Southern Circuit Films at WCU

"Southern Circuit provides communities across the South with a tour of highly talented independent filmmakers. Audiences have seen more than 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 44 communities across the Southern United States. Southern Circuit is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film." (Southern Circuit)

Unless otherwise noted, films are screened in the UC Theater. Director and/or Producer is always on hand for questions


 September 16th ­ - The Glass House Hamid Rahmanian


Documentary: The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on. The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran.

Forget about the Iran that you¹ve seen before. With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.

 October 6th ­ - Mississippi Damned ­ Tina Mabry


Drama: Based on true events and spanning between 1986 and 1998, Mississippi Damned follows three young African Americans in the rural south as they suffer through the devastating cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Leigh is a bull dyke with an unhealthy, and long-lasting, obsession with her girlfriend. Sammy gives up his youth, innocence and body for a shot at his basketball dreams. Kari, the most promising of the three, has aspirations to attend New York University to further develop her musical talents, but fights to keep her head above water as her relatives and circumstances drag her down.

 November 11th ­ - Artois the Goat ­ Richard Reininger




Comedy: Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. A felonious German baker, a grave-digging hermit, and a tiny white goat color this journey of love, destiny and dairy products.


 February 10th ­ - Woodpecker­ Alex Karpovsky




Tragicomedy that blurs the lines between fiction and nonfiction: Fanatical birdwatchers have descended upon a small town in the Arkansas bayou in hopes of finding the celebrated Ivory Billed Woodpecker. Declared extinct in the 1940¹s, the bird has apparently been spotted by numerous experts. Enter amateur birder and poet Johnny Neander, who has convinced his taciturn sidekick that he will be the one to find the elusive woodpecker. The ensuing chaos divides the small town between believers and non-believers, rabid environmentalists and opportunistic entrepreneurs.


March 10th - Southern Stories ­ Paul Harrill & Ashley Maynor



Southern Stories brings together three short films by filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, drawing upon the filmmakers' Tennessee roots and demonstrating their commitment to regional filmmaking. The program includes the Sundance award-winning short film, Gina, An Actress, Age 29; the ITVS co-production, Quick Feet, Soft Hands; and the Southern Humanities Media Fund documentary, For Memories' Sake.


March 30th ­ - Scrappers­ Brian Ashby & Ben Kolak


Scrappers Trailer from scrap movie on Vimeo.



Set in Chicago, Scrappers is a verité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers searching for a living with brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The film not only explores how the 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants affect these men and their families, but also questions popular notions of poverty, race relations and recycling, while examining dreams of personal self-sufficiency and urban sustainability. Co-directors and co-producers Brian Ashby and Ben Kolak will tour with the film.







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