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

Staring Down Fate

Staring Down Fate tells the story of Chris Lucash, a red wolf biologist diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) who fights to support the declining red wolf population. He helped reintroduce them into the wild in 1987 after they were declared biologically extinct in 1980. But, did living and working in an area dominated by industrial agriculture contribute to the development of his ALS? Chris and the red wolves lost control over their own fate, but Chris did have control over how he lived his life and the legacy he leaves behind. He lived every day with purpose to make this world a better place, which enabled him to know that he would die with dignity.


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.