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Beaufort Film Festival slated

Tickets are available now for the Seventh Annual Beaufort International Film Festival scheduled February 13-17. Purchase tickets online at www.beaufortfilmfestival.com or at the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 713 Craven St., Beaufort or at the Beaufort Film Society office located at 708 Carteret St., Beaufort, SC. The full schedule of events and screening times are also located on the film festival website. Discounts apply for all members of the Beaufort Film Society. Find the details for membership at www.beaufortfilmsociety.org.

Ron Tucker, President of the Beaufort Film Society, said more than 7,000 people participated in last year’s festival and he expects an even greater turnout this year. “We will present more than 30 screenings to include shorts, documentaries, animated films, and student productions, and we look forward to hosting some exciting special guests and celebrities again this year. This may be our best festival yet.”

Mike Tollin, Director of the film, Radio, which was shot in Walterboro in 2003, will accept the Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Filmmaking. The real life “Radio”, James Robert Kennedy (played by Cuba Gooding Jr.), and Coach Harold Jones (played by Ed Harris), will also attend the festival. Tucker said an effort is underway to locate local people who worked on the set of the film as extras or technicians and invite them to the screening. Tollin said he is excited about seeing them again. There will be a special reunion screening of the film at 7:30 pm on Feb 15 at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Center for the Arts.

Chris Brinker, producer and director of the soon-to-be-released motion picture. Whiskey Bay, will conduct a Q and A on the making of the film along with the film’s star, Tom Berenger at 4:15 pm on Feb 15. Brinker will be presented the festival’s inaugural Robert Smalls Indie Vision Award.

For the first time the Opening Night Reception will be a ticketed event and takes place on Wednesday, February 13 at Old Bay Marketplace. The Awards Ceremony is Saturday, February 16 at USCB.

The Beaufort Film Society (BFS) is a nonprofit, 501(c) 3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.