Reel South

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium (Promo)

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South
The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium by Lindsey Phillips and Lauren Domino Come along with colorful characters carrying on a cherished Mardi Gras tradition as they gather at the epicenter of all things costuming—the family-owned Jefferson Variety fabric and craft store...

The State of Eugenics (Promo)

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Dawn Sinclair Shapiro
The State of Eugenics

Between 1933 and 1974, the state of North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children. This film follows the journey of survivors, legislators and journalists who insist the state confront its role in the...

Deep Run (Promo)

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Hillevi Loven
Deep Run

Exiled by family and rejected by an ex, 17-year-old Jasmine finds new love and the courage to become Cole, a strong-willed transgender man, in this powerful verité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole’s candid humor and steadfast Christian beliefs counter...

Overburden (Promo)

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Chad A. Stevens
Overbruden

Meet two unforgettable women—a fiery, pro-coal right-winger and a tenacious, environmentalist grandmother—whose lives collide when a mine disaster shatters their community. Filmed over seven years, the pair’s courageous story underscores the need for reconciliation as they...

Eat White Dirt

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Adam Forrester
Eat White Dirt

Discover the oddly spellbinding personal, cultural and scientific history of the deeply transgressive and often misunderstood practice of consuming earth, a phenomenon known as geophagy. The film collects and combines the experiences, processes and explanations of people...

Soul City (Promo)

November 18, 2016 - Posted in Reel South
Soul City

Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol and Gini Richards Learn the story of a group of civil rights activists who attempted to build a multiracial utopia—Soul City—in the heart of North Carolina’s Klan country during the 1970s. Rich archival material, interviews with former and...

REEL SOUTH Season Two Preview

November 17, 2016 - Posted in SCETV by Amy Shumaker
Darius Rucker

REEL SOUTH, the public television series spotlighting documentary films steeped in Southern flavor, will return with an expanded season and a new host—platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker. The series, a coproduction of UNC-TV, South Carolina ETV...

Bending Sticks

February 19, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Glenn Rawls
Artist Patrick Dougherty's Rock Hill, SC installation.

The film Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his...

Can’t Stop the Water

February 17, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Glenn Rawls
A homeowner stands in water surrounding her home.

Behind Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, there is a much larger, more devastating problem: the loss of thousands of miles of marshlands protecting the Gulf Coast. Southeast Louisiana is the fastest disappearing landmass on earth. As its fertile lands are destroyed,...

Counter Histories: Rock Hill

February 13, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Glenn Rawls
Actors recreate the Friendship 9 at the lunch counter.

Counter Histories: Rock Hill brings 1961 to life through the lives and words of the Friendship 9 whose actions ignited a passion that rose into the famed Freedom Rides, bringing the United States closer to major Civil rights reform. The film airs Thursday, February 18th at...

Cotton Road

February 5, 2016 - Posted in Reel South
Farmer Brown points out a cotton bloom and a cotton square.

The film Cotton Road follows cotton from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories to illuminate the work and industrial processes in a global supply chain. It airs Thursday, February 11th at 8:00 p.m. on South Carolina ETV. Americans consume nearly 20 billion new items of...

Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me

January 28, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Glenn Rawls
Tommy working his day job

TOMMY! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me is a touching film about Tommy Onorato, a 60 year-old man with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the life-long dream of singing with a Big Band. Armed with his golden voice and his All-American optimism, Tommy embarks on a quest to...

The Last Barn Dance (Promo)

January 25, 2016 - Posted in Reel South by Glenn Rawls
dancing at the barn dance

The Last Barn Dance is a short film that follows a dairy farmer's plight to save his farm and a barn-dance tradition his family started nearly 50 years ago. Randy Lewis has seen almost every other family farm close its doors in Alamance County, North Carolina. With rising...

S.C. And N.C. Public TV Networks Partner for New Film Series

January 20, 2016 - Posted in SCETV by Glenn Rawls
multiple Reel South screenshots

The Carolinas’ two statewide public television networks, South Carolina ETV and UNC-TV have partnered with the Southern Documentary Fund to create an exciting new TV showcase for independently produced documentary films about the American South. The series will air for five...

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