Friday, January 4, 2019

Renowned short film fest Asbury Shorts stops at Charleston Music Hall Jan. 16

Short and sweet

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 9:51 AM

'The Suitor' is one of the short films that will be shown at the CMH stop of Asbury Shorts - PROVIDED
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New York's longest running short film exhibition returns to the Charleston Music Hall on Wed. Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., bringing with it all those short flicks you've been dying to see on the big screen. You can snag tickets to Asbury Shorts ahead of time for $10 or at the door for $12. These films are recommended for those 16 and over.

The lineup for the evening includes a mix of Oscar nominees, U.S. film festival 'best of show' winners, and international honorees. Jason Reitman (whose directorial credits include JUNO and Thank You for Smoking) has called Asbury Shorts: "The best short film show I've ever seen."

And the best part of this year's screening? The chosen films celebrate the work of women directors. Guests can enjoy shorts like The Suitor, director Kate Riedl's dark comedy out of Australia, about a young courtship in the wilds of the Outback; The Drive, Corinne Kassor's story of a daughter who struggles with role reversals when it comes to her aging parents; and Amy Nicholson's Pickle, which examines the complicated relationships humans have with their pets.

Learn more about Asbury shorts online.

Event Details Asbury Shorts
@ Charleston Music Hall
37 John St.
Charleston, SC
When: Wed., Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
Price: $10/adv., $12/door
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Comedian Brian Shirley debuts bonkers new comedic short, "A Socumentary"

Who's taking the socks?

Posted by Tim Housand on Mon, Dec 17, 2018 at 3:40 PM

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The tragedy of losing a sock is something everyone goes through at some point, sometimes quite often. The mystery of the missing sock is one that Brian Shirley wanted to explore in the short film Two go in ... one comes out: A Socumentary. Shirley, a local comedian, branched out into filmmaking with this zany comedy/noir/drama about a detective discovering the horrifying conspiracy behind where the socks go. Spoiler alert folks: they’re not behind the dryer.

A Socumentary was shot on location in Charleston, and it features some locations you might recognize. (The City Paper offices even make a cameo.) Shirley teamed up with Lance Morrison, another local comic, on the writing, and split director roles with Drew Howard. The short film sprung out of an episode of Lance’s Bengleton Socks web series.

For those who missed the film's live screenings in West Ashley, don’t worry — A Socumentary is now available online on e360tv, which also has standalone apps for ROKU, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire devices.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Local author Grady Hendrix's My Best Friend's Exorcism could be headed to the big screen

The horror!

Posted by Kevin Young on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 11:32 AM

Grady Hendrix has penned horror novels like 'Horrorstor,' 'Paperbacks from Hell,' and 'My Best Friend's Exorcism' - FILE
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  • Grady Hendrix has penned horror novels like 'Horrorstor,' 'Paperbacks from Hell,' and 'My Best Friend's Exorcism'

We at the Charleston City Paper love it when Christmas comes early. Why the other day one of us was checking the mail and got a host of things — not only the entire Critters series on Blu-Ray but the new 4K remaster of Lucio Fulci's Zombie and the Blu-Ray release of Stephen King's coke-fueled killer trucks opus, Maximum Overdrive! That's one heckofa early Christmas gift ... kinda.

Anyway, the point is everyone loves an early surprise, even fans of depraved horror authors that grew up in Mt. Pleasant. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter had news involving the Lowcountry's own Grady Hendrix — the man behind the IKEA-set Horrorstor, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Paperbacks from Hell and most recently, We Sold Our Souls.

According to the Reporter, the film rights for his horrific and humorous novel, My Best Friend's Exorcism, have been picked up by Endeavor Content, the shop behind such films as The Front Runner, Suspiria, and Colette. Christopher Landon, the writer-director of Scout's Guide to the Apocalypse and Happy Death Day movies (Happy Death Day 2U coming soon!), producing the flick along with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein of Gotham Group (The Maze Runner).

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The novel, which accomplishes the rare feat of eliciting tears, follows two high school sophomores, Abby and Gretchen, who, despite being from opposite sides of the tracks, both share a love for music, E.T. , tripping on acid, and skinny dipping. After one night of skinny dipping and LSD, Gretchen undergoes an unsettling change in behavior that convinces Abby that her friend may be a bit on the possessed side. What follows is a struggle between the dark forces of Lucifer and the tight bond that holds the girls together.

As of this moment, you have to wonder what this will mean for the film adaptation of the novel? Is it just using the title as the framework for the movie? Probably not, since Hendrix will be co-writing the script with Jenna Lamia, best known for her acting/producing/writing work on MTV's Awkward and to Strangers with Candy fans as the tragic Glint-addicted Poppy Downes.

Will it lean toward a Beaches-meets-The Exorcist vibe by peppering the '80s pop song soundtrack with Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" or Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells?" We'll see.

Will Gretchen be played by Linda Blair? Will Abby be played by Heather Langenkamp? More than likely not since it's 2018 and both those legends would stick out in a Lowcountry high school.

Will it take place or be filmed in 1988 Lowcountry locales since it takes place in this fair city? That'd be cool.

Regardless of what happens, we can't wait to see the results.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Aubrey Plaza posts cryptic Instagram about Terrace screening on Saturday with "special guests"

Will Plaza be in Chs?

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 2:52 PM

Yesterday, actress Aubrey Plaza, star of the new movie An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, posted a cryptic Instagram saying that special guests will join film's director David Gordon Green for a Q&A following a screening this weekend at the Terrace.

Is Plaza the special guest? Will she be there in person? Will she Skype in? Hologram? We can't say for sure.
But, if hanging with the director of Halloween and seeing a flick that our theater critic Kevin Young says "channels the weirdness of David Lynch and John Waters," is your cup of tea, head to the Terrace tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 10 at 9:10 p.m.

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Location Details Terrace Theater
Terrace Theater
1956 Maybank Hwy.
James Island
Charleston, SC
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Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday night: Charleston JCC Filmfest showing doc examining early Jewish genocide following WWI

"Marked the beginning of the near-obliteration of Jewish life"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 11:24 AM

Feiga Shamis sent two of her children away to protect them from pogroms following WWI. - SCREENSHOT/YOUTUBE
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  • Feiga Shamis sent two of her children away to protect them from pogroms following WWI.
In light of this weekend's tragic mass shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, it feels more critical than ever to shine a light on the history of Jewish oppression both abroad and at home.

Tonight the Charleston JCC Filmfest, College of Charleston Jewish Studies Program, and the Charleston Jewish Federation REMEMBER program for Holocaust and Genocide Awareness, hosts a free screening of My Dear Children at Arnold Hall at 7 p.m.

My Dear Children is based on a letter that Feiga Shamis sent two of her children — 20 years after sending them to an orphanage a continent away. The 174 page letter explains why Shamis made the decision she did; the letter describes the anti-Jewish massacres in Eastern Europe following WWI.

According to the film's website, "The pogroms in the years following the Russian Revolution of 1917 killed tens of thousands of Jews and marked the beginning of the near-obliteration of Jewish life from an area of the world to which nearly 80 percent of the world's Jewry can trace its roots."
In the documentary, Shamis' granddaughter Judy Favish travels to Poland and Ukraine to try to understand the grandmother she never met. A trailer of the film shows Favish traveling to small towns throughout Eastern Europe and meeting with modern residents; when asked how many Jewish citizens remain, the answer is often, "None."

The film's co-producer/director LeeAnn Dance will offer a talkback following the screening. A television producer and investigative reporter, Dance owns a boutique production company outside of Washington, D.C.

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