SouthDocs Film on William Winter Nominated for an Emmy

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The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, a documentary film by Matthew Graves and the Southern Documentary Project (SouthDocs), has been nominated for an Emmy for best historical documentary by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).

SouthDocs Works with MDAH on Voting Rights Act Film

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The Center and our institute the Southern Documentary Project just began working with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History on a short film about the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was signed 50 years ago on August 6, 1965.

SouthDocs Film Bury the Show Screening in Texas

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Matthew Graves Film Bury the Show Screening in Texas This evening, Matthew Graves of the Southern Documentary Project will screen his new film Bury the Show at Seminole High School in Seminole, Texas at 7pm. Bury the Show follows the cast and crew of the Seminole, Texas high school theatre team and their quest to… Read More >

SouthDocs Films to be Shown at Oxford Film Festival Feb. 26 – Mar. 1

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SouthDocs FilmS to Be Screened THIS WEEK at 2015 Oxford Film Festival The Oxford Film Festival’s 12th annual festival will be held February 26–March 1, 2015, at the Oxford Commons Malco, 206 Commonwealth Blvd., Oxford. The opening night event includes the Mississippi premiere of James Franco’s adaptation of The Sound and The Fury. Films by the Southern… Read More >

Listen to Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag

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In case you missed Dr. Jessie Wilkerson’s Brown Bag lecture last Wednesday, take a listen here.  In her lecture titled “I’m a Southern, Farm Girl, Union, Democrat Feminist: Finding Feminism in the American South” she drew on oral history work done at the Southern Oral History Program at UNC. SouthDocs will be sharing more sound… Read More >

Sounds of the South Now on Soundcloud

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Starting in the fall of 2010, the Southern Documentary Project, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, began producing Sounds of the South, a radio program based on music entries from the Music volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Storytime with SouthDocs: Rex Jones Explores the Longleaf Pine

Longleaf Pine Ecosystem Subject of Latest SouthDocs Project

Southern Documentary Project producer Rex Jones is merging a love of nature and storytelling with his latest film about the longleaf pine ecosystem. Jones, who specialized in natural resources media and nature videography while earning an MFA in science and natural-history filmmaking from Montana State University, hopes to incorporate both of his interests in this documentary.

Grad Students Work with SFA and SouthDocs on Farish Street Project

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More than a year ago, Southern Studies grad students Turry Flucker, Anna Hamilton, and Kate Hudson set out to investigate and document Jackson, Mississippi’s Farish Street as part of a Southern Foodways Alliance and Southern Documentary Project effort to study the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Through oral histories, photography, and film, the students asked… Read More >

Fred McDowell the Subject of Latest SouthDocs Film

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The life of Mississippi hill country bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell (1904–72) is the subject of a documentary film being made by Scott Barretta and Joe York. The idea for the film came about when the two discovered that the University of Mississippi owned a short film about McDowell called Bluesmaker, which was made in his longtime home of Como by Christian Garrison, who was a resident filmmaker for the university.