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The South Has More to Say

Diversity of artistic expression creates enfranchisement for people of all walks of life. Full stop. Here are some of our best titles coming out of the American South. This is what the future of entertainment looks like.

Nashville Film Festival, Palm Springs International Shortfest, +1 MORE

2018 Film Short Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Drama

A struggling comic navigates a world that wasn't made for her and learns to find the humor in her disability.

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Bentonville Film Festival, Naples International, +15 MORE

2017 Film Feature Biography, Documentary

When 82-year-old Leo "Bud" Welch skyrocketed from the Mississippi backwoods to global Blues stardom in 2014 with his debut record, it took the music world by surprise. Where has this guy been the last 60 years? Why has nobody ever heard of him?

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"Intoxicating … you won’t want to miss a second."

Rockin' Magpie

Urbanworld Film Festival, CAAM Fest, +13 MORE

2018 Film Short Comedy, Drama

Sunny, a Pakistani-American wannabe rapper, lends Rebecca, an African-American activist on the run, a helping hand but soon the two are trapped in a furious debate about where art and identity intersect.

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NewFilmmakers NY, Y'allywood Film Festival, +1 MORE

2017 Film Feature Comedy, Coming-of-Age, Drama

Cassidy lives and breathes by the songs of her favorite band Slim Hitter. When a rare opportunity arises to see them play in her hometown, she plans an impromptu weekend back to reconnect with her best friend, Elena.

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Les Nuits En Or Panorama , Africa Movie Academy Awards, +5 MORE

2017 Film Short Drama

Segregation. Separation. Belonging. Choice. All are on the table for two young African American sisters growing up in racially charged 1960s Georgia when their small town school becomes integrated.

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Frameline International LGBTQ Festival, Outfest LA Film Festival, +3 MORE

2016 Film Feature Documentary, LGBTQ, Romance

A powerful vérité portrait of trans life in rural North Carolina. Cole Ray Davis is a young trans man who uses his candid humor and steadfast, all-inclusive Christian beliefs to counter the bigotry he experiences daily.

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"Things start to look tough in the doc's second half, as the practical realities of grown-up life pile on top of some already considerable stresses. But in its admiring account of Cole's perseverance, Deep Run remains both optimistic and sweet."

The Hollywood Reporter

SXSW Film Festival, New Orleans, +4 MORE

2008 Film Short Action & Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi & Fantasy

In this prelude to Beasts of the Southern Wild, a group of mourners and a man spat from the depths of Hades build a boat from the Hurricane Katrina debris of New Orleans to rescue their lost loved ones trapped beneath the sea.

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"It’s a short film, but it’s epic in scope—and so was the production."

Slate

West Virginia International Film Festival, DC LaborFest, +4 MORE

2012 Film Feature Documentary, Biography, History

Heroism isn't dead, nor the need for it. Anne Braden reflects on her six decades of activism, at the intersection of civil rights, feminism, peace and justice.

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"A gem of a film, accented with freedom fighters who speak firsthand about carving a path through a traumatized, violent, racist South, to make way for one of the largest and most effective nonviolent movements for social change the world has ever seen."

Joan Baez, activist and folksinger

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