(CLARKSDALE, MISSISSIPPI) For the second year in a row, the Clarksdale Film Festival promises to make you laugh and cry as you feast on a celebration of Mississippi and Southern filmmaking – and maybe even a little fresh popcorn.
“The Clarksdale Film Festival is a wonderful excuse to experience the entertainment and restaurant mini-mecca that our revitalized downtown has become,” said Nan Hughes, president of the non-profit Clarksdale Downtown Development Association (CDDA). “What other small Delta town offers such great movies, food, history tours, museums, shopping and live music in the middle of winter?”
The Clarksdale Film Festival runs Thursday-Sunday, January 26-29. The main screening venue is historic Delta Cinemas at 11 Third Street, downtown. More information is available at www.jukejointfestival.com or 662-624-5992. Tickets are $5 per day or $10 for a weekend pass; available at the Delta Cinemas box office during festival hours. Official festival hats and shirts are also available.
“We’re showcasing over two dozen Mississippi, Southern or blues music films in two theaters,” explained Roger Stolle, co-organizer of the event and owner of Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art in Clarksdale. “On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we’ll feature live blues in the theater lobby by Sean “Bad” Apple along with complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Oxbow Restaurant at 6pm. Then, at 7pm, we’ll showcase films like Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’, Blues: Pain Created to Heal Pain and The Help – all featuring special movie guests and followed by Q&As or meet-and-greets.”
Co-organizer Goldie Hirsberg adds that the festival wishes to thank its generous sponsors – especially Clarksdale/Coahoma County Tourism, Clarksdale Revitalization Inc. and the City of Clarksdale. For a complete list of sponsors and the schedule, please visit www.jukejointfestival.com.