ABOUT THE PROJECT
Jennifer Redfearn led five storytelling workshops while working as a producer and editor for MediaStorm. Mr. Blues is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants learn all aspects of production in an intensive hands-on environment and create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week.
Samuel Hargress Jr. is the owner and manager of the Paris Blues bar in Harlem, New York. Paris Blues is one of the few remaining old bars in the neighborhood. In a neighborhood where rapid development is underway and condos now sell for $2 and $3 million dollars, Paris Blues is one of the few places to weather the change. Sam’s personal history parallels many of the changes throughout the past 50 years. Growing up in Hale County, Alabama, he witnessed everything from the civil rights movement to the protests in Harlem after Martin Luther King Jr. was shot. While experiencing dramatic changes around him, Sam created a timeless place where people could seek refuge and unwind amongst friends.
That’s why they call him Mr. Blues.
Producer/Editor: Jennifer Redfearn
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2011 World Press Photo Nominee