The Southern Documentary Project, SouthDocs for short, produces works of documentary storytelling from the perspective of studying the American South. SouthDocs teaches classes in Southern Studies, provides internships and multimedia workshops, and helps to drive the Center’s MFA in Documentary Expression program.

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 and the MFA in Documentary Expression program, work with SouthDocs filmmakers on projects throughout the year. A 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.