South Arts Southern Circuit to screen films across Southeast
Presbyterian College returns as partner venue
South Arts announces the lineup of 16 Screening Partner organizations and 18 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
During their tours, filmmakers will present screenings of their films with screening partners between September 2020 and April 2021 and participate in post-screening Q&As with audiences to discuss film subjects and the filmmaking process.
To prioritize the wellbeing and flexibility of screening partners, filmmakers, and audiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 Southern Circuit season will feature a hybrid of in-person and online screenings. Additionally, this season includes a shift to exclusively presenting documentaries, renewing the program’s focus on real-life stories and issues; previous seasons included a mix of documentaries, narrative features, and experimental work.
"Access to independent documentary filmmaking is more important than ever. We have taken steps to ensure that our audiences and filmmakers can share these essential conversations, regardless of the circumstances,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director for Film and Traditional Arts. "Through Southern Circuit, audiences interact with filmmakers directly, learning about the art of filmmaking and engaging with issues relevant to their community through a new lens.”
Earlier this year, screening partners reviewed and selected the films for this season from a roster of invited documentary films. From September 2020 through April 2021, each screening partner will present five films and filmmakers, and many will further engage filmmakers in adjunct activities such as workshops and class visits.
The first event of the series features a screening of Coded Bias
followed by a Q&A discussion with director Shalini Kantayya. The screening and live Q&A will be presented online Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET for all screening partners and their audiences. A recording of the program will be streamed on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. ET.
Presbyterian College in Clinton (Laurens Co.) returns as the partner venue for South Carolina.
Films / Filmmakers
- Big Fur – Dan Wayne, Director
- Cane Fire – Anthony Banua-Simon, Director
- Code of the Freaks – Salome Chasnoff, Director
- Coded Bias – Shalini Kantayya, Director
- Cured – Bennett Singer & Patrick Sammon, Co-Directors
- Fandango at the Wall – Varda Bar-Kar, Director
- Far East Deep South – Larissa Lam, Director
- Hurdle – Michael Rawley, Director
- Mr. Handy’s Blues – Joanne Fish, Director
- Narrowsburg – Martha Shane, Director
- Overland – Elisabeth Haviland James & Revere La Noue, Co-Directors
- Picture a Scientist – Sharon Shattuck & Ian Cheney, Co-Directors
- Picture Character – Martha Shane & Ian Cheney, Co-Directors
- Reggae Boyz – Till Schauder, Director
- Socks on Fire – Bo McGuire, Director
- Waging Change – Abby Ginzberg, Director
- Warrior Women – Christina D. King & Elizabeth A. Castle, Co-Directors
- and a special preview screening of Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley – George King, Director
A full listing of all screening dates, times, and locations will be posted later this summer on the South Arts website, as well as each screening partner's website.
These events are made possible through the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a South Arts program. Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought some of best independent filmmakers and their films from around the country to communities throughout the South. The program is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tuning Up: Unique youth art contest + new exhibitions
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- The U.S. Golf Association and MUSC Children’s Health are conducting an art contest for Charleston (and South Carolina) youth to design the junior tickets for the U.S. Women’s Open that will be played May 27-June 2 in Charleston. Three winners will be chosen. Their designs will be featured on tickets for all juniors who attend the U.S. Women’s Open and will be displayed on site at the Country Club of Charleston during the event. The entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15. (USGA.org)
- Some new exhibitions that caught The Hub's eyes:
- A reception to unveil the annual Bailey Gallery Art Exhibition at Presbyterian College will be 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Mary Bailey Vance Suitt Rotunda of the school's Neville Hall. It includes eight artists and a variety of media. (Greenwood Index-Journal)
- South Carolina's reigning South Arts fellow, Kate Hooray Osmond of Charleston, opened Light Shine Down, an exhibition on display through April 28, 2019 at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach. (Link)
Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers names Screening Partners
South Arts has announced the 24 Screening Partners participating in the 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, and will host a convening in Atlanta May 18-19 to curate the upcoming season. Together, the Screening Partner venues will discuss which films and filmmakers to invite on tour to their communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
The Screening Partners include:
- a/perture (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
- Arts Council of Central Louisiana (Alexandria, La.)
- Broward College (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
- City of Hapeville (Hapeville, Ga.)
- Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College (Maryville, Tenn.)
- East Tennessee State University/Mary B. Martin School of the Arts (Johnson City, Tenn.)
- Fuquay-Varina Arts Center (FuquayVarina, N.C.)
- Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.)
- Global Education Center (Nashville, Tenn.)
- Jacksonville State University (Jacksonville, Ala.)
- The Jessye Norman School of the Arts, Inc. (Augusta, Ga.)
- North Central Louisiana Arts Council (Ruston, La.)
- Ocala Film Foundation (Ocala, Fla.)
- Oxford College of Emory University (Oxford, Ga.)
- Presbyterian College (Clinton, S.C.)
- South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (Cutler Bay, Fla.)
- Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (Bowling Green, Ky.)
- The Tennessee Valley Art Association (Tuscumbia, Ala.)
- Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society (Key West, Fla.)
- Troy University (Troy, Ala.)
- Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA-Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (Athens, Ga.)
- Union College (Barbourville, Ky.)
- Union County Community Arts Council/Wingate University (Wingate, N.C.)
- University of Tampa (Tampa, Fla.)
From September through April, each Screening Partner presents six films and filmmakers. Along with a screening of the film, the filmmakers are made available to the local community for workshops and discussions. The filmmakers also conduct a Q&A with audiences following the film screening to discuss the film, their subject, and their work.
“Southern Circuit is all about connections and conversations,” explained Teresa Hollingsworth, senior program director with South Arts. “Not only do we want to make sure audiences across the region have access to current and vital independent films, but we provide opportunities to dive into challenging and necessary conversations.”
At the convening, the 24 Screening Partners will discuss the slate of films and filmmakers who applied for consideration. They will explore which films would resonate most within their respective communities, and determine the 24 films and filmmakers that will be selected to tour. “The selection process is almost like a fantasy football draft,” laughed Hollingsworth.
Films under consideration include feature-length animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative works created by independent filmmakers. Recent tours have included Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise
by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack, Quest
by Jonathan Olshefski, 78/52
by Alexandre O. Philippe, and Donald Cried
by Kris Avedisian.
The selected films and screening dates for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be announced later this summer, and can be found on each of the Screening Partner website and www.southarts.org
. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
About South Arts
South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org