South Body

Overweight Black men share their stories about being in a bigger body.

  • Luke Alexander Harris
    Tambou (26th French Film Festival Award Winner) Pam (Omeleto selection - half million views)
  • Kelsey Scult
    Ma Belle, My Beauty (Sundance Winner). Slice (Official Selection: Atlanta Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival)
  • Jay Falice
  • Roberto Mengoli
  • Lauren Messina
  • Alejandro de Los Rios
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    7 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
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    United States
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  • New Orleans Film Festival
    New Orleans
    United States
    November 6, 2023
    World Premiere
    Audience Award Winner, Official Selection
Director Biography - Luke Alexander Harris

Luke Harris is a Black award–winning, Director-Writer from New Orleans. A graduate of USC School of Cinematic Arts studying Film & Television Production and served as President of African American Cinema Society founded by John Singleton.

Winner of the 2022 #CreateLouisiana French Cultural Film Grant for his film “Tambou” starring Lance E. Nichols. Premiered at the 26th French Film Festival. A finalist at the 2022 New Orleans Film Festivals South Pitch.

Selected into in 2023 NOFS Emerging Voices Directors Lab and NOVAC's 2023 Director’s documentary cohort.

"Pam" directed and written by Luke was selected onto Omeleto. He wrote and edited, "The First Day of Being Black," won a Jury Award at the student DGA Award and a show he wrote and produced, "Provenance," won Best Drama at the College Television Awards and was selected into SeriesFest.

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Director Statement

I'm Luke Harris, director of SOUTH BODY—a film exploring body insecurities for Black men in the South. Unlike many films, I strive to celebrate the beauty of larger individuals rather than focusing on weight loss. While initially planning to stay behind the camera, witnessing the profound impact on the subjects compelled me to step into the narrative. As a result, I took my shirt off, deepening my love for my "South Body."