Monday, June 18, 2007

Selections Announced for the 2007-2008 Southern Circuit

After a two-tiered selection process reviewing over 120 applicants, Southern Arts Federation is proud to announce the jury's selections for the 2007-2008 Southern Circuit - Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

Communities on this tour: High Point, NC; Asheville, NC; Clemson, SC; Charleston, SC; Lake Charles, LA; Jackson, MS; Huntingdon, TN; Louisville, KY; and Hollywood, FL

    Experimental director and producer Eric Patrick will showcase a collection of short films from the past decade of his highly acclaimed work. [Experimental]

  • October 9-18, 2007 - THE GUESTWORKER by Cynthia Hill
    The Guestworker tells the story of Don Candelario Gonzalez Moreno, a 66-year old Mexican farmer, who has been coming to the United States for 40 years, harvesting our crops and trying to provide for his family. Without benefits, without retirement, he battles against the elements, his own age, and the backbreaking work, returning to this farm year after year. [Documentary]

  • October 30 - November 8, 2007 - DISAPPEARANCES by Jay Craven
    Disappearances is a North Country Prohibition era tale of high-stakes whiskey-smuggling, a family's mysterious past, and a young boy's rite of passage. Starring Kris Kristopherson and Genevieve Bujold. [Fiction]

  • February 5-14, 2008 - NEW YEAR BABY by Socheata Poeuv
    New Year Baby is a personal documentary by Socheata Poeuv who uncovers the story of how her family survived the Cambodian genocide. When Socheata learned a family secret her parents had kept from her for 25 years, she began a quest to understand how her fractured family became whole during the turmoil of the Killing Fields. Throughout her journey to Cambodia, Socheata pushes her parents to tell her the truth, but it's when she lets go that healing begins. [Documentary]

  • March 4-13, 2008 - GUERILLA RADIO: THE HIP-HOP STRUGGLE UNDER CASTRO by Thomas Nybo & Simon Umlauf
    Journey through a Cuba that few Americans know exists. Facing threats of jail and censorship, four hip-hop groups struggle to reveal the boundary of artistic expression in Castro's Cuba. [Documentary]

    Philosopher, trade-unionist, mystic. Following the 1940 German occupation of Paris, Simone Weil is forced to leave for the "unoccupied zone" of southern France. Under Vichy, she is denied the right to teach. For two years, she waits, she says, for God. The film stages the “theatre” of her thought through a mise-en-scene whose rear screen projections of live-feed video and archival newsreels antagonize the spectacle of biographical reconstruction being played out before it. [Experimental/Fiction]

  • CIRCUIT #2
    Communities on this tour: Athens, GA; Columbia, SC; Beaufort, SC; Orangeburg, SC; Montgomery, AL; Mobile, AL; Baton Rouge, LA; Lake Worth, FL

    Roger Beebe's short experimental films vary widely in form (from slow, contemplative films to aggressive collages), in medium (from digital video to super 8mm and 16mm film), and in tone (from comic to poetic); but what they share is an interest in using experimental forms to think about some aspect of our contemporary world. [Experimental]

  • October 17-25, 2007 - THIRD WARD, TX by Andrew Garrison
    A guerilla art-project in inner-city Houston becomes a successful, long-term experiment in public art, housing and personal transformation--Project Row Houses. But their success might seal the fate of the community. [Documentary]

  • November 7-15, 2007 - PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA by Christopher Metzler
    Meet the friendly residents on the shores of California's newest ecological timebomb. Hungarian Revolutionaries, Christian Nudists, Pop Stars, Land Sharks, Hard Drinkers, Empty Cities, Failed Resort Towns, Tons of Dead Fish, A Dying Cafe, & a Man Who Built a Mountain. Come enjoy the climate, comfort, and stench of the Salton Sea!!! Narrated by John Waters. [Documentary]

  • January 30 - February 8, 2008 - APPARITION OF THE ETERNAL CHURCH by Paul Festa
    In Paul Festa's award-winning first film Apparition of the Eternal Church, thirty-one artists describe what they hear while listening on headphones to Olivier Messiaen's monumental organ work of the same name. Faced with the challenge of putting Messiaen's apocalyptic music into words, listeners including filmmakers Sandi Dubowski and John Cameron Mitchell, authors Harold Bloom and Lemony Snicket, drag star Justin Bond as “Kiki,” and Scissor Sisters singer Ana Matronic tell a story as erotic as it is sacred, as hilarious as it is harrowing. [Documentary/Experimental]

  • March 12-20, 2008 - KAMP KATRINA by David Redmon
    A woman converts her backyard into a tent city in which ten displaced people live for six months. She provides construction jobs and basic resources to help rebuild the city. The situation gradually goes violently awry, and she is confronted with an array of abuses amidst a broken city. [Documentary]

  • April 23 - May 1, 2008 – WILLOW GARDEN by Jim Haverkamp
    Shot in an expressionistic, film noir style, Willow Garden tells the backstory of one of America's strangest murder ballads in which a young man must decide whether to follow his heart or his father’s twisted advice. The striking black and white cinematography gives the film the feeling of a dark fable, fueled by the characters' elemental passions. [Fiction]