Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Indie Films at the Morris

The Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, GA) is hosting Southern Circuit, the nation’s only tour of independent filmmakers, September 2010 through April 2011. Sponsored by SouthArts, Southern Circuit brings an independent film and its maker to the Morris Museum, each month.

As museum director Kevin Grogan noted, “These screenings provide an interactive way of experiencing independent film and an opportunity for audience members to connect with filmmakers and engage in a dialogue about the films and their meanings.” Each screening starts at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free for Morris Museum members and $3.00 per person for nonmembers. The 2010–2011 film roster includes:

September 15, Dive!

The first film, Dive! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A. supermarkets. In the process, they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it.

October 13, Pelada

Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros. Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play. Directed by Rebekah Ferguson and Ryan White.

November 10, Burning in the Sun
26-year-old Daniel Dembele decides to return to his homeland in Mali and start a local business building solar panels—the first of its kind in the sun drenched nation. Daniel’s goal is to electrify the households of rural communities, 99 percent of which live without power. Burning in the Sun tells the story of Daniel’s journey growing the budding idea into a viable company and of the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko. Directed by Cambria Matlow.

February 9, Abel Raises Cain

Abel Raises Cain is an unprecedented glimpse into the life and bizarre career of infamous underground media prankster, Alan Abel. Over the past half-century, Abel has made a name for himself with stunts that are just ridiculous enough to be believable, especially to a media that feeds on salacious, far-fetched stories. Alan's daughter, Jenny, tells her firsthand account of what it was like growing up with this lovable but slightly demented prankster for a father. Produced and directed by Jenny Abel.

March 9, Awake, My Soul

Awake, My Soul is a feature documentary that explores the history, music, and traditions of Sacred Harp singing, the oldest surviving American music. While often linked only to its history, this haunting music has survived over 200 years tucked away in the rural deep south, where devoted singers break open The Sacred Harp, a shape note hymnal first published in Georgia in 1844. Awake, My Soul captures both the history and the vitality of a music that is utterly unlike any most have heard. Produced and directed by Matt Hinton.

April 13, Prodigal Sons

Returning home to a small town in Montana for her high school reunion, filmmaker Kimberly Reed hopes for reconciliation with her long-estranged adopted brother, Marc. But along the way she uncovers stunning revelations, including a surprise relationship to Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth, intense sibling rivalries, and unforeseeable twists of plot and gender that force them to face challenges no one could imagine. Prodigal Sons is a raw and provocative examination of one family’s struggle to come to terms with its past and present. Produced and directed by Kimberly Reed.

The 2010–2011 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts, (formerly the Southern Arts Federation), a nonprofit regional arts organization that was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts.. This screening is supported in part by an award from national Endowment for the Arts. To view movie trailers, visit the Morris Museum of Art’s blog (www.morrismuseum.blogspot.com) or Facebook page.

The presentation of the 2010-2011 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at the Morris Museum of Art is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Kelly and Diana Combs of Rosemary & Lookaway Halls, Starkey Flythe, Dr. and Mrs. James B. Hudson, Summerville Rags Incorporated, and Surrey Center Pharmacy.

The Morris Museum of Art was founded in 1985 and opened to the public in 1992. It is the oldest museum in the country that is devoted to the art and artists of the American South. The museum’s permanent collection holds approximately five thousand works of art that date from the late-eighteenth century to the present. The permanent collection galleries are currently being reinstalled and will reopen March 6, 2010. The Morris is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, noon–5:00 p.m. For more information about the Morris Museum of Art, visit www.themorris.org or call 706-724-7501.

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