Author: Mark Shaffer

Making Magic

Charleston-based industry veteran John Reynolds honored at Beaufort film festival for his behind the scenes work  By Mindy Lucas

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BIFF 2020

The 14th Beaufort International Film Festival Heats Up February By Mark Shaffer, Editor At Large Much has changed since we first started covering the Beaufort International Film Festival back in 2009. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (the MCU) had just laid the foundation for the next decade’s campaign of worldwide cinematic domination with Iron Man, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. James Cameron’s Avatar was about to shatter box office records on its way to becoming the top grossing film of all time with box office numbers so huge they were thought to be untouchable. Heath Ledger posthumously becomes the first actor to win an Oscar for the role of a comic book villain as Joker in The Dark Knight. And Ridley Scott’s acid rain-soaked dystopian world of Blade Runnerstill lurked somewhere in the future.  

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Stars Fell on Beaufort: Part Two

Wherein the Author Gets a Window Into the Movie Business. Literally. By Mark Shaffer, Editor at Large This is it. I finally made it into the movie business. It’s almost like I imagined it would be as a kid. I’m dressed to kill in a white dinner jacket and black bowtie, hair combed back like a mid 20th century matinee idol, cigarette in my right hand (unlit), my left hand caresses a tumbler of bourbon. I am positioned – no, posed – at a café table shrouded in linen and littered with vintage World War II identification papers in both French and German.  At my back is an old fashioned upright piano. All of this and me are on display in the massive center window of Beaufort’s NeverMore Books. And if you haven’t figured it out, I am a very poor stand-in for Humphrey Bogart’s iconic Rick Blaine character in Casablanca, the cynical, world-weary American ex-pat owner of Rick’s Café American and some of the best lines ever uttered on film. 

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Stars Fall on Beaufort

20 Year Movie Drought Ends With “Crimson Tide”  By Mark Shaffer, Editor at Large Welcome Back to Alabama On November 9thsomething will happen in Beaufort that hasn’t happened in 20 years. When Director VW Scheich calls, “Action!” it will mark the first time a feature film has rolled in Beaufort since William Freidkin shot the mega-budget war drama Rules of Engagement here in 1999. 

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Shorts At High Noon Returns

The Beaufort Film Society presents their collection of Short films, Student films and Animation films for one hour each Wednesday beginning October 9th and continuing to November 20th. at the Technical College of the Lowcountry. T

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‘Equal Means Equal’ Screening at TCL

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which gives women the same rights and protections as men, was first introduced in 1923 – yet remains unpassed today.  The League of Women Voters Beaufort Area will present the documentary film, Equal Means Equal, which showcases the struggle to pass the amendment. It is scheduled for public screening at Beaufort’s Technical College of the Lowcountry on Tuesday, September 24 at 5:30 p.m. 

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