B3C Concludes Its Public Events With A Special Preview of Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears

The Beaufort Three-Century Project is presenting a special local preview of the new, yet-to-be-released documentary film, Joe Frazier:  When the Smoke Clears on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  There will be matinee and evening screenings, receptions and a post-preview party as a fund-raiser for the Beaufort Three-Century Project.

A matinee preview will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Whale Branch Early College High School, 169 Detour Road, Seabrook.  A reception with light refreshments will be followed by screening of the film and a question-and-answer session with British filmmaker Mike Todd who directed When the Smoke Clears.   Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students.

The evening preview will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception followed by a showing of the film and a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker.   This event will take place at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students.

Following the evening screening, B3C will host a post-preview party at 8:30 p.m. for the director and producer at the Firehouse, 607 Craven Street, Beaufort.  Advance tickets are required for the party and are $40 per person.

Tickets for all events are available at the Beaufort Three-Century Project office, 910 Port Republic Street; Harvey’s Barber Shop, 919 Bay Street; and Singleton’s Barber Shop, 815 Charles Street.  Tickets also will be sold at the door as long as seats are available.

“We are delighted that director Mike Todd and producer Geseth Garcia are traveling from England to bring this important film to Beaufort as a local preview before it is publically released at film festivals and to broadcast media in 2011. We are especially appreciative that they wanted it to be part of the Beaufort Three-Century Project,” said, Deborah Johnson, B3C project coordinator.  It was filmed in Philadelphia, London and Beaufort with local residents in the film including the late Rebecca Frazier Hall, the late Abraham Brown Jr., Gertrude Brown, Kenneth Singleton, Queen Quet, and others.   Richard Brooks served as the logistics coordinator—or the ‘Beaufort Fixer’—as his credit line attests.  “This powerful film is a wonderful human interest story, local history story, and international sports story,” said Johnson.  “It is a fitting presentation for B3C’s final public event.”

The Film

According to www.Riverhorsetv.com:   “Who has really witnessed the remarkable life of Smokin’ Joe Frazier, one the greatest athletes of the 20th Century?  His first fight with Muhammad Ali was akin to the moon landing in its global reach but who has seen this great boxer and complex man beyond the shadow of his greatest rival?  Joe Frazier:  When the Smoke Clears is a feature documentary film that shows the real Joe Frazier for the first time, as he comes to terms with the past and finds forgiveness for a man he once called a friend.  It is the story of a man loved by his son, a son who dreams of preserving his father’s legacy, and of a community, for whom Joe’s gym has been a sanctuary for the last three decades.”

Joe Frazier

Smokin’ Joe Frazier was born Joseph William Frazier in Beaufort, South Carolina on January 12, 1944.  He is considered one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all times.  Frazier left Beaufort at the age of 16 and moved first to New York and then Philadelphia,  escaping the poverty and segregation of the South to pursue his boxing dream.  He won the Gold Medal in the heavyweight division at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  He turned pro and went on to hold the heavyweight title from 1970 – 1973, defeating Muhammad Ali in the “Fight of the Century” in 1971. After retiring, he opened Joe Frazier’s Gym in one of Philadelphia’s troubled neighborhoods to train urban youth.  Governor Mark Sanford awarded Frazier the

state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, on September 27, 2010. Frazier visits Beaufort several times a year and family members still live in Laurel Bay, some on the same 10 acres where he grew up.

The Filmmakers

Mike Todd:   Director—Hailing from Manchester, England, Mike established the production company www.riverhorse.tv in 2005 in partnership with Geseth Garcia to make quality documentary films for an international audience.  He has directed numerous films that have been broadcast and screened internationally, including Keeping It Real, a film on legendary UK music icon Tony Wilson and the critically acclaimed Catch on the origins of professional wrestling. Prior to establishing his own production company, he worked as a United Nations spokesperson in Kosovo.  He is an alumnus of the respected European Documentary Campus Masterschool for factual film makers.  He graduated in American Studies and also studied film at UC, Berkeley.  He is currently directing a new project on Mexican-American identity in California.

Geseth Garcia:  Producer—A native of Los Angeles and co-founder of www.riverhorse.tv, Geseth has worked on a number of projects both as a producer and director and has extensive experience with web-based content.  She has an MA in Online Journalism and has written for the Brussels-based “European Voice” as well as working for the European Union’s Environment Directorate.  In addition to her work with Riverhorse, she has also produced short films for the BBC and a number of regional organizations.  Non-film work includes positions with the United Nations and the UK’s Co-operative group as an in-house journalist.

Beaufort Three-Century Project

In recognition of the 300th anniversary of the city of Beaufort’s charter (January 17, 1711), the Beaufort Three-Century Project has tapped our community’s cultural memory through a three-year process of exploration, studies, and special events that honored the past to better chart the future.  The project will conclude on December 31, 2010 when the City kicks off its Tricentennial celebration.

Partnering organizations for this event are the Whale Branch Early College High School and the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts.

For additional information contact Deborah Johnson, 843-489-1711, djohnson@islc.net.

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