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The 12th annual Myrtle Beach International Film Festival, or MBIFF, is set to take place April 19-22 at the Grand 14 Theater in The Market Common.

The event offers filmmakers from around the globe a chance to showcase their work.

Some of the fest’s filmmakers offered a preview of their projects.

Spark is a short film directed by Daniel Merlin Miller about a writer, Wayne, suffering from drug addiction that seeks inspiration for his novel following tragedy. The film’ title refers to Wayne’s process of attempting to find inspiration, or a spark. 

Miller conceived the idea of the film during a time in his life where he felt he lacked control, and was interested in making a movie exhibiting how people cope during times of duress.


“Daniel wanted to [make a film with a] story about a character that finds inspiration, and that could be relatable,” said executive producer of the film Michelle Harding, who also served as its editor and director of photography. “It’s been received extremely well.”

The film was shot in 2016, primarily in New Jersey, and written by Christopher Orangeo, who turned Miller’s ideas into a screenplay.

“[Spark] is very cinematically driven,” Harding said. “There’s very little dialogue. Chris’s [script] made the [film’s shots] easy to visualize.”

The film will be shown on Wednesday during the festival’s first block from 4-6 p.m. and again on April 25 at Tapp’s Art Center in Columbia.

Father is a short film written and directed by Lella Satie that centers on a young boy living in an abusive home.  

“The [film’s plot] is something a lot of people can identify with,” Satie said. “It’s a [film about] how we deal with conflict as a child. I wanted to create a universal story, [one that] others could relate to.”

The film was shot in the fall of 2016 in the greater Toronto area in Canada. 

Satie, an actress, was originally set to play a character in the film, but decided against it instead focusing on her duties as director. 

“[Father] is several stories put together,” she said. “[In knowing others] with a history of abuse or [trauma] that I’ve experienced, I wanted to use the [film] as art to lift the emotional life of [these] experiences and communicate them.” 

The film is set to be shown on Thursday during the fest's fourth film block from 2-4 p.m.

More information on the MBIFF can be found at


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