Southern Circuit Series

Showcasing the best in new independent film.

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. As one of 20 Screening Partners for this season, the Tropic works collaboratively with South Arts to find exciting new programming; provide our audiences with the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about the art of filmmaking; and encourage community engagement using film as a conduit for discussions about social and community issues. 

We are pleased to be hosting three Southern Circuit screenings as part of the 2018-19 season, including these upcoming events:

“93Queen”
February 10, 2019
7:00 pm

This documentary from director Paula Eiselt follows Rachel “Ruchie” Frier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, New York’s first all-female ambulance corps. With unprecedented and exclusive access, “93Queen” traces the formation and launch of Ezras Nashim through the organization’s first year on the ground.

“United Skates”
March 24, 2019
7:00 pm

From Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa and Naughty by Nature on the East Coast to Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Los Angeles, roller rinks have long been a mecca for music and creativity. “United Skates” takes a deep dive into the vibrant and celebratory world of African American roller skating. Across the country, skaters fight to preserve a tradition that reaches deep into their family history; this film documents a small but monumental piece of American culture at risk of disappearing.

“Breaking the Bee”
April 28, 2019
7:00 pm

This new documentary chronicles the ups and downs of four Indian-American students as they compete to realize their dream of winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee—and cement their place in the two-decade dynasty of Indian-Americans dominating the iconic competition. It’s an inside look at studying, family life, “bee season,” and being a kid with big dreams, and an analysis into the perfect storm of events that contribute to the trend.

All Southern Circuit screenings feature complimentary champagne receptions and appearances by filmmakers. Watch this page or follow Tropic Cinema on Facebook for details as they are confirmed.