by Susan Cohen
As Greater Park Circle Film Society President Nicholai Burton explains, trying to find content for the group’s biannual Lowcountry Indie Shorts program is like puling teeth. But other times, it magically comes together.
“Maybe our name is slowly continuing to get out there,” he says. “Our network of filmmakers is growing, so it gets a bit easier each year.” And this month’s block is no exception — and it actually came together quite serendipitously.
Burton follows the cult movie review site Film Threat, who recently did a review of the North Carolina-made short El Caffinato. He was able to track down one of its writer/directors, Rory Bradley, and invited him to show at LIS, and he asked for recommendations of other films in the region. “They were excited to participate and came up with a list right away, so it seemed perfect to pit the Carolinas against each other in an exhibition match, so to speak.”
Bradley created a block for the North Carolina films. Burton was able to get some shorts from his regular S.C. filmmaker list, and he made additional selections from his Charleston Film Festival programming, so you’ll see some films that played back in March (and some that didn’t). He also got some stuff from the Nickelodeon’s Andy Smith.
Both blocks will screen on May 5, with the N.C. shorts starting off the afternoon at 5 p.m. and the S.C. shorts playing at 8 p.m. The shows are free. Visit the Park Circle Film Society's website for the full lineups, and to check out the rest of the GPCFS’s May schedule, which includes Goon (which also played at CFF), God Bless America (starring Bill Murray’s brother Joel), and more.