11 times this week you need to be at The Market Common for the Myrtle Beach Film Festival
1) My Sweet Misery has a pre-screening Monday night at 6. The film was shot in Myrtle Beach and written, directed and produced by Myrtle Beach native Matthew Jordan. Plus, Jordan will be available to answer questions afterward.
2) Der Sandmann is showing at 6 p.m. Tuesday, and is touted as the only film to receive a perfect score from all of the judges. May be interesting to watch.
3) Film Block 2 runs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Why we like it: It’s a block of love films that people can relate to. A man has a crush on a woman who works at the local bakery; two couples discover over dinner that neither are what they pretend to be; and “6 Love Stories” — a film that is rated 9.2 stars out of 10 on IMDb and is pegged as “‘Love Actually’ meets ‘Magnolia’”
4) Film Block 4 from 2-4 p.m. Thursday. Each year, the judges seem to pick at least one serious topical film most of us can learn from. This year, check out the film “Burn Out,” which takes a look at how we, as a society, struggle with burnout and its effects.
5) Film Block 6 runs from 8-10 p.m. Thursday. Some of the films in this block deal with relationships from different generations, which tends to lend itself to good film and storytelling. Films like “Shattered,” “The Visit,” “Once Always,” “ROPEd,” and “HILDE” stood out to us.
6) Film Block 8 is scheduled from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Friday and has several films that deal with supernatural subjects. If you’re into UFOs, religious beliefs and an “ancient and angry force from within the Earth itself,” then check out this block.
7) Film Block 9 is a must see for those who like suspense. The block is from 5-7 p.m. Friday and the movie to see is “Family Possessions,” which is described as: “A young girl inherits the mansion of her estranged grandmother and moves into the house with her family. Once in the house, strange occurrences begin to happen and she soon discovers that she may have inherited more than just the house. Inspired by true events.”
8) Film Block 11 goes from noon-2 p.m. Saturday and should be checked out because of a film of local significance called “The Gullah Project.” The description: “St. Helena Island is a magical place on the South Carolina coastline. African Americans have farmed and shed here for centuries: rst as plantation slaves, then as freedmen owning small subsistence operations. It’s now one of the last farming communities on the East Coast that hasn’t been swallowed up by development. But the Gullah/Geechee traditions here are in danger.”
9) Foodies will love Film Block 12, which goes from 2:30-4:30 p.m. “The Peach Man,” “Feinkost (Fine Food),” and “New Chefs on the Block” are the three films to check out.
10) Film Block 13 features “Crab Trap,” which was produced by North Myrtle Beach native Chip White. The 25-minute film, which runs between the times of 5 and 7 p.m., is described: “Crawling back from the edge of society, Thirsty tries to prove he’s a “changed man” to his sister in order to gain access to his daughter once again.”
11) History lovers will enjoy Film Block 14, which runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. At least two movies have a history focus: “The Telegram Man,” which tells the tale of the impact of World War II in a small Australian farming community, and “Split Ticket”: In 1947, newly-minted congressmen and future presidents John F. Kennedy, age 29, and Richard Nixon, age 34, travel to Pennsylvania where they must make a fateful decision. A supernatural drama based on true events.
Our final recommendation is buy the All Access Pass. This is the one time of year where Myrtle Beach has a film festival that has a variety of short films from all over the world. The pass also gets you a barbecue dinner Wednesday night at 8:45 p.m. inside the lobby of The Grand 14, access to an open panel discussion with filmmakers Thursday from 4:15-5:15 p.m., a Friday night tasting at New South Brewery, with food by The Brass Tap, and an award ceremony Saturday night, complete with red carpet photos, and the “now world famous after party” at Co Sushi.