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Live Music at this event! 
  • PUTNAM'S LANDING with the Big Bad Bunch! (Martin Putnam, Michael Draper, Michael Wayne Avery, Jake Jones, amd Russell Petty) 
  • Dangerous Dan! 
  • A Guest Appearance by Michael Wayne Avery! 
  •  and MORE!!!!

October 10th, 2015
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The End Zone
23540 Ebenezer Road
Rock Hill, South Carolina

Jane Eyere is an adaption by Polly Teale from the novel by Charlotte Bronte. Directed by David Wohl.

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North Lees Hall and out buildings Otherwise known as Thornfield Hall from the novel `Jane Eyre` by Charlotte Bronte (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Jane Eyere
Winthrop University
October 7th thru 10th, 8:00 pm
October 11tth 2:00 pm
Johnson Theatre
115 Johnson Hall
Rock Hill, South Carolina

More information about this and other Winthrop University theatre events here:
Winthrop College of Visual and Performing Arts


A select group of films will be shown with the directors there for a discussion and  Q&A along with a meet and greet.

The Hinson Girls

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As a performer, your job is to entertain. No matter how much a virtuoso you are on your instrument it doesn't mean a thing if you are unable to entertain your audience.

The Hinson Girls succeed at both of these things. Playing a combination of bluegrass and gospel each member can hold their own in a room full of pickers. A young band, ranging from 15 to 20 years old, all sisters. Katelyn, Allison, Melissa, and and Kristin.

Darren Conrad: A Father's Love

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Darren Conrad 1.jpgDarren Conrad is a work in progress, constantly honing his filmmaking skills. A hard working man. He is a highway patrolman by day (or night) who fills most of the rest of his time making films. Not content to just act, he also writes screenplays and produces his own works as well as helping other filmmakers with their projects.  Darren has done his share in other departments too. From casting director to wardrobe, makeup, set design, and assistant director. All the while making friends and business contacts.  Filmmaking is a team sport so this comes back to him when he needs help with one of his projects.

Over the years he has stepped up his game by investing more time and effort with each new film.  Finding the right actors for the roles and using the best equipment and production talent he can procure in order to deliver a quality piece of work. Hashing out the details with his go-to director (Jesse Knight)  for the Partners series and his latest film A Father's Love. Whatever it takes.

PJ Brunson

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When we think of "folk music", our minds wander to the past, to the vivid stories about the real characters that our favorite folk songs are about, and to those phenomenal artists who made those stories come alive! We think of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Woody & Arlo Guthrie and Neil Young. 
When we think of singer-songwriters, we reflect on the poetic and heart-felt style of writers like James Taylor, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Seals & Crofts, Jim Croce and the emotional wellspring of their songs. 
And when we our thoughts go to contemporary performer-songwriters, our favorite ballad and blues artistes materialize; favorites like Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Darius Rucker, Bonnie Raitt and Taylor Swift.

Athena nominated for 3 awards.

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Athena Poster.jpgRobert W. Filion's Athena has been nominated for three awards at the Action On Film Festival. Nominations include Best Visual Effects, Best Dialogue, and  Vanelle who played the part of Emily has been nominated as Best Actress in a Feature Film.

Micah Troublefield loves filmmaking.  Writing, filming, directing, editing... whatever is thrown at him.  But, his main passion is storytelling.  

A partner in the Strawhouse Pictures gang of four along with Brian Oxendine, Anil Dhokai, and Chris Gervais.  They have the ability and sensibility to make quality movies and that's just what they've been doing. 

One of those movies is a short film called The Gospel of Hip Bones premiering this week at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Starring Erika Chase, Ernest Bryant Hinnant, Benjamin Caswell, Patrick G. Keenan, and Janice Mitchell Wyatt. Co-written and directed by Micah and Chris Gervais it is a story about a couple of Mormon young men like the ones on bicycles with white shirts and black ties you see going door to door in your neighborhood.  More importantly it is a behind the scenes look at these teenagers and some of the normal distractions of growing up.  Such as discovering the wonders of young girls.
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Here's what Anil Dhokai, a friend since high school and accomplished director/cinematographer, had to say about Micah.  "Micah is a good friend and long time collaborator. His films are some are some of my favorite projects to come out of Stawhouse pictures. The humor and style of his stories reflect shows like Freaks and Geeks as well as early John Hughes' movies."

Another co-worker, Justin Hoogeveen, described him like this.  "Working with Micah was fun. He has good knowledge of films and the film making process. He is a really funny guy so every day on set was a great time and we never had a dull moment. He was able to get what he wanted out of a shot and could explain things well to his other camera operators to make sure it came out how he wanted."

I have the impression that being creative is in Micah's DNA and he only wants to work on things that he can do his best on.  We should all have such aspirations!

Below is a conversation I had with Micah last year.

Athena_Worldly_Possessions_Event.jpgTonight in Shelby, North Carolina is a premiere event that you don't want to miss.  Athena, a long awaited feature length movie by director Robert Filion and the highly anticipated Worldly Possessions from Brad Hord.

"Brad Hord, Robert W. Filion and the Don Gibson Theatre cordially invite you to a night of bloodcurdlingly exquisite entertainment featuring the very first screenings of Worldly Possessions (a short written by Brad Hord and directed by Robert W. Filion), and Athena (a feature length motion picture written by Michael Louis Calvillo and directed by Robert W. Filion). "


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Athena Poster.jpgAthena is a feature length movie from director Robert Filion that will be premiering this weekend in Shelby, North Carolina at the Don Gibson Theatre.

Many years in the making it is a story about a man, Carl,  who has lost his wife and has the emotional scars that situation has left him with.  Then there's Emily, who has everything going for her except Carl.  What they do share is a voice in their heads, the voice of Athena (Mahri Shelton).  Where will this voice lead them?

"It was so much fun having a part in bringing such a complex and intriguing character to life. Robert is always such a professional and a pleasure to work with." - Mahri Shelton - Actor

We had a conversation recently with Robert and some of the cast.  See the trailer for the movie and the conversation below,

Worldly Possessions

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Worldly Possessions is the latest short film written and produced by Brad Hord along with Executive Producer Darren Conrad; Producers: Adam Ginsberg, Elsie Martinez Ginsberg, James Morales, Robert Filion, and Linda H Parks; and  Associate Producers: Jesse H. Knight and Jason Ledford.

The action, directed by Robert Filion, centers around Stephen Drake who is played by Tim Ross, an adept actor who is becoming very popular here in the southeast.  Stephen, who has a few demons of his own, must stop demons from entering our world.  A murder brings him back to his hometown. Detective Michelle Ryan (Morgan Monnig) is somehow changed by this experience.

I don't know much more as I haven't seem the movie yet. With this team you can bet that it will be a great film. Premiering  on October 11th in Shelby, North Carolina at The Don Gibson Theatre.  A fitting place since the movie was filmed in Shelby. 

I understand that Robert Filion had the style of Stanley Kubrick in mind as he was directing and filming the scenes.  I'm a big Kubrick fan so I'm glad no spoilers have been given away.  I want to enjoy, and discover this film as it comes, beginning to end.

Anil Dhokai - Accomplished Director and Cinematographer

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Anil Dhokai is both a master freelance cinematographer and a talented director.  Spending most of his valuable time in one or another mode of telling stories with motion pictures.  Anil goes wherever the work takes him whether it's across town or halfway around the world and is an asset to every production he works on.

A partner in Strawhouse Pictures which has just released  a special edition of The Strange and Unusual DVD that is also available on Instant Play at  It is a feature length film that stars Karen Boles, Tim Ross, Christy Johnson, Dervin GilbertErika Chase, and Sean Beck along with many other popular actors from the Carolinas.  

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Scienstars is a TV series aimed at teaching science through science fiction in the classroom or a home school environment.  Produced in the Salisbury with talent from the Carolinas and the southeast it is a worthwhile project to get behind.  

Here's your chance.  Check out the video below and then the link below to find out more about this exciting new tool to entertain and teach.

Jason Vail.jpgI first noticed Jason Vail in in the film The Cabin by Tommy Faircloth where Jason played a polite but eventually creepy suitor to Morgan Monnig's character Laura.  Next, I noticed he had a small part in Million Dollar Arm, a Disney movie with Jon Hamm,  as a sports agent.  Then I found out that he once lived in Lancaster, South Carolina as a teenager and that is where his passion for acting began and later blossomed in college.

Having spent many of my teenage weekends in Lancaster (I had a lot of friends that lived there), I wanted to find out more about this actor so I contacted him.  Turns out he is a very nice and obliging fellow currently living in Georgia but willing to go wherever the work takes him.   For instance, during the period we talked he was cast for Valley of the Sasquatch which is a production being filmed in Seattle, Washington.  

He is staying busy too, having just recently finished his role in Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head that premieres tonight in Charleston, South Carolina. He already has seven other appearances lined up that are in some stage of production and dozens of credits behind him.  In the early days he worked out of New York where he had roles in some of the soap operas filmed there such as Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and As The World Turns.  

Another movie that he had a hand in was Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, a fictional retelling of the Lincoln story which was released a couple of years ago and gained a certain level of notoriety.  In it he plays the character of John Wilkes who we later find out is John Wilkes Booth, Lincoln's assassin. That and the movie Gut, which he starred in,  gave a significant boost to his career. 

Read our discussion below and if you get a chance check out the Red Carpet Premiere of Dorchesters Revenge in Charleston tonight.  You might catch him there.

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There will be a red carpet premiere screening of Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head in Charleston,, South Carolina.

Tommy Faircloth.jpgCrinoline Head is a1995 film by Tommy Faircloth about what happens at a remote cabin where a group of college students have gone for a weekend of fun.  That is until they learn about what had previously happened in that cabin involving a young boy and his dollmaking mother.

That film has been very popular and it was just recently that Tommy came up with an idea to expand on the theme.  The result is Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head.

I first encountered one of Tommy's films, The Cabin, earlier this year. It was filmed in the Carolinas and Tennessee on a very tight schedule and budget starring Morgan Monnig and Jason Vail along with Robert Zobel as producer and Shelby Washburn as production assistant.  I was very impressed with what they were able to do in such a short time frame in addition to the travel time between locations that was required and the quality of the work they produced.

Tommy describes Dorchester's Revenge as not a sequel to the original Crinoline Head but more of a prequel.  A premiere in Charleston, South Carolina is planned for next weekend followed by some outtakes from the movie, questions and answers, then an opportunity for autographs and photos with the cast.  Next, a night on the town with celebrations at The Rooftop at Vendue Inn for drinks, and later still at Pantheon to see local drag performers Ava Clear and Vega perform.  Ava and Vega are also part of the cast of Dorchester's Revenge.

Below you can see trailers from the original Crinoline Head.  The Cabin, and the new trailer for Dorchester's Revenge along with the conversation I had with Tommy about his films and filmmaking. 

Enjoy, and if you can make it to Charleston next weekend treat yourself to an exciting night of fun and film.

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.

Craven Street, Beaufort, South Carolina, Unite...

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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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Morgan Monnig is an actor from the lowcountry of South Carolina who I recently saw in the short film The Cabin written and directed by Tommy Faircloth along with Robert Zobel as producer.  She does an excellent job in it as does her on screen suitor played by Jason Vail.  Filmed in Columbia, South Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee it has some beautiful mountain scenery mixed in with a chilling ending.  It has won best short film at over a half dozen film festivals, nominated at a half dozen others, and selected to be screened at over twenty more to date.

She is currently filming Worldly Possessions, as Detective Michelle Ryan. The screenplay for this film was written by Brad Hord and is being directed by Robert Filion.  In this tale, Stephen Drake (Tim Ross), is trying to keep demons from entering our world but he's facing a few demons of his own.  Currently filming in Shelby and other areas of the Carolinas.

Morgan likes nothing better than being on set working.  You can also find Morgan behind the scenes when she gets a chance, writing and directing her own films.  Though she has no formal training as an actor or director she knows how to find the help she needs to get the job done. She has a very resourceful attitude.  Athletic and competitive, with a take charge spirit that works in her favor to gain the respect of everyone she works with.

Enjoy the conversation below that I had with Morgan and keep your eyes peeled for other projects she has coming up.