Columbia, S.C. - A mix of cinematic genres and styles collide on November 13 at the Cannon St. Arts Center in Charleston, with a free screening of the South Carolina Film Commission’s Indie Grants short films. The program will start at 6pm and be immediately followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and reception.
The screening is free and open to the public. Audiences can secure their spot by RSVPing here.
Indie Grants is a training and professional development program for independent filmmakers and other production professionals in South Carolina. It produces high-quality narrative projects that have screened at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, Palm Springs, Slamdance, Austin, Nashville, Stiges, San Sebastian, Fantastic Fest, Dragoncon, and hundreds more.
“No other state in this country has a program like this,” said Indie Grants Producer Brad Jayne. “It’s proven to be a powerful way to show off the production community we have here in South Carolina.”
“This screening will really celebrate that,” continued Matt Storm, Director of the South Carolina Film Commission. “These are inspired stories made by our state's talented filmmakers, and this is a great opportunity to see them."
Indie Grants has also announced selections for their 2022-23 funding cycle. These films will be shot across the state during Winter 2023, employing experienced department heads and crews with Trident Technical College film students working under the professionals as hands-on training.
“Working with Indie Grants is an answered prayer,” said Alejandra Pareles-Zanotti and Daniel Ramirez of Anderson, one of the selected teams of filmmakers. “Not only do we get to the resources and guidance to make our first film, but we get to show the struggles of the foster system and families battling addiction.”
The short film projects selected are:
Robbie Ain’t Right No More…
Kyle Perritt and Owen Hamilton (Charleston, SC)
A family copes with having their son return from war a significantly changed man, only to find the change far more disturbing than they ever anticipated.
Beyond The Fog
Desiree Abeyta and Austin Smoak (Aiken, SC)
June is determined to protect her daughter from the arrival of the Fog. But when confronted with echoes of her own encounter, she struggles to suppress fears that her mother's failures will become her own.
Alejandra Pareles-Zanotti and Daniel Ramirez (Anderson, SC)
Michael and his family are on the brink of a life-changing legal decision. Until a dangerous visitor from the past appears, forcing the family onto a dark crossroads.
More info on Indie Grants and other job training and professional development programs from the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College is available at indiegrants.org.