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5th(2009)
Delta Rising ? A Blues Documen
USA | 2008 | 79min | COLOR | Documentary

PROGRAM NOTE

Delta Rising - A Blues Documentary is a fascinating film that documents the history of the blues, and more specifically, the birthplace of the blues, Clarksdale, Mississippi. The film not only delves deeply into the historical signposts of who, where and what came first, but more interestingly - why in Clarksdale? The simple answer is this: the poor residents of the region in the 1920s and 1930s could generally earn more money playing the blues than picking cotton. If they couldn’t, playing the blues in the club was more enjoyable than picking cotton in the sun all day long. With its abundance of blues clubs and blues museums, Clarksdale makes a legitimate claim for being the birthplace of the blues, a claim that is supported by the testimony of several blues heavyweights. Featuring new interviews with, and performance footage of, Morgan Freeman (owner of one of the most well-known blues clubs in Mississippi), Willie Nelson, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite, Grace Kelly, Mose Allison and others.
“This documentary originated in 2002. We followed a talented San Francisco musician named Chris Cotton to Clarksdale, MS where he recorded an album with some old friends in that old style analog, scratchy dirty way. Along the way we met some amazing folks and fell in love with this place- Clarksdale, Ms. A million miles away but right next door. So come and step inside and get to know a little about the delta blues, the delta people and the soul of American Music.” – Director’s Statement ​

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DIRECTOR

Michael Afendakis

Michael’s love of the visual and theatrical medium was nurtured early on by the use of his father’s 8mm camera. He is currently on the board of directors of a Bay Area theatrical company. Michael co-produced Chris Cotton’s latest record, ‘The Big Sea’ in 2008. He founded Tin Can Films in 2000 and produced numerous films since.

Laura Berni

Laura brings 25 years of film development and scriptwriting expertise to her role in Delta Rising - A Blues Documentary. Co-founder of Brighton Avenue, Bernieri produced numerous films including Kettle of Fish, Next Stop Wonderland and Passage to Paradise.​

Producer
: Michael Afendakis Laura Bernieri
Cast
: Morgan Freeman Willie Nelson Grace Kelly
Screenwriter
: Michael Afendakis Laura Bernieri
Cinematography
: Jen Gilomen Arusha Baker Michael Afendakis
Editor
: George Chiochios Michael Afendakis
Sound
: Outpost Studios San Francisco
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