Clarence Felder, Dear John 

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Clarence Felder at Terrace

A new film made in the Lowcountry will get its first screening at the Terrace Theatre next month. It's called All for Liberty and it's about the remarkable life of Henry Felder, a German-Swiss immigrant settled in South Carolina who wrote the Articles of Separation to justify independence from England.

The film stars Clarence Felder (yes, there's a relation) as the story's hero. Look up Felder on the Internet Movie Database and you'll find a list of credits (most of them character parts) as long as your arm. His wife Chris Weatherhead also has a key role in the film. Together, they run Moving Images Group, the Actors Theatre of South Carolina, and the Felder Film Festival (you know it from the Piccolo Spoleto Festival).

The screening is set for Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Terrace Theatre. So far, it's by invitation only. For more, go to

Dear John immune to strike

No need to worry about Dear John being affected by another Hollywood strike.

Publicist Scott Levine says Dear John wrapped on Dec. 16, well before the Screen Actors Guild, Hollywood's largest union, was able to rally the votes needed to force a work stoppage.

Besides, Levine says, Dear John is an independent production of Relativity Media and Screen Gems. It's been free of the contract obligations facing major studios. The movie, based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks, is about a combat soldier who falls in love with an idealistic college student. It stars Tatum Channing (Stop-Loss), Amanda Seyfried, (Mamma Mia!) and Richard Jenkins (Six Feet Under), as a distant father.

The Screen Actors Guild is calling for its 120,000 members to vote on Jan. 2. Strike talk emerged after contract negotiations failed with a consortium of movie studios — mostly due to friction over rights to revenue generated by online content.

City Paper learned last month that some inside the production of Army Wives, the popular Lifetime show made in Charleston, are worried about a strike. It starts shooting in January for a third season. But Harry Bring, an Army Wives producer, tells City Paper there's no need to worry. A contract with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists was finalized in June. If SAG strikes, it won't affect Army Wives.

A strike seems unlikely anyway. According to news reports, few in Hollywood take SAG's threat seriously, because of divisions in its leadership and a sagging economy. Besides, SAG needs 75 percent of members who vote to greenlight a strike. Votes will be counted on Jan. 23. —John Stoehr


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