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Film footage documenting the controversial May nude photo shoot at the Angel Oak will be screened Thursday night during a fundraiser at the Terrace Theatre on James Island.

The footage is part of "Out on a Limb," a larger documentary on California-based photographer Jack Gescheidt's TreeSpirit Project, a collection of photographs featuring naked humans posing vulnerably around trees to call attention to their importance.

Some 25 people disrobed and huddled around the Angel Oak during the May 14 shoot to raise concerns about a developer's plans to build apartments and shops on land adjacent to the small Johns Island park. The event agitated the park's staff and drew a large police response, though no one was arrested. The Photo Gallery (at left) included with this story is from that photo shoot in May.

Gescheidt, his subjects and local conservationists will be on hand for the 6:30 p.m. screening, dubbed "Charleston's Angels," at the Terrace, 1956 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Call 762-4247 for more information.