Tuesday, March 3, 2009

M for Mississippi

During the Oxford Film Festival, I had the great pleasure of watching a documentary on the Delta Blues in Mississippi. The film was called "M for Mississippi".

I've been watching a lot of documentaries lately, since Netflix streams a wide selection of them online, so I've really begun to appreciate the fine art of filming the "real world" without making it boring or over dramatized. It's a fine line to walk and takes a talented group of movie makers.

"M for Mississippi" walks that line perfectly. Jeff Konkel and Roger Stolle mix humor and beer with a deep appreciation of a music style that is slowly becoming a lost art. They go to where the music lives and interview the musicians without a filter.

Yard parties, juke joints, cigarettes and crazy people. This is the true Mississippi blues, in all of it's poverty and muddy music.

I liked it well enough to buy the dvd and the soundtrack and I encourage everyone else to do the same. By far this was the best movie at the film festival and is probably the best documentary I've seen in 5 years.

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