Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Terrace Theater extends screenings of film fest flicks, begins donation drive

Good news for the good-hearted

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 12:27 PM

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After a successful film festival last week, the Terrace Theater has decided to extend screenings of two of the fest's flicks, Sophie and the Rising Sun and I Am Not Your Negro.

Sophie and the Rising Sun was filmed in McClellanville and tells the story of two interracial lovers in WWII America. I Am Not Your Negro is the vision of director Raoul Peck, who imagines what James Baldwin's unfinished book, a narration about race in America, would be like.

Check out all dates and times online; the Terrace will continue to show the films as long as interest remains. Adult tickets are $11 and student, senior citizen, and military tickets are $8.

In addition to the extended screenings, the Terrace has some more good news: Beginning this Fri. March 24 the theater sets up a permanent donation box for Lowcountry Orphan Relief in its lobby. People can donate gently used items such as clothes, coats, shoes, pajamas, and stuffed animals, along with new items like toiletries, underwear, school supplies, diapers, etc.

In addition to this box, the Terrace will donate $1 of every ticket sale from Beauty and the Beast to the Lowcountry Orphan Relief fund. Learn more about LOR on their website.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ETV Endowment and SCETV host free public preview screening of The Great War

100 years later

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM

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Three days before the 100 year anniversary of WWI, ETV Endowment and SCETV screen a 35-minute preview of the new PBS documentary, The Great War.

The documentary explores the consequences of the first world war through the voices — captured in memoirs, diaries, and letters — of nurses, aviators, "dough boys," and journalists. The film also aims to tell the stories of key, yet often forsaken figures, including African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, and Native American code talkers.

After The Great War preview, there will be a screening of SCETV’s own documentary, Over Here: The Homefront during World War I. This film looks at the war from a local perspective, and how events on the homefront, from African-American participation in the war to military camps to the influenza epidemic of 1918, permanently altered the landscape of South Carolina.

The screening will be held Mon. April 3 at 6 p.m. at the CCPL main branch and is free and open to the public. The full-length version of Great War airs on SCETV April 10-12 at 9 p.m.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition launches TV and Movie Club

Preserving a nation

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/ Geechee Nation, will lead an open dialogue during each  of the Gullah/Geechee's TV and Movie Club's film screenings - JONATHAN BONCEK
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The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition's Gullah/Geechee Living History Series continues at the St. Helena Branch Library with the new Gullah/Geechee TV and Movie Club.

All are welcome to attend the club's screenings, which will focus on films related to the Gullah/Geechee nation; each showing will include an open dialogue led by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation, and links to additional educational resources.

The first screening will show part one of the documentary Reconstruction: The Second Civil War on Sat., May 20 at noon; Queen Quet appeared in and consulted for this PBS documentary. The launch of the club will also include a screening of the new documentary Black Beach/White Beach, a film focusing on how the "Black Biker Week" is treated differently from "Biker Week" in Myrtle Beach.

Queen Quet says about the club's series, "Ef hunnuh waan kno bout who webe, den hunnuh need fa be een disya club of movies and TV featurin de Gullah/Geechee!"

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Aziz Ansari announces season 2 premiere for Master of None

The wait is over

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 10:17 AM

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Columbia, S.C., native and perhaps Kayne West’s favorite comedian Aziz Ansari announced this week that the second season of his wildly successful Netflix series Master of None will soon be back for all your viewing pleasure.

The dapper comedian took to Twitter Wednesday to drop a brief — very brief — teaser for the new season, which will begin streaming on May 12. Created by Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards in its first season, taking home the honors for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

Premiering in the fall of 2015, Ansari explained the lengthy gap between the first and second seasons to The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “The show was so personalized, we dumped our heads into this, we just needed to be people and live our actual life. This show isn’t the type of show where we’re going to be able to just turn around and turn it in right away. We covered so much stuff in season one and wanted to make sure the ideas we had in season two were equally interesting and the episodes were just as ambitious.”

The short teaser for the new season gives away little in terms of what viewers can expect, but at least we can rest assured that there will be Vespas and vistas galore. While fans await the season premiere, let’s take a quick look back at one of the highlights of season 1.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Director of Sophie and the Rising Sun says thanks to McClellanville with festival screening


Posted by Matt Dobie on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:53 AM

“The experience of shooting in McClellanvile was really a gift,” says filmmaker Maggie Greenwald. Her topical drama, Sophie and the Rising Sun, is one of several locally shot films at the 8th Annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. You can catch Sophie and the Rising Sun on Fri. March 17 at 7 p.m. (followed by a Q&A with Greenwald) and Sat. March 18 at 4 p.m.

Being shot locally is all well and good, but are these high caliber films of the utmost professionalism? Greenwald’s certainly is, as evidenced by the critical acclaim it’s received, including its Official Selection title at Sundance.

The film is a historical drama set in rural South Carolina in 1941. An outsider — Mr. Ohta, a man of Asian descent — arrives in town under mysterious circumstances. Over time, he builds a rapport and becomes romantically involved with Sophie Willis, a quiet, reserved woman. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor, their relationship and even their lives are endangered by a whirlwind of misguided patriotism, prejudice, and paranoia.
The film is based on Augusta Trobaugh’s 2001 novel of the same name.

“The inspiration for [executive producer] Nancy Dickenson in optioning the book and beginning the process was that she loved the novel,” says Greenwald, “And she loved the characters, but she also thought of the United States possibly beginning to do the same thing to Muslim-Americans that we’d done to Japanese-Americans.”

It’s a narrative that has gained newfound poignancy considering the millions of Americans who have been affected by President Trump’s proposed travel ban. “The disturbing thing for us is that the book has become profoundly more relevant than it was when we started the project eight years ago,” says Greenwald. “Since the election, the timing of the release of the movie is really meant to be, because I don’t think there’s anyone who wouldn’t be moved by it now.”

The story takes place in the fictional town of Salty Creek, South Carolina. And though there are other locales throughout the southeast with the requisite marshland and moss-draped trees, “We came to South Carolina to scout because of the tax incentives,” says Greenwald.
[event-1]Come for the tax incentives, stay for the lush scenery.

Greenwald and her crew scouted several locations throughout the Lowcountry, but it wasn’t until they come upon a tiny coastal town just north of Charleston that a breakthrough happened. “We drove into McClellanville and we knew that this was Salty Creek,” says Greenwald. “And as we drove around and we looked at houses … I felt that it was waiting for us to discover it.”

They also found an equally accommodating community to boot. “The town was so welcoming and embraced us and we wanted to bring the town into our process,” says Greenwald. “We didn’t want to be those awful movie people. And we’re not. We’re not a big Hollywood movie. We’re independent filmmakers. We’re working on a modest budget, but it’s also part of our philosophy to connect with people. So people from the town were extras in the movie, the artwork in the film was created by local artists, and we hired local people to work in different capacities so I think it worked out really wonderfully for all of us.”
Film Details Sophie and the Rising Sun

Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a willowy fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the compelling story of two interracial lovers, Sophie, an artist who also fishes and sells crabs to the townfolk, the other an Asian gentleman, swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town badly beaten and under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. And when Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta's life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets - Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper - rejects law and propriety, risking their lives with their actions.

Numerous scenes in the film take place in and around the houses of the female leads and it was imperative for Greenwald to find homes that truly reflected each character. “And then, there they were. The houses just waiting for us,” she says. “Two of them were empty and so they were waiting for us to move in. There was just that kind of magical quality about being there. We were being welcomed not just by the people but by the entire place.”

And a small place it is. The total area of McClellanville is 2.4 square miles, affording the cast and crew a unique opportunity — one they totally embraced. “I loved being able to walk to every location,” says Greenwald. “I’ve never been able to do that on a movie.”

And so, Greenwald is returning to the Lowcountry for the Charleston Terrace Film Festival. And though the film has already shown at several film festivals throughout the country, Greenwald says showing it to Charleston is going to even more meaningful.

“It’ll be coming home to show the movie to people who helped make it,” she says. “This is our chance to thank everybody and say, ‘here, look what you helped make.’ I don’t think anything will mean more to me.”

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