Wherefrom Art?

Added on by Chris WHITE.

CINEMA PURGATORIO was shot over thirteen consecutive days across the state of South Carolina: Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.

I'd like to shoot in each of South Carolina's 46 counties eventually:

  1. Abbeville \ The young Julia Roberts' small town thriller SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (1991) was shot in and around Abbeville county.
  2. Aiken \ When Em and I were crowd-funding our second feature film, we shot this quick promo at Monetta’s “Big Mo” drive-in movie theater.
  3. Allendale \ Cooterfest means turtle race. Happens every May.
  4. Anderson \ Oh you Grits & Groceries in Belton! What a find! AND: men's bathroom adorned with circa 1991 THE DARK BACKWARD “Blumps” ad art!
  5. Bamberg \ I get all romantic about the winding dark, not-of-this-world waters of the Edisto River.
  6. Barnwell \ Rivers Bridge State Historic Site in Ehrhardt would be a great place to shoot a Civil War film…with legions of reenactors at the ready!
  7. Beaufort \ Daufuskie Island, made famous in Pat Conroy’s novel “The Water Is Wide,” would require transporting cast and crew to the location by boat...also known as the “coolest way to set ever.”
  8. Berkeley \ As a kid, the town of Moncks Corner sounded so promising…like there might be a circus there with trained chimps. No confirmation yet, but I still hold out hope.
  9. Calhoun \ Highly-esteemed character actor Clarence Felder hails from St. Matthews. Which means you aspiring young actors should be drinking Calhoun County water.
  10. Charleston. We shot over half of CINEMA PURGATORIO in Charleston. But one location we didn’t shoot in…a place that may be the coolest place in the state of South Carolina, merits a return visit: The Belmont.
  11. Cherokee \ A filmmaker pal, Abe Duenas, recently gave me a tour of Gaffney’s last downtown picture house, The Capri.
  12. Chester \ The story of Thomas and Meeks Griffin, prominent African-American farmers wrongly accused of murder and put to death in 1915 should be made into a film.
  13. Chesterfield \ Cheraw, birthplace of jazz innovator Dizzy Gillespie, inspires creativity in us, too. Historic Town Hall is the architectural highlight.
  14. Clarendon \ Clarendon County’s “Swamp Fox Murals Trail Society” presents local Revolutionary War history like you’ve never seen it before.
  15. Colleton \ It would be fun to collaborate with Walterboro’s South Carolina Artisan’s Center on folk art-inspired art direction for a film.
  16. Darlington \ September of 2000 found me in Hartsville working as an actor on an improvised, found-footage horror film written and directed by my friend Joe Hall, BEHIND THE DOOR.
  17. Dillon \ Legendary roadside attraction South of the Border was where we shot TAKEN IN…in a scant five days. I still like to think of the film, dubbed in French or Russian...a story from another time and place. But made in South Carolina USA.
  18. Dorchester \ St. George is where the World Grits Festival is held every April…featuring an event where adults roll around in grits.
  19. Edgefield \ 1941. Sue Logue was a school teacher and farmer's wife. After her neighbor murdered her husband, Sue hired a hitman to kill him. Unfortunately for her, the hitman confessed. Thus, Sue became the first woman to die in South Carolina’s electric chair.
  20. Fairfield \ Ridgeway…home of the world’s smallest police station!
  21. Florence \ Frances Marion University’s Performing Arts Center is a pretty amazing venue…definitely a place to four-wall a film.
  22. Georgetown \ I’ve always been a big fan of old, South Carolina movie theaters. Georgetown’s Strand Cinema may be the best.
  23. Greenville \ I wrote, directed, and acted in the short film GOOD LIFE with my daughter Harriet (who returns as my daughter in CINEMA PURGATORIO) at Ristorante Bergamo.
  24. Greenwood \ The folks with Uptown Greenwood are doing amazing things. Greenwood is where the next great local arts scene in South Carolina will happen.
  25. Hampton \ Wiggins & Sons Hardware in Estill looks incredible. In fact, the entire downtown area would be great for a mid-20th century-set film.
  26. Horry \ The old, Americana vacation look of Myrtle Beach is long gone. In its place, Branson-like attractions, golf courses, and outlet malls. Shooting is better in nearby Conway…especially the marshy outlying areas.
  27. Jasper \ Ridgeland’s “Alley of Live Oaks” is magical.
  28. Kershaw \ The “Carolina Cup” at Camden’s Springdale Race Course is the state's premier social and equestrian event.
  29. Lancaster \ Hometown of Mary Beth Smith.
  30. Laurens \ The Octagon House (aka Zelotes Holmes House) is a historic, eight-sided home located on East Main Street in the town of Laurens.
  31. Lee \ Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden is a stunning location for a film. I am so eager to shoot here…it always comes up as a location when we talk about a new film.
  32. Lexington \ I shot the first scene of my first film (ED THE MOVIE) on the Harbison walking/cycling pathways.
  33. Marion \ The Marion Historic District looks great and the people there are open and helpful to film folks. The county’s two-lane highways are stunners.
  34. Marlboro \ Hometown of Aziz Ansari (Bennettsville).
  35. McCormick \ Little River Blueway is an outdoor adventure area located within the Sumter National Forest where Little River and Lake Thurmond meet.
  36. Newberry \ I’d love to see CINEMA PURGATORIO play at the historic Newberry Opera House this summer.
  37. Oconee \ Walhalla…because it’d be fun to see this town name on a call sheet.
  38. Orangeburg \ With so many colleges in Orangeburg County, it would be tempting to go there for modern, institutional-style buildings. But I like Orangeburg for the breathtaking Edisto Memorial Gardens, home of the annual South Carolina Rose Festival.
  39. Pickens \ Pendleton fills in for World War II-era Poland in our short film DOBRA OJCA, which was shot entirely on the property of Rocky Retreat Bed & Breakfast. (We also shot a scene for CINEMA PURGATORIO nearby.)
  40. Richland \ CINEMA PURGATORIO was shot at South Carolina’s premier independent cinema, located on Main Street in Columbia: the Nickelodeon.
  41. Saluda \ The Saluda County Museum (and adjoining theater) looks to be worth a visit.
  42. Spartanburg \ Our 2012 feature, GET BETTER used Landrum High School for interiors and exteriors (football stadium). The people there were very generous with us and the results in the film are amazing.
  43. Sumter \ Newberry County’s got a restored, turn of the last century opera house, but I like how Sumter’s sits right up on North Main Street. Both are terrific, small town restorations.
  44. Union \ Nicholson Mansion looks like it’s in Great Britian...ideal for a house-set ensemble film.
  45. Williamsburg \ I want to shoot a film where the entire cast and crew arrives at the location via train. And specifically, the Kingstree Amtrak Station.
  46. York \ Downtown York is home to the vintage Sylvia Theater, a live performance venue with a backstage history worthy of its own film.

True be told, Emily and I are thrilled to be living and working in the Palmetto State. We are inspired by the state’s physical beauty, it’s achingly beautiful history, and it’s unfailing support for art-makers…filmmakers in particular.