Each year, the Halsey Institute screens independent films often 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!

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 8 PM
Halsey Institute galleries

Q&A with co-director Dan Rybicky following the screening

“A quietly spectacular exploration of aging, outsider art, and cats.”
—Sam Adams, Indiewire/Criticwire

For many, Peter Anton’s house embodies an end-of-life nightmare: the utility companies long ago shut off the heat and electricity, the floorboards are rotting, and the detritus of a chaotic life is precariously stacked to the ceiling. But for the filmmakers Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, Anton’s home is a treasure trove, a startling collection of unseen and fascinating paintings, drawings, and notebooks, not to mention Anton himself, a character worthy of his own reality TV show. Though aging, infirm, cranky, and solitary, Anton is also funny and utterly resilient. Rybicky and Wickenden’s remarkable journey follows a gifted artist through startling twists and turns. By its quietly satisfying ending, Almost There has provided enough human drama for a season of soap operas, plus insights into mental illness, aging in America, and the redemptive power of art.

Find more information about the film here: www.almostthereproject.com


A Poem is a Naked Person: Leon Russell Film
Wednesday, February 24, 7:30pm
Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

The Halsey Institute & the Charleston Music Hall Film Series proudly presents: A Poem is a Naked Person: Leon Russell Film.

$10 Individual | $8 Students | $6 Leon Russell Concert Ticket Holders

Bar Opens: 6:30 PM | Film Starts: 7:30 PM
Run Time: 90 Minutes
Tickets Can Be Purchased:
Music Hall Box Office: 37 John Street (843-853-2252)
Etix Hotline: 1-800-514-3849


An ineffable mix of unbridled joy and vérité realism, A Poem Is a Naked Person presents the beloved singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell as filmed by documentarian Les Blank between 1972 and 1974. Blank’s camera lets us into the world of Russell and his friends and fellow artists in and around his recording studio in northeast Oklahoma, capturing intimate, off-the-cuff moments and combining them with mesmerizing scenes of Russell and his band performing live. This singular film about an artist and his community never got an official theatrical release and has attained legendary status. Now, after more than forty years, it can finally be seen and heard in all its rough beauty.


A Poem Is A Naked Person Trailer from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 31, 8PM
Auditorium, School of Sciences and Mathematics, 202 Calhoun St.

The documentary EARTHCASTER explores the work of artist Thomas Sayre, whose art-making process blends art and science, and joins the natural and man-made in a sometimes dangerous dance of gravity and grace. Bringing Sayre’s massive sculptures out of the earth is always collaborative, involving whole communities and many individuals who may not otherwise meet.
The art-making process begins with thoughtful conversations among citizens and elected officials about the work they aim to commission and the messages to be conveyed. This experience of give and take flies in the face of the stereotype of the artist as lone maverick or misanthrope. Indeed, when Sayre is most successful, the pleasure of creation is broadly shared and relationships endure.

Q&A with film producers Georgann Eubanks & Donna Campbell and popcorn from Butcher & Bee
Free admission

EARTHCASTER Trailer-HD from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

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