Author: Mark Shaffer

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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Talking Healthy Cooking with Herban Market & Café

By Mindy Lucas Chef Anya Chase and pastry chef Emily Benson first met while working at the old Herban Marketplace, a popular health food store on Boundary Street. The pair shared a love of food, healthy eating and cooking for others. So when the store’s owner Greta Lynne decided to retire in 2018, the two decided almost immediately to start their own business together.

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International Hit

The Beaufort International Film Festival Celebrates Story by Mark Shaffer The numbers – all of them records – preface the story: 16 thousand tickets sold, four days and nights of screenings, each screening averaging over 300 people with more than eighty filmmakers and attendees representing 33 states and half a dozen nations. Now, here’s the real story: this is one of the top 20 film festivals on the planet and it all takes place on one screen, under one roof, on an historic college campus backing up to the Intracoastal Waterway in a theater that seats less than 500 people. 

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BIFF Filmmaker Spotlight: Feature Films

Five films, five vastly different topics – the official selections in this year’s Features category have been called the strongest in BIFF history. Festival runners Ron and Rebecca Tucker concur. “Several of our judges couldn’t stop using the word ‘wow,’” says Ron. All five films will be represented in Beaufort by the following individuals…

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A Conversation with Paul Sorvino

BIFF 2019 Pat Conroy Lifetime Achievement Award Interview by Mark Shaffer                     Henry Hill (narrating): Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn’t have to move for anybody. – Goodfellas, 1990 When Director Martin Scorsese was looking to cast the role of caporegime Paul “Paulie” Cicero in Goodfellas, he knew he needed an actor who could embody a sense of lethal gravitas. The man had to inspire fear and loyalty just by walking into a room. He found that actor in Paul Sorvino. In GQ’s 2010 oral history of the film, Sorvino recalls, “I had a sense of elevation the entire time I was making it. I’ve never had that before or since, making a movie. Felt I was three feet in the air.” 

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A Bigger, Better BIFF

The Beaufort International Film Festival at 13 As this issue of Lowcountry Weekly hits the streets the Beaufort International Film Festival prepares to celebrate its 13thyear. Appropriately enough, BIFF’s put on some serious growth as it enters its teens. This year festival runners Ron and Rebecca Tucker added an extra day to the event, significantly expanding the slate of films (and Ron’s chronic fear that no one will show up). This year more than 80 filmmakers are scheduled to attend. The festival gets under way Tuesday the 19thwith a gala at Tabby Place in downtown Beaufort.

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