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The On Screen/In Person Film Series in Charleston


On September 17, 2011, The Clay Center in Charleston introduces a film series that will run through April 28 and features various independent documentaries. The documentaries range from light-hearted to controversial in nature and are part of the On Screen/In Person film series presented by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Six documentaries comprise the series, and one will be played each month from September to November and from February to April. Admission to the film showings is free, and the filmmakers will be in attendance to engage in a live question-and-answer panel after the screenings.

The series kicks off on September 17 with the showing of “What’s ‘Organic’ About Organic?” directed by Shelley Rogers. The film aims to create a better awareness of what it takes to maintain a sustainable food supply with the use of organic food products. The film focuses on the experiences of numerous farmers throughout the country.

Next on the line-up is a film produced by Angela Viscido entitled “Beatboxing—The Fifth Element of Hip Hop.” The film will be shown on October 22 and audiences will learn the background and history of beatboxing while delving into the lives of musicians who are developing and sharpening their beatboxing skills.

On November 12, a screening of “Out in the Silence,” a film directed by Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson, will open viewers’ eyes as it follows the fight of a gay teenager and his mom against the public school system.

“Concrete, Steel & Paint,” a documentary which focuses on the cooperation of prisoners and crime victims in an attempt to restore their lives, will be shown on February 11 and investigates our common conceptions, or misconceptions, of justice.

Next in the series will be a showing of “Proceed and Be Bold!” on March 28. The film, directed by Laura Zinger, details the life of a printing press and book artist in his journey to discover how audiences feel about his pieces of work. The film also examines the thoughts and opinions of the artist’s closest companions.

The final screening in the series will be of “Milking the Rhino,” which will be shown on April 28. This documentary explores the cultures of the Maasai and Himba tribes of Africa and the ways in which their values are put to the test by Western beliefs.

Each screening will provide an evening of insight into the lives and trades of others. All showings will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Walker Theater. For information on this film series and other Clay Center events, visit The Clay Center website or call 304.561.3570.

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