Union College brings Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers back to campus

Published on
August 08, 2016

Union College is once again bringing the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to campus for film screenings during the fall and spring semesters. The film tour is made possible through a partnership with South Arts.

South Arts Union College is one of only 21 screening partners participating in the South Arts program. Southern Circuit, the nation’s original regional tour of independent films and filmmakers, coordinates multi-week tours for invited filmmakers and their work. Filmmakers participate in community screenings and audience engagement activities.

“Touring filmmakers attend community screenings and participate in audience discussions about their work and the art of filmmaking. Southern Circuit not only supports the work of indie filmmakers, but encourages the development of independent film audiences,” stated Teresa Hollingsworth, Senior Program Director at South Arts.

Screening partners select touring films and filmmakers based on recommendations from a panel of industry experts. Eighteen films and their directors will be invited to tour on one of three planned “circuits.” Each organization will present six films and filmmakers as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers from September 2016 through April 2017.

Union College’s film circuit for 2016-2017 includes:

Tyrus is a documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and 'Disney Legend' for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi. Tyrus will be featured on September 22.

Almost Sunrise is a story of two friends, in an attempt to put their haunting combat experiences behind them, that embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war. Almost Sunrise will be featured on October 13.

6 Angry Women is a look at a young, unarmed black teenager shot by a white neighborhood watchman. It is up to a jury of six to decide whether or not the man is guilty of murder. 6 Angry Women will be featured on November 10.

Mind Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw is the journey of “the female Michael Jordan” from a troubled family life to basketball superstardom to revealing a long-hidden battle with mental illness. Mind Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw will be featured on February 9.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise is an unprecedented film that celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou by weaving her words with rare and intimate archival photographs and videos, which paint hidden moments of her exuberant life during some of America’s most defining moments. Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise will be featured on March 16.

The IF Project intimately follows a heroic Seattle police officer and the writing workshop she created with a group of inmates at a maximum security women’s prison. The IF Project will be featured on April 6.

All films are open to the general public and are shown free of charge in the Rector Little Theatre on the Union College campus.

For more information on these films, the filmmakers or the nonprofit arts organization South Arts, please visit www.southarts.org