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"The Cinematic South" celebrates visions of Southern life

Big Fish movie set
Wed, 01/09/2019

Enjoy various movie visions of Southern life, from classics to contemporary favorites, with accompanying cultural activities, including music, cooking, and dancing! Beginning in February and continuing through May 2019, the Waccamaw Library will host a brand-new film series on “The Cinematic South.” The series will take place on Fridays at 2:30 p.m. in DeBordieu Auditorium at the Waccamaw Library, located at 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island. All programs are free and open to the public.

What makes the South, the South? The Cinematic South Series will provide diverse representations of Southern culture and history, balancing Hollywood versions with independent films, comedies and dramas, “outsider” views with images created within the region. Each film screened in the series will be accompanied by an activity—equal parts educational and entertaining—and the series will also connect with related programs at the Library. For instance, at the screening of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird, attendees will sample food items depicted in the film and discuss how these foods, from Lane cake to crackling bread and collards, symbolize Southern racial and class divisions. In terms of interrelated programs, in February, the screening of Tim Burton’s expressionistic film Big Fish will connect with a visit by New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Wallace, author of the novel Big Fish, as well as a performance of songs from the Broadway musical of Big Fish, and a “Storytime” with a children’s book written and illustrated by Wallace. In March, a screening of O Brother, Where Art Thou? will overlap with a presentation on the history of bluegrass music and a concert by the band Palmetto Blue, and we will show Daughters of the Dust in connection with a performance of traditional spirituals by The Plantation Singers and a session on learning how to coil a sweetgrass wreath, all as part of the Library’s celebration of Lowcountry Gullah heritage.

The schedule for the Cinematic South Series is as follows:


Friday, February 15, 2:30 pm: Big Fish: To accompany Big Fish author Daniel Wallace’s visit on February 21, Library will show director Tim Burton’s Oscar-nominated film adaptation.


Friday, March 15, 5:30 pm: Daughters of the Dust: As part of the Waccamaw Library’s celebration of Gullah heritage, which includes the performance of the Plantation Singers on Thursday, March 14 at 5:30 pm as well as David Soliday’s FOWL 1st Thursday presentation on his aerial photographs of buried rice plantations on March 7 at 10:00 am, the Library will screen director Julie Dash’s brilliant vision of Gullah Sea Islands culture.


Friday, March 29, 2:30 pm: O Brother, Where Art Thou?: In connection with the live concert by South Carolina’s best bluegrass band Palmetto Blue on Saturday, March 30 at 4:00 pm, the Library will screen the Coen Brothers’ iconic throwback comedy.


Friday, April 12, 2:30 pm: Fried Green Tomatoes: Come laugh, cry, and bond…with some delicious fried green tomatoes on the side! 


Friday, April 26, 2:30 pm: To Kill a Mockingbird: Bring your favorite food depicted in the film…Lane cake, dewberry tarts, collards, crackling bread, even “HAM”! What do these foods say about race and class divisions down South?


Friday, May 10, 2:30 pm: Forrest Gump: Trivia Night! Do you know your American history? Your Southern history? Your movie history? Come join the fun, as we look for the history behind Forrest’s stories!