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Southern Circuit Film Series

2010 - 2011 Season


Southern Circuit Film Series

Millsaps College hosts the only Mississippi site for the Southern Circuit Film Series. Join us as innovative independent filmmakers screen and discuss their films and follow them on the Southern Circuit Blog.

All films are free and show on Tuesdays, except for a noted exception below, at 7:00 pm in Gertrude C. Ford Academic Complex, room 215 on the Millsaps College campus.

A Q & A session with the filmmaker follows the film.

For more information, contact Melissa Kelly, 601-974-1384.


February 15, 2011 - Woodpecker


Fanatical birdwatchers have descended upon a small town in the Arkansas bayou in hopes of finding the ivory billed woodpecker. Declared extinct in the 1940's, the bird has apparently been spotted by numerous experts.

Johnny Neander    

Enter amateur birder, Johnny Neander, convinced he will be the one to find the elusive woodpecker. The ensuing chaos divides the small town between believers and non-believers, rabid environmentalists and opportunistic entrepreneurs. Much like the bird itself, "Woodpecker" manipulates our notions of documentary and narrative techniques within a tragic comedy about hope, perception and some very strange birds.

Alex Karpovsky

Alex Karpovsky has been selected as one of the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" by "Filmmaker Magazine." A formidable actor, in the past year Alex played the voices of several Russian gangsters in Grand Theft Auto IV. Alex's newest film, "Trust Us, This Is All Made Up," premiered at the SXSW film festival this past March. 

Film website with trailers.


March 8, 2011 - Southern Stories

Gina, An Actress, Age 29


Quick Feet Soft Hands



For Memories' Sake

"Southern Stories" brings together three films by filmmakers Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, drawing upon the filmmakers' Tennessee roots and demonstrating their commitment to regional filmmaking. The program includes the Sundance award-winning short film, "Gina, An Actress, Age 29," a story about a budding actress, who is hired to help bust a union-organizing effort; the ITVS co-production, "Quick Feet, Soft Hands," which follows a young couple in their pursuit of the American dream; and the Southern Humanities Media Fund documentary, "For Memories' Sake," which investigates the life and work of Angela Singer, a southern homemaker who has taken an average of a dozen photos a day for the last 35 years.

Paul Harrill's narrative films and documentary videos have screened on five continents at film festivals, museums and on television. Harrill's work has been supported by the Independent Television Service and the Aperture Film Grant and by residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Ashley Maynor is an award-winning documentarian whose films and new media works have been exhibited around the country. Maynor's creative work, outreach and research have been supported by the Southern Humanities Media Fund, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her most recent documentary, "For Memories' Sake," was awarded the Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2009 University Film and Video Association Competition.

Film website with trailers.


April 12, 2011 - Scrappers

Set in Chicago's labyrinth of alleys, "Scrappers" is a verité portrait of Oscar and Otis, two metal scavengers searching for a living. All they have is their brains, brawn and battered pickup trucks. The film explores the 2008 financial collapse and crackdowns on undocumented immigrants affecting these men and their families. It also questions popular notions of poverty, race relations and recycling, while examining dreams of personal self-sufficiency and urban sustainability. "Scrappers" examines daily life to tackle the geography of a still-segregated city, the hidden lives of undocumented immigrants and the complex economics of recycling.

Brian Ashby studied Political Science at the University of Chicago, and has conducted research in India and Cambodia. He currently assists the photographer Laura Letinsky and works in freelance photography and videography. This is his first film.

Ben Kolak produced the documentary "THAX" and co-produced "Crime Fiction," which screened at the Slamdance, Vail and GenArt Film Festivals. He assists the video artist Catherine Sullivan and produces video for clients including Brand New World and Catherine Edelman Gallery.

Film website with trailers.