Doko film festival seeking volunteers

BLYTHEWOOD – Blythewood filmmaker Ray Smith is conducting an informational meeting at the Blythewood Library for those interested in the upcoming Doko Film Festival. Smith will talk about the festival and volunteer opportunities. The meeting is set for March 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The Festival is set for April 26 and 27 and is dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of young filmmakers in South Carolina and beyond. Tickets range from $5 – $20 and can be purchased at www.dokofilmfest.com.

The first night of the festival will be held at Doko Manor on April 26, from 7 – 9:30 p.m., featuring a reception for Blythewood native and Oscar winner Michelle Eisenreich, who will also help judge the film submissions. A silent auction will include a knife signed by James Jude Courtney aka Michael Myers of Halloween, along with jazz music, drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

The second full day of the festival will be held at Westwood High School from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., featuring screenings of selected films made entirely by high schoolers. Throughout the day, there will be master classes held by Eisenreich and other video professionals on tips and tricks needed to produce a winning and engaging film.

There will also be representatives from the University of South Carolina and Savannah College of Art and Design discussing the two schools’ media arts and film courses.

Awards in various categories will be presented at the end of the day as well as Best in Show.

From 6 – 9 p.m., that evening, there will be a concert in the park behind Doko Manor.

Tickets range from $5 – $20 and can be purchased at www.dokofilmfest.com.

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