Good news for South Carolina’s growing film industry: The Film Rebate Bill (S.163), passed by the Legislature last week, was subsequently signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.
This means, for one thing, that when film companies buy supplies from S.C. vendors, they’ll get up to 30 percent off in rebates, as opposed to the previous 15 percent. Film companies will also receive higher rebates for wages spent — from 15 percent to 25 percent for S.C. residents and up to 20 percent for all others.
No tax increases will be required to make these adjustments, but the bill is expect to lure more productions to the Palmetto State, resulting in increased jobs and revenue.
The Carolina Film Alliance’s president expressed his support of the bill, saying, “What it says to the film industry around the world is that South Carolina values the millions of dollars that film companies will now spend here with local small business, such as hardware stores, restaurants, lumber yards, and dry cleaners — attracting millions in capital investment to grow the economy, creating jobs, and showcasing South Carolina’s geographic beauty to the world on the big screen.”
Columbia's Indie Grits Festival kicked off this past weekend, but if you didn't make it, don't worry — it continues through April 21. Presented by the Nickelodeon Theatre, the annual event features the best in indie Southeastern film, and a lot of other cool stuff too, like music, food, parties, and even puppets.
If you're free tonight (April 15), head up 26 for Cinemovements, a partnership between Indie Grits and the S.C. Philharmonic that pairs four newly commissioned silent films with music from a live quartet. Filmmakers for this year are Indie Grits alums Roger Beebe, Steve Daniels, David Montgomery, Gideon C. Kennedy, and Marcus Rosentrater.
In the film department, you can catch screenings April 15 and 16, but the competition films don't start until Wed. April 17. The winning films will be shown on Sun. April 21. You can see the full lineup here — there are plenty of choices.
For music, there's a Pizza Party (yes, an actual pizza party) with Belk Boys and Yacht Rock DJ on April 17; Dent May, Dog Bite, and People Person at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 18; and Burnt Books and Happiness Bomb at Hunter Gatherer on April 19. We hear these shows always sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time.
Kindie Grits is the festival's children's division, and on April 20, kids can find out about how movies are made from media educator Frank W. Baker. Kids 8-14 are invited to attend.
Charleston has finally hit the big time: We’re getting our very own Bravo reality show called Southern Charm. Here’s the official word from Bravo:
“The notoriously closed society of Charleston, South Carolina unlocks the gates of their centuries-old plantation homes for a real-life look at how modern-day Southern aristocracy lives. Get charmed by the social scene which is bound by tradition and ostentation unlike any other culture in America, through a group of the city’s most charismatic gentlemen and their Southern belle equals.”
We’ve heard whispers about the show since at least last summer, when the pilot is rumored to have been filmed. Apparently, Thomas Ravenel, a former state treasurer who served time for drug charges, is a star of the show. We reached out to T-Rav, and all he had to say was this: “Sorry but Bravo has their own PR dept and I am contractually obligated not to say anything.” Boring.
FITSNews (where Ravenel is an occasional contributor) reports other cast members include Shep Rose, nephew of former S.C. Department of Safety director Boykin Rose, as well as executive producer Whitney Sudler-Smith. Sudler-Smith is the son of Patricia Altshul, the Manhattan socialite who moved to a mansion South of Broad in 2008. According to FITS, Sudler-Smith’s cousin Nick Loeb is engaged to Sofia Vergara, who recently attracted attention when she spent Easter weekend in Charleston. It’s all coming together.
FITS reports that filming will begin next month.
As usual, the Park Circle Film Society has a pretty full schedule planned for the next month.
Be sure to catch the 2013 Oscar Shorts on March 23 and March 30 at 8 p.m. The March 23 screening features five live action shorts (Asad, Buzkashi Boys, Curfew, Death of a Shadow, Henry), while the March 30 event is focused on animation (Fresh Guacamole, Adam and Dog, Head Over Heels, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare,” Paperman).
The April lineup kicks off on the 6th with Hunky Dory, a British coming-of-age film from the producer of Billy Elliot starring Minnie Driver. April 13 is A Place at the Table, a documentary that looks at under-nourished Americans. The screening includes a food drive and will be followed by a panel discussion. On April 20, Future Weather is about a young girl who’s abandoned by her mother and takes her survival into her own hands. On April 21, The Island President looks at President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives as he works to rescue his country from rising sea levels. Wrapping things up on April 27, Welcome to Pine Hill follows a reformed drug dealer in the days following a grim medical diagnosis.
See parkcirclefilms.org for more.
It might not be long before broadcast television is as charmed with Charleston as the millions of fans of Army Wives. CBS is currently filming a pilot for the hour-long drama Reckless around town, and according to a recent story in the Post and Courier, the show is “written about Charleston for Charleston.”
Deadline.com describes the plot as revolving around “Jamie, a gorgeous Yankee litigator, and Roy, a Southern city attorney, who struggle to hide their intense attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal.” We bet stuff like this happens all the time at the Four Corners.
The show will star Anna Wood (Chronicle, Deception), Shawn Hatosy (Southland), Cam Gigandet (Twilight, Easy A), Adam Rodriguez (CSI Miami), and Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey on Mad Men). IMDB has Catherine Hardwicke listed as the director — as in the Catherine Hardwicke of the first Twilight film. Yep. This could very well be a big deal for the Holy City.
The show has already set up a Facebook page for extras (or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), and who knows? Maybe a couple of copies of the City Paper will make an appearance in an episode.