IT’S IN THE VOICES

Clint Bagley sits at a table in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and locates a cassette tape from 1975. On it is the interview, he conducted with Daisy Greene, an elderly woman from his hometown of Greenville, Mississippi. Clint plays the tape and listens to the voice of his long deceased friend. For Clint, Daisy’s tranquil, Delta accent carries the same weight it did so many years ago. He ruminates over Daisy’s words as she recalls her experiences as a Black educator in the Mississippi Delta and her story of survival during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. As Daisy’s story unfolds, we learn how her words sparked a nationally-recognized oral history program that chronicled disparate voices of the Mississippi Delta’s once progressive bastion.

About the Filmmaker

Field Humphrey is a documentary filmmaker based in Austin, TX. After graduating from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Political Science, Field worked in post-production for Zero Point Zero Production on network broadcast programs including Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. His directorial debut, Let ‘Em Know You’re There (2018) won a 2019 Mid-Atlantic Emmy and was sponsored by the National Basketball Players Association Foundation. Field’s editor credits include: Independent Lens’ The First Rainbow Coalition, ESPN 30 for 30: Phi Slama Jama, and The Shake-Up (co-producer/director of photography/editor), which won a 2020 Rocky Mountain Emmy. Field spends his free time playing music and enjoying the outdoors.

 

 

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