A documentary recently filmed here will take viewers down the scenic Mississippi River, into "juke joints" in the Delta and to the streets of New Orleans.
Mississippi greats, including blues legend B.B. King and novelist Shelby Foote, are taking part in the Mississippi Educational Television Network film, "Return to the River: A Television Voyage.""The cinematography will produce a visually stunning look at the South and the river and those communities up and down it," said Sarah Dutton, general manager of ETV. "We want to capture what is unique about our region. There are some ironies in the past and the future and the present."
King and Foote, along with jazz musician Mose Allison, TV cooking comic Justin Wilson and the author Alex Haley, are traveling down the river with ETV officials aboard the Delta Queen. They will be interviewed on their views of Southern culture.
Music performances by Allison and King will be woven into the documentary, and Wilson will give cajun cooking tips, Dutton said.
Among things for viewers to look for this fall, says Dutton, are shots of the ducks at the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn., sunset shots of the river, and a look at "juke joints," or small music halls, in the delta.
The documentary will be broadcast on public television stations this fall in Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and by PBS next spring, she said.