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5th Annual Charleston International Film Festival

April 11-15, 2012

What’s It All About?

The Charleston International Film Festival (CIFF) brings people together through the art and science of film. The festival, hosts an international film and screenplay competition dedicated to emerging filmmakers and writers from the US and around the world in the city of Charleston.

The recent sneak-peeks and premieres of some of the best new features, documentaries, shorts and animation of local, national and international filmmakers will be screened. CIFF will screen over 80 independent films daily, movie biz workshops and seminars. In addition to films and special events, industry panels and educational workshops are offered. The festival closes at the formal Awards Gala, where the finest filmmakers and writers during the competition will be awarded.

Watch Out For!

Opening Night Film: Robot & Frank

Directed by Jake Schreier, the film is about an old man Frank whose son, instead of placing him in a retirement home, buys him a humanoid robot programmed to improve Frank’s physical and mental health. What follows is a sometimes hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking story about finding friends and family in the most unexpected places.

Documentary Screenings

• Mulberry Child

Directed, written and produced by Susan Morgan Cooper, this film is a many-layered documentary that begins in Chicago with a disconnect between Chinese-born Jian Ping and her thoroughly American daughter Lisa Xia. It journeys into the heart of China for a personal history of one family’s trauma and eventual triumph over Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

• Puncture

Directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen, the film revolves around Mike Weiss, a young lawyer and a functioning drug addict. Paul Danziger, his longtime friend and partner, is the straight-laced and responsible yin to Mike’s yang. Things get interesting when they decide to take on a case that leads into a healthcare and pharmaceutical conspiracy.
• Between The Harvest

Directed, written and produced by Scott Drucker, this is the story of Ostional, a small coastal community that relies on the legal harvest of the endangered Olive Ridley sea turtle egg. Told through the eyes of these two fragile species, this short documentary delves into one of the biggest controversies in the marine world.

• Carbon For Water

Directed Carmen Elsa Lopez Abramson and Evan Abramson, the film is set in Kenya’s Western Province, where the drinking water is contaminated. Kenyans endure immense hardship to find water and fuel while waterborne diseases are a daily and deadly reality. This film is about the inspiring people who face these hardships.

• Take Me To The Water: The Story Of Pin Point

Directed by Jeff Bednar, this documentary is set in 1985, when an oyster and crab factory in Pin Point shuts down. This is the end of an era for a tiny fishing community tucked quietly away on the banks of the Moon River.

Some of the other documentary screenings are as follows:

• Ninja Please!

• Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

•Stars And Bars Aflame

• Wolves Unleashed

• Better on the Inside

CIFF also has Shorts Program screenings. Films in this category are those not long enough to be considered feature films. It may be defined as an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less.



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