Recent Indie Grant collaborator Russell Carpenter (left) is an Oscar-winning cinematographer who worked on Titanic.
The South Carolina Film Commission
has selected three short films for their Indie Grants program
, which funds projects that create environments for emerging crew and professional development opportunities for South Carolina filmmakers. Each Indie Grants project employs Trident Technical College film students in its production.
In a statement S.C. Film Commission director Tom Clark said, "The Indie Grants have garnered a major reputation among producers, writers, actors, and all types of crew. Which is a way for us to show off the state's talent, location, and production value to the world."
This year's three selections are:
Whistler's Mother, from Robbie Robertson and Lorie Gardner of Columbia, S.C.
Plot summary: "The artist James Whistler spent years trying to capture the essence of his mother for his most famous work of art. Not to create a masterpiece, but to save his mother from possession by the Baba Yaga, an evil Russian witch."
Abducted, from Fort Mill S.C.'s Ben Joyner and Josh Barkey
Plot summary: "News of strange disappearances cast an unsettling mood as Jen, a young professional, goes out for drinks with a man she met online."
People Moving Through Time, from Columbia S.C.'s Seth Gadsden and Roni Nicole Henderson
(which comes from a partnership with the Indie Grits Lab and Nickelodeon Theatre, both located in Columbia.)
Plot summary: "When car-sitting her mother's parked '84 Chevy Bonneville becomes too risky, 8-year-old Nena ventures into an escapist's dream, where she learns both pity and power."
The films will begin production later this year and into 2018.