THE 2015 - 2016 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS - Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. The Winder Cultural Arts Center is proud to partner with South Arts, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and the other fifteen host sites to offer these innovative, thought-provoking, and entertaining films AND the filmmakers who crafted them. ALL films start at 4:00PM and a moderated Q & A Session will follow the film.
The City of Winder and the Winder Cultural Arts Center offers THE 2015 - 2016 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS as a gift to our community and our patrons. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. Donations to help cover expenses will be graciously accepted. Our film schedule for THE 2015 - 2016 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS is as follows:
SEPTEMBER 13, 2015: SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY – SHE’S BEAUTIFUL resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, with ladies in hats and gloves, to the emergence of more radical factions of women’s liberation; from intellectuals like Kate Millett to the street theatrics of WITCH (Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!). It does not shy away from controversies over race, sexual preference and leadership that arose in the women’s movement, and brilliantly captures the spirit of the time -- thrilling, scandalous, and often hilarious,
OCTOBER 24, 2015 (Saturday screening): SHIELD AND SPEAR – An artist paints a caricature of South African president Jacob Zuma that provokes a lawsuit, death threats and a massive street protest. Around this incident, SHIELD AND SPEAR explores a constellation of stories about identity, art, race, and freedom of expression in South Africa, twenty years into democracy.
NOVEMBER 8, 2015: FRAME BY FRAME – When the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, taking a photo was a crime. After the regime fell from power in 2001, a fledgling free press emerged and a photography revolution was born. Now, as foreign troops and media withdraw, Afghanistan is left to stand on its own, and so are its journalists. Set in a modern Afghanistan bursting with color and character, FRAME BY FRAME follows four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate an emerging and dangerous media landscape – reframing Afghanistan for the world, and for them. Through cinema vérité, intimate interviews, powerful photojournalism, and never-before-seen archival footage shot in secret during the Taliban regime, the film connects audiences with four humans in the pursuit of the truth.
FEBRUARY 7, 2016: ART & CRAFT – Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walt Disney. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop.
However, stopping isn’t as simple as it might appear. Landis, it turns out, struggles with mental illness and over the years he’s developed an outright “addiction to philanthropy” as his elaborate cons offer him the chance to cultivate connection and respect. ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.
MARCH 20, 2016: EMBERS – After a global neurological epidemic, those who remain search for meaning and connection in a world without memory. Five interwoven stories explore how we might learn, love and communicate in a future that has no past.
APRIL 24, 2016: KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS – KINGS, QUEENS, & IN-BETWEENS is a documentary about gender. Through the compelling personal stories of eight drag performers and their troupes, KQIB makes a complex subject approachable for mainstream audiences -- inviting viewers into a conversation about the distinct and important differences between gender, sex, and sexuality, which has not been represented in film before.