Private Project

Ghosts of the Old South

Ghosts of the Old South serves as an intervention against the primary aesthetics of the American South and, in unraveling political patterns, offers a unique engagement with representational and intersensorial politics. The film is trisected into distinct chapters that address different but interlinked concepts pertaining to life in the South.

  • Isaac King
  • Agis Shaw
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Experimental, Student
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    16mm, Super 8mm
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Savannah College of Art and Design
Director Biography - Isaac King

Isaac King is a visual media practitioner and filmmaker from upstate South Carolina. Coming from an experimental film background, he is interested in utilizing image-making and experiential art to inspire, raise questions, and promote virtue in others. His work and research have included and focused on matters of representation, identity, and socio-ecological metamorphosis, particularly in the American South.

Though he often deals in abstruse philosophical concepts, he hopes his work also seems playful and rejuvenating. He believes that it is through play and experimentation that one can gain transcendent insight, push boundaries, and bridge divides. With this in mind, he strives to create hybrid audio-visual works that blur the line between reality and the invented to promote revelation and transformation.

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Director Statement

This film is about the meaning of history and the extreme pressures of the past upon the inhabitants of the present, particularly in the American South. More importantly, it is about the doubtful process of coming to know, reconstruct, and come to grips with our history. We live on as the descendants of defeated grandfathers and freed slaves. What does it mean to accept this genealogy as one's own?