Alexis Krasilovsky

What Memphis Needs (1991) 16mm, color, 5.75 min

Genre: Experimental

Contrasting the black and white cultures of Memphis, Tennessee, WHAT MEMPHIS NEEDS is based on a poem written in the Free People's Poetry Workshop of the internationally renowned "prison poet" Etheridge Knight. From ponies running through the Memphis cottonwoods to a girl running across the construction site of Mud Island, from white kids in a West Memphis parade throwing candy at black bystanders to a Bible reading in the Lorraine Motel, and from rock 'n' rollers to marquee lights on Beale Street, WHAT MEMPHIS NEEDS provides a searing cross-section of Memphis history and society. Featuring the Harmonikeys and Roosevelt Briggs. Categories of interest: Black Studies, Urban Studies, Poetry, Women's Studies, Civil Rights, Harmonica, Blues, the American South. Exhibition: Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour; The '90s, PBS; Anthology Film Archives; Louisville Int'l Film & Video Festival.

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