Cinematics: deepsouth

Local nonprofit The Chattery and collaborative workspace Society of Work are teaming up with Chattanooga CARES for National African-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Month to show deepsouth, a documentary film about the neglected HIV/AIDS crisis in the rural American South.

The screening will take place on February 23 starting at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Enora “Nori” Moss. This is the sixth in the Cinematics program series, a yearlong movie experience that combines the education of The Chattery and the collaboration of Society of Work to teach and engage Chattanoogans in conversation through the art of film.

African Americans in Tennessee are disproportionately affected by HIV, comprising 60 percent of the 712 newly reported new HIV cases in 2015 within the state. In that same year, African Americans represented 56 percent of all Tennesseans living with a diagnosis of HIV, while making up only 17 percent of the state’s population.

“Chattanooga CARES is excited to be partnering with The Chattery to raise awareness about HIV amongst African Americans,” says Cory Howard, project manager at Chattanooga CARES. “Unfortunately, the HIV epidemic disproportionately affects the African-American community, particularly in the South.  This is why it’s important to bring awareness about this issue not only during National African-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but year-round.”

Cinematics is funded by the UNFoundation, a grassroots giving circle that empowers Chattanoogans through philanthropy. Trustees pool money to fund projects that make Chattanooga better. The giving circle has funded community gardens, a 3D Printer, film festivals, and even a handicap accessible zip line. Chattanooga CARES is an additional sponsor of this screening.

The screening of deepsouth will take place at the Edney Innovation Center, located at 1100 Market Street. At the event, Community Pie is providing free pizza, and The Bitter Alibi is providing free beer.

It is free and open to the public. For more information on February’s event, please visit

About The Chattery

Founded in 2014, The Chattery believes in enjoyable education and community collaboration by offering fun, affordable and accessible classes to the Chattanooga community. The Chattery also provides an unlimited variety of events, lecture series and workshops by serving as ambassadors who help cultivate and encourage your passions. For more information, visit

About Society of Work

In our membership­-based shared office space, we’re creating a culture where things get done. People at Society are here to build something great—startups, communities, freelance networks, individual relationships. Anything with a pulse. Grow your business. Grow your relationships. Grow your life. Society of Work is the place. Learn more at

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