The Land Where the Blues Began: Film Facts
1979, 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
58 minutes, Color
Description: In the late 1970s Alan Lomax traveled to Mississippi with filmmaker John Bishop and folklorist Worth Long and made this film about the African American music he found there.
Featuring: Othar Turner, Napoleon Strickland, Lonnie Pitchford, Clyde Maxwell, Lucius Smith, Bud Spires, Jack Owens, Beatrice Maxwell, Walter Brown, Eugene "Sonny Boy Nelson" Powell, Sam Chatmon, Wilbert Puckett, J.T. Tucker, George Johnson, Joe Savage, William Hart, Bill Gordon, Belton Sutherland, Caeser Smith, James Hall, Johnny Brooks
Copyright: 1979 Alan Lomax
Filmmaker(s): John M. Bishop, Alan Lomax, Worth W. Long
Produced by: The Mississippi Authority for Eduational Television & Alan Lomax
Cinematography: John M. Bishop. Additional photography Ludwig Goon.
Editing: John M. Bishop. Videotape editor Ike Touchstone
Sound: Steve Darsey, Kenneth Gates, Jacqueline Mack, Paul Burt
Acknowledgements: Written and directed by Alan Lomax. Researched and developed by Worth Long. Project coordinator Paula Tadlock. Script consultant Jeanne Luckett. Field recording unit Eddie Bunkley, Gil Cook, Herb Jolly, Clifford Tobias. Technical directors Wendell Breland, Bob Garner. Switchers Mike Jackson, Jim Robinson. Video Bob Bracey, Don Clark. VTR operators Lee Harrison, Fred Wilkinson. Mississippi Educational Television acknowledges the assistance of: Greenville Levee Board, Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Illinois Central Railroad Vicksburg Office, St. James Baptist Church, Rev. E.H. Hart, Old Courthouse Museum, Documentary Educational Resources, G.D. Young, Othar Turner and the Gravel Springs Fife and Drum Band, Mira's Cafe, William Alexander Percy Memorial Library. Choreometrics Project Columbia University. Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Division. "Shake it in the Bed" composed by Sam Chatmon.
Funding: Mississippi Authority for Educational Television
Awards: Blue Ribbon, American Film Festival.
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