Expecting the Memorable: The Festival Weekend

In just under two days, the moment we’ve been prepping for since our first call for writers last summer comes to its glorious fruition.

Collaborating together, the Hub City Writers Project and HUB-BUB partnered for the second year to create the Expecting Goodness project. We also welcomed new partners in the Chapman Cultural Center, South Carolina Film Commission, Paris MTN Scout, and many, many other contributors who helped to make this project a success.

There are too many supporters of Expecting Goodness to name in just one sentence– probably too many to name in one blog post (though you’ll find them all in the festival program). But this shows just how many different people and organizations had a hand in making our ambitious and unique festival a mainstay of our state.

It also shows we’re growing. For our second year, we expanded our author and filmmaker call to the entire state, and we upped the ante with seven emerging and seven experienced filmmakers, which doubled our size from last year. Our venue, the Chapman Cultural Center, also opened our festival doors to more than double the audience we had last year; and we’re thrilled to see our show sold out for our second showing.

We hosted film and writing workshops for the community, examined books or stories made into movies with our Story to Screen series at the Spartanburg Library, headed into our own Spartanburg High School and introduced students to the art of filmmaking, and shared our writer and filmmaker experiences and inspirations on our website.

Our trials and difficulties we can file under the “forgotten” category as we charge into our Expecting Goodness Reading and Reception on Friday and, finally, the inspiring festival itself on Saturday.

We’ve got a packed weekend ahead of us. Let’s take a look:

Friday, March 22nd, 7-9pm at The Showroom: Expecting Goodness Reading and Reception

At this event, our authors will be reading aloud their short stories that spawned the films we’re showcasing on Saturday. Free admission to the public. There will be bar service and related books on sale during the event.

Saturday, March 23rd, 3-5 pm at the Chapman Cultural Center: Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, Part 1: Emerging Filmmakers.

For our first half of the festival, we invite everyone to see what our emerging filmmakers created. Each film will be introduced by the author of the story that inspired it. We’ll also hear from our Emcee, professor-poet Patrick Whitfill, and the individual who spawned the idea of Expecting Goodness, Josh Foster. You’ll also be introduced to our judges and hear their discussion with the filmmakers on their work.

5-7: Dinner Break. Enjoy the fine eats Spartanburg has to offer.

Call head to The Peddler of Spartanburg ( 864-583-5874 ) and reserve a seat for their meal inspired by one of our very own short stories.

“Enjoy a meal called Celebrate Yourself, inspired by Vickie Dailey’s story “Broken.” In the story, the woman struggles to tell herself she is beautiful, but the owners of The Peddler feel that she needs to know how much she is worth and deserves to be treated specially. The options for the Inspirational Meal are Salmon at 20.99 or the Filet Mignon at 25.99. This includes salad bar and choice of side, such as baked potato, sweet potato, Peddler fries, or sweet potato souffle. All of their dinner options can be found here: http://www.peddlerspartanburg.com.”

7-10pm at the Chapman Cultural Center: Expecting Goodness Part 2: Experienced Filmmakers.

The second half of Expecting Goodness will show you the works of our experienced filmmakers and the Spartanburg High School youth project– Dr. Edwin Epps’s creative writing class adapted John Lane’s poem “Sweet Tea” into a recitation short film. The second half also determines the winner of Audience Favorite with a theatre-wide vote after the last film is shown. Following that, Patrick Whitfill, Josh Foster, designer extraordinaire Stephen Long, and the fantastic, talented lady spearheading and driving this project’s success, Kari Jackson, will present the awards. This year, we’ve the following categories for awards:

  • Best Emerging Filmmaker Award (new this year!)
  • Best Film
  • Best Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Actor/Actress
  • Audience Favorite

Who will win?

9:30-11: The After Party at Back Porch, across the street from Chapman Cultural Center:

To wind down from the festival, we invite the public to the after party at Back Porch (http://backporchspartanburg.com). Have a drink, meet the authors and filmmakers, and round out a fantastic evening with one of Spartanburg’s unique locales.

It’s an honor, getting to work on this project with all of the people passionately bringing it to life.

I can guarantee that those part of this event will walk away with all the memorable moments that are created when a large community gathers to lift the art of its own up in celebration.

Hope to see you there!

Alf the Intern

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