Telling the stories of the most storied place


PREMIERES AT 7PM ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH AT THE LYRIC THEATRE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THACKER.  Jimbeau will perform on the Thacker Mountain Radio Show (begins at 6) and we will screen the movie immediately following the show.  Come for Thacker and stay for the movie!  It’s all FREE!!! I’ve always been a believer in serendipity, especially […]


Frank Kirtley is a Methodist minister, living historian, and firearms enthusiast. In this chapter of “Mississippi Stories”, Frank weaves his position on gun control through American history and his myriad of life experiences to explain why he is A REPRESENTATIVE OF MYSELF. A film by Rex Jones.


David Frazier is a fly fisherman who favors the small rivers and streams of Mississippi. For him, it’s not necessarily about the catch, but the experience. Join him on the Chunky River one beautiful Fall morning to see why SIZE DON’T MATTER in this latest edition of Mississippi Stories. SIZE DON’T MATTER from UM Media […]

Crossing Chunky Waters

Growing up in Hickory, Mississippi, about five miles from the Chunky River, I had floated it many times in the past, but never after the leaves turned. Little did I know what I’d been missing. I recently went fishing with David Frazier, fly fisherman extraordinaire, and was amazed at the Fall beauty of the river […]


“You do everything big!” That’s the advice of Lecile Harris, the seventy-six-year-old professional rodeo clown whose life in rodeo spans almost sixty years. I got to spend some time with him at rodeos in Meridian, MS and Jonesboro, AR and had an absolute ball. Lecile began his career as a bullrider and bullfighter, but a […]

The Fair

The Neshoba County Fair has been around since 1889, and Pat Banks Woodrick’s family was there at the very beginning. CABIN 25 is her story of fun and fellowship at Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty. Special bonus footage includes Ross Barnett on guitar and the melee that is the infamous chair race! Rex CABIN 25 from UM […]

The Other Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia, Mississippi is notorious for the 1964 Civil Rights killings of Andrew Goodman, James Earl Chaney, and Michael Schwerner.  In I CAN’T AFFORD TO FUMBLE THE BALL, Mayor James A. Young talks about the responsibility he feels as Philadelphia’s first black mayor and how the city has moved forward from its ignoble past. Rex

Memphis in the Meantime

There are much worse places to go to work than Rum Boogie Cafe, the Beale Street Music Festival, and the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.  See a little bit of all three in BEALE, BLUES, & BARBECUE, a profile of Natchez native Lyman Aldrich, whose leadership helped make Memphis in May into the internationally known economic […]

One Hundred Years Young

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with a young lady who has spent more than eighty years of her life in service of others.  The latest installment in our “Mississippi Stories” series is a portrait of Leola Dillard, the centenarian community activist who founded the nationally recognized Make a Difference Day Free Flea Market […]

Crucifixions Must Have Witnesses

Enjoy the latest installment in the Mississippi Stories series from MDP’s Rex Jones. Here Rex features Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, a Shelby, MS native and pastor of the Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis. Rev. Kyles tells his story of being on the Lorraine Motel balcony with Martin Luther King, Jr. when Dr. King was assassinated.