Southern Circuit is the nation’s first regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one.
All screenings begin at 6 pm and are followed by discussion with the filmmaker and a coffee-and-dessert reception.
2012 - 2013 TOUR FEATURED FILMS AND FILMMAKERS:
Tuesday, September 25, 6 pm
Small, Beautifully Moving Parts
Co-writers/directors Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell
When technophile Sarah Sparks becomes pregnant, her uncertainties about motherhood trigger an impulsive road trip to the source of her anxiety: her long-estranged mother, living far away and off the grid. Roger Ebert calls Small, Beautifully Moving Parts “effortlessly engaging … a small film [that] knows exactly how to be a small film.”
Tuesday, October 23, 6pm
Otis Under the Sky
Director, Anlo Sepulveda
Otis spends his days in front of a computer posting articles and self-created web-art on his multiple websites. Everything changes for Otis when his camera lens comes across Ursula, who is bored and pining for her lover, but intrigued by Otis’ creepiness. From that moment, they are inseparable kindred spirits but unable to express their bond physically. When Ursula’s lover returns, Otis must find a way to overcome his love and loss, and continue his artistic endeavors.
Tuesday,November 13, 6pm
Director/producer, Luke Griswold-Tergis
In this documentary, Cory Mann is a quirky Tlingit businessman hustling to make a dollar in Juneau, Alaska. He gets hungry for smoked salmon, nostalgic for his childhood and decides to spend a summer smoking fish at his family’s traditional fish camp. By circumstances tragic, bizarre or just plain ridiculous, Smokin’ Fish tells the story of one man’s attempts to navigate the messy collision between the modern world and an ancient culture.
The 2012-2013 Southern Circuit is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and local partner organizations. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Experts in film, theatre, literature and history will introduce films and lead post-film discussions to examine the cultural upheaval of the mid-twentieth century, including ideological clashes between capitalism and communism, war and the atomic wage.
Free coffee and dessert will be served in the café after each screening.
Thursday, September 13, 5:30 pm
A stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business finds herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.
Discussion: Jennifer Fay, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies, Vanderbilt University
Thursday, October 4, 5:30 pm
CRADLE WILL ROCK (1999)
A true story of politics and art in the 1930s United States, centered on a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.
Discussion: Chase Bringardner, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Auburn University
Thursday, October 11, 5:30 PM
Intruder in the Dust (1949)
In 1940s Mississippi two teenage boys and an elderly woman combine forces to prevent a miscarriage of justice to clear a black man of a murder charge. Written by William Faulkner.
Discussion: Leigh Ann Duck, Associate Professor of English, University of Mississippi
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 PM
RED TAILS (2012)
A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during WWII, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A. J. Bullard.
Discussion: Daniel Haulman, co-author of The Tuskegee Airmen, An Illustrated History: 1939-1949. This program will be preceded by a talk and book signing beginning at 4 pm.
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 PM
KISS ME DEADLY (1955)
A doomed female hitchhiker pulls Mike Hammer into a deadly whirlpool of intrigue, revolving around a mysterious “great whatsit.”
Discussion: Sunny Stalter, Assistant Professor of English, Auburn University
September 19 & 20, 12 & 4 pm
Hidden Hands: Art and The CIA
A Fulmar Production directed by Tony Cash
This 1995 British made-for-television production explores why 1950s CIA used covert funding to promote the work of American Abstract Expressionist painters such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Franz Kline.