Held at the former location of the Park Circle Film Society, the first annual South Carolina Underground Film Festival (SCUFF) inspires to continue the tradition of featuring indie films in the Lowcountry. Co-creators Tommy Faircloth and Robert Zobel, who also founded Charleston’s annual Crimson Screen horror film fest, created this festival with the intention of featuring South Carolina filmmakers. Of the 19 flicks scheduled for the festival, 16 were produced by South Carolinians. 

The day starts at 10 a.m. with a block of shorts including Jeremy Ateca’s Getting Over (Emma’s Story), described on its YouTube page as “a story about a human and the humans around her.”

Other shorts include:

Justin Robinson’s Grape Soda (which also screened at last week’s CIFF), a story about the growing distance between a husband and wife.

Dead Saturday
, a nine-min. thriller about a teenager who thinks he’s found a religious loophole on the day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 

Jason Tostevin’s A Way Out, starring Robert Costanzo (who’s had roles in Total Recall, Saturday Night Fever, and Die Hard 2), which tells the tale of an aging gangster keeping a deadly secret. 

Feature-length films include:

Cinema Purgatoria, created by Greenville couple Chris and Emily White, which Paste Magazine calls, “Uproariously funny and good-hearted … a realistic look at both marriage and chasing a dream.” 

Michael Owens’ Twin Geeks: the Zelinski Brothers Unleashed is a 2010 film about two guys who insist they’re identical Chinese twins even though they’re not Asian and they look nothing alike. Fun fact: the rabbit hole of the internet will also take you to this website, co-created by real identical twins who critique films. 

Head to 4820 Jenkins Ave. this Saturday to grab a seat and watch all of the films. Concessions will be available for purchase including beer and wine, water, soda, and snacks. All proceeds from concession sales will go to local animal shelters. Stick around after each screening — a lot of the filmmakers will be on hand to discuss their flicks.

Awards will be given out at the end of the day including Best Feature, Best Short, Best Unproduced Screenplay (short and feature), SC Feature and Short Film, SC Filmmaker, and Jury Award. Oh, and the awards are replications of mining helmets. Get it? So underground it hurts. 

CINEMA PURGATORIO Trailer from Paris MTN Scout on Vimeo.

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