Greenville – After successful runs on the international festival circuit, the short-film series South Carolina Stories will be shown at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Upcountry History Museum. The event is free and open to the public.
According to Tom Clark with the Film Commission, the program – titled South Carolina Stories – is made up of films that tell their tales with distinctive style and creativity, and includes renowned acting talent such as Patty Duke, Mackenzie Astin, and Keir ODonnell (Wedding Crashers, The Runaways).
“These films really show the filmmaking talent that is in South Carolina, and the type of enriching, dynamic stories our state holds,” said Clark. “And what better audience to appreciate these stories than South Carolinians themselves.”
The short films include Civil, a breathtaking Civil War story with a twist; Cannon Street Boys, the true story of the 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League team in Charleston; Appalachian Dreams, an animation/live-action hybrid based on the traditional crafts and music of
southern Appalachia; Song of Pumpkin Brown, a narrative account of the Jenkins Orphanage’s celebrated music program and its influence on jazz; and a segment from the feature-film The Four Children of Tander Welch, the first-time teaming of actress Patty Duke and her son Mackenzie Astin.
All films were produced through the Film Commissions Production Grant program, the first-ever of its type in the nation.
“The Production Grant is an incredible program for South Carolina filmmakers and students,” said Brad Jayne, writer/director for Song of Pumpkin Brown and one of the grant recipients. “It very smartly cultivates indigenous creative resources, while at the same time helping enhance our crew base with student training, and supporting an industry that has such a positive economic impact on our state.”
The screenings will include question and answer sessions with the filmmakers. Complete schedules and more information are available by contacting the Film Commission’s Tom Clark at (803) 737-0498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.