by Susan Cohen
The board of directors of the Greater Park Circle Film Society has released a year-end summary on their website.
It looks like 2011 was a good year for the North Charleston nonprofit: They hosted more screenings than in 2010, doubled upper-level memberships, developed new partnerships, saw an increase in volunteers, improved the venue inside and out, and welcomed new board members. Plus fundraising was up 30 percent.
In the summary, the board also talked about their plans for the new year. Saturday night film screenings will begin at 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., which opens up the possibility for late-afternoon screenings as well. The group also plans to host even more screenings, give more micro-grants to regional filmmakers, and start new partnerships with area businesses and nonprofits.
We wish them all the best, and anyone interested in joining the cause can call (843) 628-5534.
If you've never been to the Olde North Charleston Picture House, or even if you have, their January schedule may give you a reason to head out there. They'll have one of their biannual Night of Shorts on Jan. 7, Being Elmo (a doc about
Elmo creator and puppeteer Kevin Clash) on Jan. 14, Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock on Jan. 15 (as part of the Community Cinema Series at 4 p.m.), the classic Some Like it Hot on Jan. 21, and Angel's Crest on Jan. 28. It looks like a good mix of programming to kick off the new year.