Friday Fiver: Summer and Brian Peacher

CHSIFF Slide 2015If you’re a fan of movies, Brian and Summer Peacher have you covered. The dynamic duo hosted the inaugural Charleston International Film Festival in 2008, and it has grown and expanded each year. This year’s festival is Nov. 4-8, and is slam packed with a wide array for cinephiles. But it’s not just watching movies — the CIFF also hosts workshops and seminars (even one on drone filming). To learn more about the Charleston International Film Festival, visit And, if you purchase an Arts Alliance Arts Matter Card (proceeds go to the Lowcountry Arts Fund that benefits area art non-profits such as CIFF), you will receive buy one get one free tickets at the CIFF (excluding opening and closing nights). To purchase an Arts Matter Card, visit

We hope you get to know the CIFF, and in the meantime, we sat down with the Peachers for our Friday Fiver so you can get to know them better.

The Charleston International Film Festival is now in its 8th year. How has it changed since the first Festival?

SUMMER: That’s tough – it has gotten better each year in so many ways: more high quality films from a variety of more countries (this year we have films from 12 countries), great informative industry workshops, fun networking events, stronger team and greater attendance.

BRIAN: The scope and size of the organization has grown. It started out Summer and I organizing things from the West coast. Now we live here and there’s a Board, Task Force, Screening Committee, and tons of kind Volunteers. Being a non-profit organization, it’s the people that are the strength of the organization and Brian and Summer Peachermake it successful.

What would you tell an aspiring filmmaker who would want to be in next year’s Festival?

SUMMER: Be smart on what film you choose to make, play into your strengths and start with a short.  Do something that makes you feel good, something that you can be proud about at the end of the day. Give it everything you got!

BRIAN: Start with a short film before trying to shoot a full length feature. Come to the festival to network and take advantage of some of the free workshops like virtual production, camera drone tips, and principles of animation.

The shortest movie you have in the Festival is “See You Soon,” which is two minutes long. What is the key to telling a story in that short of time?

SUMMER: Have a fun story, great actors to tell the story and a crew that can make it all come to life.

BRIAN: Make it quick :-)

If you’re scrolling through the channels at night, what is your one guilty pleasure movie that you have to watch to the end?

SUMMER: There are so many movies I love – I caught myself watching THE GREEN MILE the other day to the end and it still made me cry.  Oldie but still a good one.

BRIAN: We cut the cord and don’t have cable. I’m more of a HULU, Amazon, Netflix guy and like to check out the ‘new releases’.

Movie popcorn: Butter or no butter?

SUMMER: Butter and extra salt!  What is a movie without the proper delicious popcorn.

BRIAN: Light butter on the top with salt. At home, a little parmesan cheese sprinkled on popcorn is good too.


Street exhibit: ‘Faces of a Neighborhood’

alterman1Local photographer Jack Alterman has transformed a stretch of Columbus Street into an homage to the people who live nearby.

East Siders Matter: Face of a Neighborhood in Transition features dozens of large black and white portraits of neighborhood individuals. Young and old, black and white, new and long-time residents are featured in the portraits that adorn the chain link fence a block off of East Bay Street.

Every picture tells a story, and Alterman remembers each and every one. Take, for example, Henry:

Swing by Columbus Street and check out the pictures while you can. And if you see Jack Alterman there, ask him to tell you a story behind one of the pictures. You won’t be disappointed.

Because Arts Matter.


Friday Fiver with Cathryn Zommer

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Enough Pie and BoomTown will present the kick-off of Sound+Light, a pop-up warehouse art installation at 1505 King Street Extension. Over the next four days, the warehouse will come alive with an amazing combination of Sound+Light that will be a treat for the eyes, ears, and soul. Tickets for the over-the-top kickoff party (think hundreds of pies and a massive dance party) are available at The remaining five days? FREE! Make sure to come by between noon and six each day.) We snagged a few minutes with Enough Pie’s Executive Director Cathryn Zommer to ask her a few quick questions for our inaugural Friday Fiver.

I. What will most surprise people at Sound & Light?  >The size of the location sound and light promoand our SOUND + LIGHT contemplative coloring books.

II. What is your favorite pie? >Enough Pie, of course! And any pie in our ENOUGH PIE SHOP at our first fundraiser on Tuesday, Oct 27 — it’s going to be a stunning display of pies from our delicious F&B community. 

III. What was on the radio on your ride in to work this morning? >The Hounds of Love by Kate Bush – it’s been on heavy rotation this last month.

IV. At Enough Pie’s Awakenings III: Solstice, the public was treated to numerous outdoor art cathryn zommer headshotpieces at the Dixie Furniture warehouse on Huger. How has art transformed that corner? >Art illuminated the corner of Huger + Hanover and helped make it visible for the first time, transforming it into an animated and lively place. In a perfect world, we’d have a big round table in the lot for ongoing street level conversations about how to improve in Charleston. I can dream, can’t I?

V. You get to wave your magic wand, and one thing immediately happens in Charleston. What is it? >Racial Equity.


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CofC Opera Dress Rehearsal!

Being a member of the Charleston Arts Alliance team does have its perks.

Last night we got a sneak peek of the College of Charleston Opera’s Fall Revue: Luck Be A Lady. This group of amazing young talent had us in equal measures whooping and speechless- a real feat for just the dress rehearsal! Check out the pics we took below.

See them tonight at the Simons Center for the Arts Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 at the door, and the show starts at 7:30. This actually sets you up perfectly to attend the Halsey opening next door right beforehand. The Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts: perfectly scheduling your Friday night for maximum fun/culture/only-parking-your-car-onceness.

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Irina Pevzner is the new Executive Director at CAM

Dr. Pevzner has been with Charleston Academy of Music since its early days and is very familiar with the operations. She is fully committed to the mission of the organization and wishes to provide the finest music education to the Charleston community.

Irina completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of South Carolina in 2013. She also holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. She was recently elected President of the Charleston Music Teachers Association, and is a frequent performer with Chamber Music Charleston and other venues around town. She is performing in a chamber trio this coming Friday in CAM’s first Rush Hour Mini Concert of the new season.

Congratulations on the new position Irina! You’re going to do great things.