Kayakers in Clarksdale -- Quick Update:
*See below for Keith Plunkett’s Press Release, and please re-send and pass on to friends. Keith & Company will be at Stone Pony Pizza Saturday night for a Clarksdale Supper & Celebration. If you can’t get on the river this weekend, why not wander down to Stone Pony & say hullo to Keith & find out more about all the different rivers flowing through the great state of Mississippi? Thank you chef Matthew Joseph for helping support Lucy’s Revenge -- Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association!
*Also,TONIGHT 7pm Shack Up Inn
Robin Whitfield Documentary!!!
Mississippi Kayak Watercolor Painter is the subject of one of the Barefoot Film Projects 2011. See bottom of this message for complete press release. Robin’s paintings are on display at Quapaw Canoe Company showroom 289 Sunflower Avenue. Exhibition TBA. Call john 902-7841 for advance viewing.
Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Keith Plunkett
Lucy’s Revenge/Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Paddler to Be in Clarksdale for Sunflower River tour February 26-27
Flora, MS. February 18, 2010—Keith Plunkett, Mississippi paddler and organizer of Lucy’s Revenge, will be in Clarksdale for an excursion on the Sunflower River this Saturday and Sunday. The event will raise money and awareness for the Mississippi Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and is time to coincide with Sunflower River Month. Local group Friends of the Sunflower River is a sponsor of the trip. Stony Pizza is donating Saturday night supper. Plunkett, along with his wife Sharon, will be joined by fellow paddlers at Quapaw Canoe Company for a pre-launch meeting at 9:00 am Saturday morning. The group of paddlers will paddle from Eagles Nest to Clarksdale on Saturday, and continue to Hopson on Sunday.
The effort will continue in the Delta in March before moving into waterways in Southwest Mississippi in April. The full list of rivers and dates are available online HERE .
During the trips the Yazoo County native and Flora resident will meet with Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers in each region, and will highlight ongoing efforts by the Alzheimer’s Association and medical professionals to defeat the disease.
Plunkett will also speak with groups across the state to raise awareness and money to aid families affected by the disease with support services. He expects to complete 876 miles by the end of the project in early July. Stories, videos, and photos are posted regularly to the website, www.lucysrevenge.com .
The project is named in memory of Plunkett’s Grandmother, Lucy Plunkett, who suffered from Alzheimer’s before succumbing to the disease in 1993. The matriarch of the Plunkett family reared six children, and oversaw the upbringing of 9 grandchildren. She was a housewife and an active member of her church and the rural community of Little Yazoo in Yazoo County.
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.alz.org/ms
*Robin Whitfield Documentary:
February 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Win Graham 601-668-1078 firstname.lastname@example.org www.barefootworkshops.org
Mississippi Delta Documentary Screening
Clarksdale, MS: Friday, February 24th, Barefoot Workshops, a nonprofit organization, is hosting a two-week documentary workshop in the Mississippi Delta culminating with a Friday night (February 25th) FREE screening of five short documentaries made by thirteen documentary filmmakers from four countries. The screening be at The Shack Up Inn and will be followed by music from Blue Mountain frontman, Cary Hudson.
Each year Barefoot Workshops offers several photography, editing and documentary workshops in the Mississippi Delta and Cape Town, South Africa for individuals with beginner through advanced levels of training. The aim of the Barefoot Workshops is to help create responsible filmmakers who care about the world they live in, and who have a desire to give back to their respective communities.
Todd Savage, Marc Weiner and Nikki Hall are making a film about a teacher’s journey through musical education with the help of a gifted student. Yuri Chicovsky, Sherman Hogue and Garrison York are documenting the adventures of Bobby Reed, lord of the levee and protector of the Delta. Jennifer Wortham, Natalie Irby and David Bell are weaving the story of a bereaved funeral director who joins forces with a New York-based thanatologist who comes to town to conduct a grief workshop centered around mask- making. Mary Margaret Miller, Wale Oyewole and Adelle Walker’s film is about watercolorist Robin Whitfield, who uses the Mississippi bayous as her studio.
Painting from her kayak, she explores both the natural and the metaphysical landscape and seeks to find balance in both. Karen Kohlhaas is following Bluesman watermelon slim, one of Clarksdale’s most colorful new residents.
Founder of Barefoot Workshops, Chandler Griffin said, “One of the goals of the course is to provide an intense overview of the art of documentary filmmaking. We do this in what seems to be a completely unrealistic timeline, which pushes the students to step up and take the challenge.” The recent workshop was conducted in and around Clarksdale, and lasted for two weeks. This is the ninth documentary workshop held in Clarksdale. Since 2005, thirty-nine documentaries have been produced in Clarksdale by the Barefoot teams with students coming from eighteen countries.
“Workshoppers learn telling even the simplest story requires making a thousand choices - - from the interview questions to the music. The common denominator is that the voices of the Delta emerge in their short film,” said instructor, Yoni Brook. "Students are doing more than learning how to use cameras, they're digging deep to tell stories in ways they never imagined two weeks ago,” says instructor Yoni Brook.