Southern Circuit Series

Showcasing the best in new independent film.

Tropic Cinema is pleased to be one of 24 screening partner venues selected for the 21/22 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

This is the ninth year the Tropic has partnered with South Arts to connect documentary filmmakers with communities throughout the South to share their work, discuss the art and process of filmmaking, and engage with audiences about issues impacting their communities. 

“This year’s selection broaches a range of important, timely topics including border and immigration issues, Confederate monuments, healthcare justice, and domestic violence,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. “South Arts has a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in all of our programs. We are proud to affirm that commitment in our selection of feature-length documentaries and their creators, with many sharing a direct connection to the subject matter and communities represented.”

As a precaution for health and safety in the COVID-19 pandemic, filmmakers will not tour in the Fall. In-person screenings and discussions with filmmakers in attendance will resume for Spring 2022. All films will be screened online free of charge, with each screening followed by a pre-recorded 30-minute conversation with the filmmakers. Each film will be available to view on demand during a four-day window, allowing you to stop and resume at your leisure. 

In addition, the Tropic will be hosting in-person screenings of the Fall slate of films*. Click a title for details! Here’s what’s coming up during our Fall 2021 session:

Stateless
Available for free virtual streaming September 12-15 (*no in-person screening)
The new film from Michele Stephenson, the critically acclaimed filmmaker of “American Promise,” looks at the complex politics of immigration and race in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, using a combination of magical realism and hidden camera techniques.

At the Ready
Available for free virtual streaming September 26-29; showing at the Tropic September 26 and 28
Home to one of the region’s largest law enforcement education programs, students at Horizon High School in El Paso train to become police officers and Border Patrol agents as they discover the realities of their dream jobs may be at odds with the truths and people they hold most dear.

Not Going Quietly
Available for free virtual streaming October 10-13; showing at the Tropic October 10 and 12
An intimate, inspiring look at activist and loving father Ady Barkan, diagnosed with ALS at age 32 and who, in spite of declining physical abilities, embarks on a nationwide campaign for healthcare reform.

And So I Stayed
Available for free virtual streaming October 24-27; showing at the Tropic October 24 and 26
“And So I Stayed” is a new documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. This is the story of how the legal system gets domestic violence wrong. 

Duty Free
Available for free virtual streaming November 7-10; showing at the Tropic November 7 and 9
After a 75 year-old mother gets fired from her job, her son (director Sian-Pierre Regis) takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. As she struggles to find work, he documents a journey that uncovers the betrayals plaguing her past and the economic insecurity soon to shape not only her future, but that of an entire generation.

Films coming this spring include:

Proper Pronouns
(dir. Megan Daniels)

My Name is Pauli Murray
(dir. Betsy West and Julie Cohen)

Los Hermanos (The Brothers)
(dir. Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider)

The Neutral Ground
(dir. CJ Hunt)

Lily Topples the World
(dir. Jeremy Workman)

This series is brought to you by Linda Mewshaw as well as other public and private sources, including the National Endowment for the Arts.