The eighth annual Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival for DIY media-makers, features 10 days of the best short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances to engage a variety of audiences. The festival takes place April 11-20 in Columbia, S.C.
Hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art-house cinema, Indie Grits has been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World for the second time.
Organizers received a 30 percent increase in filmmaker submissions for the 2014 festival, resulting in a better-than-ever film lineup. Noteworthy films:
• Big Significant Things, which will premiere at SXSW 2014, is a narrative feature directed by Bryan Reisberg and produced by Andrew D. Corkin. At 26 years old, Craig seems to be doing pretty well for himself. He has job stability and a supportive family, and is about to start a wonderful new chapter with his girlfriend. With big life changes on the horizon, what better time to lie to your girlfriend so you can go on a road trip by yourself to the South?
• As it is In Heaven is a narrative feature directed by Joshua Overbay. After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were promised. As It Is In Heaven is a beautifully filmed portrayal of a cult leader’s struggle with faith and keeping his community together after his end-of-days prophecy does not come to pass.
- of Montreal will headline the festival with a concert on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art.
- Opening Night Party: A free party from 6-11 p.m. for all ages in the parking lot behind the Nickelodeon Theatre at 1607 Main Street on Friday, April 11. The party will feature Rachel Kate of Nashville and Shantih Shantih of Atlanta. Girls Rock Columbia will host the event and bring a surprise local act as well as live screen printing.
- Indie Bits, a new video game showcase, takes place Tuesday, April 15. This event will feature films, workshops and speakers that explore ties between gaming and filmmaking and is in collaboration with the USC Center for Digital Humanities.
- The Weekly Revue a new event, is hosted by the actor, comedian, and master of ceremonies, Toby David. The Weekly Revue exploded onto the Philadelphia scene in 2008 where it dazzled, educated, and entertained its followers for close to 5 years.
- Indie Camp Remixed, a brand new weeklong workshop for high schoolers, will allow students to mix it up with visiting filmmakers and make some movies.
- Kindie Grits, presented by the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts, is back with workshops on Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, April 19.
- Hip Hop Family Day – after 2013’s Hip Hop Family Day, which drew thousands for family fun, music and more, Indie Grits is proud to have the festival back on Main Street on Saturday, April 12.
- Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase on Sunday, April 13, features hors d’oeuvres by the Midlands’ most sustainable, talented chefs and potluck dishes by attendees.
For more information and a complete lineup of Indie Grits events, parties, concerts and competition films, visit IndieGrits.com. Festival passes and individual event tickets are available.
Via: Indie Grits Festival