Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers coming to Clayton Center

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers coming to Clayton Center

Aug. 2, 2019

Six independent films are coming to the Clayton Center for the Arts in 2019-20, as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, a program of South Arts that brings the best of new independent film to communities across the South. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on or at the Clayton Center Box Office. Admission is free for Maryville College students. All screenings will begin at 7 p.m. in the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall and will include a Q&A with the filmmaker after the screening.

Sept. 17, 2019: “Same God”
In 2015 a black, female professor at a prominent Christian college wore a hijab and said that Christians and Muslims worship the Same God. The firestorm that followed exposed the rifts among evangelicals over race, Islam, religious freedom...and Donald Trump. Director: Linda Midgett

Oct. 30, 2019: “Wrestle”
Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama's list of failing schools. Teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Filmmaker and director: Suzannah Herbert

Nov. 20, 2019: “Float”
This intriguing documentary, with its stunning cinematography, chronicles the small but dedicated scene of competitive model aviation. Filmmaker and director Phil Kibbe. 

Feb. 18, 2020: “The Infiltrators”
A rag-tag group of undocumented youth DREAMers deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center. Filmmaker and director: Darren Dean 

March 3, 2020: “Light From Light”
A single mom and sometimes paranormal investigator investigates a possible "haunting" at a widower's farmhouse in East Tennessee. The independent film that was filmed in Knoxville, Tenn., premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Stars Jim Gaffigan and Marin Ireland. Filmmaker and director: Paul Harrill

April 22, 2020: “Little Miss Westie”
Little Miss Westie follows the life of two siblings: Luca McCarthy (a 14 year old transgender boy) and his little sister Ren (an 11 year old transgender girl). Before transitioning Luca had participated in the Lil' Miss Westie beauty pageant, which is a local rite of passage in the small town of West Haven, Connecticut. Now, it is Ren's turn; in the first year following her transition, she will compete in the pageant with Luca's expert guidance. Filmmaker, co-director and editor: Joy E. Reed

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2018 semester is 1,154.