Those who were in attendance for last year’s New Belgium Clips of Faith film festival, which unites beer and movies in an evening of fundraising for Charleston Moves, probably remember that the weather was stormy — not exactly ideal conditions for screening movies. This year though, the moon shone brightly during a pleasantly cool and cloudless evening, which must be at least partly responsible for the hike in attendance.
Though Charleston Moves hasn’t finished crunching the numbers, director Tom Bradford says this year’s fundraiser may have been the best to date. Though Clips of Faith is a film festival by name, the films by no means dominated the evening. Those who wanted to give the films their full attention did, while about half of the crowed opted to socialize.
Groups of college kids meandered in a never-ending cycle between the lines for obtaining beer tokens and actual beer, couples snuggled on blankets, and many excited dogs trotted about. Even with the option to sample four beers at a time, tasting every one of the 17 unique New Belgium brews was a daunting task — in fact, keeping track of which beer was which in any given sampler tray was hard enough.
The Taco Boy and Roti Rolls food trucks supplied great food, though Taco Boy ran out of its sliders too quickly. The Charleston Green Fair kept everyone in check, sustainability-wise, by providing corn-based compostable bio-plastic cups for the beer. Though everyone seemed to be having a great time, there was one big winner for the night: a lucky raffle ticket holder got to leave riding on a brand new Fat Tire beach cruiser. Let’s hope they do it again next year. We want that bike.