No doubt "Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spider-Man" will be easy to come across in Beaufort County theaters this summer. But what about movies that might be just as good but not as well-known, such as "Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog" or "First Position"?
The University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts has ramped up its Indie Film Series, showing more movies during the summer.
The series started as a chance to showcase some of those films that still have an audience locally but might be forced out at the larger movie theaters by summer blockbusters, said Center for the Arts director Bonnie Fuller.
"The closest art house theater we have here is Coligny (Theatre on Hilton Head Island) or perhaps the Terrace Theatre in Charleston," she said.
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The center selects its films from Emerging Pictures, which delivers independent film and cultural programming via a digital data line. So far, the film series has found receptive audiences in kid-friendly fare, documentary and foreign language films, Fuller said. Look for the series to continue if successful this summer.
"The Salt of Life"-- 6:30 p.m. July 2; A middle-aged Italian retiree tries his best to spark his love life with mixed and often humorous results. Italian with English subtitles. Not rated.
"Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog" -- 4 p.m. July 6; Quill, a yellow Labrador Retriever, becomes a guide dog for a Japanese man, who is at first hesitant that a dog can help him. Japanese with English subtitles. Not rated.
"First Position" -- 4 p.m. July 8; The documentary follows six young dancers as they prepare to enter the world of professional ballet. English, Spanish, French and Hebrew with English subtitles. Not rated.
"In the Family" -- 6:30 p.m. July 9; A drama about the changing definition of "family" as a young boy copes after the death of one of his two fathers. English. Not rated.
"Otter 501" -- 6:30 p.m. July 11; A story of a young woman who encounters a sea otter pup who has been separated from her mother. English. Not rated.
"Payback" -- 4 p.m. July 13; A documentary about debt in its various forms. English, Spanish and Albanian with English subtitles. Not rated.