About This Series
Introducing Reel South, an anthology series that highlights the masterful, provocative Southern tradition of storytelling, exploring the alluring and complicated region and its diverse voices and points of view. The premiere season, which includes six acclaimed documentary films about the American South, presents authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America to a national audience.
Reel South is a collaboration between UNC-TV and SCETV, and the Southern Documentary Fund.
Reel South: Cotton Road
Americans consume nearly 20 billion items of clothing each year. Yet few of us know how our clothes are made, much less who produces them. Follow the cotton commodity from South Carolina farms to Chinese factories, illuminating the people and processes behind a global supply chain. From the series Reel South.
Reel South: The Last Barn Dance
A story about farming, fragility and a fight to save the family business. Randy Lewis struggles to save his North Carolina dairy farm, where dozens of dairies have disappeared. He also hosts one of the only old-time barn dances in the region, keeping the tradition alive and the community that loves it. From the series Reel South.
Reel South: Counter Histories: Rock Hill
In 1961, nine college men decided to go to jail to fight segregation laws in Rock Hill, SC. Their sit-in at the whites only lunch counter changed the course of the civil rights movement by introducing a new strategy. Explore the story of the ‘Friendship 9’, and the capacity to find courage, take action, and inspire change. From the series Reel South.
Reel South: Bending Sticks
Celebrate the career of renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work, revealing Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations. From the series Reel South.
Reel South: Can't Stop the Water
For 170 years, a tribe of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians has occupied Isle de Jean Charles in the Louisiana bayous. The land that has sustained them is vanishing; the marsh has been ravaged by years of gas & oil exploration, leaving the island defenseless against the ocean tide. At what point will they finally be forced off their sacred land?
Reel South: Tommy! The Dreams I Keep Inside Me
A touching portrait of Tommy Onorato, a 60 year-old man with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the life-long dream of singing with a Big Band. Armed with his golden voice and his All-American optimism, Tommy embarks on a quest to have the "world on a string."