Cara Kelly spent a lot of time in the dark at the Charleston International Film Festival and came back with this report.

The 2nd Annual Charleston International Film Festival rolled into town last week, and with it came directors, producers, and creative talent at all levels from across the globe. Thursday through Sunday consisted of daily screenings, with many local and regional films in addition to international shorts, documentaries, and full-length features. Several films also made their world, U.S., or East Coast debut, including a documentary written and directed by locals Jesse Berger and Nate Mallard, entitled S.O.B. and the Legend of Alan Schafer. Another film that drew a lot of attention over the weekend was All for Liberty, a historical drama that was shot in Charleston, Orangeburg, and parts of Georgia with a slew of local actors and actresses.
After days spent staring at the big screen, film-goers headed straight to the after-parties for open bars and great music at some of the choicest locations in town. Held at Chai’s, Fish, and Vue at Ripley’s Point, respectively, the after-parties for CIFF were the place to mingle for anyone involved in the film industry in Charleston. The crowd on Friday filled the upstairs of Fish, which was largely composed of Army Wives actors and staff. Saturday night was equally wild, with much longer bar lines at Vue. Although there was plenty of space inside the large venue, guests crowded outside on the decks to enjoy the warm spring evening and the gorgeous views of Charleston Harbor. The cinematic adventure concluded on Sunday, with the final blocks of films and an awards ceremony at the Francis Marion Hotel. Director Dave Rodriguez took top honors with his political thriller Anytown, which received the Golden Crescent Award for Best Feature.

Check out Cara’s pictures from the Terrace and after-parties right here.

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