There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down

This film explores the legacy of Harry Caudill, who spent his life advocating for the people of Appalachia by illuminating the ways they became impoverished at the hands of the callousness of a capitalist coal industry. The story focuses on Caudill’s dark turn away from standing up for the poor to blaming them for their …

Our Strange New Land

A photographer sets out to photograph forty-one different fiction film sets across the South to discover how a new generation of southern filmmakers is imagining this region. “Our idea of the South has been formed largely by our greatest storytellers. I began this project believing that by photographing on the sets of numerous contemporary Southern …

The Floyd Radio Show

While small, the community nurtures a thriving artistic and traditional mountain music scene with dozens of jam sessions that fill the street corners every Friday night. Its focal point and gathering place is The Floyd Country Store. One of the oldest buildings in town, the store is now host to traditional music classes, concerts, dances, …

United Skates

This feature length film documents an underground subculture growing inside our country’s last standing roller rinks, from LA to North Carolina to Chicago, shedding light on the recurring pattern of racial struggle through this undiscovered artistic movement. Awarded production grant. Director | Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler www.unitedskatesfilm.com

Bloodthicker

Bloodthicker is an atmospheric exploration of New Orleans’ contemporary rap community as seen through the eyes of three artists and friends whom share a unique bond through the shared legacies of their fathers. Young Juve, T.Y. and Lil Soulja Slim, whose fathers were Juvenile, B.G., and Soulja Slim respectively, navigate their paths to success which …

The First Cut

The Black barbershop is a sanctuary. It is Saturday morning’s babysitter and Saturday night’s self esteem. The relationship between Black barbers and their clients is an intimate one, which makes the barbershop a safe haven for talking sports, talking politics, talking women, and talking shit. With Grammy-nominated, Durham-native Phonte Coleman at the helm, THE FIRST …

Slice

Black men refusing to drown in a pool of low life expectancy; Slice explores how Rico and his homeboys from Memphis deal with the complexities of summers by submerging themselves in a swimming art form of athleticism, creativity, and joy called slicing. This story centers black men experiencing joy through an art form of swimming …

This Belongs to Us

The practice of brewing beer is as old as human civilization. It is a craft that was originally practiced by women in parts of the world we now refer to as Africa and the East, but looking at the modern, craft brewing industry in the United States, you would never know. The epicenter of this …

The Contenders

First-time filmmaker Chris Davis’ The Contenders is a documentary set on the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina, following the lives of Charles Singleton (62) and his young family as they deal with the effects of his early onset dementia. Over the course six years, the film examines the importance of preserving legacy and the struggles we face …