Matthew Graves is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced, written, shot, scored, edited, and directed over twenty films, including the recent Emmy Award winning feature The Toughest Job: William Winter’s Mississippi, which tells the story of Governor William Winter and his fight to pass the Education Reform Act of 1982. Other documentary features include Rebels: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, which chronicled the events leading up to the enrollment of James Meredith and the violence that broke out on campus in 1962 and The Debate Starts Here about the 2008 Presidential Debate at Ole Miss and the staggering amount of work done to prepare for the event. Matthew’s narrative films include The Show Must Go On, The Embalming, Barry, and ‘Till Death. Matthew has an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Mississippi and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Cinema Production.
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 five 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 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.
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 and is determined to take the Christmas party X-box championship again this year!
Joe York is a documentary filmmaker and radio producer. With more than a two dozen films to his credit. Joe is the author ofWith Signs Following: Photographs from the Southern Religious Roadsideand the 2008 Oxford Film Festival awarded his filmSorry, We’re Open the Hoka Award for the best Mississippi film. His feature length documentary, Mississippi Innocence won the audience choice award at the Oxford Film Festival and the Transformative Film award at the Crossroads Film Festival and his most recent project, Pride and Joy has been seen on PBS stations across the United States. Joe holds an MA degree in Southern Studies from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, but his true love is Aubie.