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Southern Arts Federation Adopts Unique Film Tour

Atlanta, GA - The Southern Arts Federation announces the addition of the Southern Circuit tour of independent filmmakers to its programming. Southern Circuit provides audiences across the South with the opportunity to see independent films and engage in post-screening conversations with the filmmakers. This year's films will tour from September 2006 to June 2007.

The South Carolina Arts Commission originated Southern Circuit in 1975. Initially launched in three South Carolina cities, the film tour has visited over 30 communities across the Southern United States. Since its inception, Southern Circuit audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in discussions of the subjects and themes portrayed in their works. "For more than 30 years, Southern Circuit has introduced films from some of the nation's most notable filmmakers to communities throughout the southeast," states former Southern Circuit director Susan Leonard, "The program has experienced considerable growth and now has the opportunity to rise to even greater heights under the new direction of the Southern Arts Federation."

Southern Circuit is the nation's only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. "Southern Circuit takes the audience away from their televisions, DVD players, and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers and encourage them to talk with one another about the films and their meanings," says David Dombrosky, Contemporary Arts Manager for Southern Arts Federation, "This touring program transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one."

Southern Circuit is looking toward the future with "plans to explore pod casting interviews with the filmmakers prior to their tours as well as establishing a blog for the filmmakers to contribute to during the 2006-2007 tour," says Dombrosky, "In November, the Federation will convene a regional task force to envision the evolution of Southern Circuit, which will inform the staff as we strategize to expand the reach and deepen the impact of the program."

Southern Circuit is a new program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975. Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts, private foundations, corporations, individuals, and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

For more information, visit www.southarts.org/southerncircuit.