Thursday, April 11, 2019

Charleston Activist Network will host a screening of Beyoncé's new documentary on Wed. April 17

The movie chronicles Ms. Knowles-Carter's road to the Coachella stage

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 4:56 PM


Netflix will release a new documentary about Beyoncé on Wed. April 17, and the Charleston Activist Network is making sure the Beyhive can celebrate the occasion together.

The social justice group led by Tamika Gadsden is calling for all "HBCU alums, Sorors, and Beyhive" members to join them in the Black Room at Tu downtown at 8 p.m.

Homecoming will chronicle the Grammy winner's life, along with the events leading up to her 2018 Coachella performance, which was postponed from 2017 due to her pregnancy. That year, she was replaced by Lady Gaga, who also has a Netflix documentary marking an important performance in her career called Gaga: Five Foot Two.

This year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival begins tomorrow, Fri. April 12. The second weekend kicks off on Fri. April 19 and lasts through Sunday. Headliners include Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala.

Beyoncé's music has evolved sonically and thematically over the years. Her 2013 self-titled album didn't shy away from overt nods to feminism, while Lemonade, her latest solo effort, touched on themes of black empowerment. Last year's Coachella performance built on those themes and was widely considered an homage to the black college experience with its use of DRUMLine Live, a troupe inspired by marching bands at historically black colleges and universities.

Movie snacks will be served, and the screening is BYOB.

You can RSVP on Eventbrite.
Location Details Tu
Tu
430 Meeting St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
Serving lunch and dinner, Thurs.-Sat.
Fusion + Eclectic

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Righteous Gemstones looking for extras with '80s-inspired clothes, cars, and hair

Give 'em the Farrah Fawcett

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 10:25 AM

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Based on the calls for extras alone, we're pretty stoked for HBO's The Righteous Gemstones, which is currently filming in the Charleston area. A few weeks ago, the producers of the comedy about a televangelist family were looking for "cyber goth" actors. And now they've got their eyes out for people with "'80s style and '80s hair."

If you are like, so '80s, then get ready for filming, which takes place next week on Tues. April 16 and Wed. April 17. The show needs 300 people for that first day and 100 for the next — so your chances are pretty good.

Gemstones
is also looking for people with vehicles from the '70s and '80s that are in good shape. All these people and good-looking cars will be used for a flashback scene of church goers, hence the need for selling the look.

All races and types of people are need and all extras are paid.

If you are 100 percent available for next Tuesday or Wednesday email TRGrequest@gmail.com with the date you're available as your subject line. In the body of the email, include: Two photos, one close up and a full length; your name, phone number, age, height/weight, clothing size, and description of your car.

Stay up-to-date with all these kooky casting calls by following the casting Facebook page.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Friends of the Library hosting screening of The Public, which examines urban homelessness, at the Terrace on April 12

Proceeds benefit CCPL

Posted by Morgan Galvez on Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 10:32 AM

Charleston may be a gorgeous city for tourists, but it also has a large issue of homelessness. The Library Foundation and Charleston Friends of the Library, along with other tricounty libraries, are hosting a one-night screening of Emilio Estevez' new movie The Public on April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Terrace on James Island to celebrate National Library Week. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds for the event will go to benefit the Charleston County Public Library.

The Library Foundation is joining with the Charleston Friends of the Library, Dorchester County Library and Berkeley County Library to host the screening. There will also be a discussion held after the movie with library staff from Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester county libraries regarding the issue of homelessness and the role of public libraries.

The Public stars big names like Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, Emilio Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Michael Kenneth Williams, Christian Slater, and Taylor Schilling and uses a comedic, heartwarming approach to explore the place of public libraries as a resource for homeless residents in many cities.

The film follows two librarians — Emilio Estevez and Jena Malone — who are caught between homeless library patrons who organize a peaceful sit-in at the library during a winter cold spell, and a crisis negotiator (Baldwin) and savvy district attorney (Slater) who want them out.

For information, visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org. To buy tickets, click here.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Watch the trailer for Emanuel, an upcoming doc about the 2015 Charleston church massacre

Steph Curry, Viola Davis, and Mariska Hargitay served as producers

Posted by Adam Manno on Mon, Apr 8, 2019 at 2:37 PM

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The trailer for a documentary about the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel in downtown Charleston is out ahead of a limited release on June 17, four years to the date of the massacre.

Emanuel was directed by Brian Ivie and executive produced by NBA player Stephen Curry and actresses Mariska Hargitay and Viola Davis, who was born in St. Matthews, S.C.

The 90-minute movie takes a look at the life of white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was 21 years old when he gunned down nine parishioners inside the historically black church on a Wednesday night. It also covers the aftermath of the shooting, including protests, vigils, and President Barack Obama's famous "Amazing Grace" eulogy.

"The newly released trailer gives a sneak peek into the emotional documentary that recalls the events of June 17, 2015 and examines how faith, hope and forgiveness healed a devastated community after the heinous church shooting, carried out by white supremacist Dylann Roof," according to a press release for the film.

Ivie's 2014 documentary, The Drop Box, which follows a pastor and his wife in Seoul, South Korea as they work to place unwanted children in loving homes. The movie was distributed by Focus on the Family, an anti-LGBT, conservative Christian organization. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson also co-founded the group Alliance Defending Freedom, which is backing two students in a free speech lawsuit against the College of Charleston.

Ivie's Premiere Speakers Bureau biography describes him as a director "dedicated to telling stories of faith and social justice."
The movie will see a limited release nationwide via Fathom Events on June 17 and 19.

So far, three movie theaters in the Charleston area (the Regal Palmetto Grande in Mt. Pleasant, the Regal Charles Towne Square in North Charleston, and the Movies 8 in Summerville) are showing it.

Check out the trailer below.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Documentary on CNN analyst and former state rep Bakari Sellers will air Sunday on SCETV

Bakari Sellers has risen to national prominence on CNN

Posted by Adam Manno on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers ran for lieutenant governor in 2014 - SAM SPENCE
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  • Former S.C. Rep. Bakari Sellers ran for lieutenant governor in 2014
A documentary about Bakari Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative and candidate for lieutenant governor, will premiere on SCETV on Sun. April 7 at 6 p.m.

While I Breathe, I Hope follows Sellers through his 2014 campaign for lieutenant governor, a position he eventually lost to current Gov. Henry McMaster. (That was the last year when candidates for governor and lieutenant governor were elected separately.)

The film, which runs about an hour and 15 minutes, also follows Sellers through the 2015 shooting at Mother Emanuel and the subsequent removal of the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds, according to a press release from SCETV.

In 2006, Sellers became the youngest black elected official in America after he was elected to represent District 90 in the S.C. House of Representatives, which includes the cities of Bamberg and Denmark.

He was succeeded by attorney Justin Bamberg in 2014.

Sellars began woking as a CNN commentator during the 2016 presidential election, in which he supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.


His father, Cleveland Sellers, is a civil rights activist who served seven months in prison after protesting against a segregated bowling alley in Orangeburg, S.C in 1968. Police killed three protesters, and the event has since been known as the Orangeburg Massacre.

"While I Breathe, I Hope encapsulates so much," Sellers said in a statement. "I think one of the things my father’s generation and my father taught me, specifically, is you always have to maintain some semblance of hope even when it’s at its darkest hour."

The film was directed by Orangeburg native Emily Harrold. It has been screened at DOC NYC, the Cleveland Film Festival, the New Orleans Film Festival, and South Carolina’s Indie Grits Film Festival.

After the movie, Sellers and his father will discuss race relations in the state and beyond in "Palmetto Scene" at 7:30 p.m.

More screening and streaming information will be available at bakarisellersdocumentary.com.

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