Beaufort festival to celebrate filmmakers ... and 20 years of 'Forrest Gump'

eshaw@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2014 

  • IF YOU GO

    WHAT: Beaufort International Film Festival

    WHEN: Feb. 12-16

    WHERE: All film screenings are at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret St., Beaufort

    COST: Individual films are $8 each. An unlimited film pass is $115 for Beaufort Film Society members and $150 for nonmembers. A daily film pass for Feb. 13-15 is $40 for film society members and $50 for nonmembers. An all-events pass is $175 for film society members and $225 for nonmembers.

    DETAILS: www.beaufortfilmfestival.com

Forrest Gump won't be the only highlight at this year's Beaufort International Film Festival.

But he will be there. Well, the official Forrest Gump impersonator from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, that is.

As 2014 marks the 20-year anniversary of "Forrest Gump," the milestone calls for an obligatory nod to the award-winning movie that was filmed in part in Beaufort County.

"It's a cue to celebrate it in some way, but it's not the primary focus," said Ron Tucker, president of the Beaufort Film Society, which conducts the festival.

Thousands are expected to attend the four-day festival that includes movie screenings, receptions and workshops. The festival will feature 28 independent films and six screenplays that have been chosen from entries worldwide. Tucker said 27 of the 28 films have never been shown before in South Carolina.

The film festival categories are features, documentary, short film, animation, student film, screenplays, best actor and best director.

Topics range from "16 Acres," a documentary about the collision of interests at Ground Zero following 9/11, to "Amor Imposible," a comedic Spanish short about a soap opera star who comes to life to steal a man's girlfriend, to the lighthearted animation "Moment of Tooth," about an elephant that longs to be a tooth fairy.

Featured events include a special screening of "Forrest Gump" following a related behind-the-scenes documentary, "The Magic Behind the Making of Forrest Gump," on Feb. 14. Film editor Arthur Schmidt, who won an Oscar for his work on "Forrest Gump," will be awarded the Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Film Editing on Feb. 15.

Jim Passanante, the set painter who worked on "Forrest Gump," will also receive an award.

Last year, the festival placed similar emphasis on celebrating the 10-year anniversary of "Radio," also filmed in Beaufort, by getting director Mike Tollin, football coach Harold Jones and James Robert "Radio" Kennedy to attend as honored guests.

But the most red carpet-worthy guests each and every year are always the filmmakers, Tucker said.

"We have all these filmmakers actively making films and we want them to see what a beautiful place Beaufort is and why people from ("Radio" and "Forrest Gump") came here in the first place," he said.

"You never know, this could be an upcoming filmmaker who 10 years from now remembers us and wants to come back to Beaufort for their next movie.

"We want to draw attention to the film-friendly environment we have here. The door is open."

Follow Erin Shaw at twitter.com/IPBG_ErinShaw.

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FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Feb. 12

6-8 p.m.: Filmmakers opening night reception, Old Bay Marketplace Rooftop, 917 Bay St., Beaufort; $25 for Beaufort Film Society members; $35 for nonmember

Feb. 13

9 a.m.: "Sleight of Hand" (10 minutes; animation)

9:15 a.m.: "Things My Father Never Taught Me" (7 minutes; short)

9:25 a.m.: "Jungle Warfare College" (10 minutes; documentary)

9:45 a.m.: "Wings" (13 minutes; student)

10:15 a.m.: "Honeymoon Suite" (14 minutes; short)

10:40 a.m.: "Double Occupancy" (9 minutes; animation)

11 a.m.: "Pechorin" (95 minutes; feature)

1 p.m.: "A Lasting Sorrow" (8 minutes; short)

1:25 p.m.: "Discovering Dave" (46 minutes; documentary)

2:30 p.m.: "U-666" (11 minutes; student)

3 p.m.: "Masque" (40 minutes; short)

3:45 p.m.: "Helpless" (8 minutes; student)

4:15 p.m.: "Teddy Bears" (86 minutes; feature)

7 p.m.: Screenwriting wine and cheese reception

7:30 p.m.: Screenwriters workshop/table read ($15 for Beaufort Film Society members; $20 for nonmembers)

Feb. 14

9 a.m.: "Title Fight" (13 minutes; student)

9:30 a.m.: "16 Acres" (93 minutes; documentary)

11:15 a.m.: "The Long Wait" (17 minutes; short)

11:45 a.m.: "The Sum Total of Our Memory" (30 minutes; documentary)

12:30 p.m.: "Amor Imposible" (15 minutes; short)

1 p.m.: "Bet on Red" (21 minutes; short)

1:45 p.m.: "Clown Nose Theory" (15 minutes; short)

2:15 p.m.: "The One Who Loves You" (95 minutes; feature)

4:15 p.m.: "The Magic Behind the Making of Forrest Gump" (60 minutes; special)

7 p.m.: "Forrest Gump" (170 minutes). Following the 20th anniversary screening, film editor Arthur Schmidt will take part in a talk moderated by Mark Shaffer of Lowcountry Weekly

Feb. 15

9 a.m.: "Moment of Tooth" (4 minutes; animation)

9:15 a.m.: "Death & the Robot" (12 minutes; animation)

9:40 a.m.: "Trustworthy" (18 minutes; student)

10:10 a.m.: "Link" (15 minutes; student)

10:40 a.m.: "Death of Eurydice" (19 minutes; student)

11:15 a.m.: "What Remains" (17 minutes; student)

Noon: Special presentation of South Carolina Indie Grants Films, sponsored by the South Carolina Film Commision

1 p.m.: Gary Sinise Foundation/Healing Heroes of the Lowcountry Presentation (60 minutes)

2 p.m.: "AKA Doc Pomus" (98 minutes; documentary)

7 p.m.: Awards ceremony cocktail hour with awards presentations at 8 p.m. ($30 for Beaufort Film Society members; $40 for nonmembers)

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