Runtime: 20 minutes

Directors: Jimbo Mathus


Jimbo Mathus has led an amazing life of music and adventure since his days growing up in Corinth and Clarksdale, Mississippi. He spent his youth playing music with family and friends, and worked as a hand on Mississippi riverboats. Later, he scored platinum records with his band the Squirrel Nut Zippers and earned multiple music awards, including a Grammy with Buddy Guy. Through all of those experiences, he also maintained a fascination with handmade, European-style marionettes—a.k.a. puppets. In fact, examples appear inside the packaging the Zippers breakout album, "Hot." In 2023, Visit Clarksdale Tourism awarded a grant to Shared Experiences in downtown Clarksdale, and Jimbo Mathus became S.E.'s first Artist in Residence. For a month he worked, creating marionettes and background sets to make a based-on-a-true-story short film that chronicles early Delta blues legend Charley Patton and his only child, Rosetta Patton. Why this story? Amazingly, as a Charley Patton fan and up-and-coming musician in the 1990s, Mathus discovered that Miss Rosetta had worked in his family home while he was growing up. The rest is history.