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Monstercon 2014 opens it's doors this Friday in Greenville, South Carolina for three days of celebrities, film screenings, cosplay, comic books, toys, and more.

This Wednesday thru Sunday, Kings Mountain, North Carolina will be hosting their Real to Reel Film Festival.  

Produced by the Cleveland County Arts Council along with many sponsors. Submissions were received not only from the U.S. but also form Canada, Spain, Sweden, India, Australia, Brazil, Israel, South Korea and the United Kingdom. 

Here are the films that were chosen:

Real to Reel Film Festival
July 9th - 12th
202 S. Railroad Avenue
Kings Mountain, North Carolina
(704) 484-2787

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The Beaufort Film Society is calling for entries to the 2015 Beaufort Internationan Film Festival located in Beaufort, South Carolina.  The next festival is scheduled for February 11th through 15th of 2015.

Beaufort is situated on Port Royal Island in the coastal lowcountry area of  of South Carolina.  The Big Chill, The Great Santini, and Forest Gump were filmed there.  Also known for it's historic houses and shrimp festival.

Early Bird Deadline is July 31; Final Deadline is Oct 31.

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Enjoy a night out with a great tongue in cheek comedy featuring a collection of stars from the Carolinas.

The Strange and Unusual was filmed primarily in Chester, South Carolina by filmmakers local to Rock Hill and Carolina actors.  This is a great opportunity to view the work of our neighbors and observe the talent we have right here at home.  There will also be a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the presentation.

The Underexposed Film Series is presented by The Arts Council of York County.

For Tickets:
The Strange and Unusual
Friday, June 13th - 7:30 pm
Community Performance Center
249 East Main Street
Rock Hill, South Carolina

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If you've wanted to see My Toxic Backyard and can make it to Asheville, North Carolina you're in luck.  The documentary by Katie Damien will be screening there every evening from May 8th through the 15th at the Fine Arts Theater.

Thinking Speed by Lisa Menzel

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Thinking Speed is a big project for  the amount of money spent on it.  The film has been completed for less than two grand and many hours of preparation, filming and editing.  It was shot over 173 days resulting in 52 hours of footage to edit.  This has to be a labor of love for Lisa Menzel who wrote the novel, the screenplay, and directed the movie.  Also, for the cast and crew that contributed countless hours of their time to the production.

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Lisa Menzel  Photo credit: Ray Sofia

A Kickstarter campaign has been established to raise funds to get  the movie out on the film festival circuit.  If you'd like to help there are several perks being offered to contributors.

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Curfew1.jpgHere is a riveting portrayal of a woman, Janet Miles, played by Candace Blanchard, who tries to seduce her boss (Thomas L. Beck) in order to get a promotion.  She gets more than she bargained for.

The movie is complete and is being produced by THE iNDEE in Gastonia, North Carolina.  THE iNDEE provides creative space for filmmakers, artists, and musicians with editing bays, green screens, sets, and sound stages.  They also help develop, produce, and distribute television and film projects.

Since the movie is essentially finished all that's left to do is the distribution of Curfew.  There is a campaign underway at to help fund the distribution of the movie across the U.S.  Here's your chance to help and get credit for it as well with the perks they are offering for contributors.

Go to the link below, watch the incredible trailer, then decide if you'd like to take advantage of this 
opportunity to participate.

Thumbnail image for Katie Damien.jpgVideo of Katie Damien's trip to the Thin Line Film Festival where her film My Toxic Backyard was screened.  This was the world premiere for My Toxic Backyard, a film about how hazardous waste seeped into the groundwater of an Asheville, North Carolina community.

Carolina Film & Video Festival

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Downtown Greensboro

Downtown Greensboro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Carolina Film & Video Festival begins today in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Wednesday, February 26th through Saturday, March 1st
Elliott University Center
University of North Carolina Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

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Daryn Zonegrone is working to bring The Film House to Greenville, South Carolina where it will show independent films and classic movies.  The project will be funded through the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce's new web site

We Want Clean Water.bmpMy Toxic Backyard, a documentary about polluted groundwater, will be screened at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton Texas.  The directory, Katie Damien, will be in attendance.  Screening is scheduled for midday on Saturday, February 15th. 

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The late deadline to submit your film for the Indie Grits Film Festival has past by there is still one last chance to submit by using Withoutabox. The Withoutabox extended deadline is January 17th.  So if you want to enter this film festival about southeast films and filmmakers  here is the link to the submission page.

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The Filmed by Bike Festival is accepting submissions until January 20th. The festival is in Portland, Oregon but is accepting submissions from all over the world.

If you like cycling and have a short film that involves bicycles you should enter this contest.  The festival will be held April 19th through the 22nd in Portland and is all about having fun riding bikes.

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The Gorilla With A Mustache Films team out of Asheville, North Carolina won the Best Film Award in the National Film Challenge 2013  this week and the film will go on to the Cannes Film Festival this coming year for a special screening.

Their entry, Joint Effort, is a comedy about a package delivery gone wrong.

The team, in accordance with the National Film Challenge rules was given an assignment and had one weekend to write,shoot, and edit the short film, then present it to the judges. No small feat.  

Other awards received for the film were: Best Actor -  David Ostergaard, and Best Writer  Eruch Adams and Will Eill for Joint Effort.  Joint Effort also won the Best Use of Genre -Comedy award and 2nd Runner Up for the Audience Choice Award.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival - Riverfest.pngThe Wild & Scenic Film Festival is a traveling show of films on the environment. It will be coming to Valle Crucis, North Carolina at the end of this month in conjunction with Riverfest.  There will be 10 short films along with music, food, a raffle, and a moonlight river float.

A climate of change is the theme for this years lineup.  The raffle will be for outdoor gear and there will also be a star party after the films to view the stars in the dark skies of Valle Crucis.

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The New Bern Independent Film Festival is accepting submissions until July 30th and entry is free.  So get you entry in right away. They are looking for both features and shorts.

The films will be screened on October 13th at Craven Community  College Campus in the Orringer Auditorium.

Send your film on a non-returnable DVD to:

Beth Gosnell
1001 Yacht Court
New Bern, NC  28560

Quite A Conundrum, winner of the Feature Film Award at the New York International Film & Video Festival, will have it's Charlotte, NC premiere in July.

The movie by director Thomas L. Phillips of T-Street Productions is a dark comedy about two twenty somethings who care about nothing but themselves and what chaos they can cause. But that so-called normalcy gets tossed out the window when an unexpected and devastating event occurs at a nighttime pool party.

  • July 20th - Charlotte, NC
  • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm:  Drinks and food with with guests chatting and mingling. Local artist art show.
  • 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm:  Quite A Conundrum screening.
  • 9:30 - 10:00 pm:  Q&A with th cast and crew of the film with a no holds bar question session. 

Tickets are only $5 as there is no profit being made from this screening.

Tickets will only be sold online in advance and you will be added to the guest list.

Ticket prices go to cover theater rental, with any profit being donated to: ANERICAN CANCER SOCIETY in honor of Thomas's sister Mimi Marie Phillips. 

Stay tuned for the location and how to purchase tickets!

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The Indie Grits Festival begins next week and the Indie Grits Film Festival will be part of it.  Presented by Nickelodeon Theatre the festival will also include art, food, music, and crafts.  In it's sixth year the festival provides an opportunity for southern filmmakers with an independent film mentality.

April 19th through April 29th
Columbia, south Carolina


ActionFest - Asheville, NC

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Enjoy the scenic beauty of Asheville while attending the ActionFest Film Festival.   Celebrating action films with 4 days  of explosions, gun battles, martial arts, and a huge body count.  If you like action movies don't miss it.  Oh, and did I mention the mountains of Asheville are a great place to vacation.

April 12th - 15th
Asheville, North Carolina


Projecting Hope Film Festival

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The Projecting Hope Film Festival presented by Cities4Life is underway in Charlotte, NC.  Screenings are at the Ayrsley Cinemas and admission is free.