Stay Prayed Up

A revered “Mother” to many in her community, Lena Mae Perry, 82, has lifted countless spirits with her booming voice as part of The Branchettes, a renowned North Carolina gospel trio. The Branchettes have recorded several studio albums and performed as far aways as Ireland over their 45 year history, but have never recorded a …

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 …

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 …

Momma

Some say that grief is love that has nowhere to go. This film paints the image that grief is an everlasting love that’s begging to be repurposed. This feature-length documentary intimately displays a mother’s love during her dying days and her three grieving sons’ quest to honor her memory through comedy, music, and fly fishing. …

Adventures of T-Man: Autism and the Quest for Independence

‘Adventures of T-Man’ is a coming of age story about Terrence, a 26-year-old African American man with high-functioning autism living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Curious, earnest, but naïve, he yearns to live an independent life, despite the many obstacles. When he’s chosen by a financial technology firm to be part of a pilot program hiring …

Saltwata Vibes: Sankofa Seeds from Geechee Roots (working title)

Saltwata follows the brother and sister – children of Ron and Natalie Daise, from popular 1990s Nickelodeon TV show “Gullah Gullah Island”. Chronicling their generation of Gullah Geechee, together they face the challenges of finding an identity when you are born within a culture, that is within a culture, that is within a culture. The …

The Lost Cause: A New Southern History

The Lost Cause: A New Southern History is a feature documentary about the unexpected removal of Confederate monuments in Raleigh, North Carolina from the capitol grounds. The film will be told from the perspective of black and brown activists working to increase police accountability in the city.   Director | Devine Utley Producer | Sage Wallace-Williams www.instagram.com/lostcausefilmdoc

Captain Scott B: The Great Adventure

Betsy’s father, Scott, was her best friend. When he dies following a 4-year dance with cancer, Betsy finds herself lost in dark sadness unlike any she’d known, until her dad’s old home movies and journals cast a light. Something in the unmitigated joy of Scott’s storytelling stirs her soul and she sets about finishing the …

Rock Castle Home

In the mid-1930s, the Blue Ridge Parkway was born. As Rock Castle Gorge became part of the National Park Service’s plan to lure tourists to the Blue Ridge, farm families living there had to be moved. Parkway officials set about acquiring their land. But the story does not end there. Generations later, Rock Castle descendants …