The Beginning

Drawing on his archive of 16,000 ft. of film footage, 1000 stills plus copious audio recordings of rare blues music captured in the early 1970s, documentarian Michael Ford returns to the magic of the characters and places he lived among some 40 years ago.

The filming took him to tiny hamlets like Chulahoma, Tyro, Como and surrounding homesteads where generations – black and white – lived out their lives. And they passed rural ways, traditions and folk life practices on to succeeding generations. We're following up with the descendents of the people we worked with then.

Among other endeavors in '74, Michael worked for the University of Mississippi Office of Public Relations. Documenting the significant changes taking place at Ole Miss then contributed heavily to his thinking about the South. A labor of love and an academic requirement for his Master’s Degree thesis film, the original “Homeplace” was shot over a three year period from 1971 to 1974.

It was a time that held out the remnants of Faulkner's world, now forever gone.

 

Michael Ford (R) with Blacksmith Marion Hall, 1971 See the original 26 minute “Homeplace”

Birthplace of the Blues.

Albert Liesegang and Lou Linden.