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One Day on Carver St.

Using hand drawn animation at 12 frames per second, One Day on Carver Street tells the story of Charlie's Place and its owner, Charlie Fitzgerald. Charlie's Place was a stop on the famous Chitlin' Circuit, and hosted the hottest musicians of the day. In the post-war Jim Crow south, Charlie's Place was a rare pocket of diversity in a world where the lines between black & white were firmly drawn. Charlie's Place gave birth to the state dance of South Carolina, the Shag. Charlie Fitzgerald and the music he brought to Carver Street inspired many people regardless of color to come together. This simple act of dissent angered some people who would be driven to violence to stop it.

  • Azure Allen
    Director
  • Azure Allen
    Writer
  • Azure Allen
    Key Cast
  • Azure Allen
    Producer
  • Azure Allen
    Animator
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    History, Animation, Music, African American
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 8, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    40 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
  • Columbia Jewish Film Festival
    Columbia, SC
    November 8, 2015
    1st Place Student competiton
  • George Lindsay UNA Film Festival
    Florence, Al
    March 4, 2016
  • International Youth Film Festival
    NYC
    January 23, 2016
    Runner Up Documentary
  • Tribute Film Festival
    Abeline, TX
    March 5, 2016
    Best Heritage Student Nonfiction Film
  • Texas Independent Film Festival
    Texas A&M University
    February 26, 2016
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
    San Luis Obispo, CA
    March 19, 2016
    Filmmakers of Tomorrow Best Animated Film
  • West Chester Film Festival
    West Chester, PA
    April 23, 2016
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
    Newport Beach, CA
    April 23, 2016
    Bronze Citation Youth Competition
  • Alhambra Theater Film Festival
    Evansville, IN
    April 9, 2016
  • Arizona International Film Festival
    Tuscon, AZ
    April 30, 2016
    Best of the Fest Indie Youth
  • SoCal Student Film Festival
    Irvine, CA
    April 30, 2016
  • nXnsu Film Festival
    North Eastern State University
    April 13, 2016
  • Film Now: An International High School Film Festival
    Fort Washington PA
    April 17, 2016
    1st place documentary
  • The Lovett School High School Film Fest
    Atlanta, GA
    May 7, 2016
  • Longleaf Film Festival NC Museum of History
    Raleigh, NC
    United States
    May 13, 2016
    Best Student Film & Best student Documentary
  • Progeny Film Festival
    Virginia Tech University
    United States
    May 7, 2016
    Best High School Student Film
  • New Cumberland Student Film Festival
    New Cumberland, PA
    United States
    June 11, 2016
  • Horry County Historic Sites and Structures Video Contest
    Conway, SC
    May, 2016
    1st Place
  • Scout Film Festival
    Stowe, VT
    June 17, 2016
  • Big River Film Festival
    Savannah, GA
    July 8, 2016
    2016 Young Filmmaker of the Year
  • South Bay Student Video Festival
    Manhattan Beach, CA
    May 13, 2016
    Maya Deren Award
  • Real To Real International Film Festival
    Kings Mountain, NC
    July 27, 2016
  • Miami 4 Social Change Youth Film Festival
    Miami, Fl
    United States
    July 13, 2016
  • SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival
    San Antonio, TX
    July 13, 2016
    Jury Prize Animated Short
  • Sidewalk Film Festival
    Birmingham, AL
    United States
    August 2016
  • All American High School Film Fest
    New York, NY
    August 1, 2016
  • Staunton International Film Festival
    Staunton, VA
    September, 2016
    Best Emerging Filmmaker
  • Full Bloom Film Festival
    Statesville, NC
    United States
    September 2016
  • Catalina Film Festival
    Catalina Island, CA
    United States
    October 2016
  • Real to Reel Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    October 2016
    Best Animation
  • Austin Film Festival- Young Filmmakers' Competition
    Austin, TX
    October 2016
  • Woodstock Film Festival
    Woodstock, NY
    October 14, 2016
  • Indigo Moon Film Festival
    Fayetteville, NC
    October 8, 2016
    Winner Young Filmmaker
  • Factual Animation Film Fuss
    London
    United Kingdom
    September 30, 2016
  • Grenada Afterglow
    Grenada, MS
    United States
    October 8, 2016
    Best Afterdoc 2016
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
    Wichita, KS
    United States
    October 15, 2016
  • Heartland Film Festival
    Indianapolis, IN
    October, 2016
  • Citizen Jane Film Festival
    Columbia, MO
    November , 2016
  • Underexposed Film Festival
    Rock Hill, SC
    November 2016
  • Reel Expressions Youth Film Festival
    Poughkeepsie, NY
    September 24, 2016
    1st place winner
  • Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    December 11, 2016
  • Beaufort International Film Festival
    Beaufort, SC
    February 18, 2017
Director Biography - Azure Allen

I am a 16 year old home schooled, self-taught, animator, musician & writer based in Myrtle Beach, SC. When I was 8 years old I began doing stop motion animation with my v-tech play camera, and I have been enamored by the craft ever since.

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Director Statement

I was born, and up until now, raised in the small southern beach town of Myrtle Beach, SC. It’s a relatively new town with seemingly little culture or history. Sometime last year I came across an article in the local newspaper written by journalist Tom O’dare about a local forgotten site in our town called Charlie’s Place & its neighbor, Fitzgerald’s Motel, which was listed in the Green Book, the well known book printed for African-Americans listing the establishments across the country that would welcome them as guests. This was incredibly important because those places were few in the Jim Crow south. This place held more history in one square block than the rest of the entire city. The city of Myrtle Beach has bought the property and promised to look into preservation, but was set on tearing down & removing what little remained of this important and incredibly interesting place. This club & hotel was a stop on the famous Chitlin’ Circuit, which many would argue gave birth to rock n’ roll, and the club itself gave birth to the South Carolina state dance, The Shag. In a region that was divided by color, Charlie’s Place was the only place in the city where black & white citizens could gather, socialize, dance & hear new sounds together. Because of Charlie’s willingness to embrace integration, the KKK attacked the club. No one was killed in the shooting except for one man, a KKK member who wore his policeman’s uniform under his white robe. I made this film to contribute to the conservation efforts of this important historical site, hoping the film would draw attention to it. It’s my opinion that doing so would bring culture & healing to a town that needs it. It would be a good first step in righting old wrongs and acknowledging a dark part of our history so that we can have a brighter future. I end my film with a quote from preservationist, John Sawhill. “A society is defined not only by what it creates, but also by what it refuses to destroy.” I believe that in saving or destroying what remains of Fitzgerald’s Motel we choose how history will define us.