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

Thumbs Up For Mother Universe: The Lonnie Holley Story

Thumbs Up For Mother Universe is a documentary feature that tells the tale of one man’s drive to succeed against all odds. Lonnie Holley, the self-taught African American visual artist and musician from Birmingham, Alabama, is an American original. He has overcome grinding poverty and a brutal childhood to become a creative powerhouse with an agenda to save the planet.


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.