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Cindy Reid has been published in About Town, skirt!, and The Coastal Mariner. A graduate of Mills College in Oakland, CA, she spent most of her career working with authors in the retail book business before becoming one herself. She has a daughter who lives in the state of Washington. A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, she now makes her home on St. Helena Island.

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Emily Burgess received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to three boys and writes freelance. She moved to Beaufort in 2013 for her husband’s job and enjoys all the lowcountry has to offer.

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Paul Nurnberg, whose studio is in Beaufort, SC, specializes in architectural and lifestyle advertising photography. He photographs a variety of subjects including people, products, food, nature and travel for ad agencies, large corporations and magazines. Local clients include Beaufort Memorial Hospital, The Vegetable Kingdom and Swanky J Boutique. Other clients include JCB, (UK/Savannah), Johnson Matthey, Parker’s Markets and Stertil­ Koni. Paul also teaches photography and camera classes and one on one lessons to individuals. He just finished a two-year term as president of the SC chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers

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FEBRUARY 2019 Noah Krepps A Labor of Love


Sophia Dickinson A Local Girl on the Rise

The History of Films Special Exhibit Now At Beaufort History Museum

ABOUT THE COVER Ron and Rebecca Tucker are the President and Vice President of the prestigious Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF). Not only do they orchestrate the entire festival, the films and all of the volunteers, they are wonderful people who are a joy to be around! Read about them and their 13 years and growing strong with the Beaufort International Film Festival! Cover photo by Susan DeLoach | February 2019 09

13th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival Goodfellas Meets Broadway With a Bit of Opera story by CINDY REID


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his year is “Lucky 13” for the Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF). Not only are they adding in an entire extra day to accommodate their record breaking number of entries, they are extremely pleased to be honoring actor extraordinaire Paul Sorvino and industry safety activist / cinema hairstylist Joyce Gilliard. Ron Tucker, President Beaufort Film Society and Co-Film Festival Director with Vice President Rebecca Tucker, says “the big news this year is that we have extended the festival one day and will have our Opening Night Ceremony on Tuesday, February 19. Another first is we gave the Opening Ceremony the theme of "Goodfellas Meets Broadway with a Bit of Opera." We chose that as a tip of the hat to our esteemed guest Paul Sorvino’s many celebrated roles as a Mafia Don, and we thought it would a fun way to kick off the festival. We encourage attendees to come in costume, gangster era 1920s, 30s, 40s from the flapper headband and feather, to fedora, pinstripes and suspenders- but no toy guns, props that look guns or other weapons. Otherwise, anything goes!” Better & Better Ron and Rebecca Tucker have spent thirteen years fine tuning and adapting the BIFF. He says this year is their best year yet for the number of entries, which enabled them to double the number of movies screened. Ron says, “by adding an extra day we were able to expand our number of screenings to almost sixty. We have many more short films and five feature films this year. All five feature films will be shown in the evening, giving folks who aren’t able to be here during the day the opportunity to experience the film festival.” More films means more filmmakers. Ron says, “we will have seventy filmmakers in attendance,

which really sets us apart from many other film festivals. Every filmmaker is afforded the opportunity for an audience Q and A, the film may only be a few minutes long and they will still have time to interact with the audience.” The filmmakers are coming from all corners of the globe. Ron says, “we have filmmakers coming from Tokyo, Japan, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, Canada and the United Kingdom. We have been attracting and encouraging international entries from the beginning, it is another facet that sets us apart and brings the festival to a whole different level. Every year we have more international entries and filmmakers attending, as the word continues to get out.” Speaking of getting the word out, both Ron and Rebecca agree social media has been a big influential factor. Rebecca says, “we use Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to continually support our filmmakers and of course the festival.“ Ron says, “our filmmakers do too, all of them are very smart and savvy in their use of social media, all which helps promotion of their films.” It Takes a Town It all comes together the week of the

festival and the proof is in the numbers. Ron says 14,000 people attended the festival last year, slightly more than the actual population of the city of Beaufort. He says, “that’s something when your attendance exceeds the number of people who live here!” Ron and Rebecca attribute a large part of this success to the community’s involvement in the gala week. When asked what keeps them going Ron says, “we are passionate about the film festival and when everyone else gets excited it keeps us excited too. When the whole town turns out, from hotels, inns and restaurants, it makes all the difference. We couldn’t do it and certainly not in this style, without their support every year. As long as we continue to love what we are doing we will keep on doing it, and as long as the town stays behind us we will keep getting better and better.” Ron continues, “knowing you are showing Beaufort to an international attendance is an added bonus. The feedback we get from filmmakers is phenomenal. In fact we have been told repeatedly that Hollywood is very aware of the Beaufort International Film Festival. We | February 2019 11

are the little festival that started at the Lady’s Island movie theater in 2007 with a total attendance of around 500 people and we just keep growing. It’s a labor of love.” About the BIFF Awardees Paul Sorvino, multi faceted actor, author, opera singer and sculptor is being honored for Career Achievement in Film and Television and will be presented with the prestigious “Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award” at the 13th annual Beaufort International Film Festival. The award is named for bestselling author and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Pat Conroy, a long time resident of Beaufort, SC. Paul Sorvino's resume includes over one hundred eighty movies and television shows, two operas, three Broadway plays, several musicals on Broadway and at major theaters across the country. He has starred in such films as Goodfellas, Nixon, Reds, Money Talks, See Spot Run, The Brinks Job, Bullworth, Dick Tracy, The Bronx Bull and many others. For the Broadway production of That Championship Season, Sorvino won several prominent awards including the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Actor, and a Tony nomination. Sorvino’s numerous television credits include The Oldest Rookie, Law and Order, That’s Life, as well as the lead role in Dummy, the Peabody award-winning drama in which he played Lowell Myers, the ground-breaking deaf trial lawyer. He is an internationally known operatic tenor, with several albums and a Public Television production entitled "Paul Sorvino Sings.” Sorvino is currently filming the American Crime Drama Television Series, The Godfather of Harlem set to debut in 2019. Joyce Gilliard will be presented the esteemed "Behind-the-Scenes" Award. Gilliard is the founder of the SC Hair &


Makeup Network and the non-profit, iSAFE! TV & FiLM, LLC. Her career as a hairstylist in film and television was launched in Charleston, SC when she was hired as a background artist on the hit television series Army Wives. She eventually became one of the show’s hairstylists and became the first African American hairstylist in South Carolina to be accepted Into the IATSE Local 798 Hair and Makeup Union. Joyce went on to work on over 75 films, television programs and commercials. Her credits include The Hunger Games, Paper Towns, Banshee, Goosebumps 2 and Sleepy Hollow. On February 20, 2014, Joyce was working on location for the film Midnight Rider when a train came through the set. Tragically, camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed and Joyce was severely injured. After reconstructive surgery on her left arm Joyce was told she would be unable to continue her career as a hairstylist. But with determination, physical rehab, and a strong

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religious faith, Joyce recovered sufficiently to return to the work she loves. To bring safety awareness to film sets Joyce founded iSAFE! TV & FiLM. (The acronym is Industry Safety Awareness For Everyone). The mission for iSAFE! TV & FiLM is to promote safety awareness on television and film production sets through education, trainings, awareness, accountability and visibility. Joyce will be the feature panelist on Wednesday, February 20th when a “Safety on the Set” Panel discussion will be shown worldwide via Facebook Live. All of the awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24 at the Red Carpet Reception and Awards Gala, held at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts. The Awards Ceremony Cocktail Hour is at 6pm, and the Awards Presentations begin at 7pm. Single Ticket $50 (BFS Members) $60 (Non members) (included in All Events Pass) Catering by Debbi Covington (Champagne included)


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FRIDAY – February 22, 2019 Title/Running Time A Drawing (6 minutes) Blue Note (3 minutes) Athena (21 minutes) Memory Box (12 minutes) Tin Can (13 minutes) Moon Rabbit (16 minutes) Passive Aggressive Dads (5 minutes) Molly (10 minutes) BREAK Black Dispatch (19 minutes) The Need To Grow (1 hr 35 minutes) An Afternoon with Paul Sorvino (45 minutes) Host: Monty Jett An Autobiography (35 minutes) BREAK Electric Love (1hr 19minutes) Weight (1hr 28minutes)

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Noah Krepps

A Labor Of Love



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oah Krepps loves everything about directing a show with one exception… the cast photo. “It is just insanely difficult for me, for some reason it flusters me and I end up having to enlist moms to stand behind me and say move that kid there and that kid there. Everything has come together, we are ready for the show and now I have to make one more humongous choice.” Noah came by his love of theatre as a child watching his siblings perform and his mother as a costume designer. His favorite show is still Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a show he watched as a ten year old because his mother designed the costumes and his 14 year old brother was the actor playing Joseph. After several middle school performances in Bye,Bye, Birdie and Hello Dolly, he stepped away from the stage to become a different type of performer during high school and college. He was a competitive swimmer, played the cello in the school orchestra, performed as a member of the chorus and earned a spot as a bass for the performance choir during high school. These activities conflicted with being a part of his high school drama program, but they didn’t stop him from performing on other stages. He continued to perform musically during college and beyond as a member of the choral departments at Temple and Indiana University-Pennsylvania. During that time he was also part of a punk band that toured the country twice. Drawn to Beaufort during the summer of 2015 when his fiancé found a job here, Noah tried out acting again. He was casted and since has performed with the Center for the Arts in Godspell, 9 to 5, a couple of broadway reviews and was stage manager for the recent performance of Mamma Mia. This led to a connection with Bonnie Hargrove and when she was looking for a director for the next children’s production, he was interested. “She was very encouraging

and offerred great support,” he said. He’s directed 4 shows, Shrek Jr, Willy Wonka Jr., Madagascar Jr. and is looking forward to directing again this spring when the Children’s Theatre performs The Wizard of Oz, a show that again holds special meaning for him because he watched his sisters perform and his mother design costumes for that show too. Theatre is a creative outlet for Noah. He was married this April and recently started a job in Community Development for Beaufort County. He previously worked as a special education assistant at Beaufort Middle School. He also still finds time to sing, he is member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church. “There is so much love at the Children’s Theatre. It is amazing to see the growth in the performers. Every show is someone’s last before they go off to college, so it’s nice to see them come into their own. And every show is someone’s first, I love their energy and enthusiasm. We often have the same

performers over and over, so it is fun to watch them develop from year to year,” he says. Noah is quick to point out that even though he is called the director, each show is a huge production and requires a ton of help. “It is a team effort. I’ve been lucky to work with an amazing team. Producers, choreographer, music director, set designers, stage managers and parent volunteers. As a director, ideally I’ll be working on the acting, blocking the scenes, the stage picture and giving direction to individual actors, but it varies from show to show. For Madagascar Jr., I served as music director as well as director. I wasn’t sure I could do both, but my producer, Bonnie Hargrove, is always around and she steps in whenever I need her. She’s truly been a mentor to me, she’s done so much to make me confident in this role. I wouldn’t have become as successful of a director without her.” Noah also noted that his first choreographer, Chris Crabb, “was very | February 2019 17

supportive of me. He helped me ease into being a director because I had no experience. I have had a ton of guidance to get to the point I am now.” When asked what he’s looking forward to as The Wizard of Oz approaches, Noah considered the question for a moment before responding. “My favorite part of being a director is working with the experienced kids on one final show before they move on and the excitement that the new kids bring to their first show. It is also fun to watch the kids who are in middle school and are starting to come into their own. That show when they click, their hard work starts to come together and they become that force on stage. There


are so many kids who are 10, 11, 12 and as they get older and more experienced, they really start to flourish. It’s fun to see them take off in a new way and gain that confidence.” Noah explained the process of putting a show together. Well over a 100 aspiring performers show up for two days of auditions. Each show typically ends up with a cast of approximately 85 kids with 4 to 5 principal acting roles. The kids range in ages from elementary school to high school. Following auditions Noah and the producer, music director and choreographers meet to discuss and assign roles. After a night of lively conversation they reach a consensus

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and then it is off to work. During the initial fews weeks they practice 3 times a week before ramping up to 4 times a week. The final week is tech week. The actors and crew meet daily in the theatre at the University of South Carolina, Center for Performing Arts. Noah says he’s at the theatre about 9 hours a week at first, but that gradually increases to about 35 hours the week of the performance. That doesn’t include the hours and hours weekly he spends preparing for the time at the theatre. Over and over Noah humbly deflected any credit directed to him emphasizing the number of people who invest so much time into making the shows happen. “Director is just a title for me. There are so many people doing as much or more work than I am. Between parents who are leaving their jobs early every afternoon, to the ones who are volunteering their time to create costumes and measuring every single child up and down and sideway. There are just so many moving parts. I am just so thankful for the help.” Why does he do it? It’s clear that Noah loves the theatre and loves working with children. “Its a labor of love. People ask if it’s paid or volunteer, but that’s not even a thought when I am there. I’m there for the love of it and to watch the children grow their confidence on the stage. It’s kind of amazing to watch a younger teenager have that natural ‘maybe I should try the scene this way’ without being encouraged. Watching young children, their excitement being on stage for the first time and seeing it come together for them. The camaraderie they have by the end is unreal. Seeing all those kids have a place to go and be at home.”

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t five and six years old, most children are begging their parents to let them stay up an extra hour or to eat ice cream for dinner instead of broccoli. At that age, Sophia-Rayne Dickinson was begging her parents to let her act. Whether from a theatre stage or from a sound stage for film, this young Beaufortonian just wants the opportunity to entertain people. Sophia first discovered she had a knack and love for acting through her participation in The Beaufort Children’s Theatre. The Beaufort Children’s Theatre operates out of the University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Center for the Arts, offering opportunities for local actors ages 6 to 18. The company produces two classic musicals per year, which are performed for thousands of patrons every year. Her performances with the theatre include A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan, Willy Wonka Jr, Madagascar Jr, and a lead speaking role in Shrek Jr, as the young Fiona. Despite her chance to act with the children’s theatre, Sophia still hoped for more. It took a year and half of asking repeatedly, but after months of perseverance, India Dickinson realized her daughter was not letting up and that she was also talented when it came to acting. India was not crazy about the idea of her daughter joining the industry. “We kept saying no. I’m not so crazy about the industry, it’s scary to me. But, she finally convinced her dad to let her do it,”

said India. “I watched a lot of movies and thought I should give it a try,” said Sophia. Her mother further explained that she would go into her room and practice lines she had seen and then come act them out for her family to show them that she could do it. Once her parents agreed to let her try her hand at camera acting, Sophia would travel with her family to Atlanta on the weekends to spend her Saturdays in acting classes. She began by landing spots in regional commercials, her first being for a homebuilder in the Southeast. In addition to regional commercial work, Sophia did work as an extra in many

top-grossing films including Bad Moms 2, Blockers, and was even a body double in The War with Grandpa. She also co-starred in a couple of television series including The Passage and Florida Girls. “The work as an extra I think was important because it’s teaching her the lingo on set and how everything flows. She learned how to be respectful on set. It’s a lot different than people who are not in the industry think,” said her mom. Sophia initially was doing work as an extra for Florida Girls, but she was so impressive to the directors that they re-wrote the script to include her as a speaking role. “She was there as an extra, she didn’t know during rehearsals that she was just supposed to sit there, so when they started rehearsing she started doing her own thing and they loved it. So they called in the writers and re-wrote the whole thing,” said India. “A director on set said they just saw magic happen.” Florida Girls just finished filming in Fall 2018 and will air this spring. Her life may have many exciting adventures as she endeavors in her acting, but Sophia is still a normal kid. Attending Riverview Charter School here in Beaufort, she loves her school and takes part in additional extra curricular activities including golf and ballroom dancing through Revolution Ballroom in Beaufort. As the youngest of five, she finds much encouragement from her older siblings as they cheer her on. As her career takes off, Sophia still maintains her schooling and plans to at this point. Homeschooling is not off the table | February 2019 23

if necessary, as her older sister is home schooled while she advances in her golfing. A majority of her auditions are submitted via video submissions or are done nearby in Savannah or Atlanta, both of which have booming film markets. Sophia’s agency, Red Willow Talent, is also based out of Savannah. Additionally, Sophia has done some minor acting work for Savannah College of Art and Design students working on film projects, including one called Haint. “So far, she hasn’t had to miss a ton of school. Savannah has so many opportunities available in the film industry, so it is nice to not have to travel very far,” said India. At nine years old, Sophia’s ability in acting far exceeds her age. She has the capability to quickly emote whatever the casting directors are seeking and can even cry on demand. Even more impressive, is her ability to change her acting to accommodate the medium. She seamlessly goes from the stage with Beaufort Children’s Theatre to a set for a television show, knowing exactly what is necessary in each setting. “With theatre you’re projecting your voice and doing scenes, it is totally different than film production. I don’t know if as she gets older it will be harder to go back and forth between,” India Dickinson said. Even with her incredible talent, Sophia strives to further her skills and does training via Skype from an acting coach in Atlanta. Additionally, she plans to attend a few acting camps this summer in California and possibly one in New York that is more geared towards theatre. With an IMDb (Internet Movie Database)


page already and being declared SAG eligible for her larger role in Florida Girls, Sophia has already made a mark in the film industry. Despite all of her talent, the industry can be cut throat with hundreds of others auditioning for the same role. India explains that for every 100 auditions, you will most likely receive 99 “nos,” with so many talented children who may all look exactly the same. Sophia’s career continues to move forward with auditions stacking up faster than expected. Her capacity to take direction and to transform herself into the

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required role continues to impress casting directors. She also plans to audition for The Wizard of Oz with the Beaufort Children’s Theatre for the spring. “She doesn’t care about being famous. She doesn’t want to be famous and in fact, hates it when we tell people what she does or tell her teacher why she needs to miss a day. She genuinely just wants to entertain people,” said her mom. “As long as she enjoys this roller coaster ride, we will keep going.” For Sophia, she is already doing what she wants to do when she grows up.

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The History of Films in Beaufort

Special Films Exhibit Now at Beaufort History Museum


ith its sparkling tidal rivers, grand antebellum mansions, and ancient moss-draped Live Oaks, Beaufort is the quintessential small Southern coastal town. It is no wonder that this charming historic place has served as the setting for many major films over the years, including The Prince of Tides, Forrest Gump, The Big Chill, and The Great Santini. Beaufort’s rich history spans 500 years. A key facet of Beaufort’s more recent history is making films and celebrating the art of film making here. The thirteenth annual Beaufort International Film Festival (BIFF), presented by the Beaufort Film Society, will host thousands of film lovers from around the world February 19 – 24. Considered one


of the fastest growing film festivals in the southeast and a top 100 best-reviewed film festival in the world according to FilmFreeway, BIFF is indeed contributing to making history in Beaufort. So it’s not surprising that at Beaufort History Museum’s December board of directors meeting, the idea was proposed of creating a special exhibit at the Museum highlighting movies made in Beaufort. The board quickly agreed to approach Ron and Rebecca Tucker, the founders of the Beaufort International Film Festival, to request their help in developing the exhibit. Beaufort History Museum board member and chair of the Museum’s collections committee, Mary Lou Brewton, immediately contacted the Tuckers to ask them to collaborate with

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the Museum on an exhibit featuring movies made in Beaufort that would be open during the Film Festival. “When Mary Lou contacted me, I thought the idea of a collaboration with Beaufort History Museum was a no-brainer,” says Ron. “It turns out that the Beaufort Film Society put together a short film a few years ago showing clips of most of the movies shot in the Beaufort region. We also have a

collection of framed posters from most of the movies made in Beaufort, including a poster for The Prince of Tides signed by Pat Conroy, along with a few items of memorabilia from movies shot here. Mary Lou and Paul Keyserling put the exhibit together in a very short time. With assistance from Beaufort History Museum board member Stuart Heath, Mary Lou also planned a reception at the Museum for the opening of the movie exhibit, complete with popcorn, soft drinks and wine. The first-time visitor to Beaufort will be in awe of the film history of this tiny town!” This special exhibit, Beaufort in Films, is open through February 28, 2019 at Beaufort History Museum, located on the second floor of the historic Arsenal at 713 Craven Street. The exhibit features the Tuckers’ collection of movie posters, video, and memorabilia from films made in the Beaufort area, including many of those listed below: •The Great Santini (1979) •The Big Chill (1983) •The Prince of Tides (1991) •Daughters of the Dust (1991) •Forrest Gump (1994) •The Jungle Book (1994) •Chasers (1994) •Something to Talk About (1995) •White Squall (1996) •Last Dance (1996) •G.I. Jane (1997) •Gone Fishin’ (1997) •Forces of Nature (1999) •Rules of Engagement (2000) •The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) Filmmakers will be admitted to the special Beaufort in Films exhibit and the Museum without charge when they present their Filmmaker All Event Pass at the visitors’ center in the Arsenal. Anyone who presents a BIFF event ticket during the festival will receive a $2.00 discount on admission.

Early Films in Beaufort Beaufort as a setting for film making dates back to the early part of the 20th century. “An early film was to be made in Beaufort and was to be called The Rise and Fall of the Confederacy,” Ron states. “The year was 1917 and the film was to be made by American Films based in Greenville, SC. Edward Cowles wrote the screenplay and it was said to be the most impressive film about the Civil War since Birth of a Nation. Many of the historic homes around Beaufort were to be featured, however, there is no record that the film was actually made.” Ron also shared information (from a recent Turner Classic Movies Film Article written by Sean Axmaker) about a noteworthy early film that was made in Beaufort in 1940, Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May

1940. According to an excerpt from the online article: Zora Neale Hurston is a celebrated author (Their Eyes Were Watching God), playwright, poet, and a pioneering anthropologist who documented life in black communities in the American South and Caribbean diaspora. She was also one of the earliest ethnographic filmmakers—that is, filmmakers who use the camera to observe and document work, play, ritual, social practice, and other elements of daily life of its subjects without effort to shape or direct the action and the first African-American to shoot ethnographic film footage. …Through the 1930s and 1940s, she traveled around the American South, the Caribbean, and South America to collect stories and study the folklore, customs, and social culture of black communities… | February 2019


Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940) is a 15-minute excerpt of field recording footage that observes religious services (including communal singing and revival-style sermons) in the Gullah community of the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Zora Neale Hurston was the filmmaker on a team that also included Norman Chalfin, who made field audio recordings of the events. The sound is not synchronized to the footage, due to the difficulty in accessing electricity on location. "There was no electric power," wrote Chaflin in notes preserved at the Library of Congress. "Illumination was from kerosene lamps." For a time the sound recordings were thought lost, but they have been reunited with the film footage and the accompanying soundtrack offers authentic recordings of the distinctive musical and vocal culture of the Gullah people and adds to the texture and atmosphere of the events photographed. The footage was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2006 and this presentation mastered from 16mm film elements preserved in the Margaret Mead/South Pacific Ethnographic Archives Collection at The Library of Congress. Filmmaking in South Carolina Today “South Carolina is no longer the force it was back in the mid-1990s,” Ron explains. “Our run of films in Beaufort took place before financial incentives or rebates were the key ingredients in bringing a movie to the state. Before incentives, it was largely about location and South Carolina had it all. Beaufort could be any of the other Deep South states or Vietnam, India, New York, etc. Around 1999, Canada made a push to lure producers with huge incentives to bring their film work there. That worked for a while, then some smart folks in Louisiana


developed their own incentive program in 2002. It changed the game. Then other states began development of film incentive programs. When the dust settled, the new giants of film were the states of Louisiana, New Mexico, California, and New York. In recent years Georgia has poured millions into its film and television infrastructure and for now, it is the number one state for film production. From July 2017 to July 2018 Georgia had 455 productions and $2.7 billion in direct spending. To get that kind of spending, Georgia had to pay out about $800 million in tax credits. South Carolina has only about $14 million devoted to film production.” Ron continues, “South Carolina does still have an incentives package. The few movies that are being made here are all incentive qualified, which means they must have a budget of $1 million or more to qualify for South Carolina rebates. There is more film and television activity in South Carolina than

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people may realize. The recent hit movie Halloween, the 1978 reboot released last year, was filmed in Charleston, SC. Mr. Mercedes, the ongoing TV series in its third season, is now being filmed in Charleston. The Sinner (season 1), a recent mini-series was filmed in Charleston and so was VicePrincipals. Sophie and the Rising Sun (2016) was shot in McClellanville, SC.” Collaboration: A Key to BIFF’s Success In addition to partnering with Beaufort History Museum on the current Beaufort in Films exhibit, the Tuckers collaborate with many other organizations and businesses to help make BIFF successful. “The annual Beaufort International Film Festival is made possible as a result of collaborating with a village of people in and around Beaufort who have an appreciation for the art of film making,” explains Ron. “The Beaufort Area Hospitality Association has been instrumental to our success and the support that BIFF receives from local hotels and B&Bs is a key. The restaurant owners also offer a warm welcome to the filmmakers and film lovers who come to Beaufort each February. In addition to the hospitality industry, many others step up to support BIFF through sponsorship, volunteering services,both personal and professional and by simply buying a ticket to see the films. It takes a village of supporters to present the festival as a first-tier artist event. The outpouring of support for BIFF in our community is tremendous!” The Beaufort International Film Festival is making its own history and is integral to the future success of film making!

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he Beaufort Twilight Run, presented by Habersham Properties, will host husband and wife national champion runners Stephanie and Ben Bruce at its 11th annual event on March 22 to 23. “Stephanie is one of the fastest and most popular female distance runners in the country,” said BTR Race Director Lauren Kelly. “She has developed a huge following for her transparency on the challenges of life and motherhood,” Kelly said. “Stephanie and Ben are family oriented and have a heart for giving back to their community, making them the perfect fit for BTR.” The Bruce’s and their two sons plan to attend the BTR on race day on March 23. In addition, the community is invited to meet and hear from them at a family-friendly pasta dinner at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 22 at Riverview Charter School. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at BTR expects 2,600 participants and spectators from across 20 states at the main event on Saturday, March 23 at Beaufort’s Habersham Marketplace. Races and festivities take place from 3:30-9:30 p.m.


Known as “The Lowcountry’s Running Festival,” the BTR is a USA Track and Field (USATF) sanctioned event that is Chronotrack timed by RMS Sports and offers more race options than any other event in

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the Lowcountry, drawing both competitive runners and recreational participants. The BTR offers six options for runners and walkers at all levels: • 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge (10 Mile + 5K Runs) • 10 Mile Run • 8K Run • 5K Run/Walk • 1 Mile Youth Run • Kids’ Fun Run The BTR is one of two events in South Carolina offering a 10 mile event. All courses are flat and spectator-friendly, offering beautiful marsh views under shaded live-oak canopies. “This family-friendly event is perfect for participants at all fitness levels as well as spectators and friends who want to enjoy an evening of live music and great food,” BTR Event Director Jeff Althoff said. Throughout the afternoon and evening, everyone can enjoy a variety of delicious food and drinks from oysters to gourmet food trucks to the Habersham Marketplace restaurants. The after-race party officially kicks off at 6 p.m. and features the crowd favorite band “Broke Locals,” who

specialize in “Southern Fried Funk.” The BTR’s total cash purse is more than $6,100 with payouts to be awarded in the 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge, 10 Mile Run, 8K Run and 5K Run. Categories include the three overall male and female winners of each of those races, as well as for the top male and female Masters (40+), Active Duty Military and Hometown Hero (a Beaufort County resident). In addition to cash prizes, age group winners will receive a gift for their accomplishment. Plus, a $1,000 bonus prize will go to any male or female runner who sets a new 10-mile all comers state record. For more information and to register, please visit www. Early registration discounts are available for all participants, as well as additional discounts for students, groups of ten or more, and active-duty military.

The BTR’s mission is to host a fun, competitive and memorable annual event for Beaufort to benefit Riverview Charter School – a free public school open to Beaufort County kindergarten through eighth-grade students. Good to Know: •Known as the “Lowcountry’s Running Festival,” the BTR offers more race options than any other event in the Lowcountry. •The BTR is one of only two events in South Carolina to offer a 10mile race. •All race courses are spectator-friendly and offer beautiful marsh views beneath canopies of live oaks. •Events will be held rain or shine. •BTR benefits Riverview Charter School. | February 2019 31

Pat Conroy Literary Center to Hold Third Annual March Forth Day of Learning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Featuring New York Times Best-selling Novelist Nic Stone Contact: Maura Connelly / 843-379-7025 he Pat Conroy Literary Center will at Penn Center on Sunday, March 3, this


Conroy. hold its third annual March Forth day year’s special events also features a trio Ellen Malphrus is the writer in residence of learning on Sunday, March 3rd, of school visits by author Nic Stone on at the University of South Carolina Beaufort at the Frissell Community House at Penn Monday, March 4, including speaking with where she teaches literature and creative Center on St. Helena Island, 10:00 a.m. to an all-school assembly of more than 1,300 writing. She is the author of the novel 4:30 p.m. Commemorating the anniversary students at Beaufort High School where the Untying the Moon. of Pat Conroy’s death, March Forth is a students have been reading and discussing Charleston Post & Courier journalist, With James Beard Award-winning Chef and Cookbook editor, Author Cynthia Graubart day-long embrace of nature, education Stone’s acclaimed social justice-themed and reviewer Adam Parker is and fellowship among writers and novel Dear Martin. a long-time student of the civil rights readers in the heart of Conroy’s beloved movement and race in America, and he BEAUFORT, SC - Southern Living, the Pat Conroy Literary Center, and the Anchorage 1770 lowcountry, honoring the author’s last act has written extensively about the African “I’M LIVING PROOF Inn are excited tositeannounce Recipes, WineOutside & Words, as a teacher—his burial on St. Helena the first Cook The Book: SharingAmerican experience. Agitator: a , Island. The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland THAT19PENN from CENTER 4:00–9:00 p.m. at the Anchorage 1770 special event to be held Saturday, May March Forth’s lineup will include New Sellers Jr. is his first book. CAN CHANGE (1103 Bay St., Beaufort, SC). The inaugural Cook theABook will One be of presented renowned York Times best-selling novelist Nic Stone Pat Conroy’s by Daufuskie Island (author of Dear Martin); civil rights leader students, Sallie Ann Robinson is a celebrity southern chef Cynthia Graubart, and will focus on recipes from her recent cookbook Sunday WHITE BOY’S LIFE. YOU Cleveland Sellers and his biographer chef, tour guide, author of two cookbooks, Suppers (2017). The event has three components: Cynthia will give a cooking demonstration CHANGED ME UTTERLY Adam Parker (author of Outside Agitator); and coauthor of Daufuskie Island in the of recipes fromRemember Sunday Suppers assisted by Anchorage chef Byron Landis, followed Ourthree Prince of Scribes: Writers Images of America series. She appears by AND I’M FOREVER Pat Conroy contributing writers Cassandra as Ethel in Conroy’s memoir The a book and apron signing with wine and appetizers on the veranda, and culminatingWater withIs a GRATEFUL TOwine YOU.” King Conroy, Tim Conroy, Jonathan Haupt, four-course dinner complete with hand-selected pairings Wide. in The theWilliam dining room. Ellen Malphrus, Sallie Ann Robinson, and R. Kenan Jr. Professor of —PAT CONROY Valerie Sayers, a guided nature walk led English at the University of Notre Dame, by Chris Marsh of the Spring Island Trust Valerie Sayers the perennial author of six novels, This new venture was inspired by Pat Conroy’s passion for cooking and ishis search and Lowcountry Institute and Bob Speare About the presenters: most recently The Powers, a two-time for a new opens his 2004 cookbook with words,winner “The subject food of Hilton Headrecipe. Audubon Pat and catered Cassandra King Conroy is thethe awardof the Pushcartof Prize, and ais 2018 gourmet lunches (available author of five novels, book of inductee the South Carolina Academy nearly a sacred onefortoadvance me.” His winning lifelong passion for acooking was firstinignited in 1969 and purchase) from Debbi Covington. nonfiction, numerous short stories and of Authors, our state’s literary hall of fame. only became more intense as hemagazine grew older. Many of his readers are familiar with another This event is sponsored by a generous articles, most recently in Coastal She was a Beaufort High School student of quote “a recipe is aSouthern storyLiving. that Honored ends with a good meal.” gift fromfrom Erin andhis Mattcookbook, Devlin and Living and as Pat Conroy’s. presented by the Pat Conroy Literary a 2017 Alabama Humanities Foundation Cleveland Sellers Jr. is an educator and Center in partnership with Penn Center. Fellow, Conroy is working on a memoir veteran civil rights activist. He was the only Cynthia Graubart an event ideal to life launch new Cook the Book series, and which Seating is limited and last is year’s didchef about with herthe late husband, Pat person convicted jailed celebrates for events sell out. All-daywriting, admission toand March Forth Conroy. during 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, foodways, fellowship. When Pat first began cooking intheearnest, he turned to is $22 with four box lunch options for an Tim Conroy is a former special a civil rights protest in which three students Cynthia’s husband Cliff for guidance. It was 1969 and Pat’s first wife had appointed him additional $18: tarragon chicken salad, education teacher and school were killed by state troopers. Sellers family chef. HeBLTventured to the administrator. Old New He York Bookshop in Atlanta, Graubart’s Pat’s pimento cheese (with or without is the author of the debut received aasking full pardonfor 25 years later. The bacon), and a hummus and rainbow poetry collection Theologies of Terrain. former director of the African American help. According to Pat’s recollections, Cliff, fearing the Conroy clan demise by starvation, veggie wrap. Tickets can be purchased Jonathan Haupt is the executive director Studies Program at the University of South handed Pat an edition of Auguste Escoffier’s cookbook. And so Pat’s culinary adventures in advance at https://marchforth2019. of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Carolina, Sellers served as president of began, and he became the epicurean theSeitz) soup ‘sorcerer’, turning of co-editor‘magician’, (with novelist Nicole of Our Voorhees College from“the 2008art to 2015. In addition to Marchinto Forth’sboth programs Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat After working extensively in teen stealing recipes a hobby and an art.”


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mentoring and living in Israel for a few years, Atlanta native Nic Stone returned to the U.S. to write full-time. Dear Martin, her first novel, is loosely based on a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Shaken by the various responses to these incidents and to the pro-justice movement that sprang up as a result. Stone began the project in an attempt to examine current affairs through the lens of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings. The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is South Carolina’s first affiliate of the American Writers Museum, second American Library Association Literary Landmark and TripAdvisor’s top-ranked attraction in Beaufort. The Conroy Center preserves and continues the literary legacy of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) as a teacher, mentor, advocate and friend to readers and writers alike. The Conroy Center is located at 905 Port Republic Street in downtown Beaufort, open to the public from noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. To learn more, please visit www. | February 2019 33



nited Way of the Lowcountry Women United is gearing up for their annual Power of the Purse event, celebrating the efforts of women in our community and supporting education initiatives benefiting children and families throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. This year’s Power of the Purse presented by Beaufort Memorial will take place on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Dataw Island Clubhouse from 6 - 9 pm, featuring live music, wine, beer, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction. Despite the name of the event, Power of the Purse isn’t just for women. You’ll find something for everyone at the event’s silent auction including trips, designer handbags, jewelry, golf and hunting packages and much more. Event organizers have also added a lounge area called "The Man Cave” presented by SERVPRO of Beaufort County. “We hope you will join us for this special evening as we celebrate the efforts of women who help make a difference in our community, while helping to raise funds to support local children,” said Katie Phifer, Women United


Chair. Proceeds from the Power of the Purse benefit Women United's Breaking Barriers to Education Fund and Operation Backpack. The Breaking Barriers to Education Fund seeks to help fulfill needs that would otherwise prevent a student from attending school or from reaching their full potential. This fund is administered by the United Way of the Lowcountry HELPLINE, which works with school officials to directly remove financial barriers that stand in the way of a child’s education. Over the years, the Breaking Barriers to Education Fund has been used to overcome a variety of barriers, giving children an opportunity to succeed in school. Through the proceeds, Women United also supports Operation Backpack, which provides backpacks full of school supplies and uniforms to children in our community who are not being served by another agency. Women United works with school social workers to identify students in need of supplies to help fill in the gaps and ensure students in our community have the tools

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they need to succeed on their first day of school. In 2018, Women United distributed more than 1,000 backpacks to local students throughout Beaufort and Jasper Counties. During Power of the Purse, Women United will honor the Woman of the Year finalists and announce this year’s 2019 Woman of the Year. Women United is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Woman of the Year. Nominations are due no later than Friday, February 22, 2019. For requirements and nomination forms, visit ABOUT WOMEN UNITED Women United, previously named Women’s Leadership Council was founded locally in 2012. Women United members work together to engage, educate and empower others to become leaders and actively participate in the betterment of our community. Women United’s mission is to mobilize the caring power of women together to advance the common good by focusing on education in the forgotten pockets of Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

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eaufort Memorial Hospital presents the 10th annual Bands, Brews & BBQ, bringing two days of food, music and fun with wings, barbecue, craft beers, live music and kids’ activities on Friday and Saturday, February 22nd & 23rd. We are excited to announce that this year’s event will take place at The Port of Port Royal. This official South Carolina Barbecue Association sanctioned event kicks off the 2019 season and benefits FRIENDS of Caroline Hospice. Friday night is the Wing Throw Down from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. where you can sample wing recipes from participating cookers while enjoying live music from Alabama folk-rock band, Winston Ramble and opening act, Nashville singer/song writer Brendan Roberts.


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Saturday is the BBQ tasting day from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. with cook teams from across the Southeast serving their award-winning butts. Don’t forget the beautiful view, live music from local favorite, NightTrain, and Children’s Activities. Awards will be presented on Saturday by the South Carolina BBQ Association. General admission passes are available online and at the gate. Friday’s admission is $15 per person, Saturday’s admission is $10 per person with kids 10 & under free, and weekend passes are available (online only) for $20 per person. The sampling of wings Friday night and BBQ Saturday will be available by purchasing tickets for $1. Beer, soda and wine will also be available for purchase. Event will take place rain or shine. To purchase your tickets today or for more information and volunteer opportunities go to or call 843-525- 6257. Friends of Caroline Hospice is Beaufort County’s first hospice organization providing quality-of-life care that offers hope and encouragement to those nearing the end-of-life’s journey and support for their family, friends and the community. | February 2019 37

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