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It’s Reel Time in Charleston

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Among the 70-plus films showing are Waves In Our Pocket, shot during hurricane season on Folly Beach, feature film True Nature, and tonight’s opening night flick, Alleged. Images courtesy of Charleston International Film Festival

May 18, 2011

It’s Reel Time in Charleston
Starting tonight, the Charleston International Film Festival brings flicks from 10 countries—plus a number of local creations—to theaters around town

written by Chloe Oaks

For five days—May 18 through 22—the Holy City transforms into a film-lover’s paradise as more than 70 flicks show at the American Theater plus two new festival venues: Cinebarre and the Hippodrome Widescreen and Performing Arts Center. This fourth annual event serves up features, shorts, documentaries, animations, and more involving emerging talent and film veterans alike. To drop a few names: Bill Murray appears in local Emily Hearn’s music video, “Rooftop;” Julia Stiles stars in Sexting; and internationally known Michael Givens directed the festival’s largest local production, Angel Camouflaged.

In addition to the films, which show in two-hour blocks, enjoy free industry panels, workshops, after-parties (including a Saturday night bash at the Music Farm), and an awards gala. “The festival is a great opportunity to rub elbows with the stars, have fun, and network for future projects,” says co-founder Brian Peacher.

For a full schedule and prices, click here.

To see the festival brochure, click here.

To read our May 2011 cover story about Thursday night documentary subject and artist Don Zanfagna, click here.