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. 

“This season’s films and filmmakers represent the voices and conversations occurring throughout our region and nation,” said Teresa Hollingsworth, program director. “They resonate with audiences and lead to impactful, sometimes challenging discussions of topics relevant to their communities.”

All Southern Circuit screenings feature complimentary champagne receptions and appearances by filmmakers. We are pleased to be hosting six Southern Circuit screenings as part of the 2019-20 season, including these upcoming events:

Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window
January 19, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Q&A with Andrew Hevia, Director

Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
February 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with Jeffrey Wolf, Director

Picture Character: An Entire Documentary About Emoji
March 29, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with Martha Shane and Ian Cheney, Directors

You Gave Me a Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard
April 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with Kenny Dalsheimer, Director

Past Screenings

Gay Chorus Deep South
September 22, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with David Charles Rodrigues, Director and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director of San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

The Short History of the Long Road
November 10, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Q&A with Ani Simon-Kennedy, Director

Guests and timing are subject to change. Watch this page or follow Tropic Cinema on Facebook for details as they are confirmed. 

About South Arts
South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit