Don't Miss the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, June 14

June 11, 2014 at 9:03 am

HUB-BUB and the University of South Carolina Upstate present the third annual Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival, sponsored by Contec Inc.

The film festival will take place Saturday, June 14 at the Chapman Cultural Center Theater at 200 East St. John Street in Spartanburg.

This festival is the only one of its kind in the world, pairing acclaimed short stories by South Carolina authors with regional filmmakers who adapt the stories into short films. This year’s festival includes stories written by authors Ron Rash, Brett Lott, George Singleton, Pam Durban, and many more.

USC Upstate has a strong relationship with the festival. Associate professor of English Peter Caster is organizing the festival this year, and stories by English faculty Tom McConnell and Brock Adams have been adapted as film entries. USC Upstate graduates Cedric Barber, Dan Fowler, Madelaine Hoptry, and Daljit Kalsi all have entries in this year’s festival. USC Upstate Media Services has contributed extensively, and Aaron Pate, digital media designer, serves as technical director for the festival.

The judges for the festival are actress Celia Weston, film critic Michael Dunaway, and writer Scott Gould. We are especially delighted to welcome New York actress and Spartanburg native Celia Weston. Nominated for a Tony award for Best Actress, Weston is well-known on the screen from the films Dead Man Walking, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Far From Heaven, Junebug, and many more.

Tickets for the Expecting Goodness Short Film Festival can be purchased at the Chapman Cultural Center box office, by phone at (864) 542-2787, or online by clicking “Purchase Tickets” at

The Premiere Awards Screening is at 7 p.m., and tickets are $20. The Matinee Judges’ Screening is at noon, and tickets are $10. The Indie Grants works-in-progress films will screen at 4 p.m., and admission is free.

For more information about the festival, visit or contact Peter Caster at (864) 503-5677.

Other sponsors include Unified AV, the Spartanburg Film Commission, and members of the larger upstate community. This program is funded in part by The Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg, its donors, the County and City of Spartanburg and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.