Moving Images
  • Historic Archival Footage
    Ray Lum
    Ray Lum: Mule Trader
  • Unedited Footage from CSF fieldwork and Festivals
  • CSF Documentaries
  • CSF Slideshows
  • Documentaries about the Center

Much of the fieldwork that was the genesis of the Center became material for what would later become highly crafted portraits of men and women whose music, religion and arts give glimpses of rural and urban southern life and culture. These award winning films include:

Bottle Up and Go

Black Delta Religion

Family Folklore

Three Folk Artists

Four Women Artists

Home Movie

Tennessee Culture

Greene Valley Grandparents          

Mississippi Delta Blues

Gravel Springs Fife and Drum

Peck Clark: Basketmaker

Ray Lum: Mule Trader

Hush Hoggies Hush:
Tom Johnson's Praying Pigs

Fannie Bell Chapman:
Gospel Singer

All Day & All Night:
Memories from Beale Street Musicians

If Beale Street Could Talk:
19 Projector Multimedia Show

In addition to the completed programs there are interviews and hours of footage retrieved from the "cutting room floor."  The Center holds a significant collection of footage on 1/2 and 3/4 inch video documenting several years of producing our Memphis Music & Heritage Festival .

While we were documenting the world around us, other media groups have documented us!  Many of these pieces were short features, however, one of the more comprehensive and interesting was produced by Pathe Cinema's Bella Besson who made a film about the Center's quest to document culture.  "Du Cote de Memphis" was shown in prime time television in France in the 1980s.

Pre-dating us by several decades was the Rev. L. O. Taylor, minister, filmmaker and photographer who made over 15 hours of 16 MM films about the African American Community in the Memphis/Delta region.  This includes businesses, churches, colleges, social events, and travels to National Baptist Conventions.  Also included in the collection are Super 8 films of musicians and of Memphis, religious and family life and footage from small towns in the South.

One unique part of the Archives is a collection of 35 MM films produced by Chesterfield Cigarettes celebrating African America Life in America. The titles include: "The Negro in Sports, ...in Entertainment, ...in Science."  These moving images provide a window into our past and a reflection of ourselves that is both ordinary and extraordinary.


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