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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 28-30, 2016). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • Festival merchandise sales (huggies, hats and long sleeve tees).

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

Ticket sales begin — $5 per day or $10 weekend pass. Official festival shirts and hats will also be available.

5:00 PMLiVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema Lobby

Terry "Harmonica" Bean

5:00 PMRECEPTION IN CINEMA LOBBYDelta Cinema

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

Nightly reception in lobby with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.

6:00 PMFestival WelcomeDelta Cinema Lobby

Festival Welcome

Official welcome by festival organizers from the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (CDDA).

by organizers, Clarksdale Downtown Development Association.

6:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNYazoo Pass Espresso•Bistro•Bakery

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

TBA

6:15 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (147 min.)

Introduction by Rock & Blues Museum founder Theo Dasbach - Filmmaker Brett Morgen examines the history of the blues-influenced "World's Greatest Rock n Roll Band." Eagle Rock Entertainment: "Superb new film tells the story of The Rolling Stones' unparalleled journey from blues obsessed teenagers in the early sixties to rock royalty." Daily Telegraph: "This film is going to blow you away." Slate.com: "Where rock n roll is blues slang for getting satisfaction." Total Film: "Riotously entertaining." Mick Jagger: "It's not about growing up. It's about not growing up."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRodNxDEiYc

6:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

ESPN Thunder and Lightning: Will Clark & Rafael Palmeiro (77 min.)

A special theatrical screening, "SEC Storied: Thunder and Lightning" documentary revolves around former Mississippi State baseball All-Americans Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro and the legendary 1985 team. That year, the Bulldogs went 50-15 overall, captured the SEC regular season and tournament titles and finished third at the NCAA College World Series. The team produced four future Major League Baseball All-Stars: Clark (6 selections), Palmeiro (4), Bobby Thigpen (1) and Jeff Brantley (1). Current head coach John Cohen: "Watching [Clark and Palmeiro] and the rest of the 1985 squad is what made me want to be a Bulldog."

espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12796196

7:15 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNStone Pony Pizza

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Taylor Bailey

8:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNGround Zero Blues Club

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Blues Jam w/David Dunavent

8:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNRed's Lounge

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry

8:00 PMRelated EventNew Roxy

If I Hold My Tongue

PORCH Society presents a live reading of "If I Hold My Tongue" — a play by Patricia Henley. World-premiere at the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis. Also performed at Kennedy Center. 7pm doors/8pm reading. Refreshments.

Cover May Apply

9:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNGround Zero Blues Club

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

The Sister Lucille Band

10:00 AMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNBluesberry Cafe

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Breakfast (7:30am) & Blues w/La La

10:30 AMDoors Open: Ticket and Merchandise SalesDelta Cinema & New Roxy

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday, Jan 28-30, 2016). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • Festival merchandise sales (huggies, hats and long sleeve tees).

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

11:00 AMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

David "Honeyboy" Edward: Live @ The G Spot (117 min.)

Mississippi premiere - On September 4, 2010, the last Delta bluesman of his generation — 95-year-old Honeyboy Edwards — played one of his final shows in front of cameras in Los Angeles, California, at the G Spot. This is that show. His last gig on earth came the following April at Clarksdale's Juke Joint Festival. (Submitted by Jeff Dale.)

11:00 AMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Cheesehead Blues: The Adventures of a Dutchman in the Delta

(82 min.) A film by Jan Doense. Cheesehead Blues tells the story of Theo "Boogieman" Dasbach and the Rock & Blues Museum he brought from The Netherlands to Clarksdale. This "Adventures of a Dutchman in the Mississippi Delta" documentary is a past Clarksdale Film Festival award winner and features interviews/music by Super Chikan, T-Model Ford, Watermelon Slim, Frank "Rat" Ratliff and others in the Clarksdale music community.

www.vimeo.com/58095701

12:00 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Hard Times: The Blues Life of Big George Brock (69 min.)

Mississippi sharecropper, amateur boxer, professional bluesman, club owner. The life and legend of (now) 83-year-old Big George Brock looms large in this loving portrait of a Delta bluesman gone North. Includes archival photos and on-location interviews as well as live performances filmed at St. Louis' Spruell's and Clarksdale's Delta Blues Room. Directed by Damien Blaylock. Produced by Roger Stolle.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxSP6ROoILM

1:00 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues (94 min.)

(94 min.) 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.

mformississippi.com/about.html

1:30 PM FRONT BAR areaNew Roxy

Very Extremely Dangerous (adult themes; 90 min.)

Jerry McGill slipped from a rock n roll career into a life of crime, robbing banks and running from the FBI while touring with legends of country music and appearing in movies. After three jail sentences (under two different names), aged 70 and suffering from terminal cancer, he announced his return to recording. Filmmakers followed a heavily armed McGill through four states as he stole whatever wasn't nailed down and charmed his way out of trouble. Memphis Commercial Appeal: "As funny as it is frightening, and as compassionate as it is shocking." A film by Paul Duane and Memphian Robert Gordon.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjnMxed4H2E

1:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

We Juke Up In Here: Mississippi's Juke Joint Culture at the Crossroads

(60 min) -The makers of M for Mississippi survey the Delta's surviving juke joint scene, it's personalities and music in the Blues Music Award-nominated feature. Juke joint proprietors at Po Monkey's Lounge, Do Drop Inn and Blues Front Cafe help explain the downfall of the blues club archetype as live blues and philosophies flow out of Clarksdale's long-running Red's Lounge — home of the self-proclaimed "King of the Juke Joint Runners," Big Red Paden. Blues performances by Big A, Lil Poochie, Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early, Gearshifter Youngblood, Duck Holmes and others.

wejukeupinhere.com/trailer.html

3:00 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Blues Divas (119 min.)

rare theatrical screening w/director Robert Mugge - Includes divas from Ann Peebles and Odetta to Bettye LaVette and Irma Thomas. VARIETY: "Eight fabulous femmes strut their substantial stuff. Opens with brief intro from Morgan Freeman, whose Clarksdale juke joint Ground Zero Blues Club hosted festivities and Mugge's high-def crew over a three-day weekend in spring 2004. The actor's laid back and often adulatory chats with the talent punctuate uncut numbers. From the religious fervor of Mavis [Staples] to the defiant raunch of Denise LaSalle, perfs are uniformly strong."

www.robertmugge.com/divas_photos.htm

3:15 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Mississippi Stories: A Time to All Things (24 min.)

Director Rex Jones tells the story of three rural, African-American churches in the Mississippi Delta struggling to survive the tide of the region's demographic shifts. Jones: "I have a particular interest in this subject since I own the oldest church in Newton County, MS. Having grown up attending segregated church services, like most people, I had also always been curious about the African-American worship experience. The people of these congregations welcomed me warmly, and I was so moved by their services at times that I forgot why I was there in the first place."

3:30 PM FRONT BAR areaNew Roxy

You See Me Laughin': Last of the MS Hill Country Bluesmen (adult language; 77 min.)

Full-length documentary takes a look at the often untamed lifestyles of the last great North Mississippi bluesmen and the Oxford, Mississippi-based label, Fat Possum Records, that struggled to record them. An exciting collage of exclusive interviews, live performances and personal anecdotes — featuring R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, CeDell Davis, T-Model Ford, Asie Payton and other infamous legends of the genre. Directed by Mandy Stein.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_OV9v6hrak

4:00 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Rebels: James Meredith & the Integration of Ole Miss (60 min.

University of Mississippi's Matthew Graves and Andy Harper tell the incredible true story. On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first black student enrolled at Ole Miss. His journey to the school began with the state of Mississippi’s open defiance to the federal court’s mandate of his admission and ended on the night of September 30th as thousands of armed protesters rioted against U.S. Marshals, MS National Guard, and U.S. troops sent by President Kennedy.

4:45 PM FRONT BAR areaNew Roxy

Music videos/doc shorts

Clarksdale director Coop Cooper presents his latest work, two locally-filmed music videos (9 min.): DOWN DOWN DOWN by Steve Kolbus and THE HAPPY SONG by Blackwater Trio. Nashville-based musician/writer Ted Drozdowski presents two music new videos (10 min.) featuring his Scissormen blues act: BEGGIN' JESUS animated short, directed by Mike Windy; R.L. BURNSIDE (SLIGHT RETURN) performance/candid/landscape photo piece (inspired by an evening of watching Amos & Andy with R.L. Burnside), directed by Katrina Grimwood. From Australia comes WORRY ME IN THE DAYTIME (22 min.), an intimate portrait of a Melbourne, Australia, musician on a mission to carve his place in blues history — 10,000 miles from its birthplace in Mississippi; starring musician Chris Russell with his Chicken Walk band. FORWARD CHICAGO PROFILE: BOB KOESTER (9 min.) - Short film produced by Sylvia Springer documents the founder of Chicago's Jazz Record Mart and Delmark Records blues & jazz label; in the 1960s, Delmark captured the cream of the Chicago's blues crop — from Junior Wells to Magic Sam; the store and label continue today. BAREFOOT WORKSHOPS' THE NEW ROXY (17 min.) documents this historic Clarksdale theater and the pioneering Merchant Marine who decided to save it; a film by Aaron Phillips, Hanna Miller and Lara Petinal.

5:00 PMLiVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema

Sean "Bad" Apple & Friends

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

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

Nightly reception in lobby with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.

6:00 PMFestival WelcomeDelta Cinema

Festival Welcome

Official welcome by festival organizers from the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (CDDA).

Introduction of special guests Ward Emling (MS Film Office) and Hank Bedford (Dixieland director).”

6:15 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Dixieland (92 min. — crime/drama, adult themes)

Special guest southern-born director Hank Bedford (along with MS Film Office head Ward Emling) will be here from NYC to present his new, award-winning Hollywood feature set in (and filmed in Pearl) Mississippi. Cast includes actor Chris Zylka, Elvis’ grand daughter Riley Keough, country star Faith Hill and musician Steve Earl. Dixieland is the tale of a young, recently-released and unpredictable ex-con with bad luck, and a sexy, listless girl-next-door with a troubled family, as they become trapped in a downward spiral of crime and obsessive love in the Magnolia State. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: “A strong feel for the Deep South.” VARIETY: “A scintillating lead performance, a good deal of heart and a fragrant sense of place.” NY TIMES: “Intriguing musical connections.” Preview trailer at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCFiUKSHPdE

DIRECTED BY: VANITY FAIR interview (copy and paste into your web browser) with director Hank Bedford at http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/12/bennett-miller-hank-bedford-interview

ACTORS: GQ interview (copy and paste into your web browser) with Dixieland actress Riley Keough, http://www.gq.com/story/riley-keough-did-not-wake-up-like-this

6:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Mavis! (85 min.)

Mississippi premiere - Mavis Staples (of both Staples Singers and solo fame) is celebrated with the infectiously joyful enthusiasm of a passionately devoted fan in the new "Mavis!" — a spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Director Jessica Edwards adroitly entwines archival material, newly filmed interviews and live performances to find Staples still a formidable force of nature well into her 70s.

filmfirstco.com/mavis/

7:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNRust (Shack Up Inn)

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

TBA

7:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNRust (Shack Up Inn)

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Frankie Boots

9:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNGround Zero Blues Club

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Bill Abel Blues Band

9:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNRed's Lounge

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

83-year-old Leo “Bud” Welch

10:00 AMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNBluesberry Cafe

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Breakfast (7:30am) & Blues w/Duncan Morrow

10:30 AMDoors Open: Ticket and Merchandise SalesDelta Cinema & New Roxy

FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS

• $5 per day or $10 weekend pass (Thursday-Saturday, Jan 28-30, 2016). • On sale at Delta Cinema and New Roxy during festival. • Festival merchandise sales (huggies, hats and long sleeve tees).

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

11:00 AMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

Selections from Music in the Hall 2015 (30 min.)

Live music show founded 8 years ago in Oxford, Mississippi. Live performance selections feature musicians Leo "Bud" Welch, Jimbo Mathus, Jim Mize, Laurie Stirratt, Reels, Andrew Bryant and Matt Arbogant. Founder Daniel Morrow explains Music in the Hall this way: "What we aspire to be is some mix of Austin City Limits meets Tiny Desk Concerts meets Daytrotter meets La Blogotheque meets Thacker Mountain Radio."

www.musicinthehall.com/

11:00 AMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Block of short films A

TAKE THE MOUNTAIN (10 min.) - Deborah Freeman's film follows Isaiah T. Montgomery, a slave born on a plantation, from his childhood through the Civil War, to the founding of the town of Mound Bayou, Mississippi. JESSIE: ONE WOMAN, ONE VISION (16 min.) - Mississippi native Wilma E. Mosely Clopton, PhD, tells the story of Dr. Jessie Bryant Mosley — her mother — a community activist who worked tirelessly to make a difference for all people in Mississippi. ATOMIC, MS: 50 YEARS LATER (25 min.) - Looks back at the largely forgotten atomic testing done in Lamar County, Mississippi — the only atomic test site east of the Mississippi River; by Quinton Smith, Bailey Braseth and Dr. Brad Schultz.

11:00 AMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied (54 min.)

Directed by Memphian Robert Gordon (with Morgan Neville), this Grammy-nominated film looks at the life and music of Clarksdale-raised McKinley "Muddy Waters" Morganfield — arguably the most influential bluesman of the last century. It traces Muddy’s evolution from the young Clarksdale sharecropper Alan Lomax called "Stovall's famous guitar picker" to the sharp-dressed, Chicago-based leader of one of the greatest electric bands ever. Includes reminiscences and accolades from Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy and others.

www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/muddy-waters-cant-be-satisfied/730/

11:45 AMFRONT BAR areaNew Roxy

It Hurts Me Too (Mississippi Blues in NYC) 11 min.

Short film (trailer) that John Allison shot in 1990, when James "Son" Thomas, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes and Big Jack Johnson with Frank Frost and Sam Carr traveled to New York City to perform. Includes rare interviews and live performance footage.

12:00 PMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

Deep Blues (90 min)

Director Robert Mugge will be on hand to present his classic "Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads," which finds Mugge and the late music critic Robert Palmer in search of the Mississippi Hill Country and Delta's greatest surviving blues performers circa 1990. Features unforgettable performances by R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Big Jack Johnson, Lonnie Pitchford, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Jack Owens, Booba Barnes, Wade Walton, Early Wright and other (now) late-great blues legends. Rare theatrical screening.

www.robertmugge.com/deepblues/index.html

12:00 PMBus TourDelta Cinema

Movie History Bus Tour of Clarksdale

Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale.

12:15 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Block of short films - B

THE AWAKENING (11 min.) - Mississippi-made drama/thriller by Caleb and Asa Haynes. A boy finds a young stranger who has no memory of who he is or what has happened to him. SERAME SERENADE (20 min.) - Southern director Michelle Glaros' quirky new, ethnographic documentary celebrates the Cajun Classic — the so-called "super bowl" of chicken beauty pageants. WHY FOLKS COME TO CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI (20 min.) - The Delta Bohemian's Madge and Billy Howell present a new documentary about Clarksdale blues and tourism with a little help from Grammy-winning harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite — answering the question, "Why do folks visit Clarksdale, Mississippi?"

12:15 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

From the Crossroads to the White House (30 min.)

Lee Quinby and Erickson Blakney tell the story of Clarksdale, Mississippi's Delta Blues Museum Arts & Education students and teachers journeying from the land of the crossroads to the nation's White House in order to play for First Lady Michelle Obama and receive the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award in 2014. A film by the True Delta Project.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ehwf0wgl7g

1:00 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Mo' Bout Joe (30 min.)

Co-producer John Allison (son of musician Mose Allison) introduces his documentary on Charleston, Mississippi, folk artist Joe Wrenn "mostly shot at Joe's Sugar Shack, just past the city limits [that] works as both a social watering hole and an art studio for Wrenn" (www.hottytoddy.com). Artist Wrenn is a self-taught memory painter best-known for capturing the Mississippi country life he knows and loves.

hottytoddy.com/2015/03/20/mo-about-joe-charlestons-own-joe-wrenn-answers-his-calling/

1:30 PMBus TourDelta Cinema

Movie History Bus Tour of Clarksdale

Historian Robert Birdsong takes you on a fascinating film, music, literary & theater bus tour of Clarksdale.

1:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

A Whistlin' Girl and a Crowin' Hen (52 min.)

world premiere - Retracing her family's great migration in reverse, this new film tells the story of Clarksdale-based artist/musician/teacher Rosalind Wilcox's journey from Chicago to Mississippi. Along the way, Wilcox brings a suitcase full of family stories and a storyteller's voice. Directed by Deborah Hammond.

www.facebook.com/SouthTowardHomeMovie

2:00 PMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

Strung Together (81 min.)

Mississippi premiere - From its humble beginnings to its recent resurgence, the cigar box guitar has been proving to people over and over again that it's not simply a novelty. Filmmakers Jon Miller and Mark Cuples take a close look at the cigar box movement, makers and musicians with a history lesson along the way. Includes musicians John Lowe, Justin Johnson, K.M. Williams and many more.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqDpbJX10Kw

2:00 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Rev. Gary Davis: Harlem Street Singer (77 min.

Acoustic Traditions Films presents the first-ever film to tell the little-known story of Rev. Gary Davis the great ragtime, blues and gospel musician. Tracing his journey from the rural South to the streets of Harlem, it's a revealing portrait of the blind artist who impacted the musical landscape of folk music and endeared himself to musicians such as Pete Seeger, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Jorma Kaukonen, David Bromberg, Bob Dylan, Larry Johnson, Roy Bookbinder and countless others. Screen-Space: "A grand celebration of a man who redefined an art form."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygDs_pkEHDs

2:30 PMMAIN THEATER (open-air space) New Roxy

Drones for Filmmaking & Fun workshop

with Coop Cooper, www.smalltowncritic.com. Resident Clarksdale filmmaker/critic Cooper demonstrates small and large camera drones, discusses new governmental regulations and more. Don't miss your chance to see drones flying inside the open and spacious New Roxy theater, and learn more about this important filmmaking revolution! Workshop included in film fest ticket price.

WORKSHOP

3:00 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Hunting (68 min.)

Director Will Goss and a Clarksdale, Mississippi, cast of Randall Andrews, Mary Virginia Goss, Krista Shows, Floyd Graham, Jim Schnadelbach, Joey Young, and the director himself. "Hunting" is essentially a love story set in the woods. Two characters are "finally tying the knot." Or are they? Their friend may be busted by "the most vigilant game warden in the state." Or will he? The answers to these and fundamental questions about existence are contained within the frames of Goss' locally-produced film.

vimeo.com/121065275

3:30 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

America's Blues (85 min.)

Mississippi premiere - Producers Patrick Branson and Aaron Prichard present their new award-winning new blues documentary. Includes musicians such as Big George Brock, David Dee, Jimbo Mathus and Leo "Bud" Welch. CINE SOURCE: "Branson interviews blues performers, historians, activists, authorities and experts, and blues-influenced artists. They all testify to the power and influence of the blues on the evolution of music and on our lives — nationally and globally. By film's end you'll be convinced that the musical genre called 'blues' is ubiquitous, that everything comes from and is the blues." CHICAGO TRIBUNE: "The sweep of the story, the importance of the subject matter and the eloquence of its speakers leave a profound impression."

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdZ7sdnXM0M

3:45 PMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

Ever Since I Stole the Blues (60 min.)

Introduction by Mose Allison's son John - Director Paul Bernays tells the story of legendary jazz/blues singer-pianist Mose Allison (called the "William Faulkner of jazz") and his journey from Tippo, Mississippi, to the world. Among those singing his praises are Pete Townsend, Van Morrisson, Loudon Wainwright, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Joel Dorn. As the Kinks' Ray Davies once said, "When I discovered Mose Allison I felt I had discovered the missing link between jazz and blues."

vimeo.com/17679253

4:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Stagrassle Paranormal (30 min.)

Clarksdale premiere - Set in Mississippi (with a mostly Mississippi cast and crew), this new film by Glenn Payne and Casey Dillard is a mockumentary-style comedy series chronicling the adventures of both a rural ghost hunting team and the filmmaker following them.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYOcebo4JHg

5:00 PMFRONT BAR area New Roxy

King Biscuit Front Porch Blues Bash (60 min.)

A project of Helena, Arkansas' Delta Cultural Center (a museum of the Dept of AR Heritage), this film captures live performances by culturally-connected blues performers on the popular Front Porch Stage at October's annual King Biscuit Blues Festival. Directed by Calandra Jackson. Musicians include Big George Brock, David Kimbrough Jr., Marquis Knox, Lonnie Shields and others.

5:00 PMLiVE BLUES MUSICDelta Cinema Lobby

Sean "Bad" Apple & Friends

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

DELTA CINEMA LOBBY

Nightly reception in lobby with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.

6:00 PMFestival WelcomeDelta Cinema Lobby

Festival Welcome

Official welcome by festival organizers from the Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (CDDA).

6:15 PMDOWNSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Zydeco Crossroads: A Tale of Two Cities (87 min.)

Mississippi premiere introduced by director Robert Mugge (Deep Blues, Blues Divas, Last of the MS Jukes) and special guest bluesman Vasti Jackson - Mugge's latest music documentary captures the current state of the Creole music scene and the connection between Mississippi blues and Louisiana zydeco — including a title song written by Jackson, Mississippi's Vasti Jackson. The film was created as part of WXPN's year long Zydeco Project. (3 years ago, WXPN produced a similar Mississippi Blues Project.) Includes performances by Buckwheat Zydeco, C.J. Chenier, Chubby Carrier, Nathan Williams, Major Handy, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr., Rosie Ledet, Creole United, Soul Creole, Chris Ardoin, Lil' Nate, and Corey Arceneaux. Mugge will introduce the film and be available for questions afterwards.

www.robertmugge.com/zydeco-project.html

6:30 PMUPSTAIRS theater Delta Cinema

Sturgis: Rallying Back (58 min.)

After a three-year hiatus and with numerous hurdles, the future of small town Sturgis, Mississippi's annual motorcycle rally is in question. With budgetary constraints, a lack of advertising, and trademark issues looming, can The Rally return and satisfy the bikers, the board, and the town? Director Thomas Haffey answers the question in this new documentary. Vroom, vroom!

www.facebook.com/SturgisRallyingBack

8:00 PMFREE downstairs screeningDelta Cinema

Mavis! (85 min.)

Mississippi premiere - Mavis Staples (of both Staples Singers and solo fame) is celebrated with the infectiously joyful enthusiasm of a passionately devoted fan in the new "Mavis!" — a spirited and captivating bio-doc that richly deserves the exclamation point in its title. Director Jessica Edwards adroitly entwines archival material, newly filmed interviews and live performances to find Staples still a formidable force of nature well into her 70s.

filmfirstco.com/mavis/

FREE bonus screening to end the film festival!

9:00 PMSOUNDS AROUND TOWNHopson Commissary

Live Blues Music

Cover may apply.

Bonfire Orchestra