Forget about anarchy in the U.K. We have some brewing right here in the CLT.
The Charlotte Film Anarchists will hold its first meeting at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at Cosmos Cafe, 300 N. College St. Created by filmmaker Michael Plumides (Ghost Trek), the group will seek to provide a platform for local moviemakers to meet and discuss film and TV production in the area. And attendance is free.
"Some of the more established film groups in town actually charge as much as $10 just to meet in a public place," says Plumides. "We felt it was time for a change. We wanted to form a new group that doesn't charge and includes everyone."
"I see a lot of talented people around but they're not putting their abilities to use," states local filmmaker Jamie McRoberts, self-described "Chief Conspirator" of the Charlotte Film Anarchists. "The CFA consortium will give us a chance to come together once a month and let each other know what we're doing. As the head of the Mad Monster Party Film Festival committee, I plan to make a special announcement regarding next year's film festival that I hope will catalyze many of the Charlotte area filmmakers into action."
In addition to McRoberts' announcement, this initial meeting will also house a number of speakers, including makeup artist (and Face Off Season One winner) Conor McCullagh, director Mark Young (Southern Gothic), and Beth Petty of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Film Office.
"Each of our featured guest speakers will show a five to 10 minute reel of their work, or the subject they are speaking on," explains Plumides. "We also want to share the work we're doing with other filmmakers, friends and fans. And now we'll have a forum at Cosmos Uptown, where people will feel more comfortable doing so."
For the meeting, Cosmos will offer the "$5 Anarchy Burger with Fries," as well as drink specials. But despite the group's name, don't expect to see the venue getting trashed.
"We use the term 'Anarchists' loosely, not to be taken literally," says Plumides. "We're just here to shake things up a bit."
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