Old South

Old South

Old South – Danielle Beverly

Danielle Beverly makes documentaries, often filming and recording sound as a solo filmmaker in the field. In 2014 she was awarded a BAVC National MediaMaker Fellowship for Old South. Beverly was Field Producer for Rebirth over its ten-year production. Her first feature Learning to Swallow premiered at Silverdocs and toured with Southern Circuit in 2005. Beverly is a Nohl Artists Fellowship, a Flaherty Seminar Fellowship and has received grants from the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, the Lucius & Eva Eastman Fund, NYSCA and the Puffin Foundation. She also teaches documentary filmmaking (most recently at Marquette University and The University of Notre Dame) and works as a documentary cameraperson.

Old South: When the Kappa Alpha (KA), the most elite of the white fraternities at the University of Georgia, buys and demolishes houses on one block in a historic African American neighborhood, the black community becomes agitated. For the blacks, the KA symbolizes the old south—an annual antebellum parade, the flying of the Confederate flag, and loud parties with beer bottles littering the neighborhood.

The arrival of the KA galvanizes Hope, a 30-year old African American woman. Hope grew up in the neighborhood. The lot that the KA purchased contains the home that she grew up in, that has housed her grandparents and great grandparents, and that her physician mother still lives in. Hope begins to organize her neighbors to fight for historical designation, with the goal of slowing, if not thwarting the path of gentrification of the community.

Yet, as in many Southern towns, centuries of racism in this community have created a thorny co-existence between blacks and whites, poor and wealthy. Thus the question viewers are left with: can change truly happen? Or do we simply keep our biases behind closed doors? Old South will open dialogue, revealing that there are often no easy solutions.

March 11, 2015: Indie Memphis, Memphis, TN
March 12, 2015: Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
March 14, 2015: Creative City Collaborative, Pompano Beach, FL
March 16, 2015: East Tennessee State University, Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, Johnson City, TN
March 18, 2015: Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
March 19, 2015: Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC