Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Charleston Music Hall presents the inaugural Miyazaki Film Festival this June

Four films, four strong female characters

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 9:47 AM

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You know what this city has been missing? An anime film festival. No, seriously, we don't have anything like it in the Lowcountry, and it's kind of an oversight. Charleston Music Hall looks to remedy that problem with the inaugural Miyazaki Film Festival, presented at CMH this June and featuring four films written by Hayao Miyazaki.

The full day of flicks kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sat. June 16 and keeps going strong until a final screening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12/per film or $36/four film pass (which comes with a complimentary special poster). In addition to the films, 2Nixons' Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger will be slinging ramen in CMH's lobby, and additional vendors will be added as the date draws near. Now for those flicks:

Kiki's Delivery Service

The 1989 animated fantasy film (spoiler: all of these films are precisely that) tells the story of Kiki, a young witch, on her "mandatory year of independent life," in which she runs an air courier service (on a broom, no less). And if you're a big fan of the film, then you may be interested in recently released Kiki's Delivery Service inspired accessories and fragrances — for real.

Howl's Moving Castle

Like Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle features a teenage girl whose life is thrown into turmoil when she climbs aboard a moving castle — Howl's to be exact — and enters a magical world.

Spirited Away

One of the world's better known anime flicks (according to a poll of two City Paper staffers), Spirited Away is the story of a 10-year-old girl who moves to the suburbs, only to wander into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits. Oh yeah, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaa is the princess of a small kingdom on a post-apocalyptic Earth with a bioengineered ecological system, who becomes involved in a war between kingdoms.

Y'all, can we give it up for strong female characters in these films? We're not alone in seeing a trend here — Scott Brown of lomabeat.com recently wrote a piece, "She-roes: Strong Female leads on the Rise." He says:
These early female heroes aren’t just found in American films, but are ever-present in Japanese anime, specifically in the work Hayao Miyazaki. Whether it be Nausicaa of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind or San of Princess Mononoke, anime is filled with female heroes that simply embody a textbook definition of what a protagonist.
Hell yes.

Stay tuned for more details on the festival.
Event Details Miyazaki Film Fest
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Sat., June 16, 1 p.m.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

This Old House episodes filmed in Charleston debut March 31

Charmed, we're sure

Posted by Connelly Hardaway and Sam Spence on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 2:38 PM

What do a brick 1840s single house and multi-generational 1890s home in a "transitioning neighborhood" have in common? You can check both of them out on This Old House's new project, filmed in Charleston, premiering Sat., March 31 on SCETV.

The home improvement franchise is kind of the OG of the house porn empire — we're talking the TV show in its 39th season, spinoffs, a magazine, and website (gotta keep up, right?) And naturally, any house-ogling show is going to turn its eyes to Charleston every once in a while.

This spring you can follow the restoration of a Charleston single house, restored by the familiar TOH hosts, local development company Renew Urban, as well as students from the American College of the Building Arts. (Take a peek at the job site with these live webcams.)

In recent years, TOH has stressed the importance of trade education to the construction workforce and the preservation of traditional building techniques. During an ETV event at the ACBA last year, the hosts praised the school for its role in teaching vernacular trades.
The updated Hassell Street single house, according to ThisOldHouse.com, will now feature a backyard pool, pergola, and patio for outdoor dining.

Filming at the Ansonborough house has taken place on and off over the past year, but we're not sure where the season's second house is, described in program listings as a "multi-generational 1890s home in a nearby transitioning neighborhood."

This Old House airs on SCETV on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. Check the schedule at SCETV.org.

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Terrace Charleston Film Festival features a Lowcountry premiere, Indie Grants shorts, and a flick starring Helen Mirren

From Bob Dylan to Hedy Lamarr — you can see it all

Posted by Katie Molpus on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Isle of Palms is one of the Terrace Charleston Film Festival's Indie Grants shorts. - PROVIDED
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  • Isle of Palms is one of the Terrace Charleston Film Festival's Indie Grants shorts.
Event Details Terrace Charleston Film Festival
@ Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Highway
James Island
Charleston, SC
When: March 15-18
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The ninth annual Terrace Charleston Film Festival is back at the Terrace Theater this March, with screenings of regional, national, and international feature-length films and shorts from Thurs. March 15-Sun. March 18.

Most notably, the festival screens the Lowcountry premiere of What Haunts Us, a documentary about allegations of molestation made against a Porter-Gaud teacher — and the suicide of six Porter-Gaud alumni, all men from the class of '79. For the film, film maker Paige Goldberg Tolmach returns to her high school to interview students and teachers. What Haunts Us screens on Sat. March 17 at 7 p.m. and Sun. March 18 at 2:30 p.m.

WHAT HAUNTS US - TRAILER - 1025 from Paige Tolmach on Vimeo.

In addition to the premiere of What Haunts Us, the film fest presents, for the first time, feature shorts by several South Carolina filmmakers through the Indie Grants Program, a training and professional development program for independent filmmakers, which works to support and build the South Carolina independent film scene by funding the work of the state’s up and coming artists.

The fest will also feature a wide variety of full length films, from a Bob Dylan live concert series to the story of unsolved murders in a small Irish town. If you're more of the short-attention-span type, check out the Oscar shorts animation, a collection of Academy Award-nominated short films; local short film, Catch and Kill; and Crab Trap, a local short film about a man attempting to redeem himself in order to gain access to his alienated daughter.

Peruse some of the films below:

Indie Grants shorts

Sad Steve
Written and Directed by Eric B. Shanks, an Emmy-nominated producer/editor who’s worked on hits like The Voice and The Maya Rudolph Show, Sad Steve follows a newly single man during his struggles to find time to himself after a break-up. The cast includes Alex Staggs of Modern Family, Teacher’s Cate Freedman, Eliot Schwartz from The Groundlings, and Second City’s Alex Digiacinto.

Isle of Palms is about drugs, baby. - PROVIDED
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  • Isle of Palms is about drugs, baby.
Isle of Palms
Directed by John Barnhardt, in Isle of Palms a young man is sent on a search for Hugo Bereft, a mysterious molly dealer. The film, written by Joe Worthen, features dreamy shots of Charleston and stars Sean Michael Weber and Terry Serpico.

Blood Spook
In this work-in-progress Southern Gothic film (emphasis on work-in-progress), a guilt riddled man takes to the road to find forgiveness, but things take a dark turn when sex-workers are found dead. Blood Spook is directed by Steve Daniels and stars A.J. Bowen.
Helen Mirren stars in the Leisure Seeker. Need we say more. - PROVIDED
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  • Helen Mirren stars in the Leisure Seeker. Need we say more.

Feature Length films

Trouble No More
Director Jennifer Lebeau follows Bob Dylan’s creative shift during his gospel years, marked by the release of Slow Train Coming in 1979, Saved in 1980, and Shot of Love in 1981. The film, which premiered at the 2017 New York Film Festival, captures the energy and emotion of the live shows, and it features new material performed by Michael Shannon and a rare performance of “Shot of Love.”

No Stone Unturned

In 1994, six men were shot and killed while watching the World Cup at their local pub in Loughinisland. Twenty years later, their families were still searching for answers. Director Alex Gibney uncovers a story of loss and corruption in No Stone Unturned.


The developing relationship between Mona, a Lebanese informant, and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent sent to protect her, is tested by the threat of terror in this Eran Riklis thriller.

An Act of Defiance

An Act of Defiance, directed by Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde, follows the true story of Nelson Mandela and other political activists as they face a potential death sentence for resisting apartheid in South Africa, and Bram Fischer, played by Peter Paul Miller, the sympathetic lawyer who represents them. Fischer risks his life and career for the trial while he attempts to hide his personal involvement with the men he must defend.

Fanny’s Journey

During World War II, 13 year old Fanny and her sisters are sent to an Italian foster home for Jewish children to escape the Nazi occupation in France. After the Nazi’s arrive in Italy, Fanny and 11 other children must find their way to the Swiss border. The Lola Doillon film is based on a true story.

The Insult

An insult blown out of proportion finds a Lebanese Christian and a Palestinian refugee in court in modern day Beirut.

Faces Places

In this charming documentary, an unlikely friendship forms between 89 year old Agnes Varda, a French New Wave icon, and 33 year old acclaimed photographer and muralist JR. The pair travel around France learning the stories of strangers while producing huge portraits of the people they meet.

The Leisure Seeker

Catch an all-star cast with Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren as John and Ella Spencer, a runaway couple, who hit the highway in an old RV. On their way to the Ernest Hemingway Home, they recapture their romance despite hitting a few bumps on the road.

Final Portrait

Final Portrait features another high profile cast and crew. Stanley Tucci directs Geoffrey Rush, heartthrob Armie Hammer, and Tony Shalhoub in the offbeat story of a friendship between James Lord and Alberto Giacometti.

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Bombshell shares the fascinating life of Hedy Lamarr, from her role as a Hollywood knockout to her uncredited contributions to cell phone and bluetooth technology. Lamarr’s looks were the inspiration for Snow White and Catwoman brought her fame, but through never-before-heard audio recordings, Bombshell reveals the untold story of her genius, inventions, and the tragic last years of her life.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Watch 'Black Panther' for $6 on Sunday thanks to the Avery Research Center

The Terrace is offering the special rate only on Sunday at 4 p.m.

Posted by Adam Manno on Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 11:47 AM

Marvel's 'Black Panther' brought in $25.2 million on Thurs., Feb. 15 alone. - COURTESY OF WALT DISNEY PICTURES
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  • Marvel's 'Black Panther' brought in $25.2 million on Thurs., Feb. 15 alone.
The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is offering a special rate for anyone in the market to see S.C. native Chadwick Boseman stand up for Wakanda in Marvel's "Black Panther."

Mention the center at the 4 p.m. showing on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Terrace Theater for a one-time-only $6 ticket.

"Black Panther" raked in $76.6 million on Friday, according to Deadline Hollywood. That number includes Thursday’s preview ticket sales of $25.2 million. It's already poised to beat the three-day opening revenue of 2016's "Captain America: Civil War."

Leading man Chadwick Boseman hails from Anderson, S.C. You can catch him on newsstands on next week's cover of Time magazine.

Fifty-four people are marked as "going" on the screening's Facebook event, so we suggest getting there early if you really want to take advantage of this sweet deal.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Charleston Music Hall screens Best in Show and Spinal Tap as part of Christoper Guest film series

Dial it up to 11

Posted by Will Allen on Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:51 AM

Best in Show is one of the funny films playing at the Music Hall this spring. - PROVIDED/ART BY BECCA BARNET
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  • Best in Show is one of the funny films playing at the Music Hall this spring.
Attention mockumentary fans: The Charleston Music Hall is hosting a Christopher Guest film series. The Music Hall will honor the mock documentary filmmaker throughout March and April with four showings of four of his most famous movies.

The first showing is on Wed. March 7, when the Charleston Music Hall will present the cult favorite This Is Spinal Tap, the story of a fictional British heavy metal band. The film famously satirizes the big egos and eccentric personalities found throughout the music industry.

On Wed. March 21 there is a showing of Waiting for Guffman, which follows a small theater company in the fictional small town of Blaine, Missouri as they try to produce a musical chronicling the town’s history.

A showing of Best in Show will take place on Wed. April 4. This mockumentary follows five entrants in the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show and satirizes the intense and pretentious culture surrounding dog shows.

The final film, presented on Mon. April 16 is A Mighty Wind, about three folk bands that reunite for a television performance after decades of being apart. The film serves as a parody of the folk revival movement in the 1960s.

All showings will take place at the Charleston Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on their respective dates. Tickets for each movie cost $8, but you can get a $20 pass for all four movies or a $30 pass for all four movies and four specialty film posters. Oh yeah, and all those kickass posters were designed by local artist Becca Barnet.
Event Details Christopher Guest Film Festival
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, South Carolina
When: Wed., March 7, 7:30 p.m., Wed., March 21, 7:30 p.m., Wed., April 4, 7:30 p.m. and Mon., April 16, 7:30 p.m.
(843) 853-2252
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