George Lucas in Charleston, Photography Contest, strike.tv, The Battered Suitcase 

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Lucas Film in the Lowcountry Might Not Nuke the Fridge
Disappointed with George Lucas' latest rendition of Indiana Jones? Or ready to see something reminiscent of the grandeur of Episode III? Either way, George Lucas is set to start filming his next film, Red Tails, by early 2009, The Post and Courier reported. The movie features Charleston native Edward M. Gibson, a navigator aboard a B-25 bomber who trained in Walterboro. He was one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of black fighter pilots allowed into the U.S. Army Air Corps. Gibson told the P&C that he hopes the movie brings attention to the airmen's sacrifice for their country and their rights at home. "I would focus on everybody because, we went through hell, you take it from me," Gibson said. "We went through hell in order to get prepared to defend this country." —Buster Brown

Photography contest
Heat is the theme for the Charleston Center for Photography's first photography contest, a concept that shouldn't be hard to grasp in the middle of the summer. First prize is $300, second is $100, and third is $75. There will also be 12 honorable mentions. Winners will be displayed on the Center's website and at the Center's gallery through the end of 2008. Deadline for entries is Aug. 31. For more information, go to www.altermanstudios.com. —Susan Cohen

An Online TV Network
During that annoying writers' strike (remember when all your favorite shows stopped airing new episodes), the writers weren't just protesting — they were also creating an online network, strike.tv. The network plans to unveil more than 40 programs this summer featuring the writers of The Office, The Daily Show, and Malcolm in the Middle, according to Backstage magazine. Revenue generated during the first three months will be donated to the Entertainment Assistance Program of the Actors Fund to help ensure that the writers stay happy — and we're not stuck with months of re-runs again. —Buster Brown

Free Intelligence, Free Imaginations
The Battered Suitcase (www.vagabondagepress.com), a free online literary magazine that aims to give readers a glimpse into the human condition in all of its glory, be it beautiful or devastating, launched its second edition on July 1. The publication is the main forum of Florida-based Vagabond Press, a publisher dedicated to "intelligent, imaginative and experimental fiction." It features fiction, poetry, art, narrative nonfiction, and musical lyrics from both new and world acclaimed artists. —Buster Brown

Wanted: Producers and Film Crews
The South Carolina Film Commission is accepting submissions for fimmaking grants, which altogether total $300,000. A seminar will be held in Charleston on Aug. 16 for applicants. For more information, contact Tom Clark at (803) 737-0498. Also:The University of South Carolina, Clemson University, and Trident Technical College have joined forces to aid professionals in the film industry in hiring students, helping to improve the proficiency of local film crews with local talent. More information can be found about the joint effort of the three schools at www.filmsc.com. —Buster Brown

Separating the Digital Wheat from the Chafe
Peter Gabriel likes the internet, but the songwriter and former frontman for Genesis is tired of sifting through the chafe to get to the wheat. So he threw in his lot with a company called The Filter (www.thefilter.com). BBC News reported last month that Gabriel is backing the site, which calls itself a "life jockey," because it uses a filtering program that brings to consumers only the music, video, and news they want. Like Pandora, Filter's software works out the probability that you will like something based on your designated preferences. It combines those preferences with others' playlists to create a list of media suited specifically to your taste. —Buster Brown


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