2019-2020 Southern Circuit Screening Partners and Films Announced

Bill Traylor (Chasing Ghosts), courtesy of the Alabama State Council on the Arts

From Ivan Schustak, South Arts –

South Arts is pleased to announce the 24 Screening Partners, and 24 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2019-20 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Filmmakers from each film will venture throughout the region on two-week tours between September 2019 and April 2020, conducting screenings of their work and meeting with communities to discuss their films.

Screening Partners:

  • Allied Arts. Milledgeville, GA
  • a/perture. Winston-Salem, NC
  • Arts Council of Central Louisiana. Alexandria, LA
  • Broward College. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • City of Hapeville. Hapeville, GA
  • Clayton Center for the Arts/Maryville College. Maryville, TN
  • Delta State University/Bologna Performing Arts Center. Cleveland, MS
  • East Tennessee State University/Mary B. Martin School of the Arts. Johnson City, TN
  • Fuquay-Varina Arts Center. Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Gateway Regional Arts Center. Mt. Sterling, KY
  • Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA
  • Global Education Center. Nashville, TN
  • Jacksonville State University. Jacksonville, AL
  • North Central Louisiana Arts Council. Ruston, LA
  • Oxford College of Emory University. Oxford, GA
  • Presbyterian College. Clinton, SC
  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. Cutler Bay, FL
  • Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center. Bowling Green, KY
  • Tropic Cinema/Key West Film Society. Key West, FL
  • Union College. Barbourville, KY
  • Union County Community Arts Council/Wingate University. Wingate, NC
  • University of Pikeville. Pikeville, KY
  • University of West Georgia/Townsend Center. Carrollton, GA
  • Wallace State Community College. Hanceville, AL

Films and Filmmakers on Tour

  • Bill Traylor, Chasing Ghosts – Jeffrey Wolf, Director
  • The City that Sold America – Mary Warlick, Executive Producer
  • Community First, A Home for the Homeless – Layton Blaylock, Director
  • Float – Phil Kibbe, Director
  • Gay Chorus Deep South – David Charles Rodrigues, Director and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus
  • The Infiltrators – Darren Dean, Producer
  • It’s Time – Jeff Sarokin, Writer and Kindra Predmore, Co-Producer
  • Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window – Andrew Hevia, Director
  • Life Without Basketball – Jon Mercer and Tim O’Donnell, Directors
  • Light From Light – Paul Harrill, Director
  • Little Miss Westie – Joy E. Reed, Co-director & Editor
  • Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary – Lindsey Seavert and Ben Garvin, Directors
  • Marjoun and the Flying Headscarf – Susan Youssef, Director and Hira Jafri, Producer
  • Mossville: When Great Trees Fall – Alexander Glustrom, Director; Daniel Bennett, Producer; Katie Mathews, Producer; Michelle Lanier, Executive Producer; Catherine Rierson, Producer
  • Handy’s Blues – Joanne Fish, Director
  • Picture Character – Martha Shane and Ian Cheney, Directors
  • Same God – Linda Midgett, Director
  • The Short History of the Long Road – Ani Simon-Kennedy, Director
  • We Believe in Dinosaurs – Clayton Brown, Director/Producer
  • Well Groomed – Rebecca Stern, Director
  • While I Breathe, I Hope – Emily Harrold, Director
  • Who Will Write Our History – Roberta Grossman, Director
  • Wrestle – Suzannah Herbert, Director and Lauren Belfer, Co-Director
  • You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard – Kenny Dalsheimer, Director

“This season’s films and filmmakers represent the voices and conversations occurring throughout our region and nation,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. “They resonate with audiences and lead to impactful, sometimes challenging discussions of topics relevant to their communities.”

The Screening Partners convened in Atlanta for an annual gathering to curate films for the upcoming season. “We always say it’s like a fantasy football draft,” laughed Hollingsworth. “The Screening Partners know their communities very well and have spent countless hours reviewing all of the potential films under consideration.”

Filmmakers were invited to submit their work for consideration in early 2019. Recently completed animation, documentaries, experimental, fiction films, and shorts were considered.

From September through April, each Screening Partner presents the six films and filmmakers chosen by their circuit. Beyond a screening of the film, the filmmakers are made available to the local community for workshops, class visits, and discussions. The filmmakers also conduct a Q&A with audiences following the film screening to discuss the film’s subject and the filmmaking process.

The Southern Circuit is made possible through partnership with National Endowment for the Arts. A full listing of all screening dates, times, and locations will be posted later this summer on as well as each Screening Partner’s website.