The mission of the Southern Documentary Project is to train the next generation of storytellers. To do that, SouthDocs employs professional filmmakers who teach and mentor students in the Southern Studies undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Contributions to the Southern Documentary Project support production expenses and student equipment purchases.
If you wish to mail a gift, please indicate on the check that it is for the Southern Documentary Project and send it to
The University of Mississippi Foundation/SouthDocs
406 University Avenue
Oxford, MS 38655
Current initiatives which benefit from contributions:
Undergraduate and graduate students in coursework and internships create documentary projects (photography, film, audio, online, or other media). Visit the student projects page to learn more.
Mississippi Stories Film Series
The Southern Documentary Project feels a special responsibility to tell the stories of Mississippi, of its people and landscape. Some of these documentaries take the form of profiles of individuals, and others take a wider view of communities. In addition to the 20 initial films, SouthDocs hopes to expand the scope of the Mississippi Stories series by creating advocacy-based projects that address the state’s range of socioeconomic issues.
Highway 61 Radio Show
Highway 61 is a weekly radio program on the blues on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Produced by the Southern Documentary Project, the host is Scott Barretta, writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail, former editor of Living Blues magazine, and author of Mississippi: State of the Blues.
Highway 61 Film Series
Films inspired by the SouthDocs produced Highway 61 Radio show that has been showcasing the music of the South for 40 years. Beginning with Shake ‘Em On Down: The Blues According to Fred McDowell, this series will explore southern music and musicians. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture has long studied and documented music, and this SouthDocs initiative will contribute to that scholarly legacy.