Old South

A film by Danielle Beverly

US | 2015 | 54 minutes | Color | DVD | Order No. 151156

SYNOPSIS

OLD SOUTH, through a quiet unfolding story, provides a window into the underlying dynamics of race relations that influence so many American communities. In Athens, Georgia, a college fraternity traditionally known to fly the Confederate flag moves to a historically black neighborhood and establishes their presence by staging an antebellum style parade. What starts with a neighborhood struggle over cultural legacies in the South, the opening of a community garden becomes a grounds for understanding, as well as a physical and emotional space for healing, offering a sense of possibility and hope for the future.

PRESS

Beverly unveils the hauntingly present racism still inherent in the Old South, while creating a dichotomy that opens up a space for a much needed conversation.

Kristy Brenerman Programming Director, Atlanta Film Festival

"Old South' represents the transformation of a neighborhood in Athens, GA but it's a familiar story to many…total erasure of, neighborhoods that were once vital communities in the center of our city."

Laura Kissel, Assoc. Prof. and Director Film and Media Studies Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia

"This documentary provides an entry point for dialogue, deliberation, and re-imagining how communities can thrive.'Old South' brings up the personal and political in a way that invites audiences to explore their experiences."

Jess Solomon Community Engagement Facilitator, Alternate ROOTS

"I can't recommend OLD SOUTH highly enough, both for its entertainment value and for its usefulness as a tool in sparking much needed dialogues around an issue that clearly has national import - and not just across the black vs. white divide."

Dr. Kendra Hamilton Professor of English, Presbyterian College

"*** ½ Highly recommended… a surprisingly hopeful documentary that begins with a portrait of a community dividing itself along polarized racial lines but ends on a symbol of possibility."

Video Librarian

"Old South is a rich and nuanced film...(Old South) appropriately identifies racism as historical and institutional, but also a hard thing to pin down when one comes face to face with polite and well-meaning people of differing views. The film does offer a politics but also acknowledges complexity and humanity."

Thomas J. Castillo, Assistant Professor Bowling Green State Univ, Department of Theatre and Film

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Award of Merit, Documentary, University Film & Video Association (UFVA)
  • Atlanta Film Festival
  • Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
  • Indie Grits Festival
  • The Southern Circuit Tour

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Danielle Beverly

Danielle Beverly is an independent filmmaker who works as a one-person crew, to craft observational documentaries. Old South (2015) was broadcast on The World Channel on America ReFramed during African American History Month, toured The Southern Circuit, and community gardens in The American South via its Healing Spaces Tour, and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Beverly was Field Producer for the longitudinal 9/11 documentary Rebirth over the ten-year production, (Sundance 2011, Peabody Award, 9/11 Museum, Showtime broadcast). Learning to Swallow (2005) premiered at Silverdocs, screened on America ReFramed, and is distributed by Women Make Movies. Lonnie Holley: The Truth of the Dirt (2017, Co-Producer/Cinematographer) was broadcast on AfroPop (World Channel) in 2018, screened at The National Gallery, and won the Audience Award at Macon Film Festival. Beverly is an Assistant Professor at Northwestern University, in a joint appointment between the Evanston IL and Qatar campuses, where she teaches documentary filmmaking. Dusty Groove: The Sound of Transition is her third feature documentary as Director/Producer/Cameraperson/Soundperson, and will premiere in 2019. She is also at work on Qatar Stars, an observational documentary she is directing in The Middle East. Both projects are fiscally sponsored by Women Make Movies. (7/19)

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