Upstate short film festival brings together South Carolina authors and filmmakers

Now in its 2nd year, the upcoming Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival - to be held on March 23, 2013, in the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg - unites South Carolina's emerging and experienced writers and filmmakers in a celebration of the literature and film of our region.

In its inaugural year, seven Upstate filmmakers selected a story from the Hub City Press book Expecting Goodness to use as inspiration for a short film. The effort, which is organized by Hub City Writers Project and HUB-BUB, concluded with a sold-out festival night that screened the films and showcased the writers and filmmakers.

This year the festival is expanding, with 15 filmmakers from across the state presentingtheir adaptation of one of 15 recently published or award-winning stories by South Carolinian authors. The filmmakers have four months to create their 5- to 10-minute films enlivened from their chosen works, culminating with the festival evening when all of the films will be screened and awarded cash prizes.

"It's about inspiration and connection," said Kari Jackson, assistant director of the Hub City Writers Project. "This is the only film festival in the country that brings writers and filmmakers together in this way."

And the mission of the festival - which is more of a project than a one-day event - is to not only showcase the authors and directors, but to engage the community throughout the filmmaking process. Leading up to the featured event, community gatherings, workshops and lectures are held to help generate enthusiasm for film as well as to offer education on various aspects of the industry.

"Our one-of-a-kind project brings literature and film together in a way that engages the larger community of our state and showcases the people and places that make South Carolina a creative hotbed," said Jackson.

Tickets go on sale for the festival on January 19 on the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival website.

The program is funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.


For a complete list of this year's filmmakers and writers, click here.

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Click play on the video below to see how the 2012 Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival came together. (Video courtesy of HUB-BUB.)

James Richardson is a freelance writer and the publisher of the Travelers Rest Tribune. When he's not writing, James enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children at any one of many places across the Upstate.