“Land of the Big Sun” doc project update

As mentioned on the Home page and News blurb, I recently spent 2 weeks in Clarksdale, Mississippi, cooking for Barefoot Workshops’ filmmaking workshop. It was a great time and a great opportunity to be back down there and to reconnect with folks that I met last year, some of whom I had remained in contact with over email. While not “on duty” with the workshop–and while not hanging out listening to blues at Red’s Lounge or Ground Zero Blues Club–I was meeting with people and laying the ground work for our feature length documentary project “Land of the Big Sun.”

River man and friend John Ruskey invited me to present the project at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Sunflower River. I appreciate John’s generosity and the work he is trying to do down there. This year the Friends are seeking official formation and non-profit status that will allow them to seek funding through grant opportunities. Through that meeting, I was able to develop a relationship with Mac Crank, the head of the Clarksdale Downtown Development. Mac is working hard to increase the flow and raise the water level of the river as it impacts the community of Clarksdale.

My goal is to return to Clarksdale in the next few months to begin shooting on this project. The current plan is to spend 4 days on the river, shoot a few interviews, conduct library research on river history, and perhaps even pull off a fundraiser while down there to help fund the next production trip. I would love for this to happen before the end of May or beginning of June.

If you have any questions on this project, wish to be involved in a donor or other capacity, or know of folks who would be interesting in helping fund an environmental film project, please contact me at vcap@cottonfieldonline.com.

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