Telling the stories of the most storied place

The Southern Documentary Project is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. SouthDocs produces short and feature length documentary films with partners like the Southern Foodways Alliance and radio programs such as “Highway 61″ and “Sounds of the South.”

The academic mission of the Southern Documentary Project is to train the next generation of storytellers.

As an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, SouthDocs teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduate students in the Southern Studies academic program and the Cinema minor program.  Students come to the program with a range of experience in visual storytelling.  Some have never used a camera before, and others are experienced filmmakers interested in applying their craft to telling the stories of the South.

Within the Southern Studies Master’s degree program, students have the option of pursuing a documentary track.  The documentary track is similar to the thesis track in that it requires introductory and capstone Southern Studies methodology courses, 18 hours of additional coursework, and a completed and defended thesis. The student must complete a documentary project (photography, film, audio, online or other media) plus a written thesis of at least 50 pages.

SouthDocs students have engaged in community-based documentary work in towns throughout Mississippi.  A year-long multimedia project in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance analyzes the Farish Street Historic District in Jackson, MS and its evolution from vibrant African American business district to a largely-abandoned space at the center of debates about urban revitalization and community formation.

Contact Information:

The Southern Documentary Project
The University of Mississippi
241 Kinard Hall
University, MS 38677
Phone: 662-915-5917
Fax: 662-915-5109

Email: acharper@olemiss.edu