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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. film11 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.

Finalists Named for Beaufort International Film Festival 2016

Filmmakers from Around the World Prepare to Attend the 10th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival in February12345442_10156335324135387_8064689874130242106_n 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.