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Missy Ricker, Set Decorator for Film and Television, to Receive Behind the Scenes Award

Charleston, SC based Set Decorator Missy Ricker will be honored for her more than 20 years of career achievements at the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival.

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Missy Ricker will be presented the prestigious “Behind the Scenes” Award at the 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in Beaufort, SC. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“The “Behind the Scenes Award” is presented to a South Carolina film or television professional who very often works quietly off camera but whose efforts are vital to the success of team production efforts. Those many unheralded moments sometimes spanning an entire career are recognized with this award,” stated Ron Tucker, President, Beaufort Film Society.

Missy Ricker is an East Coast Set Decorator for the Film and Television Industry, based in Charleston, SC where she shares her home with husband and fellow Crew Member, Joey Ricker. Originally from Virginia, Missy began her career in Theater and gradually moved into the Film Industry as a Set Dresser and ultimately as a Set Decorator. She earned her MFA in Photography and Filmmaking from VCU in Richmond, VA in 1994, and is currently an appointee to the Film Production Academic Advisory Committee at Trident Technical College, a Member of the Board of Directors for the ‘Carolina Film Alliance’, and a proud Member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 491 Studio Mechanics Union.

“We’re excited for Missy and applaud her more than two decades of dedication to her craft. Also, Missy will be our first female recipient of this award. We’re very excited about that,” said Co-Festival Director Rebecca Tucker.

Immediately following graduate school in 1994, Missy stayed very busy teaching Photography as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at both Old Dominion University and Thomas Nelson Community College, working as a Stagehand for the Virginia Opera and various Concert Venues in the Tidewater area, and dabbling in a variety of Crafts in the Film and Television industry including working as an Art Director for several Commercials and for the Television Series The New Detectives on the Discovery Channel in 1996. Missy’s first Major Studio Feature Film experience as a Set Dresser was on The Shadow Conspiracy starring Donald Sutherland, Charlie Sheen, and Linda Hamilton, released in 1997. This experience of “dressing” the sets under the established, award-winning Set Decorator Anne McCulley inspired Missy to set out on a path to learn and perfect her own skills in the Craft of Set Decoration.

While continuing to work on various productions, Missy was offered her first official position as a Set Decorator on a Feature Film called Asunder, starring Blair Underwood and Debbie Morgan, and then on a T.V. Series for Showtime called Linc’s starring Pam Grier and Steven Washington in 1998. She worked directly under the Production Designer, John D. Kretschmer. While several more Feature Films immediately followed this experience, Missy was then drawn back to her Fine Art background and set out to open an Independent Art School in Norfolk, VA called, ‘The Ghent Studio of Fine Art’ (S.O.F.A.) in 1999. While Owning and Operating S.O.F.A. successfully for the next six years, her calling was once again to return to the Film and Television Industry.

In 2006 Missy reunited with Production Designer John D. Kretschmer to Decorate several Feature Films including The List starring Malcom McDowell, Chuck Carrington and Hillarie Burton, released in 2007, and The Strangers starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman, released in 2008, to name a few. It was at this time that Missy was reminded of her love of the Craft of Set Decoration, and from this point forward became fully re-dedicated to her career as a Set Decorator in the Industry.

In 2008 Missy was offered the Set Decorator position on Lifetime’s Hit Series Army Wives, starring Catherine Bell, Kim Delaney, Brian McNamara, Terry Serpico, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller, Sally Pressman and Sterling K. Brown, which was filming in Charleston. This is where she met her husband Joey, a Charleston native and fellow Crew Member working in the Transportation Department on the show. Their shared love of Film and Music is what brought them together, and they both enjoyed six wonderful Seasons, and over 100 Episodes, as part of the Army Wives Family. They both continue to work in Film and Television today and are proud to call Charleston home.

Missy’s most recent credits include the Pilot for the Television Series The Sinner starring Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbot and Bill Pullman, The Inspectors Television Series, Seasons 2 and 3, on CBS Saturday mornings starring Jessica Lundy, Brett Green and Terry Serpico, and the latest Feature Film in the Halloween Franchise starring Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Behind the Scenes Award is sponsored by Edie Smith and Eugene Rugala.

For more information about the 12th 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.

 

Dale Dye to Receive Inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award

The Beaufort Film Society is pleased to announce that Dale Dye will be presented the inaugural Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The festival dates are February 21-25, 2018 with the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala taking place on Sunday, February 25th at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

“ If you look at his body of work in the film industry over the past three decades, read the stories from the directors he has worked with like Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg, and Oliver Stone, you’ll see why we’re so very honored to present the first Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood Legend Dale Dye,” stated Beaufort Film Society President Ron Tucker.

The award is named for Best Selling Author and Academy Award nominated Screenwriter Pat Conroy who was a long time resident of Beaufort, SC before his death of pancreatic cancer in March 2016. “It is with the blessing of the Conroy family that we have named our most prestigious honor in the name of Pat Conroy. Beaufort’s long film history began with Pat when his novel The Great Santini was made into a feature film and shot right here in Beaufort,” stated Rebecca Tucker, Co-Director of the Beaufort International Film Festival. Dale Dye was the Military Advisor on three productions shot in the Beaufort area – Forrest Gump, Rules of Engagement, and the television pilot Semper Fi.

Dale Dye is one of the most recognized and respected players in the movie and TV industry. His work has had a huge effect both behind and before the cameras, particularly in projects with a military theme. He has been credited with single-handedly changing the way Hollywood makes war movies.

The work of Dale Dye in Hollywood has ranged from technical adviser to acting roles in war movies, many of which earned acclaim such as “Platoon,” “Casualties of War,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers” and he hosted History Channel’s documentary series, “The Conquerors.”

Dale is a native of Southeast Missouri. In 1962, he graduated as a cadet officer from Missouri Military Academy with hopes of attending the U.S. Naval Academy. When that failed and there was no money available for college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and reported to boot camp in January 1964. He served in Vietnam in 1965 and 1967 through 1970 surviving 31 major combat operations.

He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated including the Bronze Star with V for Valor and three Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in combat. He spent 13 years as an enlisted Marine, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Appointed a Warrant Officer in 1976, he later converted his commission and was a Captain when he was sent to Beirut with the Multinational Peacekeeping Force in 1982-83. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Major in English.

As a lifelong movie buff with a special penchant for war movies, Dale decided to head for Hollywood when he retired from active duty in 1984. His idea was to see if he could help make war movies more realistic and improve screen portrayals of military men and women. He founded Warriors, Inc., a business with the stated agenda of shining some long-overdue positive light on the people who serve and sacrifice in American military uniform past, present and future. Over the years, Dale built his business into the premier military consultancy to motion pictures and television employing his well- respected, rugged and realistic method of fully immersing actors in a boot camp-style training program before the cameras roll. To date his firm has worked on more than fifty movies and TV shows including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. To further his agenda, Dale also founded Warriors Publishing Group which publishes a premium slate of military-themed books written by veteran authors.

Dale Dye is a published novelist, screenwriter and director as well as a consummate character actor with critically-acclaimed appearances in many films and television productions.

He is currently in pre-production with what will be his feature film directorial debut in the World War II themed film “No Better Place to Die.”

The Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by The Thorne Foundation, courtesy of Leslie and Landon Thorne.

For more information about the 12th 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.

Shorts at High Noon

The Beaufort Film Society will present some of the best short, animation, and student films from their vast collection of Beaufort International Film Festival Finalists Selections from 2007 to present.  
 
Screenings begin Wednesday, October 4 and continue through November 29at the Plaza Stadium Theatre in Beaufort, SC with admission FREE to the general public.  Check in time is 11:30 am with the screenings beginning at Noon and ending by 1 PM.  
Modeled after he Beaufort County Library Program, “Books Sandwiched In” the Beaufort Film Society wants to expand its offerings and showcase the benefits of Film Society membership and serve as an introduction to the quality of the films presented annually at the Beaufort International Film Festival. 
 
A complete schedule of the screening selections and information related to the Beaufort Film Society and the Beaufort International Film Festival  are located at beaufortfilmfestival.com

Beaufort International Film Festival Named to Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals

FilmFreeway, a marketing service that connects filmmakers, screenwriters, and film festivals from all over the world, recently recognized the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF) as one of the Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals in a recent survey. Over 5,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 43 Academy Award accredited festivals, use FilmFreeway to reach over 400,000 filmmakers and artists worldwide. According to the survey, BIFF was ranked #10 in the world and #1 in South Carolina.
“We’re honored that our festival has been recognized as a Top 100 Best Reviewed Festival especially since these reviews are coming from the filmmakers and screenwriters who have attended or had a film to screen in Beaufort. As we’ve said many times, it takes a village of volunteers, sponsors and of course an adoring audience to make a film festival a success. We share this honor with them. ” stated Rebecca Tucker, Co-Director of the Beaufort International Film Festival.
The 12th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival will take place February 21-25, 2018. For more information about the 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.

 

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

The 12th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is set for Wednesday through Saturday, April 19-22, at Grand 14 Movie Theater at The Market Common. 

The exciting event features films and filmmakers from around the world, many presenting their film as world premieres. 

For tickets, visit www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com or call 843-497-0220.  All ticket sales occur by MBIFF staff in the lobby, online or by-phone.  All-access passes (include all films and events) are $50 per person.  Individual tickets are $10 per person for each two-hour block of time. 

Visit http://myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/assets/mbiff12.bookletpamphlet.pdf to see a full list of movies titles, times and descriptions.

Julie Dash to be Presented Inaugural Robert Smalls Merit & Achievement Award

The Beaufort Film Society Award Honors that filmmaker whose body of work has served as a “catalyst for groundbreaking discoveries and societal change”julie-dash

Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Julie Dash broke through racial and gender boundaries with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust, and she became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of her feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry where it joins a select group of American films preserved and protected as national treasures; Dash is the only African American woman with a feature film that has been inducted into the National Film Registry. The film was shot in and around Beaufort, SC.

 

On Sunday, February 19, 2017, the Beaufort Film Society will present Julie Dash with the inaugural Robert Smalls Merit & Achievement Award at the 11th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. “This award has been created to be presented to that filmmaker whose body of work has served as a catalyst for groundbreaking discoveries and societal change. Julie Dash’s accomplishments during the last quarter century certainly meets these criteria,” stated Ron Tucker, president of the Beaufort Film Society.  The award has been named after Beaufort native and Civil War hero Robert Smalls, who rose from a slave to a United States Congressman.

 

The Cohen Media Group recently announced the 25th anniversary restoration of director Julie Dash’s landmark film “Daughters of the Dust.”  Casting a long legacy, “Daughters of the Dust” still resonates today, most recently as a major influence on Beyonce’s video album “Lemonade.” Restored (in conjunction with UCLA) for the first time with proper color grading overseen by cinematographer AJ Jafa, audiences will finally see the film exactly as Julie Dash intended. The restored film with be screened at the Beaufort International Film Festival on Saturday, February 18th. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Julie Dash and others.

 

Julie Dash is the Distinguished Professor of Cinema, Television and Emerging Media (CTEMS) at Morehouse College. From 2013-2015 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Charleston, in the department of African American Studies, and with the Avery Research Center for African American Studies; in 2013 she held the Bob Allison Chair in Media at Wayne State University. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO, directing, the NAACP Image Award winning, Emmy and DGA nominated, The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground. Her work as a film director includes theme park, Disney’s Imagineering, and museum design Brothers of the Borderland for The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Her work includes music videos, documentary, PSA’s, industrial documentary films, and commercial spots for fortune 500 brands, i.e., Coca Cola and GMC.

 

In 2015, Dash was a part of the Trailblazing Women franchise on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and co-hosted one evening with Illeana Douglas.

 

Julie Dash is currently in production on a feature length documentary about Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer, and chef from rural South Carolina who led a remarkably unique and complex life. The film is based upon Grosvenor’s bestselling work, Vibration Cooking: or the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl.

 

Dash earned her MFA in Film & Television production at UCLA; received her BA in Film Production from CCNY, and she was a Producing and Writing Conservatory Fellow at the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies. When not working on her projects Ms. Dash is a frequent lecturer at many of the leading Universities in the United States.

 

Presenting the award  will be Michael Boulware Moore, the great, great grandson of Robert Smalls and the president and CEO of the International African-American Museum which is planned to be opened in Charleston, SC in 2018.

 

For more information about the 11th 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.

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

The 11th Annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival is set for Wednesday through Saturday, April 20-23, 2016, at Carmike Cinema 17, Broadway at the Beach. 

The exciting event features films and filmmakers from around the world, many presenting their film as world premieres.  The Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has been selected as the recipient of national and international awards, including Movie Maker Magazine’s List of Top 25 Film Festivals for filmmakers to submit their work. 

For tickets, visit www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com or call 843-497-0220.  All ticket sales occur by MBIFF staff in the lobby, online or by-phone.  All-access passes (include all films and events) are $50 per person.  Individual tickets are $10 per person for each two-hour block of time.

For a full list of movies titles, times and descriptions, visit http://www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com/assets/mbiff-11-booklet.pdf.

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.

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.