True Delta (2012)

 

TRUE DELTA is a cinematic snapshot of the Blues tradition that remains vibrant in and around Clarksdale, Mississippi–the renowned birthplace of the Blues. The film captures the excitement of festival audiences that come from all over the world and the sweaty bravado and skill of the Blues musicians and singers on stage.  Additional interviews with church leaders, Blues historians, and local business owners show how intertwined the Blues is with the religious, economic, and cultural life of the Delta region.  Most compelling are the interviews with musicians and singers from the ages of 10 to 90, showing their commitment, their struggles, and their deep passion for the Blues. James “Super Chikan” Johnson, James Lewis “T-Model” Ford, Grammy award-winner James “Jimbo” Mathus, Guitarist/Vocalist Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry and the late “Big Jack” Johnson are some of the musicians you will meet in TRUE DELTA.  37 minutes.

Official Selection, Telluride MountainFilm, 2012True_Delta_Hot_Springs_2012_transparentTrue_Delta_MIFF_2013_transparentWinner, Best Documentary Short, The International Black Film Festival of Nashville, 2013True_Delta_Orlando_2013_transparentTrue_Delta_Tupelo_2013_transparentOfficial Selection, San Diego Black Film Festival, 2014

What a magnificent piece of work. The film captures the true meaning of the blues in the Delta and the legacy it provides for the future generations who will carry the tradition forward.

–Dion Brown, Director, B. B. King Museum, Indianola, MS

Visit The True Delta Project for more about this film and related projects.