Now in it’s 7th year, Indie Grits Festival hosted by Nickelodeon Theatre, is becoming one of the most unique cultural festivals in the Southeast. Taking over Columbia April 12-21 in 2013, Indie Grits will keep the focus on film and empowering Southern Film makers, as they also expand into cultural invents such us Cinemovements, performing arts, music, food, and family friendly events.
The festival gets kicked off April 12 from 6-10PM on the 1600 block of Main St. with music from Say Brother, The Royal Tinfoil, and a DJ previewing the sounds of ColumbiaÂ’s first Hip Hop Family Day. Food from local food trucks will be available along with beer and wine. This years opening party is free and open to the public.
A few Indie Grits 2013 films of interest:
We Cause Scenes by Matt Adams.
Charlie Todd, a Columbia native, is the subject of this new documentary, which follows the group Todd founded, Improv Everywhere. What started as a few people performing organized scenes in public places has grown to include performances by groups of thousands of people, like the groupâ€™s â€œNo Pants Subway Ride.â€ We Cause Scenes will play for Indie Grits Festival pass holders during the festivalâ€™s Opening Party Friday, April 12. Additional screenings on April 17 and 19 at the Nickelodeon Theatre.
Pride & Joy directed by Joe York.
In this hour-long documentary, York, on behalf of Southern Foodways Alliance, focuses on Southern food culture tradition-bearers. The film presents intimate portraits of people and places while asking important questions about our common culture with interviews by Rodney Scott of Scottâ€™s Bar-B-Que in Ridgeway, S.C. and Dori Sanders of Sanders Peach Farm in Filbert, S.C. Pride & Joy will screen at the Nickelodeon Theatre April 19 at 6 p.m.
BeeSting by Lisa Sturz.
A 13-minute piece of filmed puppetry work, BeeSting was performed live at Indie Grits Festival in 2012 and is an inventive way to tell the story of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Combining shadow puppetry and cinematographic techniques, the story moves between metaphor and realism blending personal expression, medicine, humor, music, poetry and gratitude. BeeSting will screen April 19 at 8:30 p.m. at Tappâ€™s Arts Center.