Chloe Edwards, MDAH Electronic Records archivist, brings us this post in an ongoing series celebrating Electronic Records Day and Archives Month. The series features items from the MDAH disk collection.

Laurence C. Jones. Call Number: PI/ED/J65.7 (MDAH)

Laurence C. Jones. Call Number: PI/ED/J65.7 (MDAH)

When Cotton Blossoms: The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Dr. Laurence C. Jones

Call no.: Disk 0010

Format: DVD

Run time: 30 minutes

This documentary about the life and achievements of Dr. Laurence C. Jones, founder of the Piney Woods Country Life School in Rankin County, was a cherished project for director Scott A. Magie. Although Magie had actively sought to tell Dr. Jones’s story since 2006, the film was not made until 2009. Piney Woods commissioned When Cotton Blossoms to commemorate its one hundredth anniversary in 2009. With a script written by Magie and inspired by Beth Day’s book The Little Professor of Piney Woods, the film was shot in one short week in May on location at the Piney Woods School and the Jackson area. Many of the actors are Piney Woods students and faculty, and the soundtrack features the school’s Cotton Blossom Singers. When Cotton Blossoms won awards at several independent film festivals, including “Best in Show” at the 2012 Imago Film Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and “Best Documentary” at the 2010 Tupelo Film Festival in Tupelo, Mississippi, and 2010 Lake Michigan Film Competition in East Lansing, Michigan.

Piney Woods Country Life School fan. Accession number: 1996.3.4 (Museum Division Collection)

Piney Woods Country Life School fan. Accession number: 1996.3.4 (Museum Division Collection)

MORE INFORMATION:

To find out more about this disk, search our online catalogue for disk 0010. To browse the disk collection, navigate to the advanced search page, check the “Electronic Records” box, and type “disk” into the keyword search bar.

All catalogued disks are available to view or listen to in the Media Room; patrons should request disks from media staff using the four digit call number.

VIEWING NOTES:

As of October 2014, a trailer for this film is available to view online at http://youtube.com.

References:

When Cotton Blossoms. http://pineywoodsmovie.blogspot.com/

“When Cotton Blossoms: The Inspiring Life and Legacy of Dr. Laurence C. Jones.” Accessed October 3, 2014, http://pineywoodsmovie.com/index.html