Telling the stories of the most storied place

Andy Harper

Andy Harper is the Director of the Southern Documentary Project and an Instructional Assistant Professor of Southern Studies and Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Since its establishment in 2004, SouthDocs has produced dozens of short films and seven feature length documentaries. Andy holds a PhD in History from Northern Arizona University and teaches documentary and environmental studies classes for the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

Rex Jones

Rex Jones is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who joined the Southern Documentary Project at the University of Mississippi in July 2011. Rex, a Hickory, Mississippi native, is an MFA graduate in Science and Natural History Filmmaking from Montana State University and also holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Mississippi State University. His works have been broadcast on PBS, chosen as official selections of film festivals throughout the country, and won multiple awards from various organizations. LA FRONTERA and LONGLEAF: THE HEART OF PINE were both scheduled for national distribution on PBS in October 2016. BEAUTIFUL JIM won the Programmers’ Choice Award at the 2014 Crossroads Film Festival, A TIME TO ALL THINGS won the 2014 Heritage Award in Preservation Education from the Mississippi Heritage Trust, and A PICKUP LOAD OF PIGS won awards from multiple conservation organizations. Rex is also the series producer of MISSISSIPPI STORIES, a collection of “visual oral histories” of Mississippians telling their own stories and the co-author of LECILE: THIS AIN’T MY FIRST RODEO, which is the winner of the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Excellence in Western Literature – Biography & Memoir.

John Rash

South Docs Producer / Director John Rash is a filmmaker, photographer, and video artist originally from North Carolina with an M.F.A. in Experimental and Documentary Art from Duke University. He has worked as a photo and video educator for more than 15 years in both the United States and China, and creates work that explores cultural outsiders and environmental topics. John’s award winning films have been included in many international film festivals including Full Frame, Brooklyn Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Green Film Festival in Seoul, and the Shanghai International Film Festival. Examples of John’s photo and video work can be found online at

Karen Tuttle

Karen Tuttle is our Administrative Coordinator and the reason the train stays on the track. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi. In addition to keeping us straight, Karen handles all accounts information and schedules special events. She has also become an accomplished filmmaker. Karen has the most tenure of anyone on staff.