South Arts Announces Films, Filmmakers, and Venues for the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Season

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Atlanta — South Arts reveals its lineup of 24 Screening Partner venues and 10 films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This long-running South Arts program connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and process of filmmaking, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their communities.

See the 2021-2022 Southern Circuit season schedule

All films will be screened online for audiences of each Screening Partner venue, with each screening followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute conversation with the filmmakers discussing their film's subject matter and the filmmaking process. Each film will be available for attendees to view on demand during a four-day window allowing viewers to stop and resume at their leisure. As a precaution for health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmakers will not tour in the Fall. Films will be presented online, though some screening partners may also host in-person screenings for their communities. In-person screenings and discussions with filmmakers in attendance will resume for Spring 2022.

“This year’s selections broach a range of important, timely topics including border and immigration issues, confederate monuments, healthcare justice, and domestic violence,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. "South Arts has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in all of our programs. We are proud to affirm that commitment in our selection of feature-length documentaries and their creators, with many sharing a direct connection to the subject matter and communities represented.”


* Indicates a new partner

  • Alabama
    • Coleman Center for the Arts - York, AL
  • Florida
    • * Gulf Coast Symphony - Ft. Meyers, FL
    • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Cutler Bay, FL
    • Tropic Cinema - Key West, FL
    • * WSLR - Sarasota, FL
  • Georgia
    • Georgia Southern University - Statesboro, GA
    • City of Hapeville - Hapeville, GA
    • Oxford College of Emory University - Oxford, GA
    • * Spelman College - Atlanta, GA
  • Kentucky
    • Gateway Regional Arts Center - Mt Sterling, KY
    • * Warren County Public Library - Bowling Green, KY
    • University of Pikeville - Pikeville, KY
  • Mississippi
    • Delta State University - Cleveland, MS
  • North Carolina
    • Appalachian Theatre of the High Country - Boone, NC
    • a/perture cinema - Winston-Salem, NC
    • High Point University - High Point, NC
    • * John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown, NC
    • * University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Wilmington, NC
    • Western Carolina University, Bardo Arts Center - Cullowhee, NC
  • South Carolina
    • * The Arts Center of Clemson - Clemson, SC
    • Presbyterian College - Clinton, SC
  • Tennessee
    • Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville, TN
    • East Tennessee State University - Johnson City, TN
    • Global Education Center & * Fisk University - Nashville, TN


  • And So I Stayed – Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson, Directors
  • At the Ready – Maisie Crow, Director
  • Duty Free – Sian-Pierre Regis, Director
  • Lily Topples the World – Jeremy Workman, Director
  • Los Hermanos/The Brothers – Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Directors
  • My Name is Pauli Murray – Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Directors
  • Not Going Quietly – Nicholas Bruckman, Director
  • The Neutral Ground – CJ Hunt, Director
  • Proper Pronouns – Megan Daniels, Director
  • Stateless – Michèle Stephenson, Director

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.


About South Arts
Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization empowering artists, organizations, and communities, and increasing access to arts and culture. Our mission: advancing Southern vitality through the arts. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State Arts Agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee — with additional funding from other public and private donors such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — South Arts supports artists and organizations through a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, fellowships, and programs. South Arts believes that the arts elevate the region, increasing connectedness and inspiring meaningful change in the process. For more information, visit