Indie Grits

Your 2014 Guide to Indie Grits Film Festival

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For the eighth year Indie Grits Festival, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, features 10 days filled with all types of films, from experimental shorts to feature-length, along with music, food, and video games. As you’ll see below, Indie Grits expands from its film festival roots again this year to partner with Slow Food Columbia, Hip Hop Family Day, The Weekly Revue and Indie Bits, a new video game showcase in its inaugural year. Each year Indie Grits brings in a feature musical artists which has ranged from Toro y Moi to The Olivia Tremor Control. This year IG taps the Athens market and the Elephant 6 Collective again with of Montreal, a rock band who released their twelfth studio album Lousy with Sylvianbriar in October, 2013.

April 11

Opening Night Party

Date: Friday, April 11th
Place:  Back Parking Lot behind the Nickelodeon Theatre
Time: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
General Admission: FREE for everyone!

The Indie Grits opening party wasn’t always open to the public, but now it is and it’s become one of the premier free and open parties in Columbia, SC each year. This year the party moves to the parking lot behind the Nickelodeon Theater on Main Street. What’s a party without some rocking bands? Boring. So this year they’ve acquired the talents of the former Charleston now Nashville songbird Rachel Kate along with the fuzzed out desert rock of Shantih Shantih from Atlanta, GA. That’s not all. Girls Rock Columbia have a special act in store for the crowd as they promote their cause and gear up for this years summer camp. The Whig will be out slinging craft brews while they’ll be an array of food from pizza from Village Idiot, Sausage from the Wurst Wagon, Cajun-Creole dishes from Bourbon and Paradise Ice to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

April 12

HIP HOP FAMILY DAY

Date: April 12 11:00am – 5:00pm

Place: 1700 block Main Street downtown, Columbia SC

Free for all ages and open to the public!

Indie Grits once again partners with Love, Peace, and Hip-Hop to bring Hip Hop Family Day back to Main St. and promote a positive image, showcasing some of the best and brightest local hip-hop artists. The event focuses on the rich history of hip-hop culture, it’s importance, and its ability to empower listeners. The highlight of the day will be a performance from Slick Rick, along with up-and-coming artists, DJs, B-boy Dance Crews, cutting edge hip hop visual artists, and crafts & fashion from the southeast.

SPORK IN HAND PUPPET SLAM

Place: Nickelodeon Theatre

General Admission: $10

Additional Times– April 12 at 7 PM and 9 PM and April 13 at 7 PM

Spork in Hand Puppet Slam is one of the most unique events at Indie Grits bringing together puppeteers and artists from across the southeast for an adults only performance. They describe the performance as  “gloriously gritty evenings of experimental short puppetry and object theatre performances…a celebration of Southern puppetry that is off-the-beaten-path.” An added bonus for local music fans, Can’t Kids are the house band for this years slam.

April 13

SLOW FOOD AT INDIE GRITS

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Date: Sunday, April 13th
Place:  711 Whaley Street
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

General Admission: $20
Slow Food USA and Nickelodeon Members: $15
Potluck Participants: $10, for this lower-priced ticket, guests are invited to bring a potluck dish to contribute. At this ticket level, guests should bring roughly 20 small portions of a dish made with at least one sustainable, local ingredient.

Another very unique addition to Indie Grits, Slow Food Columbia is back for its’ fifth year, serving up a massive feast of food which includes “food that is good for them, good for the people who grow it, and good for the planet”–the goal of the slow food movement. Chefs from all of Columbia’s top restaurants prepare dishes using at least one local sustainable ingredient, enjoying some friendly competition while we get to enjoy their dishes. Local foodies are also invited to bring their own sustainable dishes in exchange for a ticket at discounted price.

April 14

THE GREAT FLOOD

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Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Genre: Documentary Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Directed by Bill Morrison, The Great Flood tells the story of The Mississippi River Flood of 1927, the most destructive river flood in American history. The 80 minute film uses archival footage from the era, with minimal text and no spoken language along with a searing soundtrack. Accompanying the beautiful black and white imagery is a jazz suite composed by Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell. The soundtrack flows with the movie, with blues chords following the “great migration” of Delta Blues north to places through the midwest and to Chicago.

 

STRENGTH AND BEAUTY

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Date: Monday, April 14
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Strength and Beauty
Genre:  Documentary Feature

Hosted by Margey Bolen of the Columbia City Ballet and Cynthia Boiter of Jasper Magazine

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

In this feature-length documentary, three women from North Carolina Dance Theatre open up about their careers and life choices. “Strength and Beauty” goes beyond the common definition of the ballerina to not only strip away one’s preconceptions, but to show how these women balance their lives. (via Indie Grits)

Directed by Chelsea Wayant, Boulder, CO

April 15

INDIE BITS

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Date: Tuesday, April 15th
Place:  Nickelodeon Theatre and Agape Conference Center (directly across the street from the Nick)
Time: 12:00pm – Midnight?

Indie Bits Pass: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8

Indie Bits is the latest addition to the Indie Grits festival, an individual gaming festival operating in conjunction with Indie Grits. The one day event celebrates independent gaming and interactive media design to foster collaboration between developers and enthusiasts and others interested in gaming and gaming technology. For the main event the Nickelodeon theatre will transform into an arcade with games being played on the big screen.

April 16

BIG SIGNIFICANT THINGS

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Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Big Significant Things
Genre: Narrative Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Coming off its’ debut at SXSW this year, Big Significant Things follows 26-year-old Craig Harrison as he journeys through the South on a road trip before moving across the country and becoming a homeowner with his long time girlfriend.

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS

When the Bough Breaks is a production of the S.C. Education Oversight Committee and a presentation of the Children’s Law Center of U.S.C.

From the Producer and Director of CORRIDOR OF SHAME; the neglect of SC’s rural schools.

Director and Producer, Bud Ferillo, will be introducing this event and hosting a Q&A afterwards.

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Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: When the Bough Breaks
Genre: Documentary Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

SKANKS

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Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Skanks
Genre: Documentary

Hosted by Larry Hembree of Trustus Theater

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

In religion and football-obsessed Alabama, a group of actors bond while producing an original drag musical. In the winter of 2012 a community theatre in Birmingham, Alabama mounted an original musical, ‘Skanks in a One Horse Town. ‘Skanks’ follows the actors and creators from rehearsal through performance and after, at work, at their homes, and with their families. The cast of amateur performers bond to form a family of sorts while creating the unconventional show in a conservative Southern city. (via Indie Grits)

Directed by David McMahon, New York, NY

ABOVE ALL ELSE

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Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Above All Else
Genre: Documentary Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Above All Else is an intimate portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas who tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion dollar project slated to carry tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast. Risking financial ruin, their personal safety, and the security of their families, these unforgettable people and their stories become an exploration of the human spirit and a window into how social change happens in America. (via Indie Grits)

Directed by John Fiege

Afterparty–Pizza Party!!!!!!!!

The Whig10:00 PM – 12:00 PM

General Admission free

April 17

LIAHONA

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Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Liahona
Genre: Experimental Documentary

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

This experimental documentary explores the culture and lived experience of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often referred to as the Mormon faith. Liahona offers different perspectives of the faith and the complexities of Mormonism.

Trouble the Youth Shorts

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Place: Nickelodeon Theatre

Film Block: Trouble the Youth Shorts
Genre: Narrative Short

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Ethan and Eli • Locker 212 • Helpless • Confusion Through Sand • John’s Farm

AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

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Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: As It Is In Heaven
Genre: Narrative Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Feature film As it is in Heaven is a portrayal of a cult leader who tries to keep his community together after his end of days prophecy he promises comes and goes.

THE ROAD TO LIVINGSTON

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Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: The Road to Livingston
Genre: Documentary Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

While visiting her brother who is on death row in Livingston, Texas, Delia Perez Meyer is introduced to vast community surrounding the prison system.

Narrative Shorts Mash-Up

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Date: Thursday, April 17

Time: 8 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Narrative Shorts Mash-Up
Genre: Experimental Narrative Short

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Bubble • Molly • The Proposal • American Kenshow: Manifest Destiny • Davedreamer • Alone

of MONTREAL AT THE CMA

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Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Columbia Museum of Art

General Admission: $15

With Fk Mt and Mood Rings

Full show preview to come.

April 18

LAST STOP, FLAMINGO

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Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Last Stop, Flamingo
Genre: Narrative Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Last Stop, Flamingo explores Florida past and present, and the way humans have shaped the peninsula since its discovery 500 years ago.

SURVIVING CLIFFSIDE

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Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 5:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theater
Film Block: Surviving Cliffside
Genre: Documentary Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

A West Virginia family puts their lives back together after their daughters battle with leukemia as she eyes a run at Little Miss West Virginia.

Big Significant Things Screening

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Second screening

Experimental Documentary Shorts

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 5 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Experimental Doc Shorts
Genre: Experimental Animation

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

 Pen Up the Pigs • Rice for Sale • Burn Out the Day• This is (Not) Yates • Searcy County • Tar Creek

LIMO RIDE

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Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 7:00 pm
Place: Tapp’s Art Center
Film Block: Limo Ride
Genre: Experimental Doc

WARNING – ADULT CONTENT

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

This full length docu-comedy re-enacts the night of 10 individuals who tell the unbelievable story of their New Years night in a limousine and after.

WEEKLY REVUE

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Date: Friday, April 18
Time: Doors Open at 9:00 pm with live music by Mipso and drinks, Show begins at 10:00pm
Place: The Half and Half – 912 Harden Street

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8

Hosted by the actor, comedian, and master of ceremonies, Toby David, The Weekly Revue travels for the first time as part of this year Indie Grits festival. This curated open mic variety show features music from NC trio Mipso along with New Orleans filmmaker Bill Ross and local political reporter Jamie Self. More variety show acts to be announced.

April 19

INDIE GRANT FILMS

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Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 12pm-1:30 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theater

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Four short films funded through the Indie Grants program, made possible by the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College.

Trouble the Youth Shorts

Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Trouble the Youth Shorts
Genre: Narrative Short

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Ethan and Eli • Locker 212 • Helpless • Confusion Through Sand • John’s Farm

LIGHTER

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Lighter Movie Poster

Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
Film Block: Lighter
Genre: Narrative Feature

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Roman Clower returns home to Greer, SC after a meltdown on stage on the Blue Collar Comedy tour. Clower has to put his life back together as he struggles with his desire to become a serious actor, dealing with old friends and family, and struggling with his own self after fame has made him bitter and jaded. A man’s journey to get back to who he once was.

Nickapalooza Shorts

2:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 2 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Nickapalooza Shorts
Genre: Narrative Short

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Lomax • Honor the Father • Lost • Slam Dunk Summer Camp: Volume One • Mipso in Japan •One Party Ultimate Night Club

Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
Film Block: Summer Nostalgia Shorts
Genre: Animation

General Admission: $10
Nickelodeon Members: $8
Student (at the door): $5

Lunch • American Watercolors • Bump • 13 Pieces of the Universe • June July August • Relieving the American Dream

April 20

Winning films show from 4-10PM at The Nickelodeon Theatre.

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