Archive for the ‘Regional Film’ Category
We stopped in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum while in Charleston, SC for our screening at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art. Ashley’s interest in archives, which was cultivated during the production of For Memories’ Sake, made the museum a logical stop for us.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library, which has seven museum sites across the country, including the one we visited, is the world’s largest private holding of important original documents and manuscripts.
In the museum we explored a temporary exhibition of Civil War manuscripts, as well as a some Egyptian ruins from David Karpeles’ personal collection.
As we were about to leave, we asked the gentleman tending the museum to tell us a little bit about the collection. He was kind enough to share some background, as well as an amusing anecdote that highlights the assumptions people sometimes have about the South.
Ashley and I have been on the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers for a week now. As I type these notes, we are driving on I-55, heading from Memphis to a screening tonight in Jackson, Mississippi.
The program we are screening on this tour have been appropriately packaged together under the title “Southern Stories.” The two fictional films (Gina, An Actress, Age 29 and Quick Feet, Soft Hands) were shot in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the documentary (For Memories’ Sake) is a portrait of a woman who’s lived in a rural area outside Nashville all of her life. The cast and crew for these films is largely drawn from the areas in which they were shot.
So, while there is a truth, and a convenience, in advertising the films as “Southern Stories”, I’m also ambivalent about labeling them this way. I have long believed that the South is not a monolithic place, except in American mythology, but that there are, instead, many Souths.
Visiting the three places we’ve screened so far — Johnson City, TN, Charleston, SC, and Memphis — has driven that home in dramatic fashion. I can’t remember touring three cities in such short succession that are more different in their cultural, racial, economic, and geographic diversity.
During the month of March, Ashley and I will be screening our films in eleven cities throughout Southeast as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. We will be screening Gina, An Actress Age 29; Quick Feet, Soft Hands; and For Memories’ Sake.
Southern Circuit is a long-running program of SouthArts (formerly the Southern Arts Federation). As described on their website, “Southern Circuit is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers.” The program is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with other support coming from the National Endowment for the Arts. To say that we’re honored to be selected and excited to screen our work this way would be an understatement.
Here are the dates and venues of our tour. If we’re coming to your area, come see us. If you have friends in any of these cities, spread the word! We’ll be posting Facebook invites to screenings and notes from the road to the new Self-Reliant Film fanpage.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 – East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN
Friday, March 4, 2011 – Halsey Inst. of Contemporary Art – Charleston, SC
Sunday, March 6, 2011 – Buckman Performing Arts Center – Memphis, TN
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – Millsaps College – Jackson, MS
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 – Clemson University – Clemson, SC
Thursday, March 10, 2011 – Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC
Friday, March 11, 2011 – Center for Doc. Studies @ Duke Univ. – Durham, NC
Monday, March 14, 2011 – Capri Theatre – Montgomery, AL
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – Manship Theatre – Baton Rouge, LA
Friday, March 18, 2011 – Arts Council of Central Louisiana – Alexandria, LA
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – Lucas Theatre – Savannah, GA
Besides us, this year’s Southern Circuit includes tours by Alex Karpovsky, Jenny Abel, and Kimberly Reed, among others. You can read more about all the filmmakers here. For our tour page on the SouthArts website, click here.
On July 9th my short film Quick Feet, Soft Hands will be on nearly a hundred PBS stations across the country, including stations in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, and Boston. If you’ve not already seen it, tune in or set your DVR. Many stations are playing it three or four times throughout the day.
To determine if it will be broadcast in your area — and, if so, which PBS station (many cities have multiple streams) — you can click here and enter your zip code.
Another way is to check is to look at this listing of all PBS World stations. If your city is listed here, then look at that station’s local listings for July 9. Almost all of these will be doing the broadcast.
Here’s the trailer from 2008, when it was about to begin playing on the festival circuit.