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Sonny Ford, Delta Artist (1969)

About the Film

Black and White 16mm documentary film based on fieldwork Bill Ferris conducted with Leland, Mississippi, bluesman and folk artist James "Son" Thomas. Included is footage of Thomas performing at juke houses, his wife preparing dinner, and Thomas making skulls out of clay. The film was made before the advent of 16mm cameras that could take syncronized sound.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Bill Ferris, Josette Ferris, the distributor Center for Southern Folklore, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Bill Ferris, Josette Ferris
  • Produced by: William Ferris, Josette Ferris
  • Cinematographer: William Ferris
  • Sound: Josette Ferris
  • Editor: Josette Ferris
  • Funding: Grant from the United Church Board for Homeland Ministry Division of Higher Education & American Missionary Association for the Archives of the Amistad Research Center
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • © 1969, William R. Ferris.
  • 41mins, Black & White
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    Arts & Crafts, TraditionalFamilyRural LifeAfrican American Culture