Filmmaker to be honored at Beaufort festival dies; award to be presented posthumously

emoody@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 11, 2013 

Filmmaker Chris Brinker, who was most well-known for his work on "The Boondock Saints," will be honored posthumously at this week's Beaufort International Film Festival. Brinker, 42, died suddenly on Friday.

  • The Seventh Annual Beaufort International Film Festival begins Wednesday. Events are at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted.


    • Filmmakers Opening Night Reception: 6-8 p.m., Old Bay Marketplace rooftop, 917 Bay St.


  • Film screenings: 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

  • Screenwriters Workshop and Table Read with H. Haden Yelin, "How to Sell Your Screenplay," 6:30 p.m.


  • Film screenings: 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday

    • Awards Ceremony: 7 p.m. cocktails; 8 p.m. award presentations
  • Film screenings: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Ticket prices

  • All-events pass: $195, or $175 for Beaufort Film Society members

  • Opening reception: $30, or $20 for members

  • Awards ceremony: $25, or $20 for members

  • Unlimited film pass, including workshops: $145, or $115 for members

  • Screenwriter's workshop and table read: $20, or $15 for members

  • Thursday film pass: $50, or $40 for members

  • Friday film pass: $50, or $40 for members

  • Saturday film pass: $30, or $20 for members

  • Single film pass: $8

Producer and director Chris Brinker, who died suddenly Friday, will still be honored at this week's Beaufort International Film Festival.

Brinker, 42, will receive the first Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award posthumously at the seventh annual festival, president Ron Tucker said.

"He was a young man who had a lot of potential," Tucker said. "He was living life to the fullest and had a lot of things planned."

According to Entertainment Weekly, Brinker began experiencing chest pains late Thursday, and doctors were unable to treat the extensive damage from an aortic aneurysm.

Brinker's best-known works include "The Boondock Saints" and "The Boondock Saints II." He also produced "Borough of Kings" and "Lonely Street," according to his biography on the film festival website.

Brinker was wrapping up production on his directorial debut, "Whiskey Bay," which he was to discuss during the film festival along with actor Tom Berenger, one of the movie's stars.

The film is about a policeman who infiltrates a ruthless criminal enterprise in 1983 after he takes down a contract killer, according to the film festival website. The film also stars Matt Dillon and Williem Dafoe and was set to be released by Sony this year.

"It was Tom's suggestion that we consider (Brinker) for coming to the festival, and then when I looked at his work and his potential, I saw he was the epitome of the independent filmmaker who worked hard to get a film made," Tucker said.

The Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award is named for the Beaufort native and Civil War hero who rose from being a slave to a U.S. congressman.

Berenger was to present the award to Brinker, but Tucker said Berenger will be with Brinker's family and unable to attend the festival.

A tribute to Brinker and his work has been added to the beginning of the Saturday-night awards ceremony. A forum Friday on the "Making of Whiskey Bay" that would have been led by Brinker and Berenger has been canceled.

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