By Hannah Sykes

CLEMSON — Six independent filmmakers are coming to Clemson University this year as part of the Southern Circuit, the nation’s only regional tour of independent moviemakers.

The filmmakers will screen their works in the McKissick Theatre in the Hendrix Student Center at 7:30 p.m. on selected dates in the fall and spring semesters. Admission is free and open to the public.

Filmmakers will personally introduce themselves and their films and will hold a question-and-answer session following the screenings.

The first screening was held in September with Jeff Alulis presenting his documentary “Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records.” Five more screenings are scheduled in the 2009-2010 academic year:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 28: “The Way We Get By” by Alexander Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18: “Flying on One Engine” by Joshua Weinstein
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010:  “Trimpin: The Sound of Invention” by Peter Esmonde
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2010: “God’s Architect” by Zachary Godshall
  • Wednesday, April 14, 2010: “Between Floors” by Jen White

“Southern Circuit provides our community with a unique taste of alternative culture,” said Aga Skrodzka-Bates, a Clemson film professor and coordinator of the Southern Circuit series at Clemson. “As independent filmmakers, these artists not only have the creative vision to inspire Clemson students, but also the skills and perseverance to (teach them).”

The 2009-2010 Southern Circuit is a program of the Southern Arts Federation. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from the Southern Arts Federation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Clemson University’s department of English in collaboration with the English Majors Organization. Special support for Southern Circuit was provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.