Decades ahead of his time, composer/keyboard player/bandleader/poet/philosopher Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean — influencing other innovative musical ensembles as diverse as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic, and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience. Songs performed in classics like "Astro Black," "Mister Mystery," "We Travel the Spaceways" and more. Time Out London called Mugge's Sun Ra documentary, "One Greatest Music Films Ever." (60 min.)

robertmugge.com/sun-ra/index.html

DIRECTED BY: Robert Mugge

ACTORS: Sun Ra and others

NOTE: Filmmaker Robert Mugge will be at the Clarksdale Film Festival all weekend to meet fans and screen four of his classic blues/gospel/jazz documentaries.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

2:00 PMSHAKE 'EM ON DOWN: The Blues According to Fred McDowellNew Roxy

SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN: The Blues According to Fred McDowell

SPECIAL SCREENING: "Shake ‘Em On Down" is a one-hour documentary film that tells the story of Fred McDowell, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, mentored Bonnie Raitt, and served as the cornerstone of the unique and enduring North Mississippi-style of blues music. Building on the longevity, success, and devoted audience of Highway 61 Radio, a production of the Southern Documentary Project, York and Barretta feel that a dedication to visual storytelling about the musical heritage of the South, with a primary focus on the Blues, will greatly enhance SouthDocs’ ability to meet its goals of documenting and educating the region. This film will be the first documentary produced under the Highway 61 Films banner, and will signal a new commitment to documenting the musical culture of the region. (56 min)

southdocs.org/project/shakem/

DIRECTED BY: Joe York, Scott Barretta

ACTORS: Mississippi Fred McDowell

3:00 PMFILM WORKSHOP with Coop CooperDelta Cinema Lobby

"Getting Started in All Aspects of Filmmaking" FILM WORKSHOP with Coop Cooper

Acting, producing, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing... While they are all difficult to break into, veteran filmmaker and film critic, Coop Cooper, will give advice on where to start if you are interested in ANY of these fields and more! Coop will give you steps you can take to work towards getting into film the day you leave the workshop (for pre-teens up to adults). Included with festival ticket.

http://www.smalltowncritic.com/

DIRECTED BY: Coop Cooper

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

3:00 PMMOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS: Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5Delta Cinema

MOONSHINE & MOJO HANDS: The Mississippi Blues Series

FILM FESTIVAL PREMIERE: Blues fan/producers Jeff Konkel (Broke & Hungry Records) and Roger Stolle (Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art) follow-up the award-winning "M for Mississippi" and "We Juke Up in Here" documentaries with "the world's first blues reality show" as they traverse the state of Mississippi in search of blues music and Southern culture — visiting everyone from a moonshiner and mojo maker to a crazy Elvis fan and numerous bluesmen... dining on BBQ raccoon and Delta hot tamales along the way...

www.moonshineandmojohands.com

DIRECTED BY: Roger Stolle, Jeff Konkel

PRODUCED BY: Damien Blaylock, Lou Bopp, Tangent Mind

ACTORS: Jimbo Mathus, Sean "Bad" Apple, RL Boyce, Paul McLeod, Andre Otha Evans, Robert Kimbrough Sr., Lucious Spiller, Watermelon Slim, Arthniece "Gas Man" Jones, Super Chikan, Frank "Rat" Ratliff, Mark "Mule Man" Massey, Eddie Cusic, Pat Thomas, Bilbo Walker, Theo D., Blind Mississippi Morris, Johnny Lowebow, Gearshifter Youngblood, Roosevelt Roberts Jr., Larry Grimes and many more (over all 10 episodes)... plus your hosts Stolle and Konkel.

NOTE: See schedule for separate screenings of Episodes 1-5 (130 min.) and 6-10 (125 min.).

UPSTAIRS THEATER

3:30 PMJAMES BOOKER: Bayou MahraajahDelta Cinema

JAMES BOOKER: Bayou Maharajah

CLARKSDALE PREMIERE: "Bayou Maharajah" explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius. (90 min.)

www.bayoumaharajah.com/

DIRECTED BY: Lily Keber

PRODUCED BY: Dick Connette, Randy Fertel, Gregory Fleeman, King Jeff, Lily Keber, Nate Kohn, Ted Morée, Amy Rodrigue, Stephen Rose, Mark Sperling, Kathleen Zaworski-Burke

ACTORS: James Booker, Joe Boyd, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Hugh Laurie, Charles Neville, Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, George Winston and others

Special thanks to Lily Keber.

MAIN THEATER (downstairs)

3:30 PMTHEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: Malian Music in ExileNew Roxy

THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST: Malian Music in Exile

MISSISSIPPI PREMIERE: Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians won't give up without a fight. Johanna Schwartz's "They Will Have To Kill Us First: tells the story of West Africa's Malian musicians, as they fight for their right to sing. Music is the beating heart of Malian culture, but when Islamic jihadists took control of northern Mali in 2012, they enforced one of the harshest interpretations of sharia law in history: They banned all forms of music. Radio stations were destroyed, instruments burned and Mali's musicians faced torture, even death. Overnight, Mali's revered musicians were forced into hiding or exile where most remain, even now. But rather than lay down their instruments, the musicians are fighting back, standing up for their cultural heritage and identity. (105 min)

www.theywillhavetokillusfirst.com

DIRECTED BY: Johanna Schwartz

PRODUCED BY: Kat Amara Korba, Sarah Mosses, Johanna Schwartz, John Schwartz, Andre Singer

5:00 PMLIVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema Lobby

Sean "Bad" Apple

Musician Sean "Bad" Apple returns to the Clarksdale Film Festival with his own high-energy brand Hill Country and Delta blues... paying tribute to his Mississippi heroes plus playing originals off his various albums.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnW_Ur6D1IA

Plus, special guest... 84-year-old gospel-bluesman Leo "Bud" Welch!

5:00 PMRECEPTION IN CINEMA LOBBYDelta Cinema Lobby

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

6:30 PMLATE BLOSSOM BLUES - world premiere with special guestsDelta Cinema

LATE BLOSSOM BLUES: The Journey of Leo

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. (89 min.) 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).

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DIRECTED BY: Wolfgang Almer

PRODUCED BY: Wolfgang Almer

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.

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