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Door Ajar - The M.B. Mayfield Story

75 minutes
Release 2019

From inside a broom closet through a cracked door, an African American janitor listens and learns art in segregated Mississippi.

While driving through Ercu, Mississippi to start his new job as the first chairman of the University of Mississippi art department, Prof. Stuart R. Purser discovers the roadside artwork of twenty-six-year-old African American primitive artist, M.B. Mayfield (1923-2005). It is here an amazing journey begins.

Purser, whose father was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, installs Mayfield as a janitor at the university with the sole purpose of teaching him. From inside the classroom’s broom closet with the door ajar, the artist listens and learns. And it is through this narrow opening these two men become an important part of Southern history.

Door Ajar captures the true essence of the South, told by those who grew up in a different era. Sometimes their yarns are jarringly awkward to listen to, but it’s always earnest and from the heart.

From a close family member to townspeople, to a civil rights campaigner, politician, judge, authors, documentary makers, and historians…Door Ajar records tales that sound like folklore but true.

Good Will Hunting goes South.

Paintings by M.B. Mayfield


Betty GammelCastHerself
Charles GammelCastHimself
Roy TurnerCastHimself
M.B. MayfieldCastHerself
Martha ColemanCastHerself
Bruce McCoyCastHerself
Shirley Mayfield-WareCastHerself
Anne WilderCastHerself
Dennis WilderCastHimself
Regina GrahamCastHerself
Reverend David HighCastHimself
Bob McGeeCastHimself
Glen DavidsonCastHimself
Phillip L. TutorCastHimself
Tom ToddCastHimself
David MageeCastHimself
Candace RosovskyCastHerself
Alex HicksCastHerself
Sakul MahatCastHimself
Gracie DarlandCastHerself
Elias AddyCastHimself
Donald ColeCastHimself
James MeredithCastHimself
Wilbur HardyCastHimself
Beatrice BlockerCastHerself
Ian BannerCastHimself
Lanny FlahertyCastHimself
Jill SmithCastHerself
Anita Cannon-BoydCastHerself
Dr. Terry WardCastHimself
Tosh PierceCastHerself
William GriffithCastHimself
Chuqi MinCastHerself
Michelle M. PillowProducer
John Reyer AfamasagaProducer
John Reyer AfamasagaWriter
John Reyer AfamasagaDirector
John Reyer AfamasagaCinematographer
John Reyer AfamasagaEditor
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