SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium presents “Pants on Fire”

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pants on Fire1SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium “The Stanback” presents “Pants on Fire” with art director Mercedes Blackehart, as part of the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers at “The Stanback” on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009 at 5:30 p.m.

Following the screening of the film, “Pants on Fire,” Blackehart will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and her work with the filmmaker, Colin Campbell.

Campbell’s directing debut, “Pants on Fire”tells the story of Brad Spoofer, a pathological liar on a quest for glory. Spoofer, quit the Feed Barn Etc. back in Nebraska and moved to Los Angeles to become a movie star, however his Hollywood career was a dismal failure. To save face, he’s been telling his naïve friends back home that he is in  a blockbuster movie which is about to be released in theaters. When his friends decide to and visit him in Los Angeles, he scrambles to prop up the illusion. Luckily, he scores a house sitting gig, for a wealthy couple in Bel-Air. Spoofer is able to keep the lie going, until he foolishly claims to be friends with the guy who played Pedro in “Napoleon Dynamite.”  His impressed friends clamor to meet their idol. In the meantime, Spoofer falls for Lucy, a cute painter who decorates trash cans for a living and who mistakenly assume, Spoofer as a rich actor living in the hills. As his lies multiply and his checks bounce, he has to dodge the thug who took his headshots and never got paid, woo Lucy, keep his job, and somehow, deliver Pedro.

Pants on Fire2Campbell, a writer and director for theater and film was nominated for an Academy Award for his short film, “Seraglio,” which he wrote, directed and produced with his wife, Gail Lerner. “Seraglio” aired for two years on HBO, won Deauville’s Grand Prix and First Place Audience Award at Algarve International Film Festival and the New Haven Film Festival. Other award-winning short films that he has directed are “S.U.V. Luv” and “The Speeding Ticket.”

The production of his play, “Golden Prospects,” was nominated for five Los Angeles Weekly awards and was Critic’s Pick in TimeOut NY, and The Los Angeles Times. His screenplay, “Harrow Lake,” was chosen for the 2005 Film Independent’s Screenwriters Lab and was recently chosen by Paranormal Media. Campbell regularly writes and directs for Instant Films, where he has won Best Writer, Best Director and numerous Best Film Awards. He has directed for the Mark Taper Forum’s New Works Festival, ASK Theater, and the Actors Gang. He has been a resident artist at Harvard’s Institute on Arts and Civic Dialogue, and a guest artist at California State University, Fresno, located in Fresno, Calif. He has a masters of Fine Arts in theater directing from Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

The screenings are free and open to the communityA reception with Blackehart will immediately follow the film.

For additional information about the Stanback Film Series or any of the Stanback’s programs contact (803)536-7174, or visit the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium or

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of the Southern Arts Federation, a not-for-profit regional arts organization making a positive difference in the arts throughout the South since 1975.  Southern Arts Federation is supported by funding and programming partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Special support for Southern Circuit is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For more information on the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit