Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. The Winder Cultural Arts Center is proud to partner with South Arts, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, and the other fifteen host sites to offer these innovative, thought-provoking, and entertaining films and the filmmakers who crafted them. All films are followed by a moderated Q & A session with the filmmaker.
The City of Winder and the Winder Cultural Arts Center offers THE 2016 - 2017 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS as a gift to our community and our patrons. There is NO ADMISSION FEE. Our film schedule for THE 2016 - 2017 SOUTHERN CIRCUIT TOUR OF INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS is as follows:
ART OF THE PRANK
Filmmaker Andrea Marini in attendance!
Art of the Prank is an emotional and humorous journey following the evolution of artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and the man who has turned the media hoax into an art form. Famed for such media fictions as the Celebrity Sperm Bank, the Cathouse for Dogs, the Fat Squad, and Portofess (a mobile Catholic confessional booth), he’s one of America’s most notorious sociopolitical satirists and media activists. Filmmaker Andrea Marini interweaves fascinating archival footage with a singular and unforgettable moment, when Skaggs decides to pull off the most demanding hoax of his career—setting his sights on film festivals to do it.
Filmmaker Michael Faulkner in attendance!
Khoomei (hoo-may) or Tuvan throat singing is an ancient vocal tradition originating in the remote Republic of Tuva, which is located in the center of Asia in Siberia, and now, part of the Russian Federation. Considered to predate modern linguistics, Khoomei, involves a remarkable technique for singing two or more pitches simultaneously. The sounds are said to come from the land and harmonize with nature itself. The Alash Ensemble are masters of this vocal art and have been touring the world, sharing their music with other cultures, for years.
Shodekeh, a beatboxer and vocal percussionist from Baltimore, with a vision for creating an ‘oasis of unity through musical collaboration,’ has spent his life mastering new sounds and using them, while fostering seemingly unlikely collaborations. SHU-DE! is the story of what happened when these artists came together, utilizing their common instrument: the voice and body.
Alash and Shodekeh met during a 2011 tour, which brought the Tuvans to Baltimore for the first time and sparked a musical journey still developing to this day. Alash, impressed with the way Shodekeh’s vocal feats meshed with their own unique vocal tradition, invited him to join them in Kyzyl, Tuva as one of a few guest musicians, chosen from around the world, to participate in the 50th Birthday celebration and International Xoomei festival, in honor of the legendary Tuvan throat singer, Kongar-ool Ondar.
Taking only a small knapsack, Shodekeh journeyed to Tuva to study their music and culture, while sharing his own vocal artistry. During the trip he participated in a series of events, created music with Kongar-ool Ondar, Alash and the Tuvan National Orchestra, competed in an international throat singing contest, and even took part in Kuresh (the Tuvan sport of wrestling).
SHU-DE! (Tuvan for “giddyup” or “let’s go”) is a sensory experience of music and landscape that takes the viewer on a journey through the vastness of Tuva and that of the human voice, revealing the sounds that unfold with collaboration.
Filmmakers Sherng-Lee Huang & Liv Ungur in attendance!
In the 80s, in the twilight of communist Romania, “Dallas” is the only American show allowed on TV. Its vision of wealth and glamour captures the imagination of millions. Among them are Ilie and his daughter Livia. He is a smalltime criminal and aspiring capitalist; she is in love with the show’s handsome leading man, Patrick Duffy. After communism falls, Ilie builds the Hotel Dallas, a life-size copy of the “Dallas” mansion. Livia immigrates to America, becomes a filmmaker, and directs a movie starring Patrick Duffy, as a soap opera character who dies in Texas and wakes up in Romania, in a hotel that looks just like home.
Livia guides her childhood idol on a genre-bending road trip across a Romanian dreamscape—along the border of fiction and documentary, through the failed utopias of communism and capitalism, and into a realm of ghosts and lost time.
Filmmaker John Upchurch in attendance!
A Hindu doctor with dementia and a Muslim auto rickshaw driver form an unlikely friendship as they journey a thousand miles across India in a rickshaw.
As a child, Dr. Amit Singh (Ram Gopal Bajaj) survived the British partition of India. Since then, he has been running forward his whole life, running from the nightmare of his childhood. Muslims murdered Amit’s family, and he feels personally responsible for the death of his younger brother. Now, realizing that dementia is slowly eroding his mind, Amit must return to his childhood home and make peace with his past before he forgets it all. Amit’s journey is stalled by the arrival of his son, Abhi (Samir Kochhar), who has come from America to commit his father to an old age home. Abhi’s plans force Amit to run away. Chance leads Amit to Salim (Pankaj Tripathi), a Muslim auto rickshaw driver who has himself been tormented by the past — his wife raped and burned to death by Hindu rioters. Salim offers to take Amit “home” without knowing exactly where the journey will lead. Tensions soon surface, but a journey of a thousand miles in an auto rickshaw has a way of breaking down walls. Along the way, Amit and Salim forge an unforgettable friendship. And, by the end of the journey, Amit and Salim help each other find the peace they both have been longing for.
Filmmaker Robby Henson in attendance!
Filmmaker Amber Fares in attendance!
The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, Speed Sisters takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.