Each year, the Halsey Institute screens independent films in conjunction with the exhibition on view. The films’ content varies greatly, but the events always have the same focus, to bring independent film and filmmakers to Charleston for stimulating conversation and to serve as a meeting place for community members, no matter their interests. Discover the value and magic of independent films!

Film Screening: A/V Geeks
Thurs, April 9, 7PM
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, downtown Charleston

Tickets are $5. To purchase a seat, visit www.CharlestonMusicHall.com

Q&A after the film with film curator Skip Elsheimer

Skip Elsheimer is the founder and curator of the A/V Geeks Educational Film Archive – a collection of over 25,000 16mm educational films in Raleigh, NC. Most of the films have been rescued from libraries and schools that were throwing them out. He’s toured the country showing these films at universities, museums, galleries, clubs, and even on moving school buses. There are over 180 A/V Geeks DVD compilations available and more than 2,000 films and videos of the archive available online on YouTube and Archive.org. Skip has a chapter in Learning with the Lights Off: Educational Film in the United States (Oxford University Press, 2012) and is thinking seriously about doing a documentary on VD films. This screening will pair thematically with Young Contemporaries.

Join us for cautionary tales for the hip. We’ll enjoy an evening of corny 16mm educational films that caution the young about the pitfalls that could affect their future hipness.

Teeth (1970) – Being in a rock band is hip but your lack of dental care is a bummer.
The Lunatic (1972) – A mysterious phone call has a college girl confronting her artist ex-boyfriend about the disease he is carrying.
Keep Off The Grass (1969)  – After being busted by his parents for having a joint, our young protagonist goes on a quest to determine to the truth about this mysterious weed.
The Game (1966) – The coolest kids at school learn about the problems with teen sex. This film is best described as if Goddard made an Afterschool Special.

Film Screening: Sign Painters
Thurs, March 19, 7PM
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

Charleston-based muralist David Boatwright will be in attendance for an audience discussion after the film.

We see them every day without a second thought. Weathered by time with distinct characteristics shining through, hand-painted signs are a product of a fascinating 150-year-old American history. What was once a common job has become a highly specialized trade and a unique craft struggling with technological advances.

Sign Painters, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, explores this unacknowledged art form through anecdotal accounts from artists across the country including Ira Coyne, Bob Dewhurst, Keith Knecht, Norma Jeane Maloney, and Stephen Powers. These vanguards of unseen originality are leading a renaissance with a keen creative purpose that exemplifies the working-class American success story. Sign Painters celebrates those keeping the tradition intact with an approach and an appreciation for balance between art and commerce.

Faythe Levine works as an independent researcher, artist, photographer, filmmaker, and curator. Her work focuses on themes of community, creativity, awareness, process, empowerment, and documentation. Levine’s first film and book, Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. She is currently working on her third book about pioneer show-woman Mimi Garneau.

Community Partners 2015