Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers


Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers connects documentary filmmakers and their impactful work with audiences 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 Screening Partner communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss their process, and engage with audiences.

Southern Circuit screenings use film as a conduit for community discussions around current topics that impact everyone. Beyond screenings, Southern Circuit deepens the impact of documentary films by working with Screening Partners to connect filmmakers directly with audiences through educational, media, and other community-focused engagements. Audiences in over 100 communities have engaged with more than 300 films and filmmakers through the Southern Circuit.

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 20-23, 2022 // with Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Directors

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


Get Involved


Audiences are the focus of Southern Circuit. Screening Partners may serve new or established film audiences that include high school and college students, community members of all ages, families, social clubs--everyone! Every Southern Circuit screening includes a discussion with the filmmaker, and most Screening Partners offer additional opportunities to connect. Find a screening near you, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates regarding Southern Circuit programming and independent filmmaking.

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Screening Partners

Screening Partners are organizations we collaborate with to present screenings, develop audiences, and facilitate community engagement. Screening Partners come in all shapes and sizes, but they all connect audiences with community-focused documentary film experiences. Each Southern Circuit season is curated in partnership with Screening Partners, with whom we work to craft audience development and community engagement strategies specific to their communities and organization types. From historic cinemas to university film programs, Screening Partners are what make Southern Circuit tick.

Become a Screening Partner

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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