Made in Mississippi (1975)

About the Film

Made in Mississippi is a 16mm documentary based on fieldwork that William Ferris conducted with African American folk artists throughout Mississippi. Footage includes Richard Foster at the "dog trot" house he grew up in, basket maker Leon "Peck" Clark, quilter Amanda Gordon, floral gardener Esther Criss, cane fife maker Otha Turner, painter and cane maker Lester Willis, and sculptor James "Son" Thomas. The artists discuss their informal training, artisic motivation and vision, and the value they attach to their art while working on their crafts.

Produced in Association with Howard Sayre Weaver.


  • Ford Foundation, NEA, Edward W. Hazen Foundation


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact William (Bill) Ferris, the distributor, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: William (Bill) Ferris
  • Produced by: Yale University Media Design Studio with the Center for Southern Folklore
  • Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
  • Sound: Robert Slattery
  • Editor: Dale Lindquist, William Ferris
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1975, William Ferris, Yale University
  • 18mins, Color
  • Categories:
    Arts & Crafts, Traditional African American Culture