Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is … Charleston, land of dreams. And it certainly is for the slew of filmmakers bringing their dreams to life this week at Charleston’s International Film Festival (CIFF).

The four-day film fest, held April 8 – 11 at the American Theater, is a cinephile’s delight showcasing 60 films, mainly shorts with a few features sprinkled throughout.

Opening night highlights include the world premiere of The 5th Quarter starring Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell, directed by Rick Bieber, and the documentary Haunted Charleston.

Look out for local actor and big personality Daniel Jones who has two films spotlighted in this year’s festival, Dust and Patrol, which run Friday and Saturday, respectively. Patrol is getting widespread attention with a spot at Sundance and most recently in Los Angeles at AFI’s Conservatory Spotlight 2010 showcase.

Celebrity Fashion at HampdenJones has lived in Summerville for the past 15 years following his 22 years of service in the Coast Guard. He says he’s slopped pigs and worked cotton fields in Arkansas, sailed all over the world and played bass guitar since he was 13. When faced with retirement he decided to follow his dreams and pursue a career in the film industry. Acting just came naturally.

“Writer/director John Patton Ford and I both started out in S.C. and we’ve made a film that’s gotten to LA (Patrol) and is getting in all the festivals,” says Jones. “The film came from us sitting on the front porch drinking and telling stories. It’s a great homecoming to be in Charleston at the prestigious CIFF with all your friends and family.”

For those of you less into movie-watching and more into celeb-spotting, fear not. Word is Maureen “Marcia Brady” McCormick and Michael Cummings will be schmoozing at the fest Thursday night, and Friday brings to Charleston T.J. Thyne who plays Dr. Jack Hodgins on the TV series Bones.

Each night brings with it a different festival after party (locales include: Chai’s, Shine and Pantheon). Better know someone to get on the list or better yet, purchase an all-access festival pass. Festival producers tell CHARLIE to expect a sexy, edgy good time, with a little swank. Sign us up!

Go Hollywood. Leave a comment, Tweet this or share this on Facebook and you’ll be entered to win 2 tickets to CIFF! We’ll randomly select FIVE winners from all participants at 8pm on Wednesday.

For full 2010 CIFF schedule of events and ticket information visit CharlestonIFF.com.

Story by: Claire Gibbons

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