Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Hub City presents film festival

Posted 3/27/2013 4:16:00 PM

Everyone knows about South Carolina’s beautiful beaches, warm hospitality, and out-of-this-world cuisine, but what I want the world to know is that the Palmetto State is one of the most creative in the Union. The state is full of trained and unusual storytellers, from writers to filmmakers to visual artists. Art might be everywhere, but in South Carolina it’s in the humid air that fills our lungs every second.

I’ve been following the work of the Hub City Writers Project for a while now. The non-profit organization is working feverishly to create a statewide conversation about what it takes to build a community that supports and nurtures writing talent. From opening a successful independent bookstore in an age where that might seem impossible to providing fellowships and scholarships to emerging writers, the group has made significant steps toward making South Carolina a creative state.

Hub City Writers Project has teamed up with its sister program, HUB-BUB, a venue for Spartanburg’s creative culture, in the 2013 Expecting Goodness Film Festival. Now in its second year, this short film festival took place last week at the David Reid Theatre in Spartanburg. Dubbed a “writer’s film festival,” the project involves Upstate filmmakers selecting a story from the Hub City Press book “Expecting Goodness.” The filmmakers then used their selected stories as inspiration for a short film. Over the past four months the filmmakers, writers, and specialists of the industry participated in community gatherings, workshops and lectures to galvanize local excitement about the writing and filmmaking.

The Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival is sure to be a lasting event as it continues to showcase the immense stockpile of the creativity and culture that South Carolina holds. For more information about the project and event, please visit