Big screens and red carpets at CIFF 

Out of the Darkness

The second annual Charleston International Film Festival rolled into town last week, and with it came directors, producers, and creative talent of all levels from across the globe. Thursday through Sunday consisted of daily screenings, with many local and regional films in addition to international shorts, documentaries, and full-length features. Several films also made their world, U.S., or East Coast debuts, including a documentary written and directed by locals Jesse Berger and Nate Mallard, entitled S.O.B. and the Legend of Alan Schafer, about South of the Border and its founder. Another film that drew a lot of attention over the weekend was All for Liberty, a historical drama that was shot in Charleston, Orangeburg, and parts of Georgia with a slew of local actors and actresses. After staring at the big screen, filmgoers headed straight to the after-parties for open bars and great music at some of the choicest locations in town. Held at Chai's, Fish, and Vue at Ripley's Point, the after-parties were the place to mingle for anyone involved in the film industry. The crowd on Friday, largely comprised of the cast of Army Wives, filled the upstairs at Fish. Saturday night at Vue, guests crowded outside on the decks to enjoy the warm spring evening and the gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor. The cinematic adventure concluded on Sunday, with the final blocks of films and an awards ceremony at the Francis Marion Hotel. Director Dave Rodriguez took top honors for his political thriller Anytown, which received the Golden Crescent Award for Best Feature.

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