The Southern Documentary Project, SouthDocs for short, produces short and feature length documentary films with partners like the Southern Foodways Alliance and radio programs such as “Highway 61″ and “Sounds of the South.” SouthDocs teaches classes in Southern Studies, Journalism, and the Cinema program and provides internships to UM students.  Southern Studies graduate students on the documentary track often complete their final projects under the direction of Dr. Andrew Harper and the staff of SouthDocs.

Visit the SouthDocs website to learn more.

The Films

SouthDocs filmmakers have created dozens of films of all lengths.  While the primary focus is documentary, some filmmakers also specialize in narrative film storytelling.  Visit the SouthDocs Vimeo page to view the films.


Southern Studies students, especially those in the Master’s program, work with SouthDocs filmmakers on projects throughout the year, and many pursue the M.A. Documentary track by working with SouthDocs.  A recent project by graduate students is the summer 2014 Farish Street Project, which includes oral histories, film, and photography.

Highway 61 Radio

Highway 61 is a weekly radio program on the blues on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.  Produced by the Southern Documentary Project, the host is Scott Baretta, writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, former editor of Living Blues magazine, and author of Mississippi: State of the Blues. View the online schedule.