Southern Circuit Film Festival Returns to SC State for Spring 2007 Semester

Monday, January 22, 2007

ORANGEBURG, SC – The inaugural season of Films at the Museum, a showcase for independent filmmakers, returns to SC State for the spring 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. 11, March 11 and April 22 – at 5 p.m. in the Dr. Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Building.

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) 928-6851.

The films slated for screening this spring include Karl Staven’s animated short, Abandoned Dolls; Steven Ross’ documentaries, Liberia: A Fragile Peace and Fishers of Dar; and Jim Finn’s mockumentary, Interkosmos.

On Sunday, February 11, animator Karl Staven shares several of his award-winning animated shorts from over 20 years as a filmmaker. Abandoned Dolls is a six-minute puppet/object animation piece displaying two types of dolls vying for dominance in a post-apocalyptic city. Staven juxtaposes the dark humor of Abandoned Dolls with the pixilation and optical printing short Gabriel Goes for a Walk.

On Sunday, March 11, filmmaker Steven Ross illuminates both the beauty and heartache found on the African continent with Liberia: A Fragile Peace and Fishers of Dar. Liberia: A Fragile Peace explores the civil war between the descendants of the wealthy minority of former American slaves and the indigenous, rural tribes across the country. Fishers of Dar is a visually lush documentary without commentary. The film takes the viewer, beginning before dawn, to the pier and the bustling central market, as hundreds of people make their living in this age-old way.

On Sunday, April 22, Jim Finn weaves together the styles of a 1970s documentary, Hollywood musical and dry-humor comedy to tell a cosmonaut love story in the mockumentary, Interkosmos. Interkosmos follows an East German secret space mission to colonize the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. The cosmonaut romance is told through photographs, test and training footage and a series of infectious, specially recorded German pop songs.

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.