Reel South

Shake Em On Down

Shake Em On Down

Shake ’Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell by Joe York

Through interviews and never-before-seen footage, delight in the story of Mississippi sharecropper Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues, who was first recorded by Alan Lomax in 1959, traveled to Europe with the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s, mentored Bonnie Raitt, and influenced the music of RL Burnside, Taj Mahal, the North Mississippi All Stars and many others. (60 min.)

Enduring Legacy

Enduring Legacy

An Enduring Legacy: Louisiana’s Croatian-Americans by James V. Catano

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 share in the history of this unique tight-knit community. (30 min.)

Red Wolf Revival

Red Wolf Revival

Red Wolf Revival by Roshan Patel and Madison McClintock

Three decades ago, the nearly extinct red wolf was reintroduced in North Carolina. While this flagship conservation effort paved the way for reintroducing several other species across the country, today fewer than 100 wild red wolves remain—and their fate hinges on significant biological, political, cultural and economic challenges.

Private Violence

Private Violence

Private Violence by Cynthia Hill

With at least four women murdered each day by abusive (and often, ex) partners, a woman in America is most in danger in her own home. Witness the complex realities of intimate partner violence through the eyes of two survivors: Deanna Walters, a mother seeking justice for her estranged husband’s crimes against her, and victims’ advocate Kit Gruelle. Executive produced by Gloria Steinem. (60 min.)

120 Days

120 Days

120 Days by Ted Roach

Due to his immigration status, family man Miguel Cortes must make a tough choice. After an unexpected traffic stop, a North Carolina judge has offered Miguel 120 days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico—leaving his wife and two daughters behind. Will he leave for Mexico or disappear into the shadows in his adopted homeland? (60 min.)

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium

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 film highlights the creativity and personal expression linked in the cultural identity and narrative of New Orleans and provides a deeper look into the significance of costuming and the carnival season. (30 min.)

The State of Eugenics

The State of Eugenics

The State of Eugenics by Dawn Sinclair Shapiro

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 tragic, forced sterilization of thousands of Americans thought to have “undesirable” genetics. (60 min.)

Deep Run

Deep Run

Deep Run by Hillevi Loven

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 the bigotry he experiences daily. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon. (60 min.)

Overburden

Overbruden

Overburden by Chad A. Stevens

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 take on a rogue industry to help heal their Appalachian Mountain community. (60 min.)

Eat White Dirt

Eat White Dirt

Eat White Dirt by Adam Forrester

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 who eat white dirt with information from the scientists who study the phenomenon. (30 min.)

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