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.”

Here are the events we welcomed in Spring 2022!

Proper Pronouns
In-person appearance by Debra Hopkins, one of the film’s subjects

There are 30 transgender, ordained ministers in the United States; six are in North Carolina. “Proper Pronouns” tells the story of these brave clergypeople, preaching from a pulpit despite the danger they face not only as a transgender person living in the South but also as transgender ministers navigating their way through local, state, and national governing bodies who decide what it means to be a human being.

Los Hermanos (The Brothers)
In-person appearance by director/producers Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion and their momentous first performances together, “Los Hermanos/The Brothers” suggests what is possible when walls come down, and borders are crossed.

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