Sep 142009

Dare Not Walk Alone

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers finally has a venue in Greenville. A seasoned veteran of Clemson, the Southern Circuit provides an opportunity for films (and their filmmakers) that haven’t yet received distribution to tour throughout the Southeast. The experience of truly independent cinema is enhanced by the filmmakers’ interacting with the audiences. It certainly is a unique experience (one I’ve been a part of about seven years now), and it makes its way to the Peace Center in downtown Greenville tonight at 7:30.

The inaugural Greenville screening is a documentary from filmmaker Jeremy Dean titled Dare Not Walk Alone. The documentary spotlights a horrific incident during the Civil Rights Movement in which a white hotel owner in St. Augustine, FL poured acid in a swimming pool filled with black and white youth conducting a civil rights demonstration. Dean covers the surrounding movement in the St. Augustine area that in part led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and contrasts it with the harsh realities of modern life in the area that leave much to be desired.

Please come out and support independent film tonight at the Peace Center at 7:30. More info can be found here.

Also, for those in other parts of the upstate, you will not be left out. There are three separate circuits this year (a first), and all have venues in the area (also a first). Circuit #1 starts next Wednesday, September 23, at 7:30 PM in Clemson’s McKissick Theater with Jeff Alulis’ DIY-punk manifesto Let Them Know. Circuit #2 makes its appearance by the aforementioned Peace Center venue, and Circuit #3 stops at Spartanburg’s Chapman Cultural Center. Harrod Blank’s Automorphosis makes its upstate debut there Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM.

Once again, please please please get out and support truly independent cinema in the area. You won’t see these films around here without actively seeking them out, and now you finally have a chance to see something out of the ordinary in Greenville. Without our support, these programs may not continue. Don’t miss your chance to interact with these working filmmakers!