A litany of events to coincide with Terrace Film Festival

Charleston cinephiles can rejoice, as next month the Terrace Theater will once again be opening its doors for its sixth annual film festival, taking place March 12-15.

Featured will be a variety of films by local filmmakers from all over Charleston — like America Street by Travis Pearson and David Weintaub’s documentary Call of the Ancient Mariner — as several depictions of the Lowcountry will be on display.

Films featured on both a national and international scale will also take place at the event, such as the South Carolina premiere of Map to the Stars by renowned Canadian director David Cronenberg.

Michele Maheux, Executive Director and COO of the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on-hand to present her Toronto festival selection, ’71, as well as attend the event’s opening ceremonies.

Nominated for best foreign language film at the Oscars, festival film Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako will also be shown, with support from the African American studies program at the College of Charleston.

In keeping with this, speaking at the Terrace will be independent documentary filmmaker Idrissou Mora-Kpai, whose socially and politically engaged films such as Si-Gueriki, Arlit – The Second Paris and Indochina – Traces of a Mother have been screened throughout the globe and have received international acclaim.

In addition, directors Susan and Lloyd Ecker will speak via Skype call Sun. at 4:30 p.m., as they will discuss the the making of their film, The Outrageous Sophie Tucker, the story of the highly influential actress who took Broadway, Hollywood, and the world by storm.

An additional treat for Charleston foodies will be the take place at the beginning of the festival, as Butcher and Bee’s well-known Executive Chef Stuart Tracy will host a talk on making and curing the best pastrami directly before this year’s opening film, Deli Man.

Also in accordance with Thibault Fagonde’s Overalls and Aprons — a film centering on agricultural and food culture within Charleston — Filion Farms, participants in the film, will be having a pig roast at the Terrace Plaza on Fri., March 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information including ticket sales, visit Terrace Theater’s official website at terracetheater.com or call the box office at (843) 762-4247. —Viraj Naik

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