Hampton Friends of the Arts, a local nonprofit known for  providing enriching experiences in the arts and humanities, will be presenting its first-ever SLICE! Short Film Festival June 24-26.

The event will present a specially curated selection of short films that share a “slice of life” in the rural south – and give the entire Lowcountry community an opportunity to experience these important short films in one of the region’s most historic theaters.

The film festival will take begin at 5 p.m. June 24 at the Palmetto Theater in Hampton County, located at 109 Lee Ave.  This first-ever local short film festival will feature works from local film students and Dr. Thaddeus Jones, as well as short films produced by adults in the community addressing various aspects of life in rural South Carolina. 

In addition, the film festival will feature a special documentary made by students in the Hanahan/North Charleston area that will leave a mark on the viewer through the voice of the Tri-County Latino community, its challenges and achievements as immigrants, and the perspective of the first and/or second-generation Latino immigrant youth.

That short film, “A Month and Some Days (Un Mes Y Dias),” will be presented at 5 p.m. June 25 at the Palmetto Theater.

The full schedule is:

June 24, 5-6 p.m. “Corridor Of Fame.” Documentary about our local arts program, created by our own local film students and Dr. Thaddeus Jones Jr. The documentary was produced in Hampton by local students with funding from S.C. Humanities.

June 24, 9-11 p.m. Adult-produced short films created and submitted by adults in the community.

June 25, 1-4 p.m. Youth short films.

June 25, 5-6:30 p.m. “A Month and Some Days (Un Mes Y Dias).” The main focus of this film is the reality of the Latino community in South Carolina and its challenges and achievements as immigrants, and to present the results from the perspective of the youth. One of the two college student filmmakers is of Latino origin and the other knows very little information about this community; therefore, it is a challenge for them both. They have chosen to center their narrative on the stories of first and/or second-generation Latino immigrant youth in the tri-county area around Charleston.

June 26, 1-3 p.m. “Meltdown In Dixie.” In the wake of the 2015 shooting at Mother Emmanuel in Charleston, a battle erupts in Orangeburg, between the Sons of Confederate Veterans and an ice cream shop owner forced to fly the Confederate flag in his parking lot. The film explores the broader role of Confederate symbolism in the 21st century. A discussion panel will follow the screening.

June 26, 3:30-5 p.m. Presentation of Festival Awards

“We are so excited about the opportunity for local folks to share their authentic experiences through these short films and hopefully challenge some old narratives about the rural South,” said Heather Bruemmer, executive director of Hampton Friends of the Arts. “The full-length documentaries we are showing all highlight life here in the Lowcountry and give a platform to underrepresented voices. We’re proud to offer these films as a component of our larger, annual Watermelon Festival.”

For more information contact Bruemmer at 803-842-9842 or hamptoncountyarts@gmail.com. For a complete schedule, visit palmettotheater.org.