Local briefs

Duane Parrish

The event features Freedom Summer participants, civil rights activists and historians who will form a panel to discuss events of the last 50 years. Panelists include Dave Dennis, a field secretary for CORE and co-director of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), established to help coordinate the 1964 summer voting registration effort in Mississippi; Mark Levy, a project coordinator in Mississippi in 1964 and 1965; William Sturkey, a historian with a research focus on race in the American South; and Benjamin Hedin, a writer and editor, and author of “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now,” to be published next month by City Lights Books.

The Carolina Film Alliance (CFA) will host an informational meeting 6-8 p.m. Thursday, at Crowne Plaza hotel, 4831 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston. The purpose of the meeting is to address two state provisos that could adversely affect the funds provided by the 2013 S.C. Motion Picture Incentive Act.

One proviso prevents leftover funds from rolling over from one fiscal year to the next; another adds digital animation film production to the list of qualifying film projects. Critics say these provisos diminish the available pool of resources and create a disincentive that can result in loss of business for the state.

Duane Parrish, director of the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, which oversees the state film commission, will attend the event and offer information and suggestions. Legislators and other public officials have been invited.

The gathering is organized by Amy Heath, director of tourism for The City of North Charleston. Mayor Keith Summey is scheduled to attend.

A cash bar will be available; complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. CFA memberships will be accepted at the gathering. For more information on the law and provisos, as well as CFA memberships, please visit www.carolinafilm.com. To attend the meeting, RSVP at Carolina Film Alliance’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CarolinaFilmAlliance.

The Holy City Poetry Slam, hosted by Marcus Amaker, is set for 8 p.m. Friday at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St.

Joining Amaker on stage will be Matthew Foley, as well as students from the Holy City Youth Slam.

The event will feature readings and a poetry slam that has a grand prize of $300. Foley and Amaker will also take the stage to read original works.

Many poets from the area have performed at regional and national poetry slams.

Foley teaches english and creative writing at the Charleston Charter School for Math & Science. He co-hosts The Unspoken Word poetry series and is releasing his first poetry album, “What You Will Need in Class Today.”

Amaker is a local poet, graphic designer, videographer and web designer who has worked with many Charleston-based arts organizations. He has published five books and several recordings. His latest CD, “The New Foundation,” is a collaboration with local drummer Quentin E. Baxter.

Tickets for the poetry slam are $5 in advance and can be purchased at charlestonmusichall.com.

To find out more about the local poetry scene, visit The Poetry Society at www.poetrysocietysc.org, LILA at lilaconnects.com and The Holy City Youth Slam at holycityyouthslam.com.

— Adam Parker