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Reel South: Fiesta Quinceañera (Full Episode)

April 26, 2019 - Posted in Culture by Rodrigo Dorfman & Peter Eversoll
Fiesta Quinceañera

Episode #403 - Life for a Latinx immigrant family in the New South can be challenging and sometimes terrifying, but thankfully, there’s always a fiesta to take you through the night. Three Latina girls and a seasoned drag artist hose their own quinceañera, a complex and...

Reel South: Two Trains Runnin' (Full Episode)

April 12, 2019 - Posted in Culture by Sam Pollard
Buddy Guy

Episode #401 - Set in Mississippi during the height of the civil rights movement, Two Trains Runnin’ is about the search for two forgotten blues singers. Directed by Sam Pollard, narrated by Common, and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr., the film was nominated for a...

Anne Morgan's War - Coming to U.S. Public Television

January 24, 2019 - Posted in Culture by Don Godish
ANNE MORGAN’S WAR

ANNE MORGAN’S WAR tells the little-known story of how one American woman became an exemplary force in the recovery of Northern France’s World War I wartime devastation, and highlights the legacy of a woman in the vanguard of feminism and humanitarian action. From 1917 to...

Ghosts and Legends: The Ghosts of Newberry

October 15, 2018 - Posted in Culture by William Richardson
creepy staircase

Ghost of Madeline, Newberry, S.C. The legend of Madeline, the young woman who climbed the bell tower of Keller Hall at Newberry College, and while searching for her fiance', John, she slipped and fell to the ground with the bell tower rope wrapped around her neck, and was...

Ghosts and Legends: Ghost of Zoe at Poogan's Porch

October 8, 2018 - Posted in Culture by William Richardson
photo of zoe's ghost

Poogan's Porch has been located on Queen Street in Charleston, S.C. since 1976. Zoe St. Amand and her sister, Elizabeth, were spinsters who lived together for more than 60 years, the last 20 of which were lived there on Queen Street. When Elizabeth died after a short...

Ghosts and Legends: The Gray Man and Hurricanes

October 1, 2018 - Posted in Culture by William Richardson
The Gray Man

Plowden C.J. Weston went to England to be educated but returned to his beloved Pawleys Island, where he and his lovely English wife, Emily Esdaille Weston, built the Pelican Inn. He lived until almost the end of the Civil War, but died of tuberculosis in 1864. After his...

Reel South: See the Keepers (Full Episode)

May 14, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Sara Kaye Larson and Joann Self Selvidge
Richard Meeks

With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, See the Keepers gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons, and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity...

Reel South: Driven Blind (Full Episode)

May 7, 2018 - Posted in Culture
Drone shot of Dan Parker

Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident. Though visually impaired, Dan has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing. Driven Blind follows Dan’s single-minded...

Reel South: 120 Days (Full Episode)

April 30, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Ted Roach
120 Days

After an unexpected traffic stop, family man Miguel Cortes faces an agonizing decision. Due to his immigration status, a North Carolina judge has offered Miguel 120 Days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico. Will Miguel return to Mexico, leaving his wife...

Reel South: Jonah Stands Up (Full Episode)

April 23, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Hannah Engelson
Jonah Stands Up

Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his twenties. Combining humor, political action, and a sense of urgency...

Reel South: Divided City (Full Episode)

April 23, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Katie Mitchell and Andrea B. Scott
Protester holds up sign

Monuments to the Confederacy permeate the American South. Emotions run high and tensions mount when, in 2015, the New Orleans city council convenes a public debate over the fate of its Confederate statues. As the council prepares to vote, Divided City reveals deep divisions...

Reel South: Alabama Bound (Full Episode)

April 9, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Lara Embry and Carolyn Sherer
Carrie and Kim in the tree.

In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were busy fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a resilient community that lives with both...

Reel South: Gip (Full Episode)

April 2, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Melanie Jeffcoat
Gip on stage.

In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the Spring of 2013, Gip’s Place, the last juke joint in Alabama,...

Orangeburg Massacre: All Star Bowling Lanes Protest Turns Violent, February 6, 1968

February 14, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Beryl Dakers
Dr. Emma McCain

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ordered all public places and schools to desegregate and serve blacks and whites equally. For four years, from 1964 to 1968, Orangeburg's All Star Bowling Lanes refused to obey the Act and continued to turn away African Americans On February 6,...

Orangeburg Massacre: A Conversation with Henry Smith's Sister

February 8, 2018 - Posted in Culture by Beryl Dakers
Ora Sue Smith Hughes

Ora Sue Smith Hughes shares memories about her brother, Henry Smith (1948-1968), one of the three slain victims in the Orangeburg Massacre. South Carolina State College student Henry Smith had an interest in the growing civil rights movement, admiring leaders like Martin...

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