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2010 > Experiencing The Mississippi Delta — September 2010


The Foster Parent of Iron

by Yara Hannema, Gabriella Willenz

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Rest Haven

by Malcolm White, Alex Tufel

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The Mighty Quapaw

by Natalie Irby, Rachael Johnson



Experiencing The Mississippi Delta — September 2010

The Mighty Quapaw

A Film By: Natalie Irby, Rachael Johnson

Instructed and Produced By: Chandler Griffin, Edward Symes

Location: Clarksdale, Mississippi

Workshop Format: Two-Week Documentary

About The Film

The Mighty Quapaw takes a look at the Mighty Quapaw Apprenticeship Program, founded by John Ruskey of the Quapaw Canoe Company. in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Through the eyes of star apprentice, Jeremy 'Popeye' Hayes we are given the opportunity to see how the program can affect the lives of teens from distressed communities.


Jeremy 'Popeye' Hayes, John Ruskey, Jemar Tisby and Quapaw Canoe Company


* 2011 Crossroads Film Festival

* 2011 Juke Joint Film Festival

* 2011 Topanga Film Festival - Panel discussion focused on Empathy In Documentary


Read an interview with John Ruskey HERE as he talks about his experience with Barefoot Workshops.

About The Workshop

This two-week HD workshop runs twice a year in the heart of the Mississippi Delta and is designed for those who want to learn documentary filmmaking top to bottom in an intensive setting.

Past participants have included new and established filmmakers, writers, journalists, artists, photographers, graphic designers, theater actors and directors, musicians, educators and non profit organizations. Previous experience with filmmaking is NOT required. Producers, cinematographers, editors and writers with narrative experience who are considering working in non-fiction filmmaking are also encouraged to enroll. Photojournalists and print journalists who are looking to make the move to video journalism should strongly consider this workshop.

Students learn all aspects of the process including the importance of the still image, HD cameras, compact lighting methods, wireless mics, how to structure and weave the story and how to edit in the field with Final Cut Pro.

Find Out How You Can Enroll

Click HERE to learn how you can make a documentary in The Mississippi Delta.

Sponsored By

The Mississippi Film Office, Canon USA, Sennheiser, Bogen Imaging, Manfrotto, Lowel Lighting, Anton Bauer & Inqsribe.