(Tuesday) 7:00 pm CST
Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta and Pine Land Theatre
1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733
William Christopher Handy is a larger than life figure in American Music History. For more than 100 years he’s been revered internationally as 'The Father of the Blues,'
William Christopher Handy is a larger than life figure in American Music History. For more than 100 years he’s been revered internationally as ‘The Father of the Blues,’ but his story has never been told in documentary form until now. Mr. Handy’s Blues is an against-all-odds tale of family conflict, racial tensions and redemption. Born the son of a preacher in Post-Civil War Alabama, Handy rose to fame as one of the most beloved and prolific composers and music publishers of the 20th Century. Ten years in the making, the film includes never-before seen footage and photographs, and extensive rare audio and video recordings of W.C. Handy himself. Iconic Blues legends Taj Mahal and Bobby Rush appear in the film, which also features performances of Handy’s iconic songs (St. Louis Blues, The Memphis Blues, Beale St. Blues, e.g.) by current and past artists. The mission of Mr. Handy’s Blues is to entertain and educate audiences to the profound work of W.C. Handy and preserve his legacy for generations to come.
This screening is brought to you as part of the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Southern Circuit brings the best of independent documentary film to communities across the South. We are pleased to be one of the Southern communities screening Southern Circuit films this season. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Southern Circuit and South Arts please visit www.southarts.org. Follow Southern Circuit on Instagram @southerncircuit and Twitter @southerncirc
Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta and Pine Land Theatre1003 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733