Painters & Sculpter’s have galleries, or even the streets. Musicians have bars, nightclubs, and other venues (and streets too). But as a filmmaker, public dissemination points are very well controlled by having to watch film inside of a movie theater. Yes, I can throw my stuff on Vimeo, or YouTube, but having an audience – that is where it’s at. So what are the options?
I pondered this for a long while. Could it be possible to create a space where I can show work by myself, and others? Living in a port city, Charleston, SC – the 4th largest port in the USA, we see thousands of shipping containers float by us every day. What if we could turn one into a screening room? I told myself that I would do this, no matter what.
Almost 2 years later, we have – The Mini Cine – a mobile mini-cinema constructed inside of a 40′ recycled shipping container. This international cargo container box has been around the world by sea 120 times, now beginning an entire new life on land, as a 33 seat screening room with a 100″ HD screen and pro surround sound. Fun!
In 5 minutes, an 18-wheeler can flatbed the Mini Cine, and be on the road to an event. Equipped for parties, festivals, private events, or to just kick back and watch a great film, The Mini Cine has found a home at 1600 Meeting Street, a local creative cluster and collaborative work environment.