Stories are at the heart of the Southern Documentary Fund.
SDF is a trusted partner for veteran, emerging, and first-time documentary producers across our region, helping them direct their lenses and microphones at powerful Southern stories and critical issues.
Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Story
February 24, 2017
The Center for Documentary Studies and the Southern Documentary Fund are pleased to present a free screening of John Whitehead's film Don’t Get Trouble in Your Mind: the Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story, a documentary portrait of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African-American string band from Raleigh, North Carolina, and their mentor, black fiddler, Joe Thompson (1919—2012). The Chocolate Drops play “old time” music or Appalachian fiddle and banjo music. The film tells the story of how three African-Americans from the hip-hop generation embraced a 19th Century genre and took it to new heights, winning a Grammy in 2010. The story of the band’s meteoric rise, from busking on the street to playing major festivals is punctuated and informed by the history of the banjo’s origins in Africa, and the untold story of how blacks and whites collaborated to create the earliest forms of American popular music. The film is presented as part of the Fresh Docs series featuring documentary works-in-progress; following the screenings, a moderated conversation with the filmmaker will be held, during which the audience provides valuable feedback.
Reel South is a public television showcase for documentaries about the American South, a co-production of SDF,
UNC-TV, and SCETV.
Reel South: Season 2
Season 2 premieres Jan 5th!
The American South – its history, people, culture, and landscape are infused with a sense of heritage like no place else in the country – or the world. Introducing Reel South, a new 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. Keep an eye on this space for announcements about the Season 2 line-up and schedule.