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Independent filmmakers Chris White and Emily Reach White to helm third annual Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival

When local film enthusiast Josh Foster, Hub City Press, and HUB-BUB launched the upstart Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, no one knew what to expect.

Most grass roots film festivals don’t last beyond a year or two. But flash forward to year three, and the festival’s co-creators find themselves with too much of a good thing. Last year’s film festival featured 12 writers and 12 filmmakers from all over the state and sold out the 500+ seat Chapman Cultural Center Theater three weeks before the day of the event.

“HUB-BUB hosts over 100 community events every year,” says Cate Ryba, Executive Director at HUB-BUB, “and the press has a full plate, too. We looked at how the festival has grown in just two years and realized it had grown beyond our staffing capacity.”

That’s where Chris White and Emily Reach White come in. The Greenville filmmaking couple is normally wary of film festivals.

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Emily and Chris

“They are so expensive to enter,” Chris sighs. His wife Emily adds, “and if you’re lucky enough to get in, even more expensive to attend.”

But the Whites adore Spartanburg’s Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival. Their adaptation of Thomas J. McConnell’s “A Proof For Roxanna” won the audience prize in 2012, and their film company was a corporate sponsor for last year’s event.

“Emily and I exemplify the marriage of film and literature,” Chris says, “I’m a total cinephile and she’s crazy for great writing. When Expecting Goodness approached us about leading the festival, we were nodding before they even popped the question.”

Expecting Goodness Film Festival is the only one of its kind in the world, pairing acclaimed short stories with South Carolina filmmakers who adapt the stories into screenplays and short films. More importantly, for the Whites and other independent filmmakers, it’s a festival that knows how to take care of and connect filmmakers.

“We’ve always felt at home in Spartanburg,” Emily says, “Especially at HUB-BUB and The Showroom. The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival is just another way Spartanburg shows hospitality to emerging artists.”

As co-executive directors, Chris and Emily plan to build on two years of incredible success, extending that Spartanburg hospitality around the state with more screenings and more prizes and perks for filmmakers and writers. All while maintaining the festival’s grass roots, hometown feel.

“We want to make Expecting Goodness even better,” Chris says, “Emphasizing not only the importance of great stories as a basis of great films, but community-building as critical for emerging filmmakers in South Carolina.”

The Whites know the value of both story and community as it relates to film. They have independently produced three feature-length movies and a dozen short films in the past three years, all from their home in the Upstate of South Carolina. With Hollywood calling, they remain committed to their home state and to the process of “handmade films for friends.”

the Scared is scared: Changing Messages

I think the phrase “wisdom from the mouth of babes” is rather fitting here. 

I wanted to share this short film because, as it was shared with me, it has a message that somewhat changes… it evolves and becomes something much deeper. 

This process is one that, I’m sure, was replicated among our filmmakers and writers as they were crafting their films and their stories. What started off as a simple journey of two animals having a great time at the pool turned into a stance on closure, fear and letting go. 

As our artists started their stories, did their message change? Did it grow into something deeper? 

Even looking at this film, it’s easy to tell that, for just seven minutes worth of film, it took a lot of people and work to make it come together. Each person involved in the film added their own touch of personality–whether it was in the music, costume design or in the set– and added to the filmmaker’s original design to make it… more. If say, for example, the music had a rockier, harder sound, we might think quite differently about the message of the film. But all of the film’s components came together, meshing with the theme of the story and producing something that we all can think about when times get rough: “the Scared is scared of things you like.” 

What will our artists say with their works? And, likewise, what will their works say to us? 

Thanks for watching! Don’t forget to get your tickets now before we are completely sold out! 

 

Best, 

Alf the Intern 

A Great Journey

by Abe Duenas

A lot has taken place since launch night of this festival back in October.  Pre-production online meetings, storyboarding, scouting, casting, online meetings with a CGI animator in Brazil and countless other related tasks.  As I type this, I will have completed 95% of my principal photography.   I know my other fellow filmmakers are just as hard at work crafting their stories. I have heard from the underground com lines that we are all in for a treat come “Premiere Night.”  For me, this has been a truly satisfying experience not just because of completing a film, but mostly due to the experiences shared during this voyage.  There is Peter, who is my lead, an extremely gifted actor about whom some may say is in the twilight of his career, but has shown me that he is still in his prime.  

Peter and Abe on the set

There is Fabiano and Renato out all the way in Brazil, who have worked tirelessly on creating a character who I thought would have to be played by a folkmani finger puppet.  The amount of hours they spent on just one shot dwarfs any other task I had to complete.  Working with them has really impressed me how hard artists will work on a labor of love if they believe in the story.  There is also Earl from Earl’s Tire here in Gaffney, who willingly allowed me to shoot at his location.  Sometimes as artists we feel that the community will not support our work because they don’t always support us with their checkbook.  But I appreciate his contribution more than if he would have given this film money. I still cannot believe how perfect the location was for this film.  I cannot forget people like Billy, who lent me his Gramophone, or  the wonderful ladies of downtown Cowpens antique shops who opened their arms to this film by lending us tons of props, and other passerby people who would give me a good lead on a hard-to-find prop.

Abe Duenas and Peter with the gramophone

 

Ian, an extremely talented photographer, also helped light my scenes with the always willing Joe and Beau. I can’t forget Jeanette helping out as AC and April– she is like the person in jail who gets you stuff you need. I had the support of Emily and Katherine for the film with their acting.  All of these experiences occurred because we simply wanted to tell a story. 

Lighting on the set and getting ready for filming

Donde Come Uno, Comen Dos, at it’s core, is a film about friendships. I am glad to have been able to come away with many of these because of this project. This will mark my most creatively ambitious film to date.  I hope the audience is entertained and I look forward to making new friends come Premiere Night.

Abe Duenas's Movie Poster for Donde Come Uno, Comen Dos

The Festival: Eight Weeks and Change Away

Greetings EG Fans!

With the holidays behind us and our festival fast approaching, it’s time to kick our outreach into high gear and share the hard work and vision of our diverse and talented group of filmmakers.

Each week, we want to post a wealth of content from the upcoming films and filmmakers. Clips, pictures from the set, stills and abstracts, and posts from the filmmakers themselves will see their way to the EG Blog, so keep checking in with us each week for updates. We’re also keeping the doors open for guests to write blog posts for us on a wealth of topics related to film and writing, so be sure to contact Alf at Alicia@hubcity.org if you want to be featured on our EG Website Blog.

Tickets for the festival will be going on sale SOON. You can purchase them January 19th (this Saturday!) starting at 6 a.m. for $15. We were completely sold out last year—so expect another sold-out show and get your tickets early!

We hope to see all of our fans on March 23rd! Mark your calendars and Expect Legacies!

Best wishes,

Alf.

Filmmaker Application

Welcome! We’re glad you’re interested in participating in the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, a unique project that pairs South Carolina writers and filmmakers in an effort to build a community across genres and showcase our state’s talent. You have the opportunity to create a film adaptation of an award-winning or recently published story by a SC writer.

Simply, it’s like this: You apply. If selected, you pick a story from the collection we send you. You have four months to use that story as inspiration for a 5-10 minute short film. We premiere your film on the festival night. We celebrate.

We are accepting applications from November 1 – December 31. You must be a resident of South Carolina and 18 years or older, and be able to meet the stated deadlines in order to be eligible to participate. You must provide all of your own equipment and materials; Hub City Writers Project and HUB-BUB are not responsible for any production costs.

There is a small application fee of $10.

A maximum of 5 emerging and 5 experienced filmmakers will be selected to participate. We will announce our selections in January of 2014.

EMERGING FILMMAKERS have completed short video projects and have access to equipment and knowledge of use, with a desire to broaden their experience with filmmaking and the industry.

EXPERIENCED FILMMAKERS have completed at least one 5-10 minute short film, have access to equipment and knowledge of its use, and have professional film or video production aspirations or credentials.

All filmmakers are eligible for all audience and juried awards, except experienced filmmakers are not eligible for the Emerging Filmmaker Award.

Cash prizes for the following categories will be awarded on the June 14th Festival night:

Audience Favorite (Audience; $500)
Best Film (Juried; $500)
Emerging Filmmaker Award (Juried; $250)
Best Story
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Sound
Best Cinematography

Filmmaker project schedule:

Dec. 31, 2013: Registration deadline
Jan. 13, 2014: Story selection due
Jan. 25, 2014: Launch Night
May 26, 2014: Film due
Jun. 14, 2014: Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival in the David Reid Theatre in Spartanburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donate

Last year, the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival sold out three weeks prior to the day of the event. The festival had more participants and more attendees from all across the state. None of this would have been possible without an overwhelming surge of support from our community and our corporate sponsors. In our third year, we hope to continue to grow, but we’re going to need your help.

Want to help the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival have a successful third year? Here are four ways that you can get involved.

1. Become a Festival Sponsor. (Download the full Sponsorship Packet)

Festival sponsors see high visibility for their organizations via event postcards, posters, radio and media publications, and the event website and program. As a sponsor, you can expect to:

  • Have event day visibility to 1,500 festival attendees, including sponsor banners and announcements of sponsors throughout the event.
  • Market directly to a group that is creative, energetic, passionate, and values collaboration and engagement with the community.
  • Receive continued exposure to all ages and regions of South Carolina, as writers and filmmakers promote the festival in their towns.
  • Receive VIP admission benefits with each sponsor package.
  • Help promote the state’s creative class and build the reputation as a place that encourages and supports the arts.

2. Become a Friend of the Festival

Can’t be a sponsor but still want to support Expecting Goodness? It’s easy! Simply click HERE to make your tax-deductible donation. Just be sure to type Expecting Goodness or EGSFF in the Program line so we’ll know how to apply your contribution.

All Friends of the Festival will have their names printed in the festival program, will receive a “Friend of the Festival” badge to display on Facebook and Twitter, and will receive an email to purchase advance tickets one week before they go on sale to the public. Pretty cool.

3. Donate Gifts-in-Kind

For year three, we’re hoping to make Expecting Goodness even better — with more prizes and more perks for our participating artists. We like to think of Spartanburg as a place that shows generosity and hospitality to the community and to those who visit, and you can help us extend our hospitality this year.

There are hundreds of possibilities: we need to host a VIP Party, host a filmmakers reception, host an after-party, feed judges, and fill Swag Bags. If you have a product or a service you’d like to promote, contact us. We’ll figure out where to plug you in.

4. Volunteer on Festival Day

We can also use manpower. And womanpower. If you like to put in sweat equity and be at the center of the action, consider volunteering on the day of the festival…and the weeks leading up to it. We can always use more hands.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring our festival, donating a gift-in-kind, or volunteering services, please contact Emily Reach White at emily@ExpectingGoodness.com or 864.320.3081.

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Expecting Goodness, Building Community

I don’t know if you’ve heard about this little thing we’re calling the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, but you really should. What’s our mission here? COMMUNITY BUILDING. And here it is in film form.

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Two weeks ago, we had the filmmakers who registered to make a film as part of the project gather at The Showroom for the launch. Seven guys showed up to take the challenge: Porter Blackman, Andrew Doughman, Abe Duenas, Adam T. Gordon, Jason Kruczynski, Wade Sellers, and Chris White. They each picked a story from the Hub City Press collection Expecting Goodness & Other Stories: The Essential Fiction of Spartanburg. So, here’s connection number one: South Carolina filmmaker selects Spartanburg writer’s story to use as inspiration for a short film.

Over the last two weeks, the filmmakers have been living with their chosen stories, creating storyboards, writing scripts, and building their teams. Many of them have met with the writer of their story, and many of them have been scouting filming locations in the Upstate.

Then on Saturday night we invited you to Film Fan Night at The Showroom, where you could meet the filmmakers and even sign up to help them on their films. And that was connection number two: bringing the films and filmmakers to the community at the beginning. You get to witness and/or be a part of the progress of these seven films that will premiere on the big festival night of March 24. You get to vote for your favorite to win the $500 Audience Favorite Award. You get to witness the talented people of the Upstate in this, HUB-BUB’s first film festival.

I have zero experience with film–only the several videos I’ve made over the last few months for HUB-BUB and Hub City–but I’m so into this project. Our filmmakers are excited and talented, and we can’t wait for you to get to know them over the next two months. Starting in the next few days, you’ll meet each filmmaker here on the blog, starting with Andrew Doughman, who is a reporter at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal right across the street from the HUB-BUB building.

So come hang out in AiR Steve Snell’s studio with us on Saturday the 4th for the Heroic (re)Production community film workshop to act out a scene from hero movie history and learn some aspects of production. It’s free! And Steve will cut all of the scenes shot throughout the day into a video that will make everyone involved epic.