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 email@example.com), and who knows? Maybe a couple of copies of the City Paper will make an appearance in an episode.
The program for this year’s Charleston Film Festival, which takes place March 7-10 at the Terrace Theater, was released last week, and there’s plenty on the schedule to attract any kind of movie fan. Here are some of our favorites:
British director Michael Apted has been following a group of British citizens from all walks of life since they were 7 years old, checking back in with them every seven years. 56 Up is the latest installment.
Rust and Bone is a French-Belgian film that got a lot of buzz in 2012. It tells the story of a killer whale trailer (Oscar winner Marion Cotillard), the young man who falls in love with her, and the tragedy they face along the way.
And the festival will feature a special screening of the locally produced Savannah, starring Jim Caviezel, Sam Shepard, and even 30 Rock’s Jack McBrayer. It gives a little insight into the history of Charleston’s sister city.
The fest also features a number of short film blocks, including selections from the annual Indie Grits festival in Columbia. Individual film passes are $10, or you can get a festival pass for $77.
Visit terracetheater.com for more info.
February is Black History Month, and the 2013 Florence Short Film Showcase is acknowledging the event by featuring seven short films directed by or telling the story of an African American person. Set for Fri. Feb. 8 from 6:30-10 p.m., the event will take place in the technology center at the Florence-Darlington Technical Community College. Tickets are $20.
The seven film line-up includes titles like Letters from Home directed by Keva Keyes, Lover directed by Roy Hurst, Girls in White Dresses directed by Rosina Wilkins Shoate, and more. Hosting the event is Bhakti Larry Hough, the operations manager at Radio Bahai, WLGI-FM in Hemingway and a noted jazz musician.
Tickets can be purchased at the door or online, and general admission includes a pre-screening wine reception, followed by the film screening beginning at 7 p.m., and finally a champagne reception to discuss the films. At the end of the evening, the audience will choose the best short film of the showcase. The films range in genre from dramatic to comedic, and this year, there will even be a cartoon.
Find out more at florenceshortfilmshowcase.com.
The Charleston International Film Festival has teamed up with Southwest Airlines and Embassy Suites Hotels to offer a major trip giveaway. One lucky winner will receive two round-trip tickets to Charleston (from any city served by Southwest), a five-night stay at the Embassy Suites Charleston (April 24-28, 2013), and two all-access festival passes that include screenings, industry panel discussions, workshops, and parties.
You’ll be entered in the contest by donating to the festival, but donations aren’t required for entry — just go to charlestoniff.org for a chance to win. You can enter as often as you like through March 1.
If you live in Charleston and you don’t need the plane tickets (which we’re guessing is the case if you’re reading this), the tickets will still be issued to that person to use at their discretion.