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The Big Screen
The film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God screens Sat. Oct 13 at Marion Square, 7 p.m. as part of the Big Read project. Free. —Chris Haire

Pumpkin brown TV premiere
After a hefty five-month editing process, Brad Jayne's Song of Pumpkin Brown is complete and will be shown on ETV on Oct. 11 at 10 p.m. The channel will devote an hour to all things Jayne, including interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and an airing of his exquisite 2006 short, Search.

Pumpkin Brown is a fact-based drama inspired by the Jenkins Orphanage Band. Co-produced by College of Charleston music professor Quentin Baxter, it's the first completed film to be partially financed by the S.C. Film Commission's $100,000 production grant, introduced two years ago.
Pumpkin Brown will continue to do the rounds as Jayne distributes DVD copies of the project and promotes it with local screenings. He's also prepping Warrior, his feature film about 24 hours in the life of three lower class 18-year-olds that the director describes as an action-packed "dramedy." —Nick Smith

As Plugged on The View
A Rikki Lake-produced documentary will screen in S.C. this month as part of a limited 11-state release. The Business of Being Born examines what it's like to give birth in the United States.

At 2:30 p.m. on Sun. Oct. 28, ICAN of Charleston will present a sneak preview of the film at the N. Charleston Cultural & Civic Center Complex. ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) is a mother-to-mother support group with three goals: educating parents and parents-to-be to prevent unnecessary cesareans, supplying support for cesarean recovery, and promoting vaginal births for women who've had a cesarean in the past. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session after the film. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Early Birds). They can be obtained from (type in the words, "ICAN of Charleston"). —Nick Smith

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