The 2021-2022 documentary film schedule can be found at arts.wcu.edu/southerncircuit.
Explore the page below to learn more about the streaming film series and take a look at last year's films.
BAC has partnered with the SouthArts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to stream a dynamic series of documentary films.
Code of the Freaks | February 21-24, 2021
Code of the Freaks presents a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Using hundreds of clips spanning over 100 years of moviemaking, and a cast of disabled artists, scholars and activists, it’s a scorching critique of some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters. This revelatory documentary investigates the power of movie imagery to shape the beliefs and behaviors of the general public toward disabled people, and of disabled people toward themselves.
Picture Character | March 14-17, 2021
Directors Martha Shane and Ian Cheney lead viewers 👀 on a deep dive into the ever evolving world of picture characters, from their humble beginnings in Japan to mobile keyboards 📱 the world 🌎 over, and shed fresh light 💡 on the private consortium 👥 that approves new emoji offerings and the individuals fighting ✊ to make the language more representative of its billions of users.
Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley | April 26-29, 2021
Filmed over 20 years, Thumbs Up for Mother Universe, tells Lonnie Holley's story, revealing how one man's instinct to create has enabled him to succeed against all odds - a journey from garbage dumps and prison camps, to festival stages and The Met.
Please note: Due to COVID-19, the following documentaries will only be available in a virtual format. Tickets to gain access to the streaming documentaries are free and open to the public.
Visit arts.wcu.edu/eventive and "select a showing" and then "pre-order" your free ticket! Simply come back into your Eventive account to watch. The films are approximately 90 minutes long followed by a Q&A.
If you are a WCU faculty member and are interested in learning about additional educational opportunities attached to each film, contact email@example.com.
Coded Bias | Free Tickets
Tuesday, Septemper 15 at 7:30PM & Sunday, September 20 at 4PM
This documentary explore the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.
Picture a Scientist | Free Tickets
Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30PM & Sunday, October 18 at 4PM
A biologist, a chemist, and a geologist, lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, overcoming brutal harassment, institutional discrimination, and years of subtle slights to revolutionize the culture of science, providing perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.
Reggae Boyz | Free Tickets
Thursday, November 12 at 7:30PM & Sunday, November 15 at 4PM
Plagued with one of the highest murder rates in the world, Jamaica tries to reinvigorate its populace by qualifying their national soccer team – the “Reggae Boyz” – for the 2014 World Cup. When their efforts start to fall short, Winnie Schäfer, a colorful German coach, enters the scene and forms an unlikely alliance with legendary reggae musicians and a Rastafarian factory worker to unite Jamaica beyond the soccer pitch.
Stay tuned for information on how to pre-order a free ticket!
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