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I Ain't Lying: Folktales from Mississippi

Film by Bill Ferris
Produced by A production of Yale University Media Design Studio in association with Center for Southern Folklore, produced in association with Howard Sayre Weaver
Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
Sound: Robert Slattery
Editing: Sara Miller
Copyright: 1975 William Ferris, Yale University
22 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1975
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16mm color documentary based on fieldwork William Ferris conducted with African American storytellers and bluesmen in the communities of Leland and Rose Hill, Mississippi. The stories include include folk and religious tales, jokes, toast telling sessions, and characters from African American oral tradition. The film also includes footage filmed at churches and juke joints.

Principal performers are Shelby "Pappa Jazz" Brown (1903-1974), James "Son" Thomas, Joe "Sheet" Skillet, Joe Cooper, Amanda Gordon, Mary Gordon, and Reverend Isaac Thomas.

Materials were produced by Yale University Films as part of the Yale Media Design Studio Project.

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