Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

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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 are followed by a moderated Q & A session with the filmmaker.

The City of Winder and the Winder Cultural Arts Center offers THE 2016 - 2017 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS as a gift to our community and our patrons. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. Our film schedule for THE 2016 - 2017 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS is as follows:

 

When God Sleeps
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 7:30PM – Winder Cultural Arts Center

Filmmaker Till Schauder in attendance!

"My songs didn't make me famous. The fatwa did." When God Sleeps tells the story of exiled Iranian artist-activist Shahin Najafi against the backdrop of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks and the global right-wing backlash against Middle Eastern refugees. With a death warrant (fatwa) issued for his life, Shahin is faced with life-and-death decisions that affect his professional and personal life.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 7:30PM – Winder Cultural Arts Center

Filmmaker Deborah Esquenazi and subject Anna Vasquez in attendance!

After wrongful convictions of gang-raping two children, four Latina women fight against mythology, homophobia, and prosecutorial fervor in their struggle for exoneration in this ‘true crime’ story. Using the women’s home video footage from over 20 years ago and recent interviews, filmmaker Deborah Esquenazi’s takes the role of investigative filmmaker along with attorneys from the Innocence Project. Together, they are just beginning their quest for truth.

Jackson
Friday, November 5, 2017 – 4:00PM - Winder Cultural Arts Center  

Filmmakers Maisie Crow in attendance!

Jackson is an intimate, unprecedented look at the lives of three women caught up in the complex issues surrounding abortion access. Set against the backdrop of the fight to close the last abortion clinic in Mississippi, Jackson captures the essential and hard truth of the lives at the center of the debate over reproductive healthcare in America. 


Liyana
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – 4:00PM – Winder Cultural Arts Center  

Filmmakers Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp in attendance!

As five orphaned children in Swaziland collaborate to tell a remarkable tale, their words burst to life in gorgeous animation. Together, they tell the imaginative story of Liyana, a young Swazi girl on a dangerous quest to rescue her young twin brothers. Through their story of perseverance, drawn from the young narrators’ darkest memories and brightest dreams, audiences journey through a uniquely poetic blend of observational documentary scenes with an animated tale to create a genre-defying celebration of collective storytelling.


Quest
Sunday, March 18, 2018 – 4:00PM – Winder Cultural Arts Center

Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski and subject Christopher “Quest” Rainey attendance!

Filmed with vérité intimacy over a ten-year period, QUEST is the moving portrait of a family in North Philadelphia. Christopher “Quest” Rainey and his wife Christine’a open the door to their home music studio, which serves as a creative sanctuary from the strife gripping their neighborhood. Over the years, everyday life brings a mix of joy and unexpected crisis. Set against the backdrop of a country in turmoil, QUEST is a tender depiction of an American family whose journey is a profound testament to love, healing and hope.

 

78/52
Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 4PM – Winder Cultural Arts Center

Filmmaker Alexandre Philippein attendance!

Alfred Hitchcock created the single most extraordinary and mysterious scene in the history of cinema – the iconic shower scene in ‘Psycho.’ 78/52, which refers to the number of set-ups (78) and cuts (52) in the scene, delves into the genius and experimental process of its creation and the indelible impact on filmmaking.