M.B. Film Fest gets rolling

For Weekly SurgeApril 24, 2013 

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    What: 8th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

    Where: Carmike Broadway 17, 1175 Celebrity Circle, Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach. Call 445-1600.

    When: Daily through Saturday

    How Much: $50 for an All Access Pass / If you can’t make the whole festival, you can buy a ticket for a specific time block at regular movie ticket prices.

    Contact: www.myrtlebeachfilmfestival.com, follow on Facebook or www.twitter.com/MBFilmFest

In its eighth year, the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival has made the Top 50 film festivals list ranked by moviemaker.com. Refocused from last year’s nine days to four, but still packed full of films from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, the event, which kicked off Wednesday, continues through Saturday at Carmike 17 at Broadway at the Beach. There are commercials, music videos, short films and full-length features – some foreign, some animated – drama, horror, comedy and everything in-between. Festival founder/director Jerry Dalton says, “We wanted to tighten and reformat, build an intense four days.”

It is indeed a festival, bringing a grab-bag of cinematic culture, smack-dab in the middle of the Grand Strand, including mingling with the filmmakers, enjoying local food and spirits and an art exhibition in the theater lobby by Katya Wentz, a Russian-born painter from North Carolina. And after this four-day party, there’s an after-party, all for 50 bucks – that’s like a buck a film.

Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup.


3 to 5 p.m.

“Pipelines” (14 minutes) – Outcast constructs a maze of pipes to disappear into.

“The Lion’s Den” (19 minutes) – A great philanthropist calls together a group of people for a mysterious dinner.

“Set for Life” (60 minutes) – This documentary details three individuals struggling through unemployment and losing confidence in the American dream.

5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“Secret Fear” (5 minutes) – This music video explores passion and violence.

“Bumsicle” (22 minutes) – The body of a frozen, homeless woman is found, leading internal discoveries by all involved.

“Pareto Principle” (11 minutes) – Two young men from a poor neighborhood find a bag full of money.

“Shell Shocked” (63 minutes) – A documentary about gun violence and America’s youth.

8 to 10 p.m.

“Encryption” (25 minutes) – A struggling musician realizes he is the tool of a secret society trying to control minds.

“Two Hands to Mouth” (80 minutes) – A darkly comic, fine dining experience mixes with revenge.


Noon to 2 p.m.

“Dear Someone” (4 minutes) – A music video full of self-reflection.

“Young(ish)” (7 minutes) – An elderly couple reverts to childhood via a playground pirate ship.

“Beale Street Blues” (25 minutes) – This short documentary discusses the struggles of African-American blues artists playing on Beale Street in Memphis.

“Farewell to Factory Towns” (60 minutes) – This documentary looks at the mass exodus of manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“The Cold Heart” (30 minutes) – This is an animated short adaptation of a famous German gothic fairy-tale.

“Route 30 Too” (85 minutes) – The sequel to “Route 30,” it’s a quirky take on Pennsylvania’s back roads.

5 to 7 p.m.

“The Human Factor” (28 minutes) – Images and voiceovers intermingle to offer a love story wrapped in American industrialization.

“Blackwood” (16 minutes) – This Australian drama deals with an estranged mother and daughter on a road trip.

“Chlorine” (22 minutes) – Tension builds in this psychological thriller.

“Hatched” (20 minutes, subtitled) – Two couples in Vienna make decisions about a child.

“Fat Bottomed Girls” (17 minutes, subtitled) – A short set in Paris about love, body image and guardian angels.

7 to 8 p.m.

Complimentary dinner featuring Little Pigs BBQ cuisine and New South Brewery beer.

8 to 10 p.m.

“Angela Wright” (12 minutes) – To cheat or not to cheat, a high school drama.

“Good Samaritan” (7 minutes) – This is a little ditty about dumpster diving and con men.

“Silent But Deadly” (90 minutes) – A killer roams the halls of a retirement home in this horror/comedy.


Noon to 2 p.m.

“Let the Light Shine” (3 minutes) – Two protagonists set their sights on eliminating bullying.

“The App Wizards” (15 minutes) – A short film made in our neighboring Charleston about crime-fighting teens.

“Good Dog” (13 minutes) – Dog sees the future. Dog must change the future.

“Desperately Seeking Sakakawea” (7 minutes) – Episode one of Uncle Chef as he travels to the Lewis and Clark Trail while the cooking crew makes chili.

“Stan Herd: Down to Earth” (27 minutes) – This is a documentary profile of an artist who creates crop-circle-sized portraits.

“El Invento” (20 minutes, subtitled) – In 1976, a 12-year-old boy tries to solve the mysteries of photography and women.

2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

“Rolling Thunder” (3 minutes) – Feel the thunder of this music video for veterans who are missing in action.

“Searching for Wonder” (5 minutes, subtitles) – Magic makes a 12-year-old question life.

“Pulling Teeth” (7 minutes) – Here’s a documentary about a horse whispering dentist.

“Restitution” (12 minutes) – This is a drama concerning bereavement and cloning.

“The Grand Deception” (70 minutes) – This documentary investigates the Muslim Brotherhood in America.

5 to 7 p.m.

“King Tigermore in Strawberry Fields” (3 minutes) – Here’s three minutes of a mind trip that starts when an eight-year-old falls asleep during a chess match.

“Vimy Ridge” (3 minutes) – This music video offers a slice of Canadian folk and haunting images.

“Tiny Horse Girlfriend” (4 minutes) – A drunk and a plastic talking horse, what more did you need?

“The Man in the Seersucker Suit” (7 minutes) – A couple gets an intervention from guardian angels and a dude in a suit.

“Death by China 2.0” (77 minutes) – This documentary deals with the outsourcing of American jobs and the accruing of debt to China.

7 to 8 p.m.

Complimentary wine-tasting from La Belle Amie winery and sushi from Jimmyz Hibachi with a performance by The Denny Hess Trio

8 to 9:30 p.m.

“Butcher’d Meats” (5 minutes) – An animated short about brawling for meat.

“Birth of an Outlaw” (19 minutes) – A Western fable is told in a modern setting.

“Tinker” (17 minutes) – A repair shop owner tries to repair himself.

“Paper” (27 minutes) – A young Russian woman searches for a new life and her passport in America.

9:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: The award categories this year are: commercial, music video, animation, short film, documentary and feature length. Awards will also be given for best actress, best actor and best overall.

10 p.m.

An after party at Sun City Café, 801 Main Street, Myrtle Beach: a festival finale featuring the filmmakers, the distributers and fans. “This whole thing is to spur independent filmmaking and make it economically viable from inception to marketing,” Dalton says. “In most cases, successful independent films are 15 percent filmmaking and 85 percent marketing. You just need a plan and a way to execute it.”

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