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Beaufort named Tree City USA

The Arbor Day Foundation named Beaufort a 2015 Tree City USA in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management.

As part of the city’s work to keep its trees healthy, dozens of trees in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park were fertilized in March. The week of April 18, 14 unhealthy and hazardous trees will be removed from the park. These trees are primarily in the west parking lot, but there are also two large Willow oaks in the park that require removal.

Beaufort met the Tree City USA program’s four requirements: A tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program is celebrating its 40 th anniversary. The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Beaufort has been a Tree City for 25 years according to Trees SC, formerly the South Carolina Forestry Commission.

As part of its work to protect and enhance the “urban forest,” in 2004 Beaufort leaders commissioned a study of all trees in public areas, including the Open Land Trust property within the city and city parks. “We learned that 61 percent of our urban forest is oaks, and within that, 40 percent is Laurel oak,” said Eliza Hill, the landscape architect in the City of Beaufort’s planning and development services department.

“There is a general guideline for tree diversity that proposes to reduce the risk of catastrophic tree loss due to insects and disease. The urban tree population should include no more than 10 percent of any one species, 20 percent of any one genus, or 30 percent of any family — so our focus has been to decrease the Laurel oak population and increase tree diversity.”

To do that, when trees are removed, the city has tried to replant — as funds are available — with a greater diversity of trees including Elms, Bald Cypress, Maples, Black Tupelo, Magnolia and Southern Red Cedar, Hill said.

One area of common complaint is when overhead utility companies trim trees. South Carolina Electric & Gas prunes different sections of city trees every five years. Hill hosts a seminar on proper pruning techniques for all members of the contracted company before start of work and supervises as work is ongoing. When the pruning is done, she rides the entire circuit with a private consulting certified arborist to check the work.

The city also works to help keep struggling trees healthy. For instance, the Drake elms in front of the hospital administration building on Ribaut will receive an application of a growth regulator to prevent the necessity of utility pruning in the future.

Last year, the city added 20 Bald Cypress trees to the city’s “tree farm” in Southside Park, and plans are in the works to plant another 20 Trident Maples there this spring. Additionally, a number of Sabal and Butia palms were rescued from construction work on Boundary Street and were replanted in the new dog park area at Southside Park.

Call for Entries: 2017 Beaufort International Film Festival

The Beaufort Film Society  is accepting entries for the 11th annual Beaufort International  International Film Festival (BIFF) held in Beaufort, SC.  Categories for competition are: Features , Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Animation, and Screenplays.  The festival will be February 15 – 19, 2017. The Early Bird deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016 with the final deadline being October 31, 2016.
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Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the country, BIFF has seen an increase in attendance each year since its inception in 2007, when it’s estimated that 500 people were in attendance.  BIFF 2016 was record breaking with over 12,000 people from 37 states and 5 countries enjoying some part of the five day festival.  Named one of the Top 25 Coolest General Film Festivals in the World, 2013, by MovieMaker Magazine, the festival continues to grow in popularity and attendance.

For more information about the festival or Beaufort, SC or to submit a film or screenplay please visit beaufortfilmfestival.com.

The Beaufort Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

What’s Happening in 2016 at the Port Royal Sound Maritime Center

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NEW TIME! 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 

Speakers  scheduled for TUESDAY TALKS this spring:

3/1 –Al Segars, SCDNR: “Human Impacts on Wildlife”

3/15 – Bruce Lampright, Brays Island Naturalist

4/5 – Amber Kuehn, Spartina Marine Education Charters: “The Port Royal Sound Ecosystem”

4/19 – Joseph Staton, USCB Professor, Biology

5/3 – Thomas Murphy, SCDNR (retired): “Alligators”

Saturdays at the Sound 

Monthly mini-festivals at Maritime Center

March 26April 30May 28June 25July 30August 27September 24November 12 (2nd Saturday and Maritime Center’s birthday party), and December 10

Eric Horan Book Signing Event 

Beaufort Book Debut

You are invited to a special wine and cheese reception at the Maritime Center, Friday, March 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the Beaufort release of Horan’s latest book, Beholding Nature.  Eric will personalize copies of the exquisite coffee table book purchased during the event.  RSVP to info@portroyalsoundfoundation.org.

Santa Elena Foundation Announces trip to Washington DC to Promote Local History, Regional Effort

Leaders of the Santa Elena Foundation will travel to Washington DC this week as guests of both the Spanish Embassy and World Bank to share the 16th century story of Spanish colonization. Joining the Santa Elena team are Dr. Michael Francis from University of North Florida in St. Augustine, Florida and Dr. David Moore from the Exploring Joara Foundation in Morganton, NC.

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“What an honor to travel to our nation’s capital and be sponsored by the Spanish Embassy and World Bank. This is a great achievement for our team and helps further the mission to promote and preserve the story of Santa Elena,” says Dr. Andy Beall, Executive Director of the Santa Elena Foundation. “Additionally, sharing this opportunity with colleagues from Florida and North Carolina brightens the spotlight on the significance of this regional story of our heritage.”

 

At the World Bank on Friday, February 26, the group will present an overview of the Santa Elena, Joara, and St. Augustine stories. Then the focus will transition to the “Heritage Tourism” research that brings further community benefit to an educational and cultural gem. For more information about this event, or to register to view the presentation online, visit: https://collaboration.worldbank.org/events/2502.

 

On Saturday, February 27 the group will participate in “Designing America: Spain’s Imprint in the U.S.,” an exhibition organized by the Fundacion Consejo Espana-Estados Unidos in partnership with the Biblioteca Nacional de Espana (National Library of Spain). This will be an opportunity present the facts from research and archaeology that tell the complex story of Spanish colonization in the 16th century. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.spainculture.us/city/washington-dc/designing-america/.

 

“This is a unique opportunity to merge our local efforts together and present a cohesive story,” says Dr. David Moore, Archaeologist for Exploring Joara Foundation. “There are great benefits educationally, culturally, and economically for the general public to have a better understanding of the historical events at Santa Elena, Joara, and St. Augustine.”

 

All of the organizations are focused on working collaboratively to bring attention to a significant chapter of American History. Many facts continue to emerge through present-day research and archaeology as each organization furthers its mission.

 

To learn more about the Santa Elena History Center, visit http://santa-elena.org, and for the Exploring Joara Foundation, visit www.ExploringJoara.org.

 

The Santa Elena Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Beaufort County, South Carolina.  The mission of the foundation is to expand the story of European colonization of North America through discovery, preservation and promotion of Santa Elena, a 16th Century Spanish settlement and colonial capital in the present-day United States. Representatives for the Washington DC trip include Executive Director Dr. Andy Beall, Director of Development Megan Meyer, and Board Member Stu Rodman.

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The Exploring Joara Foundation is committed to promoting public archaeology in the upper Catawba and Yadkin river valleys of western North Carolina. Its mission is to support research, education, and outreach on preservation of our past. The foundation is dedicated to finding and protecting archaeological resources, while fostering an understanding and appreciation for archaeology in the community. Representing the Explore Joara Foundation in Washington DC is Dr. David Moore, lead Archaeologist.

 

From the University of North Florida, Historian Dr. Michael Francis will represent the historical perspectives and research on St. Augustine, Florida.

 

It’s A Wrap: 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival Names Winners

The 10th  Annual Beaufort International Film Festival faded to black in  superstar fashion  February 13,2016, beginning with a champagne reception replete with  Lowcountry culinary delights and chocolate truffles. Filmmakers, film lovers and fans of  Vanna White, the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award recipient, were on hand to see awards presented to the best of the best of over 700 entries from 66 countries in 12 different categories.12533332-vanna-white-receives-spirit-pride-of-south-carolina-award

The festival began on February 10 at Tabby Place in Beaufort with a kaleidoscope of color reflecting off of the international display of flags of countries represented in the festival, a school of dance flash mob performance and a canon confetti blast off to signal the official start of the  10th year.Thursday morning began with what would start a trend of packed house attendance for most of the screenings that would continue through Saturday afternoon. Records were set for average screening attendance (average 292 per screening) and the single screening attendance record was set by the feature film Interwoven with 473. The estimated overall attendance record was set with 12,426 people enjoying some part of the four day celebration. This exceeded the attendance record set  last year by over 2000.

North Myrtle Beach native, television host, fashion icon and philanthropist Vanna White was presented the second Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award. This award is presented annually to that person who is native to or a long time resident of South Carolina whose body of work in the film, television, or music industries reflects positively on themselves and the Palmetto State.   The award was presented by Rick Ray, co-chief executive of Nuray Pictures and Nuray Digital.

Other top awards went to Justin D. Roberts, former Army captain and chaplain, for his film No Greater Love. Justin was presented with the prestigious Santini Patriot Spirit Award. The award is presented to that filmmaker whose work honors American armed forces, veterans and/or their families. The award was presented by the only other recipient of the award, Director/Producer Jonathan Flora. Jonathan received the award in 2011 for his film Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good.  Jonathan is a producer with Walt Disney Studios.

The festival also takes pleasure in showcasing  the work of those who work behind the scenes and usually get little public attention for their efforts.  Jonathan Gaynor, Sound Mixer, was recognized with the Behind the Scenes Award. Presenting the award was Academy Award winning sound designer Eugene Gearty.

Other Winners include:

Best Feature:  Keep In Touch , directed by Sam Kretchmar, New York, NY

Best Documentary:  Daylight Come directed by Evan Vetter, Wilmington, NC

Best Short Film: Pardon the Intrusion, directed by Louise Caruna Galizia, United Kingdom

Best Student Film:  Danny Freud, directed by Madliene Rae Painter, University of North Carolina, School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Best Comedy: The Gunfighter, directed by Eric Kissack, Los Angeles, CA

Best Animation:  Chiaroscuro, directed by Daniel Drummond, Sao Luis, Brazil

Best Screenplay:  Attic Ashes, written by Lorraine Portman, St. Augustine, FL

Best Actress:  Maritza Brikisak, Los Angeles, CA   ( A Prayer for the Lonely)

Best Actor: Hoyt Richards, Los Angeles, CA (Intersection)

Best Director: Sam Kretchmar, New York, NY  (Keep In Touch)

Audience Choice:   Interwoven,  (Director VW Scheich,
Producer Uyen Le), Beaufort, SC

The Beaufort International Film Festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society. For more information visit beaufortfilmfestival.com.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry. See more at beaufortfilmsociety.org.

Justin Roberts to be Presented Santini Patriot Spirit Award at Beaufort International Film Festival

Former Army Chaplain and Filmmaker will receive the Santini Patriot Spirit Award for “No Greater Love”, a powerful film about honor, courage, and sacrifice in Afghanistan by the members of “No Slack”, the 101st Airborne Division, 2/327th Infantry Battalion.

12515476-santini-patriot-spirit-awardFormer U. S. Army Chaplain and Writer/Producer/Director Justin D. Roberts will be presented the Santini Patriot Spirit Award at the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival being held February 10 – 14, 2016 in Beaufort, SC. The award will be presented for his film “No Greater Love”, during the festival awards ceremony on Saturday, February 13.

The “Santini” is awarded to that filmmaker whose portrayal of the American active duty military, veterans, or their families in a feature film, documentary, or short reflects the highest standards of service and sacrifice for the good of others. The award is named after Marine Corps Colonel Donald “The Great Santini” Conroy, father of Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and best-selling author Pat Conroy.

Justin graduated from the Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters in Biblical Studies and a Masters in Media Arts and Communication. For his tour in Afghanistan that is featured in No Greater Love, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor. He also served as the Co­-Executive Producer for The Hornet’s Nest, another military documentary, and his footage has been featured in an Emmy Award winning Nightline Memorial Day Special. He now resides with his family in Lake Charles, Louisiana. More about the film at http://www.nglfilm.com.
For more information about the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

Historic Downtown Beaufort earns SC Cultural District honor

Historic downtown Beaufort’s growing mix of artists, galleries and thriving and varied restaurants earned the “Cultural District” designation from the South Carolina Arts Commission.

 

City leaders hope to market the designation to help attract visitors and residents downtown as a hub of arts and culture, Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said.

A cultural district is an easily identifiable geographic area with a concentration of arts facilities and assets that support cultural, artistic and economic activity, according to the S.C. Arts Commission and the General Assembly.

 

 

One of the primary goals of the Redevelopment Commission is “to grow and expand our economy to fund the maintenance and improvement of the City’s infrastructure,” said Jon Verity, chairman of the Beaufort Redevelopment Commission.

“Adaptive re-use and the infill of downtown Beaufort have long been key elements in our plan for economic growth,” said Verity, a former treasurer of the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago and past president of the Dayton (Ohio) Ballet. He also served as chairman of the Montgomery County (Dayton) Arts and Cultural District.

“For many, many years in Beaufort, the arts have been a creative lure that helps attract new residents and businesses,” he said. “Earning the ‘Cultural District’ designation is like the Good Housekeep Seal of Approval.”

 

Those non-arts businesses are important pieces of a cultural district, said Ken May, S.C. Arts Commission executive director.

“A successful cultural district attracts creative enterprises, such as galleries and theatres, whose patrons want to dine out and shop, so nearby retail and other businesses benefit from that increased economic activity,” May said.

Other states with similar cultural district programs include Massachusetts, Kentucky, Texas and Colorado. For complete guidelines, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com.

The cultural district program is administered by the South Carolina Arts Commission, a state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances.

Created by the General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development.

 

Finalists Named for Beaufort International Film Festival 2016

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The Tenth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival will host thousands of film lovers from around the world starting Feb. 10 and continuing to Feb 14 in the historic coastal town of Beaufort, SC. Considered one of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast and named one of the top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World 2013 by MovieMaker Magazine, festival organizers are expecting their biggest crowds yet. With over 10,000 attending some part of the four day festival in 2015, more are expected in 2016.

Awards will be presented in the areas of Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Student Films, Screenplays, Animation. Comedy and Audience Choice.  Also, winners will be named for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Director

BIFF 2016 also marks the second award for the Spirit & Pride of South Carolina Award, presented to that person whose career achievements in the areas of film, television or music have reflected positively on themselves and the state of South Carolina. The award will be presented to Television Host and Fashion Icon Vanna White, originally from North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Former Army Chaplain and filmmaker Justin D. Roberts will be presented the Santini Patriot Spirit Award for his film “No Greater Love“. The “Santini ” is awarded to that filmmaker whose portrayal of the American active duty military, veterans, or their families in a feature film, documentary, or short reflects the highest standards of service and sacrifice for the good of others. The award is named after Marine Corps Colonel Donald “The Great Santini” Conroy. father of Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and best-selling author Pat Conroy.

Jonathan Gaynor will be presented the “Behind the Scenes” award for his more than 20 years of work as a Film Sound Mixer. Jonathan’s resume includes over 50 film and television credits.

The 2016 Beaufort International Film Festival Finalists are as follows:

ANIMATION

A Gothic Tale
Directed by: Marceia Patterson, Winston-Salem, NC

Another Everest
Directed by: Aleksandre Kosinski, Winston-Salem, NC

Chiaroscuro
Directed by:  Daniel Drummond, San Luis, Brazil

Reality Check
Directed by:  Alexander Woody, Orange, CA

Switch Man
Directed by: Hsun-Chun Chuan and Shao-Kuei Tong, Taiwan

DOCUMENTARY

Daylight Come
Directed by:  Evan Vetter,  Wilmington, NC

Kepulihan: When the Waters Recede
Directed by: David H. Barnhart, Atlanta GA

Locked In a Box
Directed by: David H. Barnhart, Atlanta, GA

Projections of America
Directed by:  Peter Miller, New York, NY

Old South
Directed by:  Danielle Beverly,  Brooklyn, NY

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Directed by:  Phil Furey,  Los Angeles, CA

FEATURE

Intersection
Directed by:  Tim French,  Los Angeles, CA

Interwoven
Directed by:  VW Scheich, Beaufort, SC

In the Dark
Directed by:  David Spaltro,  New York, NY

Keep In Touch
Directed by:  Sam Kretchmar, New York, NY

SHORTS:

Another Love
Directed by:  Victor Perez, London, UK

A Chess Player
Directed by: Shea Sizemore, Charlotte, NC

El Altar de Soledad (A Prayer for the Lonely)
Directed by:  Felix Martiz, Los Angeles, CA

Birthday
Directed by:  Chris King, Los Angeles, CA

Morning Shift
Directed by:  Gary Weeks, Roswell, GA

Pardon the Intrusion
Directed by: Louise Caruna Galizia, United Kingdom

Selling Rosario
Directed by:  Iana Simeonov & Michael Winokur, San Francisco, CA

Shooting an Elephant
Directed by:  Juan Pablo Rothie, Venezuela

The Gunfighter
Directed by: Eric Kissack, Los Angeles, CA

The Tutor
Directed by:  Grant Johnson, Los Angeles, CA

The Visitor
Directed by: Bennett Pellington, Wilmington, NC

STUDENT FILMS

Danny Freud  (University of North Carolina, School of the Arts)
Directed by:  Madiene Rae Painter, Winston-Salem, NC

Deep Pan Fury (University of Creative Arts, UK)
Directed by:  Charlie Dennis, United Kingdom

Doug (University of Creative Arts, UK)
Directed by:  Tom Fordham, London, United Kingdom

Lies Beneath the Lampshade (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Directed by: Andrew Wecht, Savannah, GA

Panfilo (University of London, UK)
Directed by:  Memed Aksoy, London, UK

Schoolcraft (Savannah College of Art and Design)
Directed by:  Adam Nelson, Savannah, GA

Sin Frontera  (Chapman University, Dodge College)
Directed by:  Iz Gutierrez, Orange, CA

The Break In  (New York University, Tisch)
Directed by:  Robbie Lemieux, New York, NY

The Right Hand of God (Chapman University, Dodge College)
Directed by:  Matthew Szewczyk, Orange, CA

BEST COMEDY

Danny Freud

Deep Pan Fury

Keep In Touch

Morning Shift

The Break In

The Gunfighter

SCREENPLAY

Attic Ashes
Written by:  Lorraine Portman, St. Augustine, FL

Coastline
Written by:  Ned Farr, Los Angeles, CA

Collapse
Written by:  N. T. Bullock, New Orleans, LA

Controlling
Written by:  Margaret Ford Rogers and Robert Seckler, Charleston, SC

eDisharmony
Written by:  Lorraine Portman, St. Augustine, FL

In Spite of It All
Written by:  Rebecca Boyd, Columbia, SC

Soulbreak
Written by:  Richard Levine & Marie Bailey, Jacksonville, FL

Switched at Girth
Written by:  Kevin Williams, Los Angeles, CA

The Geriatric Tour
Written by:  Marcia Rhea, Charleston, SC

The Key for Hope
Written by:  Frederico Ferrero, Tampa, FL

Turning August
Written by:  Sheila Watson and Anthony Watson, Johns Island, SC

BEST ACTOR:

Ryan Patrick Bachand (Keep In Touch- Feature Film)

Eduardo Enrikez (Sin Frontera – Student Film)

Cullen Moss (The Visitor – Short Film)

Hoyt Richards (Intersection – Feature Film)

Anthony Reynolds (The Visitor – Short Film)

BEST ACTRESS

Maritza Brikisak (Only the Lonely – Short Film)

Grace Folsom (In the Dark – Feature Film)

Gabbi McPhee (Keep In Touch – Feature Film)

Fiona Horrigan ( In the Dark – Feature Film)

Mo’Nique  (Interwoven – Feature Film)

BEST DIRECTOR

Tim French (Intersection-Feature Film)

Sam Kretchmar  ( Keep In Touch– Feature Film)

Victor Perez (Another Love  – Short Film)

Juan Pablo Rothie  ( Shooting an Elephent – Short Film)

VW Scheich   (Interwoven –Feature Film)

David Spaltro (In The Dark – Feature Film)

For more information about the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visitbeaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

Jonathan Gaynor to Receive Behind the Scenes Award at Beaufort International Film Festival

South Carolina Film/Television Sound Mixer to be Honored at the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival

South Carolina’s “Go To” professional Sound Mixer, Jonathan Gaynor, will be honored at the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival taking place February 10-14, 2016 in Beaufort, SC. He will be presented with the festival’s prestigious “Behind the Scenes” Award for his work on more than 50 film and television programs spanning more than 20 years. His resume includes work on films like Forrest Gump, Dear John, The Notebook, and The Patriot. Also included is work in the Sound Department on the long running television series, Army Wives.12510253-jonathan-gaynor

Jonathan began recording sound professionally in the late 1970s while involved with theatrical and film lighting, live sound reinforcement and photography. After moving to South Carolina from New York City in the late 1980s and seeing a need for someone to service the growing film and TV production sound market, he acquired his first recording package with the help of a sound mentor from his theater days. In the twenty some years since then he’s had the pleasure of working alongside many skilled and creative people helping to make a number of enduring stories for the screen. For a complete listing of his enormous body of work, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0310983/.

For more information about the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society.

The Beaufort Film Society is a nonprofit, 501 (c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.

Remembering Shag The Movie

“It’s been an honor to hear from so many people how much Shag the movie has meant to them,” said screenwriter Lanier Laney.  He is from Spartanburg, SC, and the movie is a retelling of his summers growing up at Pawleys Island watching his older brother going across the street to the Pawleys Pavilion to listen to the African American beach music bands and dance the Shag, a dance which had originated in the black clubs next to Ocean Drive in North Myrtle Beach. Shag poster (1)

The movie was set in pre-integration South Carolina, and it was white kids from upper class families who first starting going to hear black bands at the beach pavilions of South Carolina.  In upcountry towns like Greenville, Spartanburg and Charlotte, the only way the kids could hear the music was by tuning into powerful radio stations broadcasting from Nashville and buying records. The music was dubbed “race music” by their segregationist parents, and many white children were forbidden to listen to the music at the time.  But that did not stop it from becoming THE music and dance of several generations of South Carolina beachgoers.  Shag was named the State Dance of South Carolina in 1990 and when the movie was filmed here, it brought more than $5 million into the local economy.

“It was a miracle that Shag was ever made. It had no big stars, and it was about four girls from the South. Something that was not considered big box office at the time,” Laney said. “The total credit for that movie getting made goes to my co-screenwriter Terry Sweeney who sold it on a pitch to Guy MacElwane, then the head of MGM in California.”

Said MacElwane (after Terry’s pitch to him of what the movie would be about and what sort of things the girls would say) “I don’t know a thing about South Carolina or what the heck Shag is, but I do know you’re funny! Go write your movie.”

Terry and Lanier at Pawleys Island

Terry and Lanier at Pawleys Island

Laney and Sweeney wrote the movie at the Tip Top Inn on Pawleys.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Sweeney’s new book Irritable Bowels and the People Who Give You Them was released in 2015. Sweeney is remembered for his writing and performance on “Saturday Night Live” where he imitated Nancy Reagan and made history as the first openly gay performer on American television.

photo by Terry and Lanier

photo by Terry and Lanier

Sweeney and his husband Laney left their writing careers in Hollywood to make a life in Beaufort, SC .