Southern Circuit Film Series

Hapeville Hosts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers!

The City of Hapeville proudly presents the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The 2023- 2024 Series Screenings presents the Spring 2024 films. Free admission and/or access to each film screening!

There are three (3) films for this season. The films will be screened at Christ Church & Carriage House located at Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park, 680 South Central Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354. Reception will take place at 6pm and the screening will take place at 7pm. Please visit this page regularly for ongoing updates and information. We will do our best to keep you informed of all screening changes. As always, we appreciate your interest in the 2023-2024 South Arts Film Series!

Please visit the Southern Circuit Website for additional information on the grant series. 

The views and content expressed in the films of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers do not represent the views of The City of Hapeville. Some films are for mature audiences and are subject to viewer discretion.

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February 9, 2024

Runtime: 87 min

Butterfly in the Sky is directed and produced by Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb

Butterfly in the Sky tells the story of the beloved PBS children’s series "Reading Rainbow," its iconic host LeVar Burton, and the challenges its creators faced in cultivating a love of reading through television. Two seconds into the bubbling synth sounds of its theme song will have a child of the 1980s or ‘90s exclaiming “Reading Rainbow!” Such is the beloved nature of the classic children’s literary television show that introduced millions of kids to the wonder of books. Not only did the series insist on having kids speak to kids about their favorite stories,Reading Rainbow introduced the world to one of the most adored television hosts of all time, LeVar Burton. Thanks to his direct, non-patronizing and, most importantly, kind delivery, Burton became a conduit to learning for children of every background - delving behind the pages to the people, places, and things each new story explored.

Visit the Butterfly in the Sky film website for more information.

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March 8, 2024

Runtime: 29 min

Bridge Builders Series is directed and produced by Zac Manuel (Producer and Director), Lauren G. Cargo (Producer), Adamu Chan (Director), Alex Flores (Director), Robie Flores (Director), Cai Thomas (Director), and Travis Wood (Director).

Bridge Builders Series - Across the United States, community leaders of different ages, backgrounds, and geographies are fighting for criminal justice reform. Their work has tangible impacts on the lives of those around them, and together they look toward a future where no one is left behind. Independent Lens Bridge Builders is a series of short documentaries highlighting these changemakers and their communities, collectively crafting a picture of the reform landscape nationwide.

Visit the Bridge Builders Series film website for more information.

 April 12, 2024

Runtime: 94 min

We Will Speak is directed by Schon Duncan and Michael McDermit and produced by Keli Gonzales and Laura Heberton.Picture2

We Will Speak - The Cherokee language is deeply tied to Cherokee identity; yet generations of assimilation efforts by the U.S. government and anti-Indigenous stigmas have forced the Tri-Council of Cherokee tribes to declare a State of Emergency for the language in 2019. While there are 430,000 Cherokee citizens in the three federally recognized tribes, fewer than an estimated 1,500 fluent speakers remain—the majority of whom are elderly. The covid pandemic has unfortunately hastened the course. Language activists, artists, and the youth must now lead the charge of urgent radical revitalization efforts to help save the language from the brink of extinction. This feature-length documentary was shot on-location in Oklahoma and North Carolina throughout 2019-2022; through intimate interviews, vérité footage of community gatherings, and extensive archival materials, the film explores the nuanced ways the Cherokee language is vital to maintaining a unique cultural identity and relationship with the world. The collaborative project is also meant to act as an empowering agent of hope for Indigenous voices despite enduring inequity and oppression.

Visit the We Will Speak film website for more information and to view the trailer.


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The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part from South Arts in a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.