May the Force Be With You – All 9 Star Wars Trailers, Original Audition Footage, Music and more…The Journey comes to an end

Today has become a bit of a holiday for many as May 4, has become the heralded day to celebrate the legacy of Stars Wars and all it has brought to generations for 40 years.

Our way to celebrate is to provide you the trailers to all seven films (even the bad ones) and a few more videos to give you goosebumps

Enjoy great quotes, original audition video, openings, music and trailers.  A true gift for fans all around the world.

May the Force be with you, always

I have a good feeling about this

What was the most profitable film of all time (Based on ROI)? Here are the top 20 (#1 May Frighten You)

1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $450,000
Profit: $89,318,792

Return on Investment (ROI): 19,749%

2. THE DEVIL INSIDE (2012)

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Budget: $1,000,000
Profit: $37,316,634

Return on Investment (ROI): 3632%

3. PETER PAN (1953)

Budget: $4,000,000
Profit: $139,757,67

Return on Investment (ROI): 3394%

4. GREASE (1978)

 

Budget: $6,000,000
Profit: $184,126,016

Return on Investment (ROI): 2969%

5. GOD’S NOT DEAD (2014)

Budget: $1,150,000
Profit:?$31,357,058

Return on Investment (ROI): 2627%

6. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 (2010)

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Budget: $3,000,000
Profit:?$77,144,539

Return on Investment (ROI): 2471%

7. INSIDIOUS (2011)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $1,500,000
Profit: $34,401,198

Return on Investment (ROI): 2139%

8. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974)

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Budget: $2,800,000
Profit: $57,510,448

Return on Investment (ROI): 1954%

9. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $3,180,000
Profit:?$60,536,880

Return on Investment (ROI): 1804%

10. RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)

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Budget: $1,200,000
Profit:?$22,452,279

Return on Investment (ROI): 1771%

11. JAWS (1975)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $12,000,000
Profit: $222,629,082

Return on Investment (ROI): 1755%

12. ANNABELLE (2014)

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Budget: $6,500,000
Profit:?$98,033,662

Return on Investment (ROI): 1408%

13. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $20,000,000
Profit:?$287,924,831

Return on Investment (ROI): 1340%

14. THE KING’S SPEECH (2010)

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Budget: $15,000,000
Profit:?$196,296,922

Return on Investment (ROI): 1209%

15. MAGIC MIKE (2012)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $7,000,000
Profit:?$89,660,661

Return on Investment (ROI): 1181%

16. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS (2014)

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Budget: $12,000,000
Profit: $146,328,566

Return on Investment (ROI): 1119%

17. THE PURGE (2013)

Budget: $3,000,000
Profit: $35,920,740

Return on Investment (ROI): 1097%

18. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE (2008)

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Budget: $14,000,000
Profit: $163,354,988

Return on Investment (ROI): 1067%

19. BLACK SWAN (2010)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget: $13,000,000
Profit:?$148,130,645

Return on Investment (ROI): 1039%

20. UNFRIENDED (2015)

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Budget: $1,000,000
Profit: $11,191,847

Return on Investment (ROI): 1011%

 

Ode to Fathers – Great Songs and Film Scenes that Remind Us of the Importance of Dad

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“Hey dad, you wanna have a catch?” – Ray Kinsella? “I’d like that” – John Kinsella
Field of Dreams

The father, child relationship is built on respect, admiration, honesty and inspiration.? It is the bond of innocence and influence; the foundation of love.? This emotional connection to father has been driven home so eloquently in some great films and songs. These men are prominent and powerful forces in our lives, yet show a level of vulnerability that make us feel safe.

As an ode to father, we would like to share some of the most emotional ties to our dad’s every created on film and song.

Field of Dreams – Final Scene

The Natural – Final Scene

Leader of the Band – Dan Folgelberg

Butterfly Kisses – Bob Carlisle

My Little Girl – Tim McGraw

Dance with My Father – Luther Vandross

The Pursuit of Happyness

Return of the Jedi – Luke sees his father’s face for the first time

A River Runs Through It – Final Scene

The Champ – Final Scene

Boyz in the Hood

Life is Beautiful Final Scene

My Old Man – Zac Brown Band

My Hometown – Bruce Springsteen

“I was eight years old and running with a dime in my hand; Into the bus stop to pick up a paper for my old man; I’d sit on his lap in that big old Buick and steer as we drove through town; He’d tousle my hair and say son take a good look around”

Father and Son – Cat Stevens

Just the Two of Us – Will Smith

My Father’s Daughter – Jewel featuring Dolly Parton

Save the Date: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of “Cool Runnings with the Charleston RiverDogs and Doug E. Doug

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Media Release – CHARLESTON, S.C. – On the heels of Jamaica sending their first women’s bobsled team to this year’s winter games, the Charleston RiverDogs will highlight one of the greatest underdog stories of all-time this season. The club will go for promotional gold as they host Jamaican Bobsled Night, featuring a guest appearance by one of the stars of Cool Runnings, Doug E. Doug, on Thursday, May 3 at Joe Riley Park.

The club will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cool Runnings, the story of Jamaica’s first bobsled team to qualify for the Olympic Games, highlighted by a guest appearance by the actor and comedian who starred as Sanka Coffie in the 1993 Disney hit film.

“I can’t believe we get to do a night about Cool Runnings,” said RiverDogs Director of Promotions Nate Kurant. “I’m looking forward to meeting Doug and breaking down the film line-for-line; the fans might even have a few minutes to meet with him, too.”

Adding to the fun, the RiverDogs will wear specialty Jamaica-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off during the game, allowing fans to go home with a unique souvenir from the night.

The evening’s festivities will feature a bobsled photo opportunity and meet and greet with Doug, along with push cart races, Olympic trivia, and medals awarded to the top competitors of the night.

It’s also a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday featuring dollar beers in the Ashley View Pub as DJ Natty Heavy spins tunes, featuring inspiration from the Caribbean. Don’t miss out on “Sanka Iced Coffee” drink specials to cool off during the game.

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South Carolina Film Commission Offers a Beautiful Visionary Reel of the History of Film in South Carolina

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South Carolina has offered a beautiful background for many critically acclaimed independent and major film releases.? With its endless skylines, majestic mountains, bold horizons and restored historic geography, South Carolina has been a seamless supporting actor in so many of our favorite films from “The Notebook”, to “The Patriot” to “Cold Mountain” and more.

  • Did you know “The Abyss” was filmed in Gaffney, South Carolina?
  • Did you know “Sleeping with the Enemy” was filmed in 3 South Carolina cities?
  • “Cold Mountain” offers scenes of Edisto Beach and Moncks Corner….and so much more you will learn.

The South Carolina Film Commission has put together this timeless fourteen minute reel outlining some of the great cinema filmed in our great state.

This video will bring back personal memories and you may even shed a tear.

Make some popcorn, pour a nice glass of wine and enjoy this celebration of film in South Carolina.

100 Best Comedies of All Time – 2017 BBC Culture Survey

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Here is the Deal:? BBC decided to get serious about movies.? They asked 253 film critics – 118 women and 135 men – from 52 countries and six continents a simple: “What do you think are the 10 best comedies of all time?”

Here are the result….The Top 100 (Some ties) funniest movies ever made…

Drum roll please…..

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)
100. The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
99. The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)
98. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
97. The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)
96. Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)
95. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
94. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
93. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
92. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bu?uel, 1962)
91. What’s Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
90. A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
89. Daisies (Vera Chytilová, 1966)
88. Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
87. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
86. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
85. Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)
84. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
83. Safety Last! (Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923)
82. Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1984)
81. There’s Something About Mary (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998)
80. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
79. The Dinner Game (Francis Veber, 1998)
78. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
77. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
76. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
75. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
74. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
73. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
72. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)
71. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
70. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
69. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)
68. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
67. Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)
66. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
65. Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)
64. Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008)
63. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
62. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)
61. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
60. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
59. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
58. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
57. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)
56. Broadcast News (James L Brooks, 1987)
55. Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)
54. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
53. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
52. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
51. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)
50. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988)
49. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Bu?uel, 1972)
48. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)
47. Animal House (John Landis, 1978)
46. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
45. Big Deal on Madonna Street (Mario Monicelli, 1958)
44. Bridesmaids (Paul Feig, 2011)
43. M*A*S*H (Robert Altman, 1970)
42. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)
41. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (Larry Charles, 2006)
40. The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967)
39. A Night at the Opera (Sam Wood and Edmund Goulding, 1935)
38. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
37. Sullivan’s Travels (Preston Sturges, 1941)
36. A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton and John Cleese, 1988)
35. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
34. Clueless (Amy Heckerling, 1995)
33. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (Adam McKay, 2004)
32. Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
31. Tootsie (Sydney Pollack, 1982)
30. Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)
29. When Harry Met Sally… (Rob Reiner, 1989)
28. It Happened One Night (Frank Capra, 1934)
27. The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
26. Mon Oncle (Jacques Tati, 1958)
25. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
24. Withnail and I (Bruce Robinson, 1987)
23. The Party (Blake Edwards, 1968)
22. Young Frankenstein (Mel Brooks, 1974)
21. City Lights (Charlie Chaplin, 1931)
20. Blazing Saddles (Mel Brooks, 1974)
19. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)
18. Sherlock Jr (Buster Keaton, 1924)
17. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)
16. The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin, 1940)
15. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, 1975)
14. His Girl Friday (Howard Hawks, 1940)
13. To Be or Not To Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
12. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936)
11. The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
10. The General (Clyde Bruckman and Buster Keaton, 1926)
9. This Is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
8. Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)
7. Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1980)
6. Life of Brian (Terry Jones, 1979)
5. Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
4. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
3. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977)
2. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
1. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)

Provided by BBC.com

Top 100 Movies of the 21st Century

BBC reached out to reviewers and critics around the world to compile a list of the Top 100 Greatest Movies of the 21st Century.? Now 17 years in, here are what critics believed to be the future classics.

BBC received responses from 177 – from every continent except Antarctica. Some are newspaper or magazine reviewers, others write primarily for websites; academics and cinema curators are well-represented too. For the purposes of this poll we have decided that a list of the greatest films of the 21st Century starting with 2000 to present.

We believe that the new classics on this list are destined to become old classics. Whether or not that happens is ultimately up to you, the moviegoers. But one thing is certain: cinema isn’t dying, it’s evolving.

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Pawe? Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. ?Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

Top Ten Teen Movies Focused on Teen Themed Issues and Topics

By Mark A. Leon

There are so many movies that have taken on teen issues.? Many have succeeded, while others failed.? Some are wrought in drama, while others have found a following in its raw campy humor.? We have looked at and determined our top ten list based on films that truly have left its mark on teen life and cinema.? Each of these films has led to a cult following that has continued over the years and we feel they truly have and continue to make an impact.

These films tackle issues of depression, popularity, suicide, homosexuality, future, sex, gangs, ambition, cliches, love, partying and friendship.? What makes these films so special is that they penetrate us so well.

Even as we get older, these films teach us life lessons.? Take a journey back with us and be prepared to get nostalgic as you pop a few back in your head and stream them later.

With any list, some get left out and we do not want to lose out on some truly memorable films.? On our honorable mention list we have “American Pie”, “Footloose”, “She’s All That”, “10 Things I Hate About You”, “Rebel Without a Cause”, “Sixteen Candles”, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, “Clueless”, “Juno” and “Pretty in Pink”

As we begin the top 10, we want to thank Cameron Crowe, Richard Linklater, Seth Rogen, John Hughes, Stephen Chbosky, Francis Ford Coppola, Alan Parker and James Ponsoldt for bringing magic to the silver screen and reminding us of how vital our teenage years are.

10.? Superbad

  1. Heathers (1988)

  1. The Outsiders (1983)

  1. Say Anything (1989)

  1. Fame (1980)

  1. Breakfast Club (1985)

  1. Dazed and Confused (1993)

  1. Pump Up the Volume (1990)

  1. Spectacular Now (2013)

  1. Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

We hope you enjoyed the list and it brought back a few fond memories.

The Importance of Carrie Fisher

By Mark A. Leon

Just a few minutes after I heard the devastating news of the passing of Carrie Fisher, I began a long drive from Raleigh back home.? On Interstate 540, I saw a sign that said New Hope Road.? I smiled.? Often, we are given signs, some of them obvious, while others subtle, that remind us that there is good in a moment of tragedy.

In the final scene of the latest Star Wars Release ‘Rogue One’ we are blessed with a ghostly image of a young Princess Leia.? Perhaps foreshadowing that she would soon be looking down upon us from up above and we would want to remember her in the fondest way possible with her whole life in front of her.

At 21, Carrie Fisher was a global icon as popular as Muhammad Ali, Rocky Balboa and Elvis Presley.? Yet, she maintained the added burden of being a role model to young girls and women around the world.? As am empowered woman, fulfilling every girl’s childhood dream of being a princess, she embodied every little girl’s wish.? Powerful, confident, beautiful and caring.? Her smile, hidden vulnerability and strength made her a figurehead for the modern woman.? From figurine to posters, hair styles to sexuality, Leia ruled the galaxy the way she wanted to.

Yet, beneath the character, Carrie Fisher battled her own demons, including bipolar and depression attributes.? Like her character of Leia, she fought hard and overcame extreme adversity.? As a writer, actress and advocate, she shared her story and her message over the years.

As the sun set on the passing of another iconic celebrity, millions of us were transported back to our childhood, like a time machine on a mission.? Back to our figurines, cards, calendars, light sabers and journals.

While listening to the radio on my drive, callers would share their stories about the impact Carrie Fisher and Star Wars had and the message was always the same; fondness and family.

Her influence on her fans and women around the world cannot be measured.? For almost 40 years, Princess then General Leia continued to shine on the big screen.? In between, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher tried to create a life of normalcy, but as you can read in ‘Postcards from the Edge’, it wasn’t always easy.? She always showed up with a smile and a vision of hope.

Carrie Fisher will be desperately missed, but always remembered every time we hear John Williams anthem.

As my brother said so eloquently last evening, “Star Wars was my childhood”.? As part of that ensemble, Carrie Fisher will be remembered, by most of us, as a key part of our lives during a time of innocence and imagination.

A Day at the Charleston International Film Festival: A Look back

By Mary Kiser

The Charleston Music Hall served as a venue to the 9th annual season of the Charleston International Film Festival. The total sixty-five films were separated into blocks throughout Nov. 2nd-6th, but any information about the shorts, features, and documentaries are on the website. That Saturday’s Block 5 showed seven pictures that ran for ninety minutes, and after the curtain call, people rose from their chairs, stretched their limbs, and wandered into the nooks and crannies of Downtown Charleston. Before dessert, I met with a couple directors to learn about their setbacks, achievements, and inspirations.

Test Drive (2 minutes)

American Director Jim Ford based this piece on the principle of authenticity. His visceral representation of a salesman and his client crashed together the fast and the humorous. Stuntman John Vincent Mason drove his vehicle into disaster before announcing, “I’ll take it!” to the stunned onlooker. While this film is shorter than a bathroom break, location derailed Ford for six months. Liability from the wreck generated opposition, and scouts scrambled for locality. A sexagenarian offered her Massachusetts farm in exchange for one bottle of Malibu, and her thirst for rum saved this production from a blowout. Test Drive is not caged, cut, or edited, and the stripped scenes leave the piece with more than just a broken fender captured on-camera. This short is a protest against the humdrum, and Ford and Mason will collide again for the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster Live by Night. Mason doubled as actor Jake Gyllenhaal in certain clips, and Ford offered his services as a seasoned director with over a decade of exposure. Watch the trailer to learn more about this illicit drama.

Barry (10 minutes)

American Director Matthew Graves killed the production with his short about requited love. A man awoke from life to find himself dead underground. His only accompanied treasure is a golden locket with a picture of his wife on the inside. Mimicking a nervous twitch, he gazed at her face every time he heard noises from above. The continuous rumbling startled this man until he lost his possession to an inconvenient hole in his coffin. With only stale air and a blue bottle, he almost unraveled. The clamor grew louder and louder until a random hand broke through dirt and decay to find his. Her palm revealed a golden locket with his picture on the inside, and the man sighed with relief. He gripped his wife’s hand, and they both rested in eternity. Graves and his crew completed the film inside a college dorm within a time limit of two days. He channeled his fascinations with movies like Halloween, entertainment studios like Pixar, and legends like Tim Burton to reel a twist on the quintessential cliché, “Love conquers all.”

The Charleston International Film Festival stemmed from co-founders Summer and Brian Peacher. They moved from Los Angeles, California, to Charleston, South Carolina, because her husband’s hometown resembles a miniature New York City. The thought of fried okra, sweet tea, walking tours, and performing arts are mouthwatering enough, and the Charleston International Film Festival always has a seat for the unconventional Charlestonian. Unlike Redbox movies and mainstream media, this non-profit organization encourages the eccentric, embraces the weird and disavows tradition. Inside the auditorium, viewers can feel the homey vibe. Even though there are opportunities to meet renowned directors and staff, the intimate atmosphere mirrors the warmth of home videos versus the seclusion of empty, isolated picture palaces.