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 | Curious Worlds
Thursday, September 24, 8PM
Auditorium, School of Sciences and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun St

Curious Worlds Trailer from Olympia Stone on Vimeo.

Q&A with the filmmaker Olympia Stone and reception to follow the film
Free admission and popcorn from The Daily

Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck pulls back the curtain on one of the United States’s most accomplished and original yet least-known working artists. A master sculptor, carver, and painter, David Beck works in a fantastical genre all his own, creating intricate worlds, alive with observations of the world we know. Curious Worlds captures Beck at work in his studio and reflecting on his process in an intimate portrait illuminating what it takes to create a masterwork: extraordinary ideas, an almost eerie ability to focus on the work, and, patience. The only artist to have three solo exhibits at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, David Beck comes across as the smartest, most creative guy you knew in high school. He didn’t get a day job.

Film Screening | A Spiral of Film History
Thursday, November 5, 8pm
Auditorium, School of Science and Math, 202 Calhoun St.

Q&A with the film curator Tom Whiteside and  reception to follow the film
Free admission and popcorn from The Daily

A Spiral of Film History, presented by filmmaker and film historian Tom Whiteside, is a fresh look at old movies. The Odessa Steps sequence from Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin gets a filtered double projector treatment in Riffs on Potemkin. Landmark films that might be familiar, such as Lumiere’s Workers Leaving the Factory, are shown in a new light. From “orphan” films by the great See Yourself in the Movies filmmaker H. Lee Waters to “bastard” films such as cigarette commercials (banned from the airwaves since 1972) to avant-garde classics by Brakhage and Duchamp, this idiosyncratic view of cinema covers more than 100 years of film history. What is old becomes new again. Projection in 16mm film and video.

Films on the program include Anemic Cinema by Rrose Sélavy (aka Marcel Duchamp), 1926; Garden of Earthly Delights, by Stan Brakhage, 1981; Conjure Bearden by Tom Whiteside and Anthony Kelley, from archival footage by H. Lee Waters, 1939/2006; and Workers Leaving the Factory, 1895.

Community Partners 2015