Digital Filmmaking Workshop, October 25, at Trident Technical College’s North Campus

Trident Technical College will be hosting a Digital Film Production Workshop at their North Campus in North Charleston. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Digital Film Production techniques and equipment through discussion, selected video viewing and hands-on demonstration exercises in the Trident Media Arts Production (MAP) facilities. Below you will find a link to the flyer for the workshop with the email to RSVP. Please RSVP as soon as possible if you want to attend. Food and drink will be provided. If you need a ride to the event, please let me know.

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The Portuguese Program presents a screening of Orfeu (dir. Carlos Diegues, 2000)

On Wednesday, October 9, the Portuguese Program is hosting a screening of Orfeu (2000), a film directed by Carlos Diegues that retells the well-known Classical myth of Orpheus and Eurydice (and is based on the play by Brazilian writer Vinicius de Morares). unlike the well known 1959 film by Marcel Camus, Black Orpheus, Diegues’s film is in vibrant color and portrays a Rio de Janeiro that is sophisticated and heterogeneous. It’s a dazzling film with exiting music by the legendary Caetano Veloso, the genius musician/composer behind the “Tropicália” movement of the late 1960s–a movement that’s celebrated the richness, the color of Brazilian culture known so well throughout the world without neglecting the country’s historical and political contexts.

Join us Wednesday, October 9 at 4pm in 129 Science Auditorium in the School of Science and Mathematics Building.

Dr. Dana Renga, Visiting Scholar, to give talk on Italian Television Abroad, Oct. 10 @5:30

The Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies and the Film Studies Program present Dr. Dana Renga, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of French and Italian at the Ohio State University. Dr. Renga will give a talk on Thursday, October 10 at 5:30 in ECTR 118 (25 St. Philip St.) on “Italian Television Abroad.” Right now, Italian Television is as exciting as anything we have to offer here in America (and with Stranger Things, Walking DeadTrue Detective, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones, among others, that’s saying a lot). And it’s offered here in America (Gomorrah and Suburra: Blood on Rome streaming on Netflix, and My Brilliant Friend, on HBO).

Join us Thursday for an entertaining and informative talk on Italian Television abroad.


The CofC Student Film Club acknowledged on the Discovery Channel

An episode of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown, “Cracking the Secret,” was shot last spring and aired October 2. The episode consisted of the host, Josh Gates, traveling all over the country to find the treasures featured in The Secret, a cryptic book published in the 1980s. While in Charleston, Josh was searching for a treasure that is supposedly hidden underneath White Point Garden. A link to a Post and Courier article on the episode is here.

Then in August, after principle photography was completed, Student Film Club members Noah Goodman, Eli Saliba, and Dan Colella were given the opportunity to assist the show with some reshoots the producers needed. Noah, Eli, and Dan were tasked with reshooting, with equipment borrowed from Addlestone Library’s digital filmmaking lab, exteriors in the rain for a scene in which Josh is talking to a specialist inside his car as he drives around Charleston. Dan Colella says, “it was definitely a great experience helping out with the show and seeing our work on TV.”

Check out the screen grabs of their footage and the episode’s credits:

The 13th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, Nov. 7-10

The Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival is coming, November 7-10. The festival, now in its 13th year, will showcase several recently released Italian films, including the award-winning documentary 1938 – Diversi (2018), which deals with the troubling 80th anniversary of Italy’s Promulgation of the Fascist Racial Laws, and Piranhas (2019), which tells the story of young men in Naples who serve in “paranzas” (piranhas)–armed groups in service of the organized crime syndicate known as the Cammora.

All films will be screened at the Queen Street Playhouse, 20 Queen Street. For more information, click here.

The Charleston Symphony celebrates the music of the movies, Oct. 12

The Charleston Symphony’s Pops season debuts with an evening of music of the movies, including several scores by John Williams. Also being performed is music from Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, Victor Fleming’s Gone with the Wind, Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump, and others. Tickets for the October 12 performance are on sale now. The performance begins at 7:30pm. For more information, click here.

Schedule of Spring 2020 film courses

Here’s a preliminary list of courses offered Spring 2020 that will count toward FMST credit. Please check back frequently for updates/changes. Click highlighted text for course description (if available).

ENGL 212.01
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Dr. Glenn
ENGL 212.02
Cinema: History & Criticism*
Prof. Glenn
ENGL 212.03
Cinema: History & Criticism
Dr. Bruns
TR 12:15 – 1:30
RSS 251

ENGL 212.04
Cinema: History & Criticism
Dr. Bruns
TR 1:40 – 2:55
RSS 251
ENGL 351: Studies in
American Flim*
Dr. Glenn
ENGL 490: Senior Seminar: Lit in Hist
1900-Pres: Literature and Film
of the Vietnam War***
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Dr. Farrell
MYBK 119

LTAR 270
Studies in Arab Cinema**
TR 12:15 – 1:30
Ghassan Nasr
BELL 404
LTGR 270
Transnational German Cinema
MW 2:00 – 3:15
Dr. Tovey
MYBK 222
LTIT 270
Introduction to Italian Cinema**
Dr. De Luca
TR 12:15 – 1:30
BELL 403

THTR 350
Selected Topics in
Communication Production:
Screenwriting I***
Rodney Rogers
MWF 10:00 – 10:50
SCFA 221

THTR 488
Selected Topics in
Lit & Criticism: Screenwriting II***
Rodney Rogers
TR 10:50 – 12:05
SCFA 221

* meets the requirement for Cluster 1 of the FMST minor
** meets the requirement for Cluster 2 of the FMST minor
*** meets the requirement for Cluster 3 of the FMST minor

Announcing the 2nd Annual CofC Film Club Screenwriting Competition

The College of Charleston Student Film Club and the Literati English Club are organizing the Second Annual Screenwriting Competition. The competition runs now through October 25th at midnight. Three winners will be announced and will receive awards at the final club meeting of the semester, Wednesday, November 20th. The top winner will have his/her screenplay produced by the CofC Film Club, with his/her input and guidance. For screenplay criteria and additional info, click here.

The Terrace Theater to Host Special Screenings of the Toni Morrison Documentary, “The Pieces I Am”

The Terrace Theater will be screening, on two occasions, the recent documentary on the life of Toni Morrison, entitled Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black Lists I-IIIThe Latino ListThe Out List), the film chronicles the life and work of one of the most celebrated American writers of our time. Toni Morrison, who passed away in June of this year, was a Pulitzer Prize winning author, teacher, and essayist. Her best-known novels, The Bluest EyeSula, Beloved, and Jazz, are among the greatest works of African-American literature.

The screenings will be held Sunday, September 15 at 2:30pm and again on Tuesday, September 17, at 7:00pm. Stay tuned for updates about a potential collaboration between the Terrace Theater and the Film Studies Program.

For more information about the film, click here.