Southern Circuit Film Festival Returns to SC State

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The second season of Films at the Museum, a showcase for independent filmmakers, returns to SC State for the spring 2008 semester.

The film series features films and filmmakers from the Southern Circuit Film Festival, and is sponsored by the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at SC State. The festival provides a unique opportunity for the audience to interact with the filmmakers, who accompany their films to the campus.

The first three films in the festival were presented in the fall semester, and the final three films in this year’s series will be presented on Sundays – Feb. 3, March 16 and April 20 – at 5 p.m. in the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.

The films are presented at no cost to the public as a community service of SC State. For more information or to make reservations, contact the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at (803) 536-7174.

The films slated for screening this spring include Paul Festa’s film, Apparition of the Eternal Church, David Redmon’s documentary film, Kamp Katrina, and Jim Haverkamp's shorts, Willow Garden, Last Pack and No Money Down.

On Sunday, February 3, film maker Paul Festa has 31 artists and thinkers to listen to a ten-minute piece of music through headphones and describe what they hear. But what all but a few don't know is that the music is Olivier Messiaen's monumental organ work Apparition of the Eternal Church. A devout Catholic and the organist at the Church of the Trinity in Paris, Messiaen wrote this music to send listeners to the heights of spiritual ecstasy.

On Sunday, March 16, David Redmon’s story of hope, community, generosity, rebirth, and failure, Kamp Katrina, follows New Orleans Upper 9th Ward resident, Ms. Pearl and her attempt to open up her backyard to give shelter to those who lost their homes in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Only a month after the storm, she hears a community organizer urging residents to open their homes to the displaced.

On Sunday, April 20, Jim Haverkamp’s Willow Garden tells the backstory of one of America's strangest murder ballads of a young man from Northern Ireland who becomes ensnared in a deadly love triage and must decide whether to follow his heart of his father twisted advice.

Created by the S.C. Arts Commission in 1975, Southern Circuit takes independent filmmakers on a journey into communities across the South. Chosen by a panel of experts for the quality of their work, the filmmakers screen their recent films for local audiences. Produced without studio backing and struggling to secure a distributor, many of these films would never be seen on a screen in this area of the country without the film festival tour. In July 2006, the Southern Arts Federation adopted the Southern Circuit with the intent of fostering the next evolutionary stage of the program.