Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Three Charleston-area students named as finalists in state's 2020 Young Filmmakers Project

Watch the short films on May 23

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Each short film had to incorporate a cassette - PROVIDED
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  • Each short film had to incorporate a cassette
This week the South Carolina Film Commission announced the 12 statewide finalists for the 2020 Young Filmmakers Project, with three finalists from the Charleston area. The 12 finalists will screen at the virtual Young Filmmakers Film Festival on May 23 at 2 p.m.

The online event is free to attend but you can register ahead of time online.

These 12 two-minute short films represent the best high school filmmaking in the state. In a press release, South Carolina Film Commission's Matt Storm said, "The films and filmmakers keep getting better and better. This crop was the best we’ve ever had and we’re excited to show them off."

Local representatives include: Summerville High School's Paige Dionysius and Ellison Mitchum and their film A Short Cut Short; James Island Charter High School's Caleb Trunkle, Sebastian Drusin, Max White and Samuel Lamar with Walk Man; and North Charleston's Palmetto Scholars Academy students, Dorian Del Valle, Jesse Stratford, Trevor Riney and Nigel Gaillard's Witness Protection.

In addition to the annual filmmaking competition aspect of the Young Filmmakers Project, this project is accompanied by a series of instructional programs including screenings, workshops, and panels with South Carolina production crew and department heads. Learn more about the project online at indiegrants.org.

Program coordinator Jessica Garner said, "It’s inspiring to see what these students came up with, and we're excited to see where their careers might lead within the industry."

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Head to The Bend for drive-in movies starting Friday

Movies on the Ashley River

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 12, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Talk about a cool drive-in movie venue - FILE PHOTO
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  • Talk about a cool drive-in movie venue
Outdoor event venue The Bend will host drive-in movies beginning this Friday. The Bend will present flicks every Fri.-Sun. through June 7. Grab your pals, load up the car ($25 per vehicle) and head out to the property on the Ashley River.

Each evening throughout the weekend offers a different theme: "date night Fridays" feature classic love stories and romantic comedies; "family Saturdays" feature flicks with a PG or G rating; and "musical Sundays" feature all kinds of musicals (naturally), and guests are encouraged to dress to theme.

This Friday's film is The Proposal, followed by Dolittle on Saturday and Grease on Sunday. Most movies start at 7 p.m. each night. Check out the full lineup and buy tickets online.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be capped at a certain number to maintain social distancing among viewers.

Guests can also order food in advance, from a rotating list of participating local restaurants. There will be beer and wine for sale and guests may dine at tables set up under The Bend's pavilion. Outside food and nonalcoholic beverages are permitted.

In a statement The Bend's owner, Susan Pearlstine Norton, said: "Our goal at The Bend has always been to bring people together. The pandemic has taught us how to do this creatively. We hope this helps people feel a bit normal again."

Stay up-to-date with The Bend's food and drink offerings and other movie info by following their Instagram and Facebook
Event Details Drive In Movies at The Bend
@ The Bend
3775 Azaela Dr.
North Charleston, SC
When: Fridays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through June 7
Price: $25
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Monday, April 27, 2020

Terrace Theater now hosting nightly double feature, drive-in flicks

Fun from your car

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 9:48 AM

Terrace Theater is throwin' it back to the days of drive-in movies, now offering double features every night. Buy tickets ($25/car) ahead of time, load up the car with your family, and pull up to the gravel lot next to Zia to get your movie fix.

The first film starts at 8 p.m. each night.

The rules for this appropriately social-distanced experience are simple: Stay in your car (unless you have to use the restroom). Set your radio to 88.3 FM to hear the sound from the movie, sit back, and relax.

You can order concessions ahead of time (no refills on popcorn or drinks, though), and as you can imagine spaces are limited so be sure to book your spot in advance.

The double feature schedule for this week is:

Back to the Future, Jaws, April 27
Trolls, Back to the Future, April 28
Jaws, The Invisible Man, April 29
Trolls, Back to the Future, April 30


Learn more online at terracetheater.com.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Filmed in Charleston, Netflix's 'OBX' brings the sun, sand, and buried treasure starting April 15

Binge-worthy

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 5:03 PM


Just when you thought you'd run out of quarantine-worthy TV binges, we're here to tell you that there's one new show you can add to your list. OBX, a show about teens living the good life on the Outer Banks — filmed in Charleston — debuts on Netflix on April 15.

OBX was filmed in the Charleston area rather than in Wilmington, N.C. (the town creator Jonas Pate had in mind) in protest of HB-142, a state law preventing cities from passing laws that protect transgender people's access to public accommodations.

Narrated by the show's main character John Booker Rutledge (Chase Stokes), the trailer features opening shots of the Morris Island Lighthouse and dense marsh that can only be found in the Lowcountry. The show may say "OBX" but the setting screams Charleston.

Based on the trailer, the premise of OBX is that the working class kids (including John B and his "crew") get a lead on some buried treasure and bump into all kinds of problems, including rich society folks, like Sarah Cameron, played by Charleston native Madelyn Cline.

The teenage drama looks fun, cheesy, and jammed pack with Lowcountry markers. At just 10 episodes we're not ashamed to say, we'll be binging this next week. 

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Call for extras: "Righteous Gemstones" needs large males, twin babies, and some distinctive faces

15 seconds of fame

Posted by Priscilla Vanartsdalen on Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 4:46 PM

Praise be to He that you can still get in on season two of TRG - RYAN GREEN/HBO
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  • Praise be to He that you can still get in on season two of TRG
HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones begins filming season two in Charleston soon, and there are quite a few opportunities for locals to be cast as extras.

This week, the show's casting agency has released a list of specific casting requests that they are now searching for in addition to general extras of all types, ages, and races:

25 Muscular Males are needed for numerous days of filming throughout the season. The description for the call includes competitive bodybuilders, powerlifters, and males with very large muscles between the ages of 20-30.

One Very Tall and Large Male, preferably an experienced wrestler, is also needed. He must have or be willing to have hair and facial hair reflective of the 1960s era.

Two Short Males are requested to play the roles of "Little People."

90 African-American Males are needed for a 1960s scene, casting says. They must also be willing to have their hair and facial hair adjusted to reflect the time period. Filming date for those cast is Fri. March 13.

Identical Twin Babies are needed between the ages of 5 and 12 months.

Group Meeting Males with “Character Type Faces” are requested to portray types from “Down on Luck pathetic” to “Dangerous looking.” Most males should be middle aged.

All submissions should be submitted by email to trg2extras@gmail.com. Email heading should include the actor’s age, ethnicity, gender, and city/state of residence. Two current photos of the actor should also be included in the submission email. These photos should include one close up and one full length photo.

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