Now accepting submissions to REEL SOUTH Season 3!

REEL SOUTH is an anthology documentary series highlighting the best non-fiction storytelling from the region. The series is distributed to public television stations nationally, bringing diverse Southern voices, topics, and points of view into millions of homes.

Now wrapping a stellar second season, REEL SOUTH is accepting submissions to Season 3! To learn more, review selection criteria and eligibility requirements, and to submit your project to be considered, visit the REEL SOUTH Submittable page by April 1, 2017.

REEL SOUTH is produced by UNC-TV and SCETV in partnership with the Southern Documentary Fund.

You won’t want to miss it….

The SDF Annual Artists Convening takes place each spring in Durham, NC. Filmmakers from around the South and beyond are invited for a weekend of enlightening workshops, panels, and pitch sessions, combined with a healthy dose of community building and peer networking. This year’s Convening will be Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11.

Last year’s Convening included a Master Class with Kartemquin Films’ Gordon Quinn, workshops on budgeting, fair use and impact strategy, pitch sessions and a showcase of upcoming work by SDF filmmakers, a panel discussion at UNC-TV about working with public television, catered parties, conversations and much more.

Stay tuned for more details!

Fresh Docs – Friday, March 24th at 7:00 PM

Elizabeth King/Body of Work by Olympia Stone

at the Center For Documentary Studies – 1317 W. Pettigrew St, Durham

The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of Elizabeth King/Body of Work a film by Olympia Stone. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker(s) will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.

Note: Fresh Docs screenings are free, but attendees must RESERVE A TICKET via Eventbrite.

Elizabeth King’s sculpture embodies the space between life and the life-like. Elizabeth King/Body of Work explores the motives and creations of this quiet iconoclast at a pivotal moment in her artistic career, ultimately asking what it means to be human.

SDF presents a new 3-part series in partnership with Beyu Caffe:

Docs For Us By Us

Black documentary filmmakers from Durham present works-in-progress, reaching out for community support, resources and ideas as their stories take shape.
The series takes place monthly on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 PM at Beyu Caffe, 321 W. Main St, Durham. Part of Beyu Caffe’s #BeConnected program.

Tuesday, April 4:
JIG SHOW: Leo Claxton’s Harlem In Havana by Leslie Cunningham

JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana is a provocative documentary film produced by director Leslie Cunningham who shines a light on a little known subculture in Black America- the traveling Jig Show. In the film, Cunningham takes viewers on a tour of her grandfather Leon Claxton’s wildly popular Black and Cuban carnival midway show. The Harlem in Havana troupers performed for segregated audiences, braved violent racism, and navigated state-sanctioned segregation and immigration laws in a competition to win the hearts of America’s changing pop culture. But, will social revolutions in the U.S. and Cuba, and a startling family secret, be the end of Harlem in Havana, one of the greatest variety shows of our time?

Tuesday, May 2: Baartman, Beyoncé and Me by Natalie Bullock Brown
Tuesday, June 6: Washerwoman by Lana Garland

More Upcoming Events:

March 2 – 5: True/False Film Festival*, Columbia, MO
March 11: Remarkable Journey premiere + tour
March 12: AliceFest at Full Frame Theater, Durham, NC
April 6 – 9: Full Frame Film Festival, Durham, NC

*If you want to meet up with Naomi at T/F, reach out:

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