Thursday, September 10, 2015

2015-2016 Southern Circuit: A new season begins!

Hi, folks! I trust all our readers had a terrific summer! South Arts staff has been busy working with our new filmmakers prepping for the 2015-2016 Southern Circuit season. Lots of good stuff to report!

Please visit the South Arts website for the full line-up of films, filmmakers, screening partners/venues and schedule.

In September we have two incredible docs from Mary Dore and Joseph East, respectively -- and a smart collection of shorts from Ian Samuels. And as always, filmmakers travel with their films and are in attendance for post-screening discussions.

Here's more:

In a city where young peoples’ fate seems predetermined by their circumstances,  I Will Dance is a defiant proclamation not to be another statistic, teenage parent, or gang member. The film follows RATCo Selma’s journey to New York City. There, they share their stories through an original show written and choreographed by the participants themselves. Around every corner and with every skyscraper, monument, and museum, there is a discovery. But their greatest discovery is their own voice.

Director Joseph East is a freelance videographer and editor based in Denver, Colorado. His first full-length documentary, I Will Dance recently broadcast on PBS in Colorado.

September 8, 2015: Batte Center, Wingate University, Wingate, NC
September 9, 2015: Halloran Centre at the Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN
September 11, 2015: Hapeville Historic Christ Church & Carriage House, Hapeville, GA
September 14, 2015: Claudia Crosby Theater, Troy University, Troy, AL
September 15, 2015: Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, FL
September 16, 2015: Rector Little Theatre, Union College, Barbourville, KY
September 17, 2015: Burrow Center Recital Hall, Hanceville, AL
September 18, 2015: Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL

She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. She’s Beautiful takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time — thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious. 

Mary Dore is an award-winning documentary producer who brings an activist perspective to her films. Dore grew up in Auburn, Maine and began her career working with a Boston film collective that produced independent historical documentaries, including Children of Labor (1977) which premiered at the New York Film Festival. She has produced television series for Maine Public Broadcasting and 13/WNET in New York. She produced and co-directed the feature documentary The Good Fight: the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in the Spanish Civil War (with Noel Buckner and Sam Sills), which screened at the Toronto, Sundance, and London Film Festivals. She has produced dozens of television documentaries for PBS, New York Times TV, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Her TV work has won Emmys, Cine Golden Eagles, and Cable Ace Awards. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two sons.


September 10, 2015: Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
September 13, 2015: Colleen O. Williams Theater, Winder Cultural Arts Center, Winder, GA
September 14, 2015: Ball Hall, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
September 15, 2015: University Center Theater, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
September 16, 2015: Williams Gymnasium, Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, GA
September 17, 2015: Harrington-Peachtree Academic Center (First Floor Amphitheater), Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

Ian Samuels is a director based in Los Angeles. His hybrid work has screened internationally at festivals and venues including Sundance, SXSW, Telluride and Slamdance. He has worked for the Jim Henson Company and Sesame Street. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in film directing and a BFA from Bard College in film/video.

Samuels brings a collection of his short works to Southern Circuit:

Myrna the Monster A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20-something. Caterwaul – An aging fisherman develops an intimate relationship with a lobster as he struggles to find closure with his lost wife. The Eyes and The Ice – A young man faces insecurities about his relationship and what appears to be a human eye frozen in the ice outside his vacation cabin. Nancy and the Dapper Toad – An aging woman finds courage to grow up from a storybook dapper toad.


September 15, 2015: Carolina Theatre of Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
September 16, 2015: Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), New Orleans, LA
September 17, 2015: Challenger Learning Center, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
September 18, 2015: South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Cutler Bay, FL