Reel South

REEL SOUTH is a new anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view. Hosted by platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish), REEL SOUTH includes half-hour and hour-long independent, documentary films about the American South. The twelve acclaimed films have recently premiered at film festivals and theaters, building buzz and audiences. REEL SOUTH now brings these films to a national audience hungry for authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America.

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Reel South By Episode

  • Soul City (#201)

    By 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 in the 1970s.

  • Deep Run (#203)

    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 verite portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina.

  • Overburden (#204)

    By Chad 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.

  • The State of Eugenics (#205)

    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.

  • The Exceptionally Extraordinary (#206)

    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.

  • 120 Days (#208)

    By Ted Roach. Due to his immigration status, family man Miguel Cortes must make a tough choice.

  • Shake 'Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell (#212)

    By Joe York and Scott Barretta. Through interviews and never-before-seen footage, delight in the story of Mississippi sharecropper of 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 many others including RL Burnside, Taj Mahal and the North Mississippi All Stars.

  • Gip (#301)

    Filmed and Directed by: Patrick Sheehan. In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry 'Gip' Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama.

  • Alabama Bound (#302)

    Directed by: Lara Embry & Carolyn Sherer. In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were busy fighting discriminatory state laws.

  • First Lady of the Revolution (#303)

    Produced and Directed by: Andrea Kalin. Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure.

  • Divided City (#304)

    Produced and Directed by: Katie Mitchell & Andrea B.

  • Jonah Stands Up (#305)

    Film by: Hannah Engelson. Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist.

  • 62 Days (#307)

    Produced and Directed by: Rebecca Haimowitz. Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead.

  • Driven Blind (#308)

    Produced and Directed by: Scott E. Schimmel. Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident.

  • See The Keepers (#309)

    Produced and Directed by: Sara Kaye Larson & Joann Self Selvidge.

  • Honky Tonk Heaven (#310)

    Directed by: Brenda Greene Mitchell & Sam Wainwright Douglas.

  • Two Trains Runnin' (#401)

    Set during the height of the civil rights movement, a band of blues hounds traveled to the Deep South to find two forgotten blues singers.

  • A Texas Myth (#402)

    The Glover family invites an indigenous activist group to start a protest camp on their land in West Texas.

  • Fiesta Quinceanera (#403)

    Life for a Latinx immigrant family in the New South can be challenging and sometimes terrifying, but thankfully, there's always a fiesta to take you through the night.

  • Santuario (#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.

  • Gimme A Faith (#404)

    Thousands of Chinese students arrive in the United States each year, often confronting loneliness and culture-clash upon arrival.

  • Lumpkin, Ga (#406)

    In a fading Georgia town, a community recalls its dark past and faces a grim present.

  • The Well- Placed Weed (#407)

    Growing up in rural South Carolina, celebrated American garden designer Ryan Gainey developed a love of plants at an early age.

  • Ingrid (#408)

    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.

  • Saint Cloud Hill (#409)

    Captain Chris Scott rallies a colony of tent residents to defend their provisional homes against the forces of gentrification.

  • F11 and Be There (#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.

  • Unmarked (#502)

    Much of America's rich history is being lost to time.

  • All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk (#503)

    After a contentious race, the 2017 runoff for mayor of New Orleans came down to two candidates: Desiree Charbonnet and LaToya Cantrell, two very different black women.

  • Sustained Outrage (#504)

    The story of the Charleston Gazette-Mail, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning local newspaper in West Virginia fighting for survival.

  • Outspoken (#505)

    LGBTQ West Virginians fight to live free from discrimination, calling us to reimagine the power and longevity of a small town queer community.

  • First Lady of the Revolution (#506)

    Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure.

  • Seadrift (#507)

    In 1979, a fatal shooting ignites a maelstrom of hostilities against Vietnamese refugee fishermen along the Gulf Coast.

  • You Gave Me A Song (#508)

    At 84, folk music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding groundbreaking moments of her past.

  • Attache (#509)

    The Clinton, Mississippi High School Attache Show Choir is considered to be among the most successful in history.

  • Mossville: When Great Trees Fall (#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.

  • Muni (#601)

    A jovial love letter to the game of golf, told by the Black golfers who, despite segregation and racist systems, built a vibrant culture and lasting community on a municipal golf course in Asheville, NC.

  • Flat Town (#602)

    In rural Louisiana, an annual high school football game unites a historically segregated town and allows sport to act as a form of inter-generational, anti-racist reconciliation.

  • You Asked for the Facts (#603)

    Four years after the historic enrollment of James Meredith, student activists at Ole Miss devise a plan to defy the campus' speaker-ban in 1966 by inviting Robert F.

  • That's Wild (#604)

    When Atlanta teens Cliff, Ahmani, and Nicholas attempt to trek four 12,000 ft snowcapped peaks in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, they face the thrills, joy, and struggles of navigating the wilds of Colorado and daily life back home in Georgia.

  • The Passing On (#605)

    Renowned African American embalmer, James Bryant, puts his faith in a new generation to continue the legacy of Black funeral homes in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Rap Squad (#606)

    An Arkansas community mobilizes around a divisive ballot initiative for a new high school, led by a group of high school writers and performers who seek healing for themselves and justice for their community through hip hop.

  • Jasper Mall (#607)

    A dying shopping mall outside of Birmingham, Alabama, its patrons, and its tenants embody the diversity and tenderness of Americana culture in a changing South.

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