The Moving Picture Boys


Narrative nonfiction filmmakers in the American South.


Jace Freeman and Sean Clark create narrative nonfiction documentaries in the American South.

Utilizing a strict direct cinema approach, the duo has independently directed and produced several films including Saint Cloud Hill (2019) which recently had its television broadcast premiere on PBS. They share co-director credits on Baracoa (2019), a docufiction nominated for the Glashütte Original Documentary Award at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. Baracoa received the Youth Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest, a Silver Biznaga Audience Award at Málaga Film Festival, was selected for Locarno, CPH:Dox, and Vision du Réels’ 2018 docs-in-progress workshop.

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope (2014) won Best Feature Documentary at the 2014 Port Townsend Film Festival and multiple awards at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival. Previously, The Moving Picture Boys created Nashville Docujournal, an innovative web series of cinematic journalism. Selected works from the series screened in the Smithsonian exhibit “The Way We Worked” as well as included in the duo’s feature Nashville 2012 (2013) which won the 2013 Nashville Film Festival’s award for Best Feature in Tennessee.