Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers


Connecting independent documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South.

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Detailed Program Description

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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers connects US-based documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South for screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking.

Southern Circuit works with a network of Screening Partner organizations across the region to present screenings with Q&As and other community/educational engagements with touring filmmakers. Screening Partners include a range of organizations such as universities, community arts centers, historic cinemas, and more, serving diverse audiences of all ages.

Southern Circuit prioritizes featuring Southern filmmakers and stories. We are committed to presenting films by filmmakers of color, LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and filmmakers with disabilities. Selected filmmakers should have an ethical relationship with the topics and individuals/communities represented in their work. We are invested in including emerging and first-time filmmakers.

Since Southern Circuit’s inception in 1975, more than three hundred filmmakers from around the country have toured, sharing their work and perspectives with over one hundred Screening Partner communities across the South. Southern Circuit is made possible through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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CALL FOR 2022-2023 Screening Partners

Bring independent documentary filmmakers to your community for screenings and conversations around important stories and the art of filmmaking. Screening Partner applications for the 2022-2023 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers are now open through May 3, 2022.

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The 2021-2022 Southern Circuit Season

The 2021-2022 Southern Circuit season will feature a hybrid of online and in-person screenings, with all selected films being presented online with the addition of in-person tours returning in Spring 2022. Some Screening Partners will be hosting in-person events without the filmmaker present in the Fall. 

Read the 2021-2022 Season announcement

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Film & Filmmaker Selections

Stateless - September 12-15, 2021 // with Michèle Stephenson, Director

At the Ready - September 26-29, 2021 // with Maisie Crow, Director

Not Going Quietly - October 10-13, 2021 // with Nicholas Bruckman, Director

And So I Stayed - October 24-27, 2021 // with Natalie Pattillo and Daniel A. Nelson, Directors

Duty Free - November 7-10, 2021 // with Sian-Pierre Regis, Director

Proper Pronouns - February 6-9, 2022 // with Megan Daniels, Director

My Name is Pauli Murray - February 27 - March 5, 2022 // with the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice

Los Hermanos/The Brothers - March 13-16, 2022 // with Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider, Directors

The Neutral Ground - April 3-6, 2022 // with CJ Hunt, Director

Lily Topples the World - April 24-27, 2022 // with Jeremy Workman, Director

Screening Partners


Coleman Center for the Arts - York


Gulf Coast Symphony - Ft. Meyers

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Cutler Bay

Tropic Cinema - Key West

WSLR - Sarasota


Georgia Southern University - Statesboro

The City of Hapeville - Hapeville

Oxford College of Emory University - Oxford

Spelman College - Atlanta


Gateway Regional Arts Center - Mt Sterling

Warren County Public Library - Bowling Green

University of Pikeville - Pikeville


Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University - Cleveland

North Carolina

Appalachian Theatre of the High Country - Boone

a/perture cinema - Winston-Salem

High Point University - High Point

John C. Campbell Folk School - Brasstown

University of North Carolina at Wilmington - Wilmington

Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University - Cullowhee

South Carolina

The Arts Center of Clemson - Clemson

Presbyterian College - Clinton


Clayton Center for the Arts - Maryville

Mary B. Martin School of the Arts at East Tennessee State University - Johnson City

Global Education Center & Fisk University - Nashville


As filmmakers, we want our films to reach as broad and diverse an audience as possible. The Southern Circuit Tour makes that possible.

Pam Tom, Director, Tyrus

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For questions about Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, contact Jordan Young.

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