REEL SOUTH, the public television series showcasing documentaries rooted in the tradition of Southern storytelling, returns for its third season with compelling stories and unforgettable characters from Memphis and Austin, New Orleans and Birmingham, and the small towns in between. The series, a co-production of UNC-TV and SCETV.
Season Three of REEL SOUTH features 10 documentaries from across the region highlighting the passion and perseverance of Southerners in an age of emboldened civic engagement: from a comedian-turn-mayoral candidate agitating for disability rights in Jonah Stands Up, to gay families fighting for equality in Alabama Bound. In one of the slate’s most timely films, Divided City, New Orleans reckons with its Confederate monuments. Bookending the season are two raucous tales rooted in Southern music: the Season 3 premiere, Gip, focuses on a ramshackle Alabama juke joint wrestling with changing laws and attitudes; and the season finale, Honky Tonk Heaven, two-steps into a world-famous Austin, Texas dancehall brimming with cowboy boots, country music, and longneck beers.
Charleston, South Carolina native Darius Rucker is back for another season hosting REEL SOUTH. After phenomenal success with Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius embarked on a solo career in country music, making history atop the country charts. Throughout his three decades of worldwide fame and acclaim he has remained committed to the South and doing his part to bring out its best—as his involvement with REEL SOUTH attests.