SOUTHERN BELLE is an entertaining look at a unique summer camp that provides young ladies from around the world with the opportunity to learn about and live the life of a southern belle.
The camp operates out of the historic headmaster’s home of the Athenaeum Girls School, a surprisingly progressive college for young women from 1852-1904. For one week every summer, organizers aim to recreate the life of a student during 1861. While the college was considered revolutionary for its time — teaching a rigorous curriculum in the sciences and math to women — its reincarnation focuses more on manners, etiquette and dress.
Stepping back into the time of Gone with the Wind's Scarlett O'Hara, these "daughters of the South" must embrace a culture that is worlds away from their present day lives. Stripped of their cell phones, iPads and casual clothes, can these modern girls survive the difficult process of becoming well-mannered, genteel southern ladies?
Produced by MakeWright Films, 2010.