Monday, July 18, 2016

Did you spot all the Charleston sights on 'Vice Principals' Ep. 1?

Scene spotting

Posted by David Hall on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Danny McBride made his debut as Vice Principal Neal Gamby last night - SCREENSHOT
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Alright y’all, so last night Vice Principals debuted on HBO. Now, as you may have heard, the new series starring Danny McBride was filmed right here in the Lowcountry. So we decided to start a running list of all the places they filmed.

First off, Stall High School is front and center as the main stage for the show. The episode opens with stars McBride as Neal Gamby and Walton Goggins as Lee Russell raising the flag with their soon-to-be retired Principal Wales played by Charleston’s most famous resident, Bill Murray.

After a few different scenes around the high school, we’re brought to live oaks and stables to watch Gamby’s daughter ride horses over at Middleton Equestrian Center.
This sweet ride actually exists near this spot on Margle Way in North Charleston - SCREENSHOT
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Gamby then heads home to a neighborhood off Dorchester Road, and we discovered that badass truck is not a prop. If you go to Google Street View, you can check that bad boy nestled in right where it is in the show. What a beauty.

Daniel Island is the next lowcountry scene as Gamby picks up a student to give him a good talking to. They cruise down Seven Farms Drive and drive past Daniel Island shops as the Volvo Car Stadium can be made out in the background. 

That’s all we noticed this week, but stay tuned to see what else we catch as we watch each week's episode.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Danny McBride reveals how he recruited Bill Murray for 'Vice Principals'

Kenny Powers and Steve Zissou meet cute

Posted by Becca Starkes on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 11:04 AM

As you may already know, Danny McBride’s new series, Vice Principals (premiering this
Sun. July 17 on HBO) was filmed at various locations in and around Charleston. The show is centered around two school officials, played by McBride and Walton Goggins, who are in competition to obtain the title of vice principal at the high school where they work. Spoiler alert: The two become fast friends after neither snags the job.

Since filming occurred in Charleston, it’s no surprise that McBride asked Bill Murray to make an appearance in the show. And on Monday, McBride told the New York Times how he snagged the Hollywood star. Turns out McBride pitched the role of the outgoing high school principal to Murray at a Riverdogs baseball game back in April last year when the two attended together during Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown: Charleston episode filming. 

After providing Murray with a copy of the script at the RiverDogs
game, McBride says,
“The next day he emailed and was like, ‘I’d be very happy to play Principal What’s-His- Name.’”
To read the full interview with McBride, head over to the Times article here.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Danny McBride's Vice Principals debuts Sunday for short two-season run

Also, Bill Murray

Posted by Sam Spence on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Sunday night marks the debut of Vice Principals, the newest TV show to be shot in Charleston. The Danny Mcbride-starring comedy will premiere at 10:30 p.m. on HBO. But this series will be a little different than the others — it already has a definitive end.

Vice Principals co-creator McBride told Variety last week that after the show wraps up the 18-episode cable TV series — it'll be spread over two seasons — that's it for the Charleston show.

McBride and his writing partner Jody Hill reportedly wrote Vice Principals initially as screenplay a decade ago, but it took that long to beef it up and get around to filming it. When they did, crews spread across the area last fall filming the show in Park Circle, at Stall High School, Porter-Gaud, Edmund's Oast, and Taco Boy, among other locations.

The show documents a single school year at North Jackson High School and the principal politics between McBride and the inimitable Walton Goggins who are jockeying to replace the outgoing top dog, played by Bill Murray.

For the record, we're just going to go ahead and say that we predicted the show's limited run back in April of last year when McBride called the show an "18-part miniseries." OK, he kind of spelled it out, but now it's official. Tune in on Sunday.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Terrace Theatre's screening of 'Dark Horse' to benefit local charity

Screenings for a cause

Posted by Joe Riley on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:45 AM

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This Fri. June 24 the 2015 documentary Dark Horse: The Incredible Story of Dream Alliance will premiere at the Terrace Theatre, with a portion of ticket sales going to benefit Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding. Buy tickets for a screening here.

Dark Horse tells the true story of Dream Alliance, a Welsh racing horse from Cefn Fforest (yes, it's spelled like that), one of the poorest mining valleys in Wales. In 2009 Dream Alliance went on to win the Welsh Grand National to the astonishment of the racing elite. Dark Horse won the audience award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and the Washington Post has called the film a “lovable documentary” that is “earnest, sweet and told with sentimentality.”

A portion of ticket sales from June 24 to June 26 will be donated to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities through riding and interacting with horses. CATR’s professional instructors and well-trained horses are dedicated to helping individuals with diseases such as Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and post-traumatic stress disorder experience movement, build confidence and strength, and gain new skills.

For more information about CATR’s programs, head here.

Local film studio begins crowdfunding for pot trafficking documentary, 'Gentlemen Smugglers'

Truth is stranger than fiction ...

Posted by David Hall on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 10:39 AM

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Charleston’s Black Bear Studio, a relatively new production company in Charleston, has begun crowdfunding for their upcoming documentary, The Gentlemen Smugglers.

The film will detail the story of South Carolina marijuana drug traffickers, known popularly as “The Gentlemen Smugglers.” Their go-lucky attitude and aversion to violence earned them the nickname in the '70s. Back then, the group used boats to smuggle an estimated 347,000 pounds of marijuana up and down the east coast. They were caught in the 1980s. Warren Ostergard, co-owner of Black Bear Studios, is the film’s lead producer.

(City Paper wrote about Jason Ryan's book on the smugglers, Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, back in 2011.) 

“The documentary [has] got to be made,” says Ostergard. “This thing is so engaging and you can’t create characters like these guys.”

Ostergard says those characters, mainly the kingpins of the operation Barry Foy and Les Riley, make for the most compelling aspect of the film. Over the past year and half since Ostergard first bought the rights to make the film, he said he’s actually become good friends with Foy and Riley, who now reside in the area after 11 and 17 years of jail time, respectively.

“These guys, they’re good people,” says Ostergard. “They paid the price.”

These days, Ostergard and his partners have had to pay a price of their own to tell their story. According to Ostergard, he and his partners already invested a hefty sum of $100,000 to begin production of the documentary. That’s funded around a third of the film’s production, according to Ostergard. To complete production, the studio is asking the public for $250,000 more. That money will go towards paying crews and shooting re-enactments of the smugglers' many colorful stories.

Ostergard has even hired Foy, now a contractor, to build the studio’s production space. The facility includes a cyclorama, hair and makeup bays, and a collaboration space. The studio has been around about a year and half, making their own films as well as renting out their space to other productions in the Lowcountry, including Southern Charm, which shoots all its interviews in the studio’s space. The studio is even credited to a few national releases, like Nine Eleven, starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charlie Sheen.

The filmmakers expect the documentary to be completed sometime in 2017, so long as fundraising goes according to plan. 

“We feel it’s a story that has to be told,” Ostergard said. “It’s generally an awareness problem. If people know what we’re doing they may throw 50 bucks or five bucks or 10 bucks at it to get it made and that’s what it takes.”

If you would like to donate or get more information on the film and see a teaser trailer, visit their indiegogo page here.

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