A film crew recently set up at Charleston's NotSo Hostel on Spring Street, using it as the main attraction for its pitch to networks for a new television series.

Columbia-based filmmaker Aaron Blomberg said he shot a short "sizzle reel" for a show he calls "Hostel Hunters." The show, if picked up, would focus on local history and emerging tourism trends.

Local filming sets up an episode that would spotlight beer micro-breweries, with a stop at Coast Brewing Co. at the Navy Yard in North Charleston as well as Waterfront Park, the Battery and Hominy Grill.

Blomberg said a few networks showed interest early on in the project and now must decide if they want a full-length pilot. The show would take three hosts through established tourists destinations in the United States and the United Kingdom with $500 to cover all their expenses for a week.

The Notso Hostel recently expanded with a five-room annex a few blocks away on Cannon Street. Completely renovated, the extra space includes upstairs bamboo flooring and private parking.

Blomberg spent July 24 at the NotSo Hostel and around Charleston. "I swear it was the hottest day of the year."

Blockade walkers

From now until Dec. 19, Black Cat Tours will offer a free Confederate Charleston walking tour to recognize the 150th anniversary of South Carolina's secession from the Union.

Tour highlights include the history of the first shots of the war fired at Fort Sumter, the Union blockade and the sinking of the Confederate submarine Hunley. Guide Mark Jones will illustrate the walk with archival photos.

The tour runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. It leaves from Market Hall at 188 Meeting St.

Reservations required. Go to www.BlackCatTours.com for more information.

Reach Allyson Bird at 937-5594 or abird@postandcourier.com.