New Documentary Film in the Works: The Blues Society
There is a new Blues Documentary film in the works, titled The Blues Society: A Documentary Film. The film captures the Memphis Country Blues Festival between 1966 and 1969, a time when blacks and whites came together in a city full of strife and segregation.
The Blues Society features some incredible footage of and music from Furry Lewis, Rev. Robert Wilkins, Fred McDowell, John Fahey, and Bukka White. Also included are new interviews with GRAMMY-nominated author and producer Robert Gordon; Reverend John Lewis; Peter Guralnick. It also tells the story of a peaceful, integrated gathering just one week after a KKK rally on the very same site and during the time and in the city of Martin Luther King’s assassination in 1968.
Director Augusta Palmer is daughter of Deep Blues author, Memphis Country Blues Society member, festival organizer, and later, longtime NY Times critic Robert Palmer. The full-length documentary will come around spring, 2018, but the Kickstarter ends soon. If you would like to donate to the film’s production, follow instructions on their Kickstarter page.