MYRTLE BEACH — Darrell Senter and Emory Helms are taking on the challenge of producing their documentary short film, “The Mirror,” by asking one simple question, “My name is (blank), hear my story.”

This is not the first time that small-town communities have been the basis of exploring LGBT lives. However, is one of the first for this coast area, the The Sun News said.

The filmmakers have interviewed Tim McGee, executive and artistic director at Conway’s Theatre of the Republic; Horry County Police Officer J.R. Crawford who served under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the military for two tours; and Micki Strickland, Rainbow House Bar & Grill owner.

Each subject was asked what they saw when the looked in the mirror. It is the filmmakers hope that everyone will take a moment to do the same exercise to see what each person is made from.

Senter is a Fuquay-Varina, N.C., native and in 1980 moved to the coastal town. He sees the town as a growing tourist area that is improving in its acceptance of the LGBT community instead of being the “Redneck Riviera.”

The film had an initial invitation-only screening on Dec. 4 at Careteam with Q&A afterward. After final editing, “The Mirror” will be entered into lesbian and gay film festivals across the U.S. Amiracast Pictures’ Bryan Stalvey and Jacob Larson are the producers.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.