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Film Producers Workshop

The S.C. Film Commission will be holding a Producers' Workshop on Sept. 22-23 at McMaster College on USC's main campus in Columbia.

Attendance is mandatory for S.C. Film Production Fund applicants. The Fund is intended to foster collaboration between film and TV professionals and educational establishments (at present USC, Trident Tech and Clemson). Up to $100,000 will go toward the production of an individual project.

The workshop will be led by the Emmy-winning Lorin Salob, whose many credits include A Woman Named Jackie (as producer) and TRON (as 1st Assistant Director). Topics will include scheduling, insurance, and revising scripts. It's also open to local filmmakers (for a $50 fee) and students studying film production (for free). Registration required by telephone. Call USC at (803) 748-9237 or the S.C. Film Commission at (803) 737-0498. — Nick Smith

Yorktown Screening

It's been 17 years since PBS documentary filmmaker Ken Burns made his masterpiece The Civil War. Burns breathed new life into the dusty 1860s using mournful piano music, soldiers' letters home, and impatient rostruming of photographs, zooming in and out of stills to hold the audience's attention. Although he's continued to make award-winning TV documentaries since then, nothing has quite matched The Civil War. But he's completed something just as grand.

Can Burns bring WWII to life for a new generation of viewers? The USS Yorktown hopes so. It will show excerpts from his latest series, The War, at a free screening on Wed., Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. This will be just one stop on a tour for the highlights reel, which will also screen at ETV's Telecommunications Center, The Sumter Opera House, and select theaters and colleges across the state. The series itself will start screening Sept. 23 on ETV, a week later than originally planned. Burns has come under fire for an alleged under-representation of the Native American and Hispanic contributions to the war. Additional footage has been shot in an attempt to redress the balance.

Whether these scenes turn up in the show or not remains to be seen, but with a running time of over 15 hours, The War should give a wide-ranging perspective on the conflict. Plus any series with an episode title like "FUBAR" has got to be worth a look.

To snag a seat in the Yorktown Theatre, call (800) 922-5437. — Nick Smith


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