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Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

We will present three films and filmmakers in person in February, March and April. Each film does a virtual screening option. The virtual screening will not include a Q&A with the filmmaker. 

My Name is Pauli Murray

Director: Betsy West and Julie Cohen


IN PERSON Screening and Filmmaker Q&A  Monday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. in Sanford Hall 1002

Virtual Screening Dates: Sunday, Feb. 20, – Wednesday, Feb. 23

Virtual Registration

Told largely in Pauli’s own words, My Name is Pauli Murray is a candid recounting of that unique and extraordinary journey. Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat, a full decade before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned separate-but-equal legislation, Pauli Murray was already knee-deep fighting for social justice. A pioneering attorney, activist and dedicated memoirist, Murray shaped landmark litigation—and consciousness— around race and gender equity. As an African American youth raised in the segregated South—who was also wrestling with broader notions of gender identity—Pauli understood, intrinsically, what it was to exist beyond previously accepted categories and cultural norms. Both Pauli’s personal path and tireless advocacy foreshadowed some of the most politically consequential issues of our time.


Proper Pronouns

Director: Meg Daniels


IN PERSON Screening and Filmmaker Q&A  Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m. in Sanford Hall 1002

Virtual Screening Dates: Sunday, March 6, – Wednesday, March 9

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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 North Carolina natives. In order to live their authentic selves, some 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.


Lily Topples the World

Director: Jeremy Workman

IN PERSON Screening and Filmmaker Q&A  Monday, April 11, 7 p.m. in Sanford Hall 1002

Virtual Screening Dates: Sunday, April 24, – Wednesday, April 27

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 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 three 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 artistry 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.

Last updated: 1/6/2022