Back in December, we reported on the launch of a new film festival called the Charleston International Film Festival. It’s a movie competition to bring to light the best and brightest new filmmakers from around the world. It’s likely you won’t know their names quite yet, but there’s a good chance you will someday. Festival organizer Summer Spooner is also the force behind the Beverly Hills Film Festival. She and business partner Brian Peacher are aiming high for their first go ’round in the Lowcountry: They’re hoping 15,000 [UPDATE: 04/15/08 — organizers are now saying the estimated number of attendees is about 5,000; the other figure was the attendance of the top 5 film festivals, I’m told] people will attend screenings May 1-4 at the Terrace Theater on James Island. We wish them the best of luck. We do love movies around here. Spooner sent us this sneak peek at the line-up:


Here are some films we will be showing — more to come:

Left/Right — Feature – East Coast Premiere

Losing Her — Short [pictured above – JS)

Mundaka — Documentary — Verifying if it is an east coast premiere (will let you know)

Nosebleed — Short

Osso Bucco — Feature — East Coast Premiere

Pivot – Short— East Coast Premiere

Shuteye Hotel — Animation

Stiletto — Feature — Verifying if it is an east coast premiere (will let you know).

Information attached. I have included some images and am waiting for some of the others.

We will pass along the full schedule when it is complete.

UPDATE (10:46 a.m. EST): I just got word that a movie called Camille will screen the first night of the Charleston International Film Festival. It stars Sienna Miller, James Franco, David Carradine and Scott Glenn. For more, check out the website for the British Film Council.

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