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How Mass Shootings Affected my Work as a Filmmaker

04/20/2019 | NMA Ocumentary | 3FilmsSouth.com

Ironically, on Monday, March 11, 2019, we began filming NMA Ocumentary in Oxford, Mississippi. On Thursday, March 14, after three days of filming with one left to go we began congratulating each on social media for a job well done. The next morning, we woke to the horrific news of the Christchurch Mosque massacre which happened in New Zealand…

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Fifty-one M.B. Mayfield paintings enhance showing of award winning documentary

04/18/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | The Pontotoc Progress

The Pontotoc County Historical Society far exceeded its own expectations, and hosted 51 paintings by the late, Ecru artist M.B. Mayfield, at a showing on Apr 11.

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African American artist learns art through a cracked door in segregated Mississippi

04/14/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | 3FilmsSouth.com

Door Ajar – The M.B. Mayfield Story is a documentary that tells the little-known story of M.B. Mayfield, an African American living in segregated Mississippi, a struggling roadside artist who hones his trade through a rather unusual and daring method with the help of Stuart R. Purser.

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Oxford Film Festival Hosting Filmmaker Meet-and-Greets

03/21/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | hottytoddy.com

In April, Oxford Film Festival is holding two “Dinner with a Filmmaker Fundraiser” nights where attendees can talk with Hoka award-winning directors about the filmmaking process. The first one will be held at Newk’s Eatery on University Avenue April 9 and feature John Reyer Afamasaga, who won in the Mississippi Film (Short/Feature) category for his film “Door Ajar: The M.B. Mayfield Story.”

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Artist Appreciation: M.B. Mayfield collectors, fans invited to film screening and reception

03/20/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | The Pontotoc Progress

Oxford filmmaker John Reyer Afamasaga will show his documentary “Door Ajar,” April 11, at 6 p.m., at Pontotoc First Baptist Church. The screening is sponsored by the Pontotoc County Historical Society, and members want anyone who has a Mayfield painting to bring it so that others may enjoy it for the evening.

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OXFORD FILM FESTIVAL 2019 ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS

02/17/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | seligfilmnews.com

Winner of the Best Mississippi Feature was John Reyer Afamasaga’s DOOR AJAR: THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY. He received a year of free equipment rental from OxFilm Society and a Hoka Award and a check for $250.

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Ole Miss’ Best Secret Also its Worst Kept

01/31/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | 3FilmsSouth.com

Door Ajar – The M.B. Mayfield Story is not a secret nowadays but nor is it a story that everyone knows about.

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DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY (2019) Oxford Film Festival

1/20/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | unseenfilms.net

DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY is the story of the African American artist who learned to paint in part by listening through a cracked door at the college where he worked. A portrait of more than just the artist and his art but the world in which lived the film paints a portrait of Mississippi over the last century.

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Meredith & Mayfield a True Story

1/20/2019 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | 3FilmsSouth.com

The first time I talked to James Howard Meredith I was on the balcony of Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi.

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The mystery of the Brown Bomber’s bust

10/24/2018 |DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | New Albany Gazette

A mystery is back in the spotlight, and answers are being sought about the theft of a piece of artwork from the artist’s front porch years ago in Ecru, Mississippi.

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Book Review: ‘Sovrin’s Star’ by John Reyer Afamasaga

7/24/2018 | SOVRIN’S STAR | seattlepi.com

Sovrin’s Star by John Reyer Afamasaga is the first book in the new Mississippi Connection Trilogy. It opens with an atmospheric scene set in the Old South just as the Civil War has ended. People are trying to get over the border from Mississippi to Tennessee. Standing in line is a young boy named Sovrin. Immediately, Afamasaga pulls us into Sovrin’s world and makes us forget our own:

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The Yard documentary film

4/27/2018 | THE YARD (2018) | ukfilmreview.co.uk

A thought-provoking and sensitive exploration of the racially notorious legacy of Southern USA that attempts to topple myth and half-truths by honoring the reality of one city member’s real past.

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Documentary in works about Ecru artist

1/8/2018 | DOOR AJAR – THE M.B. MAYFIELD STORY | The Pontotoc Progress

A documentary filmmaker will visit Pontotoc County over the coming months, researching, collecting stories, and interviewing those who knew the late artist, M.B. Mayfield.

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Confronting the true history of Forrest the slave trader

8/12/2017 |THE YARD (2018) | Commercial Appeal

At the corner of Adams and B.B. King in Downtown Memphis, a sign marks the site of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s antebellum home. “Following marriage in 1845,” the marker states, “he came to Memphis, where his business enterprises made him wealthy.” What the sign neglects to mention is that his home stood adjacent to his business enterprise — Forrest’s slave yard.

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