SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium presents its fourth annual Film Festival

Friday, August 28, 2009

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium (The Stanback) presents the fourth annual Stanback Film Series, which includes the Southern Arts Federation’s Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.

The films featured in the 2009-2010 Stanback Film Series are:

Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. “Dare Not Walk Alone”, a film directed and produced by Jeremy Dean tells "the greatest civil rights story never told." Set to a soundtrack that flows from gospel to hip-hop, the film places the heroic struggle for civil rights in the context of current conditions in a place where those struggles were fought-a place that epitomizes what Barack Obama has called "the gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time." The film was conceived in 2003 by artist Jeremy Dean while he was living in "America's oldest city," Saint Augustine, Florida. When Dean volunteered to restore the stained glass windows in a historically black church, he learned of the events of 1964-protests, beatings, and a brilliant campaign of non-violent civil disobedience that led to the passage of the first civil rights act.

Thursday, September 30, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. “Pants on Fire,” a film directed and produced by Colin Campbell, tells the story of Brad Spoofer, a pathological liar on a quest for glory. Brad quits the Feed Barn, Etc. back in Nebraska and moves to Los Angeles, CA. to become a movie star. His Hollywood career, however, continues to be a dismal failure. To save face, he’s been telling his naïve friends back home that he’s in a blockbuster movie which is about to be released in theaters. When his buddies decide to surprise him with a road trip to visit him in L.A., he has to scramble to prop up the illusion. Luckily, he scores a house-sitting gig for a wealthy couple in Bel Air and is able to keep the lie going.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. “Milking the Rhino,” a film directed and produced by David E. Simpson, examines the deepening conflict between humans and animals in an ever-shrinking world. It is the first major documentary to explore wildlife conservation from the perspective of people who live with wild animals. Shot in some of the world’s most magnificent locales, Milking the Rhino offers complex, intimate portraits of rural Africans at the forefront of community-based conservation: a revolution that is turning poachers into preservationists and local people into the stewards of their land.

“The Southern Circuit Tour in conjunction with the Stanback continues to provide an opportunity for SC State and area film enthusiasts to view new films and interact with the makers of each film. We are embarking upon our fourth year of the film festival which progresses unwaveringly toward SC State’s ongoing commitment to provide cultural programs for its students, faculty, staff and citizens of Orangeburg and neighboring communities”, said Ellen Zisholtz, Director of The Stanback.

As the only student participants, the Stanback Museum students served on the film review panel in Atlanta, Ga. for the second consecutive year.

The screenings are free and open to the community. Each 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 filmmakers’ participation is being funded by a grant to the Stanback from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) through the Southern Arts Federation.

For additional information about the Stanback Film Series or any of its programs contact (803)536-7174, 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. For more information about the Southern Arts Federation and its programs visit