2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

The Black Belt

Saturday, March 12
1:30PM - 3:08PM


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In September 2015, the State of Alabama closed 31 DMVs, which largely impacted voters in Alabama's Black Belt. To combat these closures, the Secretary of State issued a Mobile Voter Registration unit, which traveled to every Alabama county to issue voter IDs. THE BLACK BELT follows the Mobile Voter Registration unit to see how voters are registered in this new process.

Section: Documentary Shorts Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 10min

Director: Margaret Brown

Executive Producer: Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook, AJ Schnack for Field of Vision

Cinematographer: Jeffrey Peixoto

Editor: Joe Peeler

Additional Credits: Associate Producer: Lauren Cioffi, Line Producer: Carson Kennedy


Margaret Brown is the director of BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT (2004); THE ORDER OF MYTHS (Sundance 2008), about a segregated Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile, Alabama; and THE GREAT INVISIBLE (SXSW 2014), about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which won the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at SXSW 2014.

Distributor: Field of Vision

Public Film Contact
Charlotte Cook
Field of Vision

Publicity Contact
Ryan Werner



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