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Tuesday, September 13, 6:30pm Film Screening:  “A Prayer for Compassion” Presented by The Sarasota Vegan Society The film follows Thomas Jackson on a quest across America, that ultimately takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? and Can […]

Showcasing the Best in New Independent Film

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. As a new Screening Partner, WSLR will work collaboratively with South Arts to develop exciting new programming; provide our audiences with the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about the art of filmmaking; and encourage community engagement using film as a conduit for discussions about social and community issues.  Thanks to the Peace Education and Action Center for being a co-presenter of the film series.

Here’s what’s on tap for the Spring 2022 season at Fogartyville; watch for more details on filmmaker appearances to come!

Proper Pronouns – In-person screening with filmmaker: Tuesday, February 8, 7pm @ Sanier Auditorium, New College of Florida

Available virtually: February 6-9

There are 30 transgender, ordained ministers in the United States; six are in North Carolina. Dawn Flynn, Mykal Shannon, Liam Hooper, and Debra Hopkins are battling narrow-mindedness within the religious community, their families, and NC natives. In order to live their authentic selves, Dawn and Liam have thrown their loved ones into personal identity crises. They are bravely preaching from a pulpit despite the danger they face not only as a transgender person living in the South but also as transgender ministers navigating their way through local, state, and national governing bodies who decide what it means to be a human being.

My Name is Pauli Murray: Monday, February 21, 7pm @ Sanier Auditorium, New College of Florida.  Reception at 6pm with Miss Susie’s Food Truck

Available virtually:  February 20-23

This luminous film examines the legacy of Pauli Murray. A lawyer, activist, poet, and priest, Murray’s life was dedicated to effecting change in America, especially around issues of race and gender equity. The experience of growing up Black in the segregated South—having moved to Durham, North Carolina, as a child—shaped Murray’s resolve to question and challenge cultural norms. Determined to put ideas to paper, Murray left a vast archive, from letters to legal arguments to published books. Here, as prose comes to life as text on screen, Murray recounts the events that influenced a transformative career. Family members and scholars discuss Murray’s vast accomplishments and lasting imprint, while archival film clips, photographs, and writing reveal the thinking of this brave and brilliant individual. Powerfully, directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen make space to consider Murray not only as a trailblazing leader but as a person, offering a nuanced examination of Murray’s gender identity and private life.

Los Hermanos/The Brothers – Tuesday, March 15, 7pm @ CreArte Latino.  Reception with Cuban food/drink at 6pm prior to the film screening

Available virtually: March 13 – 16

Virtuoso Afro-Cuban-born brothers—violinist Ilmar and pianist Aldo—live on opposite sides of a geopolitical chasm a half-century wide. Tracking their parallel lives in New York and Havana, their poignant reunion, and their momentous first performances together, Los Hermanos/The Brothers offers a nuanced, often startling view of estranged nations through the lens of music and family.

Featuring an electrifying, genre-bending score, composed by Cuban Aldo López-Gavilán, performed with his American brother, Ilmar, and with guest appearances by maestro Joshua Bell and the Harlem Quartet.

The Neutral Ground – In-person screening with filmmaker: Wednesday, March 23, 7pm

Available Virtually: April 3 – 6

The Neutral Ground documents New Orleans’ fight over monuments and America’s troubled romance with the Lost Cause. In 2015, director CJ Hunt was filming the New Orleans City Council’s vote to remove four confederate monuments. But when that removal is halted by lawsuits and death threats, CJ sets out to understand why a losing army from 1865 still holds so much power in America.

Lily Topples the World – In person screening with filmmaker:  Tuesday, April 26, 7pm

Available virtually:  April 24 – 27 

LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD follows 20-year old sensation Lily Hevesh – the world’s most acclaimed domino toppler and the only girl in her field – as she rises as an artist, role model, and young woman.  Filmed for over 3 years across countless cities and featuring appearances by Jimmy Fallon, Katy Perry, Will Smith, YouTuber Casey Neistat, and a steady stream of Gen-Z creators, LILY TOPPLES THE WORLD is a coming-of-age story cloaked within a unique portrait of an artist, a story of how passion and creativity can make dreams come true, and an unlikely American tale of a quiet Chinese adoptee who transforms into a global artistic force with over 1 billion YouTube views.

About South Arts
South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success

About the Peace Education and Action Center

The Peace Education and Action Center works to connect and empower people to build a more just and peaceful community and world.

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