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, Everybody Street
Thurs, Sept 4, 7pm
Recital Hall, Simons Center for the Arts, 54 St. Philip Street

Everybody Street illuminates the lives and work of New York City’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

The film profiles Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, Jeff Mermelstein, Boogie, Max Kozloff, and Luc Sante.

Filmed in New York City over the course of thee years, Everybody Street combines 16mm black and white film, HD, stills, and archival footage to create a filmic tapestry, interjecting a unique vision into the history of street photography.

Filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn will be in attendance for an audience discussion.


Film Screening, Watermark
Wed, Nov 5, 7pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, downtown Charleston

Tickets are $5. To purchase a seat, visit www.CharlestonMusicHall.com
Cosponsored by Charleston Waterkeeper

Watermark is a feature documentary from multiple-award-winning filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nick de Pencier and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky. The film brings together diverse stories from around the globe examining our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it, and the consequences of that use.

Watermark documents massive floating abalone farms off China’s Fujian coast and the construction site of the biggest arch dam in the world – the Xiluodu, six times the size of the Hoover Dam. We visit the barren desert delta where the mighty Colorado River no longer reaches the ocean, and the water-intensive leather tanneries of Dhaka. We speak with scientists who drill ice cores two kilometers deep into the Greenland Ice Sheet, and explore the sublime pristine watershed of Northern British Columbia.

Shot in stunning ultra high-definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives, this film shows water as a terraforming element, as well as the magnitude of our need and use. In Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted – until it’s gone.


Community Partners 2014