South Arts Announces Films, Filmmakers, and Venues for the 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Season

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Atlanta — South Arts announces the lineup of twelve Screening Partner venues and six films and filmmaking teams selected for the 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. This long-running South Arts program connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South for screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking. This season, the Southern Circuit returns to the exclusively in-person touring format after two years of online screenings and conversations. Screenings feature conversations between members of the filmmaking teams and local audiences exploring the films’ stories, topics, and filmmaking process.

See the 2022-2023 Southern Circuit season schedule

“Southern stories and storytellers come into sharper focus with this season’s film selections,” shares Jordan Young, program director. “Our Screening Partners, who include organizations of all shapes and sizes, are part of the growing network of support for independent filmmakers in our region. Together, we are excited to connect filmmakers with local audiences to deepen the impact of their films while catalyzing conversations around topics of importance with our Screening Partner communities.”


  • Birmingham, AL – Sidewalk Film Center and Cinema
  • Miami, FL – O Cinema
  • Sarasota, FL – WSLR
  • Atlanta, GA – Spelman College
  • Hapeville, GA – City of Hapeville
  • Lexington, KY – Living Arts and Science Center
  • Pikeville, KY – University of Pikeville
  • Cleveland, MS – Bologna Performing Arts Center, Delta State University
  • Wilmington, NC – University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cucalorus Film Festival, Working Films, and WHQR Public Media
  • Winston-Salem, NC – a/perture cinema
  • Clemson, SC – The Arts Center of Clemson and Clemson University World Cinema Studies Department
  • Nashville, TN – Global Education Center and Fisk University


  • Refuge – September 2022
    • Erin Bernhardt and Din Blankenship, Director/Producers
    • Joseph East, Director of Photography
    • Chris Buckley and Arno Michaelis, Film Protagonists
  • Stay Prayed Up – October 2022
    • D.L. Anderson and Matt Durning, Directors
    • Mother Perry and family, Film Protagonists
    • Phil Cook, Producer, Film Protagonist
  • Outta the Muck – November 2022
    • Ira Mckinley, Director, Producer, Writer
    • Bhawin Suchak, Director, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor
  • Home From School: The Children of Carlisle – February 2023
    • Geoffrey O'Gara, Director, Producer, Writer
    • Sophie Barksdale, Co-Producer
    • Jordan Dresser, Associate Producer, Chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council
  • Mama Bears – March 2023
    • Daresha Kyi, Director
    • Laura Tatham, Producer
    • Kelly Creedon, Editor
    • Parker & Sara Cunningham, Tammi Terrell Morris, Liz Dyer, Film Participants
  • Hazing – April 2023
    • Byron Hurt, Director
    • Natalie Bullock Brown, Producer

Since its inception in 1975, Southern Circuit has brought influential 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. Ticketing and schedule information is available through the local Screening Partner venues.


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