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 2017-18 season:

February 19, 2018
6:30 pm

In this first-of-its kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, director Robert Rooy and writer DJ “Deej” Savarese share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism. DEEJ, the result of this often difficult partnership, is a story told largely from the inside, by DJ — not by his parents or autism experts or even the camera. At its core, DEEJ reflects the level of participation that disability rights advocates insist upon: “Nothing about us without us.”

March 19, 2018
6:30 pm

Northwest School of the Arts, a public magnet school in Charlotte, N.C., is chosen to be the first high school permitted to perform The Color Purple—the Broadway musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel. PURPLE DREAMS is an extraordinary arts-education story that follows the students, teachers and families involved from auditions to opening night.

April 16, 2018
6:30 pm

Executive-produced by Robert Redford and Terence Malick, LOOK & SEE is filmed in Kentucky’s Henry County, where Berry—a farmer, activist and one of America’s most significant living writers—has lived and farmed since the mid-1960s. The documentary skillfully combines Berry’s poetic and prescient words, gorgeous cinematography and the testimonies of his family and neighbors into a one-of-a-kind portrait.

All Southern Circuit screenings will feature appearances by filmmakers, actors and/or documentary subjects. Watch this page or follow Tropic Cinema on Facebook for details as they are confirmed.