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Made in Mississippi: Black Folk Art and Crafts

Film by Bill Ferris
Produced by Yale University Media Design Studio with the Center for Southern Folklore
Cinematographer: Dale Lindquist
Sound: Robert Slattery
Editing: Dale Lindquist, William Ferris
Copyright: 1975, William Ferris, Yale University
18 minutes, Color
Original format: Film: 16mm, 1975
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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.


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