Shake ‘Em On Down

Filmmaker Biography:

Shake 'Em On Down

Shake ‘Em On Down – Joe York

Joe York is an award-winning filmmaker and Senior Producer of documentary projects at the University of Mississippi’s Southern Documentary Project. He has produced over 40 short documentaries in association with the Southern Foodways Alliance, including Whole Hog, Hot Chicken, and Smokes & Ears. His features films include Mississippi Innocence and Pride & Joy. York is from Glencoe, AL and has a BA in Anthropology from Auburn University and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. He lives in Water Valley, MS, with his wife, Kathryn, and their daughter, Emma.

Film Synopsis:

Shake ‘Em On Down is the story of Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues and an important influence on the music of the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, RL Burnside, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi Allstars. McDowell was working as a cotton picker and tractor driver when he was first recorded by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins in 1959. Those recordings launched McDowell into the upper echelons of the burgeoning folk movement in the 1960s and carried him around the globe in the thirteen years between those first recordings and his death in 1972.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017: Opening Nights Performing Arts/Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 7:30 PM ET
Thursday, February 2, 2017: North Central Louisiana Arts Council, Ruston, LA, 7:00 PM CT
Friday, February 3, 2017: Arts Council of Central Louisiana, Alexandria, LA, 7:00 PM CT
Monday, February 13, 2017: Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society, Key West, FL, 6:30 PM ET
Tuesday, February 14, 2017: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 7:00 PM ET
Thursday, February 16, 2017: Broward College Foundation, Davie, FL, 7:30 PM ET
Friday, February 17, 2017: Miami-Dade Co. Dept. of Cultural Affairs/South Miami-Dade Cultural Center, Cutler Bay, FL, 8:30 PM ET