Monday, November 20, 2017

Two Trains Runnin' makes its South Carolina premiere at the Terrace tomorrow night

Followed by a Q&A

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 10:06 AM

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Two Trains Runnin', a documentary about the search for two forgotten blues singers in Mississippi during the height of the American civil rights movement, makes its South Carolina premiere tomorrow night. Civil rights leader and Summerville resident David Dennis, who appears in the movie, will be on hand for a Q&A following the film, along with Charleston native and Two Trains Runnin' writer Benjamin Hedin. The screening takes place at the Terrace on Tues. Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 and can be purchased online.

Two Trains Runnin', directed by Sam Pollard; narrated by Common; and featuring the music of Gary Clark Jr., Buddy Guy, Valerie June, and Lucinda Williams is a feature-length documentary about 1964's Freedom Summer, when hundreds of college students traveled to Mississippi to join the civil rights movement. That same summer another group traveled to Mississippi, comprised of musicians, college students, and record collectors. Their goal? To find old blues singers, Son House and Skip James, and coax them out of retirement. 

The New York Times describes the documentary as, "The convergence of idealism, brutality, and artistic genius."

Learn more about the people behind Two Trains Runnin' at

Two Trains Runnin' from Avalon Films on Vimeo.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Here's how to score tickets to season finale screening of Vice Principals at the Terrace this Sunday

See Danny boy in the flesh

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Fri, Nov 10, 2017 at 10:44 AM

All Vice Principals fans — imagine watching the final two episodes of season 2 in the good company of other like-minded T.V. bingers, and the star himself, Danny McBride. Well, now you can.

The first 20 people who email will score a seat at the Terrace Theater's finale screening this Sunday at 7 p.m. Danny McBride will be in attendance, so yes, this is a step-up from your couch potato plans. Email away.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

"Backpedal," a film about the Ashley River Bridge bike lane controversy, wins best documentary award

One step back

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 1:36 PM

'Backpedal' was filmed right here in Charleston - SCREENSHOT FROM 'BACKPEDAL'
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  • 'Backpedal' was filmed right here in Charleston

This weekend local filmmaking company, Lunch and Recess, took home Best Documentary at Greenville, S.C.'s Reedy Reels Film Festival for their feature documentary, Backpedal. Directed by Ryan Cockrell, the film follows the controversy surrounding Charleston's Ashley River Bridge. This is the third festival award for the film, which was also recognized at the New York Bicycle Film Fest and Depth of Field International Film Festival.

In a director's statement Cockrell says, "Backpedal is the most significant documentary ever made about Charleston, except for Southern Charm. I promise you’ll love it. It’s almost as funny as sitting through a city council meeting." Check the trailer out below.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Shepard Fairey documentary, 'Obey Giant,' premieres on Hulu this weekend

Healing through art

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Shepard Fairey grew up in Charleston - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Shepard Fairey grew up in Charleston
Charleston native Shepard Fairey has a new documentary, Obey Giant, produced by documentary filmmaker James Moll and actor James Franco, coming out this Sat. Nov. 11 on Hulu. The flick's IMBD page describes Obey Giant as "a documentary profiling the life and work of artists Shepard Fairey, following his roots in punk rock and skateboarding to the creation of the iconic Obama HOPE poster."
Also set to open this Saturday is Fairey's biggest gallery show ever, Damaged, held in a Chinatown warehouse. The New York Times reported on Fairey's new exhibition last week, "The mood of the exhibition: what happens when hope gets trampled but not killed." The Charleston native splashed onto the politically inspired art scene with his 2008 "Hope" poster, which, for most viewers, seemed to capture the optimism inherent in Barack Obama's presidential campaign. That image later came to haunt Fairey; in 2012 Fairey admitted to fabricating documents and lying in a civil lawsuit brought against him by the Associated Press. According to the NYT, Fairey issued an apology for evidence tampering in Obey Giant, describing that period of his life as, "the first time I felt so overwhelmed that I did something cowardly."
Earlier this year Fairey created a poster series, We the People, designed to be healing and inclusive in the face of president Trump's election. He told PBS Newshour, "Art, on the other hand, is healing and inclusive, whether topically it celebrates humanity, or whether it’s just compelling visuals to make a human connection."
Damaged will feature 200 new paintings, prints, and illustrations, with pieces that focus on topics that range from Wall Street excesses to destructive environmental policies. NYT writer Jori Finkel describes some of the new work as "surprisingly friendly," featuring idealized images of African-America, Mexican-American, Asian-American, and Middle Eastern women.

“As angry as I am, I think that in times of division, scapegoating and hatefulness, it’s important to look for common humanity,” says Fairey. “I think respecting human dignity is really punk rock right now.”

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Friday, November 3, 2017

'Southern Charm' spinoff, 'RelationShep,' debuts on Mon. Dec. 4

Charmed, we're sure

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Nov 3, 2017 at 2:27 PM

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Get ready #SoCharm lovers. Shep Rose seeks love on Bravo's newest show, RelationShep, a spinoff of everyone's favorite Charleston reality show, Southern Charm debuting on Bravo on Mon. Dec. 4 at 10 p.m.

Earlier this summer CP Southern Charm beat reporter Dustin Waters unpacked RelationShep's preview teaser:
"We are treated to a dizzying montage of fresh-faced women as they meet Shep. One rides a horse. Another really likes beer, which is a big plus for Shep. We are then told in voiceover that if Shep makes a meaningful connection with these women, they will be invited back to Charleston. But before reaching his happily-ever-after, Shep must first hear his failures and shortcomings detailed by this cavalcade of female suitors."
Check out the full trailer below. Tune in for the premiere, then check out Waters' recap Tues. Dec. 5.

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