NOLA Code:
RLSO 0300 H1
Number of Episodes/Length:
10 / Various
Rights End:
South Carolina ETV (SCETV)
Wisconsin Public Television
Year Produced:
The American South is like no place else in the country. Its people, culture, landscape, and history can both captivate and bewilder. In the rich tradition of Southernstorytelling, REEL SOUTH reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives. Hosted by platinum-selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish), REEL SOUTH includes half-hour and hour-long independent, documentary films about the American South. The ten acclaimed films have recently premiered at film festivals and theaters, building buzz and audiences. REEL SOUTH now brings these films to a national audience hungry for authentic stories from one of the most unique corners of America. Join us on a journey through the REEL SOUTH.

#301: Gip – 1/60
Filmed and Directed by: Patrick Sheehan
In 1952, gravedigger by day and bluesman by night Henry ‘Gip’ Gipson opened a ramshackle backyard juke joint in Alabama. Once scattered across the rural South, juke joints have become relics of the past. In the Spring of 2013, Gip’s Place, the last juke joint in Alabama, was raided and ordered to shut down. Gip follows the battle to keep the blues alive.

Logline: Fans of the blues in Birmingham protest after an iconic juke joint is ordered to close.

#302: Alabama Bound – 1/60
Directed by: Lara Embry & Carolyn Sherer
In the months leading up to the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, gay families in Alabama were busy fighting discriminatory state laws. Alabama Bound chronicles the roller-coaster ride for gay rights in the South, and a resilient community that lives with both frustration and hope in a place where the line between church and state is often blurred.

Logline: Three families in Alabama fight for equality while gay marriage cases crowd the courts.

#303: First Lady of the Revolution – 1/60
Produced and Directed by: Andrea Kalin
Henrietta Boggs, a reluctant Southern belle, finds her way to Central America in the 1940s, in search of freedom and adventure. Instead, she is swept up in political upheaval, when her new husband is elected president of Costa Rica. First Lady of the Revolution portrays a courageous woman who escaped the confines of a sheltered existence to help nurture a young democracy.

Logline: A Southern belle’s journey from romance to revolution to First Lady of Costa Rica.

#304: Divided City – 1/30
Produced and Directed by: Katie Mitchell & Andrea B. Scott
Monuments to the Confederacy permeate the American South. Emotions run high and tensions mount when, in 2015, the New Orleans city council convenes a public debate over the fate of its Confederate statues. As the council prepares to vote, Divided City reveals deep divisions about the history and symbolism of the monuments, and their place in the public space and in the South.

Logline: A battle emerges in New Orleans as the city debates Confederate monuments.

#305: Jonah Stands Up – 1/30 TV-PG
Film by: Hannah Engelson
Jonah Bascle was an unconventional mayoral candidate, even by New Orleans standards: artist, comedian, disability-rights activist. Born with muscular dystrophy, Jonah raced against mortality throughout his twenties. Combining humor, political action, and a sense of urgency, Jonah Stands Up challenges stereotypes associated with differently-abled individuals in New Orleans.

Logline: A young New Orleans rabble-rouser faces his mortality through comedy and advocacy.

#306: 120 Days – 1/60
Produced and Directed by: Ted Roach
After an unexpected traffic stop, family man Miguel Cortes faces an agonizing decision. Due to his immigration status, a North Carolina judge has offered Miguel 120 Days to get his affairs in order and self-deport to Mexico. Will Miguel return to Mexico, leaving his wife and two daughters behind, or disappear into the shadows of his adopted homeland?

Logline: A judge gives an immigrant in North Carolina 120 days to self-deport to Mexico.

#307: 62 Days – 1/30 TV-PG
Produced and Directed by: Rebecca Haimowitz
Marlise Muñoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she suffered a pulmonary embolism and was pronounced brain-dead. Due to a little-known Texas law, the Muñoz family was forced to keep Marlise on life support against her wishes. 62 Days follows the Muñoz family’s journey from tragedy to activism as they fight to change this law, revealing the human toll behind a growing political trend.

Logline: A brain-dead, pregnant woman in TX is forced to remain on life support against her wishes.

#308: Driven Blind – 1/30
Produced and Directed by: Scott E. Schimmel
Dan Parker, a world champion drag racer, struggles to adjust to his new reality after he is blinded in a fiery racing accident. Though visually impaired, Dan has not given up his love of working with his hands, or his love of racing. Driven Blind follows Dan’s single-minded quest to find meaningful work and to get back behind the wheel.

Logline: A world champion drag racer faces a new reality after a fiery accident blinds him.

#309: See the Keepers – 1/60
Produced and Directed by: Sara Kaye Larson & Joann Self Selvidge
With unprecedented behind-the-scenes access at the Memphis Zoo, See the Keepers gets up close and personal with big cats, penguins, snakes, Komodo dragons, and their human caretakers. When Kofi the giraffe faces an uncertain future, the film bears witness to the complexity of caring for animals in captivity, and the love and fortitude of the keepers that care for them.

Log: Get up close and personal with the animals, and the zookeepers, at the Memphis Zoo.

#310: Honky Tonk Heaven – 1/60
Directed by: Brenda Greene Mitchell & Sam Wainwright Douglas
Brimming with cowboy boots, country music, and longneck beers, Honky Tonk Heaven is a toe-tapping tour of this legendary Texas dancehall. With fifty years under its belt, the Broken Spoke has endured Austin’s rapid growth and skyrocketing rents. Beyond the story of its illustrious history and celebrated performers, the Spoke is a treasured family business that has survived against the odds.

Logline: Two-step through Texas’ most famous honky tonk’s celebrated past and uncertain future.

Program Rights

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Rights Dates:
4/28/2018 - 6/30/2021
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V.O.D. Rights Type:
1 year from broadcast
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Streaming for programs vary and will be originated by UNC-TV on the Cove player.
LLS amendment sent 8/17/18, 3/8/19
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