COLUMBIA, S.C. – Reel South announces 6 new acquisitions to premiere as part of the PBS series’ seventh broadcast season for national release. Viewers will have a chance to preview the first film in the series, Little Satchmo, via a virtual screening on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. Registration for the event is available at https://reelsouth.eventbrite.com
Little Satchmo is a documentary adaptation of Sharon Preston-Folta's memoir, which intimately explores the life and legacy of iconic jazzman Louis Armstrong through his relationship with the daughter the public never knew existed. This film also seeks to correct a historical narrative relying on caricature for too long.
The entire seventh season of Reel South will premiere via PBS Plus in the series’ traditional broadcast format on Monday April 11, 2022, with additional streaming and digital rights to follow. The series also acquired robust streaming and home video rights with plans for expansive multi-platform distribution for public media.
More information about each of the films can be found online at https://www.reelsouth.org.
“We created Reel South to dispel outdated and often offensive stereotypes about the American South, but also to examine hard truths about our region. This new collection of films does both of those things –– by centering the voices of strong Southerners committed to speaking their truths and changing their communities for the better.” - Rachel Raney, Reel South Creator and Executive Producer
"South Carolina ETV is proud to be a partner in the Reel South initiative. We appreciate this opportunity elevate diverse Southern voices. We want to use these stories to have courageous conversations about a number of topics." - Anthony Padgett, President and CEO, South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
Five Fast Facts:
- Reel South announces 6 new acquisitions as part of its new season.
- Viewers can preview the first film, Little Satchmo, on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m.
- Registration for the virtual screening is available at https://reelsouth.eventbrite.com.
- The entire season will premiere via PBS Plus in the series’ traditional broadcast format on Monday April 11, 2022, with additional streaming and digital rights to follow.
- More information about Reel South can be found at https://www.reelsouth.org.
About Reel South
Reel South reveals the South's proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives, through the curation and distribution of feature-length and short documentaries. PBS station producing partners in this initiative include PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Alabama Public Television, Arkansas PBS, Tennessee Public Television Council, Texas PBS, Texas Tech Public Media, and Richmond’s VPM. Reel South is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, and. the Center for Asian American Media. It is distributed by PBS Plus.
About South Carolina ETV and Public Radio
South Carolina ETV (SCETV) is the state's public educational broadcasting network. Using television, radio and diverse digital properties, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning. In addition to airing local programs, such as “Carolina Classrooms,” “Making it Grow,” “Palmetto Scene” and “This Week in South Carolina,” SCETV also presents multiple programs to regional and national audiences, including “Expeditions,” “Reconnecting Roots,” “Reel South,” “Somewhere South,” “Yoga in Practice” and “Live from Charleston Music Hall.” In addition, SC Public Radio produces the national radio production, “Chamber Music from Spoleto Festival USA.”