Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival kicks off tonight

La dolce vita

Posted by Erin Davis on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 5:15 PM

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is still going strong despite setbacks due to Hurricane Matthew. A full schedule of all events can be seen here. Tickets are sold 
online and at the door at $8 per film and all screenings will be at the Sottile Theatre at 44 George St.

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano fest is no small affair. For the 10th year in a row, the fest is screening Italy’s newest and most artistic films, bringing a taste of the country's rich culture to the Charleston Lowcountry. Founded by Giovanna de Luca, associate professor of Italian at the College of Charleston, the festival will host screenings of 12 different films, the first of which is entitled Loro chi? or Them Who?

Piero Messina, director of L’attesa, which will be shown on Oct. 23 at 4:30 p.m., will speak at the festival, along with actor Rimau Grillo Ritzberger, star of the film Un Bacio, screening Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to hear these Italian artists speak about their work and the importance of Italian film on a global scale.

The festival will close with Gabriele Mainetti’s Lo chiamavano Jeeg Robot, for which he won a total of 13 awards, including “Best New Director” at the David di Donatello Awards. 

Terrace Theater hosts three special screenings next week

Don't they ever stop migrating?

Posted by Sigrid Johannes on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:29 PM

This isn’t your average pre-Halloween movie marathon, but it’s just as scary. Next week the Terrace Theater on Maybank Highway hosts three special screenings. Read 
on for details and get tickets here. 

Seed: The Untold Story // Oct. 24 at 2:30 and 7:15 p.m.
This documentary from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine and Grizzly Man explores the dramatic loss of seed diversity and what this could mean for our global food supply. The film features environmental scholars and activists like Jane Goodall, Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke, and Andrew Kimbrell. Enjoy a panel discussion before the film and an informal conversation afterwards with local organic farmers. The first 50 guests will receive a free bag of non-GMO popcorn from Holy Cow Yoga.

Denial // Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. 
Denial follows the true story of the legal battle between Deborah Lipstadt, a renowned Holocaust scholar, and David Irving, a Holocaust denier. A discussion will follow the film, led by Citadel professor Dr. Amy Emm and attorney Stephen Glickman. Read Dustin Waters' preview of it here.

The Birds // Oct. 27 at 9 pm // Oct. 28 at 9 and 11:30 p.m. 
You can’t go wrong with this Alfred Hitchcock classic, The Birds. Watch the terrifying ordeal of Bodega Bay in a fully restored, digital format.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Marlon Wayans romantic comedy closes downtown block

And action

Posted by Dustin Waters on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Crews on King Street filming a new romantic comedy starring Marlon Wayans - DUSTIN WATERS
  • Dustin Waters
  • Crews on King Street filming a new romantic comedy starring Marlon Wayans
If you happen to see someone hit by a car on King Street today, try not to be alarmed. It’s most likely all just part of an untitled romantic comedy starring Marlon Wayans.

Currently referred to as “Untitled Marlon Wayans Project” (pretty catchy, but chances are the title will change to Naked), the movie filmed downtown Tuesday. According to a letter handed out to residents and businesses in the area, those working on the project requested a one-hour closure of the block of King Street between Woolfe and Mary streets to take place before 4 p.m. to allow for the safe filming of exterior scenes.

The scene inside the road closure involves a small stunt during which a character exits a shop and is struck by an oncoming car. The notice handed out says that the stunt performers involved are trained professionals, so don’t worry.

“We greatly appreciate your time and willingness to help with this endeavor,” the letter reads. “We’re very excited to feature the beauty of Charleston in our movie.”

Charleston: There’s no place more beautiful to film getting hit by a car.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Film screening and discussion examine the troubling struggle against Holocaust denial

Defending the truth

Posted by Dustin Waters on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 1:23 PM

Recounting the disturbing real-life legal battle against accused Holocaust denier David Irving, Denial stars Rachel Weisz as Deborah E. Lipstadt, the author and historian sued for libel and faced with proving that the Holocaust actually occurred.

In 1993, following the release of her book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory, Lipstadt and her publisher faced legal action after the author called out Irving for refuting the events of the Holocaust in his work. As the legal battle made its way to an English court, which placed the burden of proof on the defendant, Lipstadt and her team faced the responsibility of protecting the legitimacy of history studies.

As part of the Charleston Jewish Community Center’s Without Walls Filmfest, Denial will be screened Thurs. Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Terrace Theater, 1956 Maybank Hwy. The viewing will be followed by a discussion led by Citadel professor Dr. Amy Emm and attorney Stephen Glickman. General admission is $10.50 and $18 for reserved seating and a donation to the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness.

Sponsored by the Charleston JCC Without Walls Filmfest, Terrace Theater, and the Charleston Jewish Federation, this special screening and discussion will offer a unique look at the importance of protecting the truth and examining the darkest parts of the past.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Let’s all wish Bill Murray a happy birthday

Charleston favorite turns 66

Posted by Dustin Waters on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM

Bill Murray will receive the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 23 - MICHAEL SCOTT SLOSAR/SAG FOUNDATION/CONTOUR BY GETTY IMAGES
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  • Bill Murray will receive the 19th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 23
Seeing as how Bill Murray has become a sort of modern-day folk hero amongst the people of Charleston — popping up randomly in the background of bar photos and trying to lift mayors at minor league baseball games — we at the City Paper would be remiss if we didn’t extend a warm “Happy birthday” to the man who has brought us all so much joy.

Born on this day in 1950, William James Murray grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Murray’s mother was a mailroom worker at American Hospital Supply Corp. for 17 years before her retirement in 1986. His father sold lumber. Together the couple raised nine children, four of which pursued careers in show business.

Since those days of growing up in Wilmette, Ill., and working as a caddy at the local country club, Murray has gone on to become one of the most revered comedy minds living today. The list of his numerous television and film roles is too long to include here. Instead, let’s consider what movies he hasn’t been in — specifically 1989’s Batman.

It’s been reported that Murray was considered for the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Tim Burton blockbuster. What would the world be like today if Murray had delivered Michael Keaton’s now classic line: “You wanna get nuts? Come on, let’s get nuts.”

In a 2014 interview with David Letterman, Murray acknowledged the long-standing rumors surrounding him and the Caped Crusader, joking that although he loved Michael Keaton in the role, he would have made an “awesome Batman.”

Perhaps Murray would have completely lost himself in the role and would now be spending his nights swinging from steeple to steeple across the Charleston skyline, subduing burglars and seducing women dressed as cats.

Murray was also in the running to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. The role ultimately went to Harrison Ford, but if it hadn’t, maybe people would be trying to outrun giant foam boulders between innings at RiverDogs’ games.

But regardless of the roles that Murray has passed over during his celebrated career and how that would have affected the world today, there’s no arguing that Murray has definitely had an impact on Charleston and vice versa. So, if you read this and get a chance today, dedicate a birthday toast to the one-of-a-kind entertainer. Cheers, Mr. Murray.

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