Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Charlamagne Tha God reportedly getting weekly talk show on Comedy Central

"I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jul 8, 2020 at 11:48 AM

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Moncks Corner native Charlamagne Tha God, best known as the host of popular radio franchise The Breakfast Club, may soon be getting his very own talk show on Comedy Central.

According to Vulture, Charlamagne's series will air weekly during a half-hour time slot with a focus on current events and cultural issues. The goal is to have the series in production by November.

Charlamagne told Vulture that his new show will have a cable news feel, inspired by the likes of TV personalities John Oliver and Bill Maher. He notes that he doesn't want the show to simply be a "rehash" of the week, telling Vulture: "I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life, in a real way — the things that can actually help move the culture forward."

TV vet Chris McCarthy recently took over control of Comedy Central, and hopes to revitalize the network with shows like Charlamagne's. McCarthy told Vulture: "The reality is we’re not channels. We’re content. What represents us is the content that we create, the talent we work with. So the whole idea of what we’ve been doing has been about shifting the entire paradigm so that we take the best out of the groups [and] really liberate the brand."

On Charlamagne, McCarthy said: "Charlamagne’s voice is very right for today. It’s fresh and real and resonating in a way that very few can do."

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Terrace Theater partners with ShortsTV to present new online cinema release series

Kicks off June 26

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 26, 2020 at 1:35 PM

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This week ShortsTV, exclusive presenter of the Oscar Nominated Short Films theatrical releases, announced a new initiative to support independent theaters, including James Island's Terrace Theater. ShortsTV launches an online cinema release series today featuring "the world's best short films," available every two weeks on Vimeo OTT.

Participating theaters, including the Terrace, will have their own page to locally distribute the releases; you can rent a release for three days for $7.99.

Starting Friday you can rent One Small Step, a collection of family-friendly animated short films including Academy Award winner Bear Story and Academy Award nominees One Small Step, Gopher Broke and Borrowed Time.

ShortsTV is a 24/7 channel dedicated to short form video entertainment, including movies and series. Learn more online.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Starting this Friday, Holy City Drive In presents movies at Patriots Point

All your fave blockbuster hits

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 2:29 PM

There's a new drive in movie theater in town, folks. Starting this weekend, Holy City Drive In at Patriots Point screens family-friendly movies on the waterfront. This Friday is opening night and tickets are almost sold out; call (843) 421-4408 to snag yours today.

This Friday catch the flick Midway, based on the 1942 Battle of Midway during WWII. On Saturday you can see Avengers: Endgame on the big, outdoor screen.

Additional upcoming movies include Sonic the Hedgehog (June 28), The Notebook (July 3) and The Secret Life of Pets (July 5).

Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and if you didn't get advance tickets (which we recommend), there may be some tickets available at the door for open-air outdoor seating. Adult tickets are $10, military and senior citizen tickets are $8, and kids under 10 get in for $5.

Learn more about Holy City Drive In, including info on where you can park and use the restroom, online. Outside food and drinks are prohibited, but concessions will be available for purchase onsite. 

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Columbia filmmaker begins work on 'Saltwata Vibes,' doc about contemporary Gullah culture

"When it comes to identity, within this journey, can we discover this new modern music form?"

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 3:02 PM

Columbia filmmaker Sherard "Shekeese" Duvall and Sara Makeba Daise and Simeon Daise (the children of Ron and Natalie Daise of the TV show Gullah Gullah Island) are beginning work on a new documentary film, Saltwata Vibes. Duvall hopes to have the film in post-production by late 2021.

Saltwata Vibes is about exploring the next generation of Gullah Geechee culture, specifically as it relates to music. "All of these African Diaspora communities created African exports," said Duvall, referencing musical styles like Dancehall and Reggaeton.

"When it comes to identity, within this journey, can we discover this new modern music form?" asked Duvall.

Brother and sister Sara and Simeon want to discover how modernizing their culture — a culture rooted in the descendants of the enslaved from West Africa — can keep it alive.

"There's definitely a narrative that Gullah Geechee history is static and stagnant," said Sara. "What does it mean for us to celebrate and reclaim and define who we are in the present?"

The Southern Documentary Fund, a nonprofit that cultivates documentary projects made in or about the American South, is fiscally sponsoring Saltwata Vibes. The documentary can now solicit and receive tax deductible donations; donate to the project online now.

Part of the documentary's work will be discovering who these next-generation Gullah Geechee musicians are. Simeon has already met with a musician in Freetown, Sierra Leone. "Let's start from there and move forward and see what can be made," said Duvall. "Staying true to that is important — that energy is important for whatever we're going into."

Duvall, Sara and Simeon want this documentary to open the door for more stories about Gullah Geechee culture. Sara already sees a proliferation of Gullah Geechee stories on social media: "They've been able to advocate for themselves and there's a lot of pride in Gullah Geechee all over the world and within the Lowcountry — and [people are] telling stories in the ways that are true to them."

The plans for this documentary come at a pivotal moment in our country, where protesters around the nation — and the world — are calling out racial injustices and police brutality.

"I'm excited for more black people to reframe our stories and unlearn all the lies of colonization," said Sara. "Black people are dying and it's intensifying. We're also living and loving and creating. That is important and worthy. That is what we will continue to do."

Follow along with the documentary's progress on Facebook.

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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

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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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