Fresh Docs is SDF’s monthly, free work-in-progress screening series, in partnership with Duke's Center for Documentary Studies.


Nick Nolan is an Appalachian prodigal son working against the odds to resurrect the family farm. Nick, his wife Celeste, and their young family are fighting to keep this homeland from “drying up and blowing away,” something that has happened to about 4.7 million farms in the U.S. over the past 50 years. The pressures of corporate-driven food have left deep scars in the region. Over the span of five years, we see life unfold as the Nolans cultivate the grit and humor they need to survive as a sustainable dairy farm in a rural food desert. Farmsteaders points an honest and tender lens at the beauty and hardship of everyday life, while Nick’s poetic reflections weave the golden thread of his inner world throughout the scenes.


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

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.