Southern Circuit Film Series

NCLAC is presenting six independent films at the historic Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N Vienna in downtown Ruston.

What’s even more special is that the filmmakers will be here, too, offering Q&A sessions after the films!

Tickets for each film are $5 general admission, $3 for students, NCLAC members attend free! Tickets available at the door.

Each film begins at 7pm.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and NCLAC Members get in free!

Buy your tickets at the Dixie Center for the Arts before the show - 212 N. Vienna St. in Ruston. Doors open at 6:30PM.


Thank you so much to our 2019 film sponsors!

Save the Series: 144 Envelopes for NCLAC

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For three seasons, NCLAC has been on the Southern Circuit Tour, bringing award-winning feature-length independent films to the historic Dixie Theater, always accompanied by the artists who themselves created them.

We have been so pleased to offer this to our community. Our audience has been engaged, educated, and inspired by the Q&A discussions after the films. We have laughed and cried, and each of the visiting artists has been captivated by our special little town and its landmark theater.

Now that it’s time to apply for our 4th season, we’re at a pivotal moment where we ask: Shall we continue? Participating in Southern Circuit brings with it a $5,500 investment not counting our rentals of the Dixie. Is this an experience that our community wants? So we present to you SAVE THE SERIES: 144 Envelopes for NCLAC!

At This is Home, our next film on April 11th, we will have 144 envelopes numbered $1-$144. Guests will be invited to take the envelope of their choosing, and to donate the amount written on the outside of the envelope. If all of the envelopes are filled with the particular amount written on the outside, we will raise $10,000 specifically to fund participation in the Southern Circuit series. Please join us in this campaign to save the series, and show us that you appreciate the films and artist we're bringing to Ruston.


Ready to give now? Click here to donate online. Make sure to write “SAVE THE SERIES” in additional information so we will know your donation should go to this specific campaign!

Our Next Film: This Is Home

~ April 11th | 7:00 PM  ~

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This Is Home is the winner of the 2018 Sundance Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary, and it follows four refugee families as they are sent to begin their new lives in the US. Since 2011, twenty-one thousand Syrian refugees out of five million have been accepted into the United States. This Is Home shows four families sent to resettle in Baltimore in 2016. They have eight months to find jobs, learn English, and become self-sufficient. The clock starts right when they land. For Syrians like Khaldoun, who was tortured and left physically disabled, and children like Mohammad, who suffers from PTSD, their needs are vast and complicated. With empathy, the film reveals the inherent decency of a displaced community desperate for help in a country where everything is different and the clock is ticking. The film’s Director Alexandra Shiva says “I believe that people want to connect and care about the current refugee crisis, but that fear, indifference and alienation, borne out of a complete lack of exposure or understanding, stands in the way. Refugees have been reduced to statistics or nameless faceless millions. I think that by focusing in on a few individuals and making the story as personal as possible we can create a bridge to the universal and shed light on a larger issue.” The film offers a glimpse into what it’s like to be a child, trying to develop a sense of belonging and self, watching his parents –his role models –struggle with their own sense of identity and belonging. We see what it looks like to be uprooted from everything you know and to start over after intense trauma. Film is a powerful art form that can transport us to another place and open our eyes to new ideas and experiences. The screenings we offer are part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which come to us from South Arts in Atlanta. Independent films from around the world are submitted, a panel narrows the selections down to the top 40, and then each participating organization meets in Atlanta to vie for specific films for their venues. Over the last three years we’ve been able to share a wonderful variety of high-quality films with our community, and we are working to be able to continue this for another season.

NCLAC is searching for some helping hands who love indie films! 


Our film series and the corresponding lawn parties need a few volunteers to help with planning and set up for each of the films. We have films scheduled for: March 28, and April 11. Each film begins at 7pm.

Film Committee members have the option to help set up for the lawn parties, schedule entertainment and food trucks, make and sell popcorn, sell and take tickets, and a number of other jobs. Each spring, the committee helps select our films for the upcoming season. 

The 2018-2019 Indie Film Line-Up: