Reel South

Reel South Season 6 Call for Entries

July 23, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Calling Southern Filmakers

We announce our Season 6 call for films (Spring 2021) amidst tremendous national turmoil. The deaths of our fellow Southerners Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and David McAtee are unacceptable. The other Black lives threatened and in-peril in...

Reel South: Mossville - When Great Trees Fall

May 25, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

(Episode #510) As a centuries-old black community in Louisiana, contaminated and uprooted by petrochemical plants, comes to terms with the loss of its ancestral home, one man standing in the way of a plant’s expansion refuses to give up. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH...

Reel South: Attaché (Full Episode)

May 18, 2020 - Posted in Culture
group of dancers

(Episode #509) The Clinton, Mississippi High School Attaché Show Choir is considered to be among the most successful in history. In a region where arts and music funding have been virtually demolished and attitudes to popular music have been slow to change, Clinton public...

Reel South: You Gave Me a Song (Full Episode)

May 11, 2020 - Posted in Culture
folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard

(Episode #508 - May 11, 2020) At 84, folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding groundbreaking moments of her past. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-...

Reel South: Seadrift (Full Episode)

May 4, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Vietnamese fisherman out on the sea

(Episode #507) In 1979, a fatal shooting ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugee fishermen along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese refugee arrival in the U.S., "Seadrift" examines this turbulent yet little-seen chapter of American...

Reel South: First Lady of the Revolution (Full Episode)

April 27, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Henrietta and Don Pepe on Motorcylce

(Episode #506) 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...

Reel South: Sustained Outrage (Full Episode)

April 20, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Newspaper boxes

(Episode #504) The story of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper in West Virginia fighting for survival. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-member stations: UNC-TV...

Reel South: Outspoken (Full Episode)

April 17, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Girl with rainbow cape skips down the street

(Episode #505) LGBTQ West Virginians fight to live free from discrimination, calling us to reimagine the power and longevity of a small town queer community. Hosted by Valerie June, REEL SOUTH is a cooperative documentary series between the South’s PBS-member stations: UNC-...

Reel South: All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk (Full Epsiode)

April 13, 2020 - Posted in Culture
2017 runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desirée Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell

(Episode #503) After a contentious race, the 2017 runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desirée Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women. The winner of this election would take office as the first female mayor of New Orleans and...

Reel South: Unmarked (Full Episode)

April 13, 2020 - Posted in Culture
Unmarked

(Episode #502) Much of America’s rich history is being lost to time. In the South, vast amounts of African-American gravesites and burial grounds for enslaved persons have been disappearing over the years. In Virginia alone, stories of thousands at rest could vanish from...

Reel South: F11 and Be There (Full Episode)

April 7, 2020 - Posted in Culture
F11 and Be There

Episode #501 - F11 and Be There is a commentary on American civil rights, race, social justice, and art, told through the many lenses of legendary photographer Burk Uzzle. With a career that spans over 65 years, Burk Uzzle has created some of the most iconic photographs in...

Reel South Kicks Off Fifth Season on April 6

March 16, 2020 - Posted in Culture by Nick Price
Seaman on boat in ocean

This April, Reel South is poised to showcase the diversity and poignant storytelling of the American South again with the forthcoming Season 5 television series for PBS audiences nationwide. With 10 new films for a 2020 decade, the series embarks on an identity quest for...

Reel South: Ingrid (Full Episode)

May 24, 2019 - Posted in Culture by Morrisa Maltz
Ingrid

Episode #407 - A successful fashion designer who gave up her big-city career, Ingrid Gipson discovered a reclusive life of solitude and unhindered creativity in Arkansas’ rural Ouachita Mountains. As if through poetry, she opens up her world again to those of us willing to...

Reel South: The Well-Placed Weed (Full Episode)

May 17, 2019 - Posted in Culture
The Well-Placed Weed

Episode #406 - One of the most celebrated American garden designers of the past three decades, Ryan Gainey grew up in rural South Carolina, where he developed a deep love of plants from his relatives and neighbors. The Well-Placed Weed explores Gainey’s life and his...

Reel South: Santuario (Full Episode)

May 10, 2019 - Posted in Culture by Pilar Timpane & Christine Delp
Santuario

Episode #405 - After 25 years of living in the United States, Guatemalan grandmother Juana Ortega is threatened with deportation and soon takes sanctuary in a small North Carolina church. As time passes, and state lawmakers continue to ignore the family's pleas for a stay...

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