USCB Center for the Arts is the only place to see indie films in Beaufort, SC. We have selected a wide range of movies from comedies, dramas, documentaries, and more. These movies have world wide acclaim and are award winners in numerous film festivals.
What exactly are indie films otherwise termed independent films? “The definition of what constitutes an independent film, or indie film, still needs to be clarified, although it usually means a film made outside of the established studio system, also known as the ‘mainstream’ professional circuit... Independent films, often with unconventional plots and characters…is in many ways the Holy Grail in the film business - something most everyone who makes movies strives for but can never quite attain. To be independent in the film business denotes a freedom from something whether the vicissitudes of the commercial market or the matrix of companies that dominate the production and distribution of motion pictures in America.” --Cine Collage Production
Days and Nights
Monday, October 20th
A writer/director Christian Camargo’s directorial debut, inspired by Anton Chekhov’s "The Seagull" and set in rural New England in the 1980s, the film centers around Elizabeth, a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend. The household includes her ailing brother, her artist son, his ethereal muse, the family doctor and the estate’s custodian, the careless caretaker and his wife, their temperamental daughter and her long suffering ornithologist husband — the keeper of the sacred land where a bald eagle is trying to raise its young. During the weekend a disastrous turn of events leads the family from dysfunction to heartbreak and, ultimately, salvation.
Love Is Strange
Monday, October 27th
After nearly four decades together, Ben and George finally tie the knot in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and – victims of the relentless New York City real estate market – temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops who live downstairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew, his wife, and their temperamental teenage son, with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.
Listen Up Philip
Monday, November 3rd
Official Selection of 2014 New York Film Festival.
A complex, intimate, and highly idiosyncratic comedy, this film is a literary look at the triumph of reality over the human spirit. Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his indifference to promoting his own work. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject — himself.
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Last Days In Vietnam
Monday, November 10th
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
Monday, November 17th
Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).
A Merry Friggin' Christmas
Monday, November 24th
The film follows Boyd Mitchler and his wife Luann, as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
"Classically, an independent film was one that was made outside of the conventional studio system, be that Hollywood, Bollywood or Pinewood. But with the rise of the 'independent' labels of the major studios, such as Fox Searchlight and Paramount Vantage, that distinction is pretty much moot...I’d argue that the term 'independent film' should be reserved for talking about the movie itself, rather than how it was financed. There’s a reason the word 'independence' so often shows up in proximity to 'revolution' — a shared spirit of frustration, anarchy ... From their conception, independent films aren’t just made outside of the studio system. They are made in opposition to the studio system, with its relentless need to round off the corners and soften the blows. And in standing against the status quo, independent films help to change it." -Screenwriter/Director John August.