Reel South

Fiesta Quinceañera (Watch Online)

April 26, 2019 - Posted in Reel South 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...

A Texas Myth (Watch Online)

April 19, 2019 - Posted in Reel South by Joseph Cashiola & David Fenster
A Texas Myth

Episode #402 - The Glover family invites an indigenous activist group to start a protest camp on their land in West Texas. Roughly 20 miles north of the US-Mexico Border, the Two Rivers camp sets out to fight the same company that built the pipeline at Standing Rock. As...

Two Trains Runnin' (Watch Online)

April 12, 2019 - Posted in Reel South 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...

REEL SOUTH Sets Season Four With More Films, New Host

March 19, 2019 - Posted in Reel South by Rebekah Radisch
Valerie June

Premiering April 11, Valerie June Hosts New Season of Southern Documentary Series RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, March 12, 2019 — UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and South Carolina ETV announced today that their critically acclaimed coproduction REEL SOUTH will launch its...

Honky Tonk Heaven (Promo)

May 22, 2018 - Posted in Reel South by Brenda Greene Mitchell
Honky Tonk Heaven with Dale Watson and James Hand

Brimming with cowboy boots, country music, and longneck beers, Honky Tonk Heaven is a toe-tapping tour of this legendary Texas dancehall. With fifty years under its belt, the Broken Spoke has endured Austin’s rapid growth and skyrocketing rents. Beyond the story of its...

See the Keepers (Full Episode)

May 14, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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...

Driven Blind (Full Episode)

May 7, 2018 - Posted in Reel South
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...

62 Days (Promo)

May 7, 2018 - Posted in Reel South by Rebecca Haimowitz
Marlise Muñoz

Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead. Due to a little-known Texas law, the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on life support against her wishes. 62 Days follows the Muñoz family’s...

120 Days (Full Episode)

April 30, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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...

Jonah Stands Up (Full Episode)

April 23, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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...

Divided City (Full Episode)

April 23, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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...

First Lady of the Revolution (Full Episode)

April 16, 2018 - Posted in Reel South by Andrea Kalin
Henrietta and Don Pepe on Motorcylce

Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. First Lady of the Revolution portrays a...

Alabama Bound (Full Episode)

April 9, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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...

Gip (Full Episode)

April 2, 2018 - Posted in Reel South 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,...

An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana’s Croatian-Americans (Full Episode)

January 8, 2018 - Posted in Reel South by James V. Catano
Enduring Legacy

Little known even in their home state, the Croatians of Lower Plaquemines Parish have used grit and determination to build an oystering industry that has made Louisiana famous. Follow the lives of four people who embody the 150-year Croatian experience in Louisiana and...

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