Katie Alice Walker
Indie Grits Film Festival Announces Full 2014 Festival Lineup
“of Montreal” to headline Indie Grits 2014 Music
COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 7, 2014)—Indie Grits Film Festival, the Southeast’s premier film and culture festival for DIY media-makers in Columbia, S.C., which will take place April 11-20, 2014, announces a full lineup of unique films, cultural happenings, concerts and foodie events to engage a variety of audiences.
The eighth annual Indie Grits, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s oldest art- house cinema located on Main Street in South Carolina’s capital city, will feature 10 days of the best DIY short, experimental, animated and student film, music, food and outside-the-box artistic performances from South Carolina and the Southeast. For the second time, Indie Grits has been named one of MovieMaker magazine’s Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World.
INDIE GRITS FILMS
Indie Grits organizers saw a 30 percent increase in filmmaker submissions for the 2014 festival, resulting in a better-than-ever film lineup for this year’s festival. For a full list of selected films, visit IndieGrits.com. Noteworthy films include:
• 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, a supportive family, and is about tostart 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.
INDIE GRITS MUSIC
The festival will also include several concerts throughout the week. of Montreal will headline the festival with a concert on Thursday, April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Columbia Museum of Art. Indie Grits is welcoming of Montreal to Columbia for the first time in over six years. FK MT and Mood Rings will open for of Montreal. Fresh off their October release of Lousy with Sylvianbar, of Montreal is touring the United States and will shake the art on the walls at CMA.
For a complete list of concerts and shows, visit IndieGrits.com.
Additionally, Indie Grits 2014 will feature:
• 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. Drinks will be provided by The Whig and cajun dishes by Kristian Niemi and his new restaurant, Bourbon, which is coming to Main Street in 2014. Village Idiot will offer pizza.
• Indie Bits, a new video game showcase, on 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 is a brand new event a Indie Grits this year. 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. This hodgepodge, variety show designed by David “to edify and romance the people” will bring together several curated acts with live music from NC bluegrass band, Mipso.
• On the education front, Indie Grits is happy to present, Indie Camp Remixed, a brand new weeklong workshop for high schoolers. The camp will allow students to mix-it-up with visiting filmmakers and make some movies. Kindie Grits, presented by the SC Governor’s School for the Arts, is back as well with workshops on Saturday, April 12 and Saturday, April 19.
• Hip Hop Family Day is back. 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 as part of Indie Grits on Saturday, April 12.
• The always-popular Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Showcase on Sunday, April 13, featuring hors d’oeuvres by the Midlands’ most sustainable, talented chefs and potluck dishes by attendees. Each dish at this party at 701 Whaley must highlight at least one local, sustainable ingredient.
For more information and a complete lineup of Indie Grits events, parties and competition films visit the completely redesigned IndieGrits.com. Festival passes are now available ($200, $150 for Nickelodeon Theatre members).
“Indie Grits is bringing a super ambitious slate of cultural opportunities to Columbia this year. With loved events like Slow Food at Indie Grits and the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam and newbies like Indie Bits and the Weekly Revue, you find this mix of stuff anywhere else,” said new festival Co-Director Seth Gadsden. “Indie Grits is moving toward the cutting edge of contemporary visual culture, whether that’s through filmmaking, art or design. We’re excited to feature media-makers who exude a visual swagger that says, ‘We take risks and we’re bold.’”
For more information, visit www.indiegrits.org or contact Seth Gadsden, festival co-director at Seth@IndieGrits.com, (803) 254-8324. Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.