Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 25: Teresa Hollingsworth

Teresa Hollingworth
Tea Talks with Tomeka – Episode 25: Teresa Hollingworth

Teresa Hollingsworth is the Program Director for Film and Traditional Arts at South Arts. She Coordinates and is the Director of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. She has a masters degree in ‘Folk Study’ from Western Kentucky University. She previously worked in Arts Administration as Folklorist and Traditional Arts

South Arts was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. We offer a portfolio of activities designed to address the issues important to their region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts.

They work in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,  Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. South Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, member states, foundations, businesses and individuals. Their mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. South Arts also have a variety of touring programs.

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of new independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 300 films in more than 100 Southern communities. South Arts works collaboratively with Screening Partners to expand their programming, provide audiences with the opportunity to meet filmmakers and learn about the art of filmmaking, and encourage community engagement using film as a conduit for discussions about social and community issues. Invited filmmakers are paid to screen their work and engage with new audiences, travel expenses covered!  

Teresa said their goal is to build audiences for independent films. Films must be feature and can be either Narrative, Documentary, Experimental or Animation.

This season the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will include short films by filmmakers living in the Southern States.

South Arts and the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers are excited for two filmmaking teams that they had the honor to tour that were nominated for an Academy Award: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening” by Ramell Ross and “Minding the Gap” by Bing  Liu and Diane Quon. Teresa also talks about some of the other great films that they have toured this season.

Additionally, Teresa shares great advice for filmmakers.

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