Barefoot Workshops

Barefoot Workshops Full immersion documentary photography & filmmaking workshops in SOUTH AFRICA and the MISSISSIPPI DELTA.
Each year, we teach traditional Documentary Workshops in the Mississippi Delta and Cape Town, South Africa, which are open to individuals with beginner through advanced levels of training. Barefoot Workshops also leads NGO workshops in partnership with government and nongovernmental organizations. Together, we build the capacity of organizations around the world to meet program goals in areas such as: health (HIV/AIDS), conflict resolution, youth empowerment, civil rights and democracy-building. Partners have included: the U.S. Department of State, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), Kakuma Refugee Camp/Filmaid International (Kenya), Creative Associates, UNESCO (Burundi), and Katrina-affected communities in the southern United States Our goal is to create responsible filmmakers who care about the world around them and who make it a point to give back to their communities. To learn more about our programs, visit us at www.barefootworkshops.org or contact us at [email protected].

Barefoot's sister company, Blue Magnolia Films, is launching FREEDOM CUBES for TEDxJackson at Two Mississippi Museums.
02/13/2019

Barefoot's sister company, Blue Magnolia Films, is launching FREEDOM CUBES for TEDxJackson at Two Mississippi Museums.

The TEDxJackson experience is more than just short idea-focused talks.

In partnership with Blue Magnolia Films, we will premiere “Freedom Cubes,” a public art installation consisting of free standing interactive photo stories produced by youth, ages 10 to 18, from the Sunflower County Freedom Project, Meridian Freedom Project and Rosedale Freedom Project. (Photo illustration of the concept shown below.)

Each Freedom Cube highlights the importance of conversations between Civil Rights veterans and youth leaders, focusing on the core tenets of the Freedom Project - Love, Education, Action and Discipline. The Freedom Cube project is sponsored by the Phil Harden Foundation and Duggal Visual Solutions.

01/25/2018
Blue Magnolia Films

Beautiful story from our sister organization, Blue Magnolia Films.

Margaret Walker Alexander describes the 152-acre Farish Street District as an African Village saying, “In our beginnings our blackness was not thought so beautiful. But out of bitterness, we wrought an ancient past. Here in this separate place and made our village.”

The Scott Ford House Inc. Museum Complex is located in the nationally registered Historic Farish Street District in Jackson, MS and was among the first on East Cohea Street in the 1890’s. It served as a home to Mary Green Scott, a former slave and to Virginia Ford, a practicing midwife, and John Ford, her daughter and son-in-law. The family owned the property for over 100 years.

Recently it was listed by Mississippi Heritage Trust as one of 2017’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places. A grant from Save America’s Treasures with matching funds from Mississippi Department of Archives and History, as well as support from Mississippi Arts Commission and Mississippi Humanities Council helped to save the property temporarily.

Now it is up to personal, corporate and community organizations to build on these gifts and help restore this vital link to our past, present and future- a link too frequently lost in Jackson’s historic African American communities.

"This piece is about a glimpse into my struggle to identify a slice of my African American history in the narrative of Southern and American history. I fear that the positive contributions that African Americans made to the development of Southern cities will be left out of the American Story in future generations. Few if any homes like the Scott Ford’s will be left to demonstrate the success of African Americans in assimilating American values. People can engage by financially donating to Scott Ford House Museum Complex; preparing to participate in our Gospel Explosion of local choirs fundraiser on February 24; bid on the silent auction; share our midwife stories through oral history interviews, and much more!”

- Alferdteen Harrison, President of the Board, The Scott Ford Home Museum Complex, Farish Street Neighborhood Historic District

DONATE online at Community Foundation of Greater Jackson www.cfgj.org, click on Scott Ford House logo. VOLUNTEER to host an event. Serve on the fundraising committee, or match funds as a corporation or foundation-

Participate in Scott Ford Museum Gospel Explosion Fundraiser -
FEBRUARY 24, 2018 @ 3 p.m.
Central United Methodist Church
517 N. Farish St. Jackson
NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED

For more information contact:
Alferdteen Harrison
The Scott Ford House Museum Complex
601-953-4060
[email protected]
www.scottfordhouse.com
FB: @ScottFordHouse

“Like” and “Share” Alferdteen's story to mark the Mississippi Bicentennial -

From December 9 - February 28, 2018- The Greater Jackson Arts Council & Visit Jackson, MS, host a mile-long “interactive” gallery comprised of 200 images, each five-feet in length. The exhibit runs from Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown / King Edward Hotel on Capitol Street to Coalesce Coworking & PORTICO jackson Magazine on State St. Scan and play the stories using a FREE QR Code app on your phone #MississippiMile #MS200

Sponsors include: The Greater Jackson Arts Council, Visit Jackson, C Spire, Hilton Garden Inn Jackson Downtown / King Edward Hotel, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation and Corner to Corner Productions.

Celebrating Storytellers is a project of Blue Magnolia Films/ Corner to Corner Productions in partnership with Barefoot Workshops.

01/18/2018
Blue Magnolia Films

LOVE this one from our partner, Blue Magnolia Films.

“My story is about how I found the love to garden again. Growing up my grandfather - he was big on knowledge, wisdom and storytelling. If my grandfather was still with us today and he saw my story I bet he'd smile.

I always think about my Ancestors when I garden - because they did not have the technology that we have today and their generation was different. And how I would never understand their struggle. Even at times, the truth about you may sleep, but it never truly dies. What you grow out of the garden is sacred for you and for the people, and to me there is no better way to smile.

And for my community of Bogue Chitto and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, we will keep our language and gardening alive for many more generations to come. Because we all are the change of tomorrow.”

- Dregen Joe, age 18, Mississippi Band Of Choctaw / Contact Dregen - [email protected]

“Like” and “Share” Dregen's story to celebrate Mississippi #brightspots #MS200 #foodpolicy #choctaw #growingsolutions

For Choctaw youth interested in occupational training at high school level, contact Anna Morrow, Advisor for Choctaw Central High School Horticulture/FFA programs – 601-416-6782 / [email protected]

Dregen produced his story as part of a weeklong documentary workshop to motivate community conversations about health, healing and the future of food.

Choctaw is one of thirteen communities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project culminating with 100 community voices.

Sponsors include: Office of Development - Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Choctaw Fresh Produce, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, Pearl River Resort/ Dancing Rabbit Inn, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation and Corner to Corner Productions.

To learn more about Choctaw Fresh Produce, a program that is empowering the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians through sustainable food systems, employment and training, visit the page Choctaw Fresh Produce.

10/21/2017
Blue Magnolia Films

Blue Magnolia Films & Barefoot Workshops : Bicentennial Celebrating Storytellers project in Hattiesburg, MS. Beautiful story from Robert St John honoring Coney Island Cafe

#ms200 #hubcity

During October, community leaders from Hattiesburg participated in a Bicentennial project to pay forward stories that have shaped the community from its beginnings.

“From A Fruit Cart”, written, scored and photographed by Robert St John, pays tribute to the Fokakis family, founders of a local diner established in 1923.

"The choice of subject matter for me was an easy one. This being a Mississippi Bicentennial Project - the Coney Island Cafe in Hattiesburg has been in operation for almost half the time that Mississippi has been a state. That is very rare for the restaurant business, especially since it's been operated by only three people in its entire history - a grandfather, a son and a grandson. I've always been a huge proponent of eating local and it doesn't get any more 'local' than the Coney Island Cafe!”
- Robert St. John, Hattiesburg native & Restauranteur

"Like" and "Share” Robert's story to celebrate #brightspots during the Mississippi Bicentennial #MS200 #hubcity #flavorsofthehub

Read his latest article - “Restaurants tell stories: The Coney Island Cafe” - http://www.clarionledger.com/story/magnolia/taste/2017/10/15/restaurants-tell-stories-coney-island-cafe/752015001/

Coney Island Cafe
400 N Main St
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
(601) 582-8513
Hours: Mon-Fri, 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Facebook: @ConeyIslandCafe1923

Facebook: @robert.stjohn.90
Twitter: @robertstjohn
http://www.robertstjohn.com/

Check out Robert’s nonprofit, Extra Table - www.extratable.org. 100% of donations go to provide healthy foods in bulk, to food pantries to feed those in need.

Hattiesburg is one of ten cities elected to participate in “Celebrating Storytelling”, a Mississippi Bicentennial project that will culminate with 100 community voices by the end of the year.

Special thanks to project sponsors: Robert St. John, Hattiesburg Arts Council, Visit Hattiesburg and Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association (HHDA), Red Lion Inn & Suites Hattiesburg, Crescent City Grill, Dusty Frierson, Hub City Lofts, grin coffee company, Standard Office Supply and Printing Company and Coca-Cola Bottling Company (Hattiesburg); Additional thanks to Selby and Richard McRae Foundation, Natalie Irby/Corner to Corner Productions, producers Alison Fast, Chandler Griffin, Aaron Phillips.

“Celebrating Storytelling” is a project of Blue Magnolia Films/Corner to Corner Productions in partnership with Barefoot Workshops.

07/03/2017
Blue Magnolia Films

Mississippi's Bicentennial will result in one hundred media stories from around the state. Check out this short from Lorman, MS. Blue Magnolia Films Barefoot Workshops

• Creative Mississippi • Why I Love Mississippi •

Harry Claudius Ross, age 37, a descendant of the Prospect Hill Plantation whose ancestors migrated from Mississippi to Liberia after they were freed from slavery in the 1840's, visited Mississippi for the first time to reconcile with the memory of his ancestors, and the legacy of his name.

During a one-week Bicentennial workshop in Port Gibson, Mississippi, he and other community members, produced photo stories, each three minutes in length, to highlight stories of cultural and economic renewal in Claiborne and Jefferson Counties. The resulting piece highlights his journey to make contact with his roots, and a "missing" chapter of Mississippi history.

“Documenting the Prospect Hill story has allowed me reconnect with another part of my ancestors that I did not know about,” says Harry Ross. “It is also a great opportunity to educate people and create a link between Mississippi and Africa.”

Visiting Prospect Hill has resurrected a dream for Harry, to create the Ross Resource Center in Liberia. “Like” and “Follow” Prospect Hill Plantation on Facebook for the latest news and updates. Read the latest blog post about the historic property - http://www.archaeologicalconservancy.org/saving-places-prospect-hill-open-house/

Special thanks to: Jessica Fleming Crawford & Prospect Hill/ The Archaeological Conservancy, Alan Huffman (Author, Mississippi In Africa), Mississippi Humanities Council, City of Port Gibson, Port Gibson Chamber of Commerce, Claiborne County Economic Development Agency, Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, Christine Simmons, The Selby and Richard McRae Foundation, Corner to Corner Productions, Blue Magnolia Films, Barefoot Workshops and photographer, Aaron Phillips. #MS200 #smalltownstories

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi. 7pm - Saturday. Join Barefoot Workshops and Visit Clarksdale for a FREE photography screening f...
02/09/2017

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi. 7pm - Saturday. Join Barefoot Workshops and Visit Clarksdale for a FREE photography screening for the community led by Ron Haviv co-founder of VII Photo Agency. (poster design by Austin Britt)

https://www.facebook.com/events/269579933474625/

Barefoot Workshops Doc Photo in the Delta led by Ron Haviv. Chanelle Beaumont editing her photos. #creativems
02/09/2017

Barefoot Workshops Doc Photo in the Delta led by Ron Haviv. Chanelle Beaumont editing her photos. #creativems

#Nytimes #lensblog photo portfolio review deadline Feb 12th.
02/07/2017
Seeking Applications for the 2017 New York Portfolio Review

#Nytimes #lensblog photo portfolio review deadline Feb 12th.

Once again, The New York Times Lens blog and the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism are offering photographers a chance to meet top editors, gallerists, curators and publishers. And it’s free.

Day 1. Barefoot in the Delta.  1-week documentary photo led by master photojournalist, Ron Haviv. 10 participants workin...
02/06/2017

Day 1. Barefoot in the Delta. 1-week documentary photo led by master photojournalist, Ron Haviv. 10 participants working on photo stories this week in Clarksdale.

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For the last four years Ron Haviv of VII Photo Agency has been teaching Barefoot Workshops 1-Wk Doc Photo in The MS Delt...
11/17/2016
How One Photo Exposed the War Crimes Committed in the Balkans

For the last four years Ron Haviv of VII Photo Agency has been teaching Barefoot Workshops 1-Wk Doc Photo in The MS Delta. TIME just chose one of his photos as part of their 100 Most Influential Images Of All Time. Visit Clarksdale

The image was used as evidence against perpetrators of what became known as 'ethnic cleansing'

Join Ron Haviv, VII Photo Agency co-founder, for his 5th year leading our 1-Week Documentary Photography Workshop in the...
11/03/2016

Join Ron Haviv, VII Photo Agency co-founder, for his 5th year leading our 1-Week Documentary Photography Workshop in the MISSISSIPPI DELTA. Feb 5-12, 2017 http://tinyurl.com/zhsnllr

10/20/2016
Break Like You

A film about #EmileJansen, founder of Black Noise, who helped to shape the conscious hip hop movement in Cape Town from the 80's through today, and his work with Cape Flats' youth to help reclaim their deeper identity through Heal The Hood, a music-based project. Directed by M'reensky Gold (Mehreen Afzal) and Melissa House during a Cape Town 2015 three-week workshop. .

Directed by Mehreen Afzal and Melissa House. A film about Emile Jansen, founder of Black Noise, who helped to shape the conscious hip hop movement in Cape Town…

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09/30/2016

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08/09/2016
Roots

Barefoot Workshops' founders, Chandler Griffin & Alison Fast, release a new short documentary from their production company Blue Magnolia Films in partnership with Corner to Corner Productions. #brightspots

Holly Springs conservationists awaken magic, history and a sense of "place" during the Strawberry Plains Audubon Hummingbird Festival, only to uncover…

Barefoot Workshops and partner org, #whattookyousolong, in #SouthSudan running media workshop for #JubaFilmFestival.  Ph...
04/19/2016

Barefoot Workshops and partner org, #whattookyousolong, in #SouthSudan running media workshop for #JubaFilmFestival. Photos from last 10 days.

We are half-way through our 3 week intenstive filmmaking workshop here in Juba. In 10 days we will have 4 movies completed.

02/24/2016
Blue Magnolia Films

Barefoot founders, Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin, launch a new film with their production company, Blue Magnolia Films. Check out this well crafted short doc about Yalobusha Brewing Company in Water Valley, Mississippi.

Premiering last weekend at the Oxford Film Festival, “Yalo”, a film about Yalobusha Brewing Company in Water Valley, Mississippi, wins the coveted Ron Tibbett Audience Award among 144 other films. Special thanks to @Melanie Addington, the audience and #oxff volunteers for celebrating the value of a LOCAL Mississippi story! Thanks to Cary Hudson, Clay Jones and Andrew Bryant, Mississippi musicians who contributed to this film. #MSpride #seeforyourself **LIVE music / brewery tour every Friday night.

Produced by Blue Magnolia Films and Corner to Corner Productions.

The 20 Best Documentaries of 2015
12/11/2015
The 20 Best Documentaries of 2015

The 20 Best Documentaries of 2015

Looking over the list of our favorite documentaries of 2015, we’re struck by how many more of them, compared to previous lists, are biographical portraits of familiar faces—Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Russell Brand, Janis Joplin, and others. But our favorite documentary in a very long time was very…

Mehreen filming in the Cape Flats with Melissa tracking sound in the background for their documentary on South African H...
11/21/2015

Mehreen filming in the Cape Flats with Melissa tracking sound in the background for their documentary on South African Hip-Hop pioneer and youth educator, Emile Jansen, Emile YX?. #capetown #southafrica #barefootworkshops #emileyx #blacknoise #hiphop #breakdance #beatbox #healthehood ©2015barefootworkshops Barefoot Workshops

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11/16/2015

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Ron Haviv, co-founder VII Photo Agency  One Week Doc Photo Workshop - Cape Town, South Africa.  $225.00 off if you regis...
10/07/2015
Barefoot Workshops - Documentary Workshops

Ron Haviv, co-founder VII Photo Agency One Week Doc Photo Workshop - Cape Town, South Africa. $225.00 off if you register by Oct 14th

Documentary filmmaking workshops for all levels and media training for NGOs

08/20/2015
GRIN

Barefoot Workshops founders Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin have started a new project with their production company, Blue Magnolia Films.

A Mississippi family brings to life a coffee truck, and launches a small-batch roastery with the goal of "happifying" their community. grin coffee company is homemade people producing handcrafted coffee. Their motto? "Don't Sip Sad Coffee" Go behind the scenes in this short film from Blue Magnolia Films, Corner to Corner Productions and the Mississippi Creative Economy.

"GRIN"// Hattiesburg, MS - A family brings to life a coffee truck, and launches a small-batch roastery with the goal of "happifying" their community.…

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