Beaufort Gets a BFF

Never let it be said film is an elitist medium. The inaugural Beaufort Film Festival went down Feb. 22-24, drawing a conglomerate of talent from around the U.S. Local screenwriters Marcia Chandler Rhea and Margaret Ford Rogers walked away with top screenwriting honors at the festival for their collaboration on The Carolina Storyteller, a story set in upstate South Carolina in 1928 about two boys with a secret that could destroy the small town in which they reside. Both screenwriters hail from Charleston and are making names for themselves on the independent screenwriting scene, with wins for Storyteller at both the Austin Film Festival and the South Carolina Indie Scribe Awards. Following with the mission of this Southern-style Sundance, the Beaufort Film Festival, sponsored by the Beaufort Regional Film Commission recognizes aspiring filmmakers in nearly every genre, including independent film, music, animation, shorts, documentaries, and screenwriting. Celebrating success is sweet for Rhea and Rogers, as their win marks the first screenwriting award from the Beaufort Film Festival’s inaugural event.

Charleston Battery Scores

Local soccer fans rejoice, push in your pub stools, and head to your humble abode with your mates. Thanks to Turner Broadcasting’s latest partnership with the USL, Charleston Battery buffs can enjoy their favorite matches via the internet from the comfort of their own computer chairs. Streaming of exclusive online videos of the USL First Division matches with a monthly or season-long pass will give füssball fans a front row seat throughout the 2007 season, featuring the Lowcountry’s Charleston Battery along with 13 other national soccer clubs. Easy access and accommodation to soccer fans worldwide are behind this latest venture, explains USL executive vice president and chief operating officer Tim Holt. “This broadcast program will enable the most widespread exposure of USL soccer and, in particular, USL First Division soccer in the 20-year history of USL.” Hoping to inspire the same reverence for the age-old sport as seen in the rest of the world, Phil Sharpe, of Turner Sports’ Play ON! division explains, “The launch of USL Live is an exciting endeavor as it will not only give die-hard soccer fans greater access to the sport they love, but it will also help to expose casual fans to the thrilling competitions of the one of the world’s most popular sports.” With a few strokes of the keyboard to, the match is on.