Film festival announces screenplay winner

The Charleston International Film Festival announced the winner of its first screenplay competition, part of its new Script-to-Screen Education Initiative.

Megan Montgomery of Goose Greek High School won with her screenplay "Turpentine Nails." Montgomery was among about 150 participants in the competition that included students from Goose Creek, Wando and Academic Magnet high schools. The initiative was part of the film festival's education outreach programming.

Montgomery's screenplay, which focuses on conflicts in a young girl's life, will be made into a short film and premiered at the festival, scheduled for April 9-13.

Participating students worked with screenwriter Margaret Ford Rogers and film festival founder Summer Peacher to learn the craft of screenwriting, then created original scripts during three workshop sessions. A finalist was selected from each of the three participating high schools, and Montgomery's screenplay was chosen as the overall winner.

For more information about the festival and its programming, visit

South of Broadway to hold final auditions

South of Broadway Theatre Company is holding its last auditions for the 2014 Summer in New York City, open to actors, singers and dancers 13 years old and up.

The auditions are 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, at South of Broadway, 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston. Each audition is limited to 5 minutes, and participants must bring a completed registration form and $25 fee.

Summer in New York City is a performing arts camp June 8-28 at The Juilliard School. Participants work with teachers, artists, directors and agents, attend performances and workshops and more.

For audition requirements, registration forms, tuition and fee information and more, go to

Exhibit to open at Edisto Island Museum

The Edisto Island Museum will host the works of Seattle artist Louise Britton in March, April and May.

Britton has roots on Edisto that go back seven generations, and her landscape paintings are heavily influenced by the Lowcountry's atmospheric marshes and estuaries. She visits Edisto twice a year for extended stays in the small house on her family's land on Frampton Creek.

Britton's earliest art teachers were her mother and her grandmother, both accomplished artists. Her grandmother, Faith Murray, has paintings in the collection of the Gibbes Museum of Art.

The museum, at 8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday from March through October.

For more information, visit For more about the artist, go to

Halsey to offer curator walkthrough

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, 161 Calhoun St., will host a free curator walkthrough of its current double exhibition, "Above the Fold" and "Business as Usual," at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The exhibition features works by Jody Zellen and Bob Trotman.

Zellen presents abstract, nameless human figures navigating a complex and often violent world. To do so, she used a year's worth of The New York Times' "World News" web content.

Trotman makes sculpture that addresses concerns about the corporate world.

Larger-than-life figures, cloaked in the uniforms of power, are suffused with dread, desperation and melancholy.

The show runs through March 8, and will be followed by "Young Contemporaries," April 4-May 3, featuring art by current College of Charleston students.

Staff reports