SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Presents Sixth Annual Film Festival Series

Thursday, October 27, 2011

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback), in conjunction with the South Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, presents the sixth annual Stanback Film Festival Series. The screenings are free and open to the Orangeburg community and surrounding areasEach filmmaker will engage the audience in a discussion about the film and their role as a filmmaker.  A reception with the filmmaker will immediately follow each film.

The films featured in the 2011-2012 Stanback Film Series are the following:

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.  “A Bird of the Air,” a filmdirected by Margaret Whitton, tells the story of a sassy parrot and a free-spirited librarian who turn over the well-ordered life of a solitary man.  Lyman (Jackson Hurst) is a loner, working the graveyard shift for the Courtesy Patrol. When a green parrot flies into his trailer, he becomes obsessed with finding its owner, which leads him to Fiona (Rachel Nichols). Fiona has been eyeing Lyman from a distance and decides to help with his parrot search, whether he wants her to or not. Along with her basset hound, they set out on a quest to find the bird’s previous owners and Fiona begins to unravel the mysteries of Lyman's past. But when Fiona joins Lyman on his nightly rounds, she witnesses a reality more intense than the romantic version she had envisioned. To learn more, visit


Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. “Louder than a Bomb,” is a new documentary    directed by Jon Siskel detailing Chicago’s poetry slam competition for high school    students. “Watching these teenagers’ thrill to finding their own voices and hearing each other’s stories makes it one of the most inspiring films of the year,” said Jon Siskel, the nephew of the late critic Gene Siskel. To learn more, visit


Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.  Ahead of Time” is a film produced by Zeva    Oelbaum detailing the life and career of Ruth Gruber who was born in 1911 in Brooklyn, N.Y. She became the youngest Ph.D in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. Gruber emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, she defied tradition in an extraordinary career that spanned more than seven decades. Gruber was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935; she also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942 and escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944. She also covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. To learn more, visit


Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  “Barbershop Punk is a film by Georgia Sugimura Archer, following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights. “Barbershop Punk” examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo. With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone, Robb Topolski, finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen. To learn more, visit


Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  “A Gift for the Village” isa film produced by Tom Landon and Jenna Swann.  In 1995, American artist, Jane Vance, met a Tibetan man whose significance would inspire collaboration. “A Gift for the Village” is a documentary about an artist chosen to paint an eminent Tibetan amchi-lama doctor and mind healer and about her painting as a gift for his village, reciprocated by celebration during an elaborate festival, and by unprecedented access to a vanishing tradition. To learn more, visit

Thursday, Apr. 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.  “You Don't Know What I Got” is a film by writer and producer Linda Duvoisin about life, love and passion. Five women, singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco, activist/poet Linda Finney, police officer Julie Brunzell, artist/architect Myrtle Stedman and housekeeper Jimmie Woodruff lay their heart and soul on the line. To learn more, visit

For additional information about The Stanback, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director, at (803)536-7174; Ingrid Owens, program manager, at (803)536-8329 or visit