Waterlines Screening & Performance

Date/Time: Friday, April 15th @ 7:00pm
Sunday, April 17th @ 4:00pm
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The Waterlines screening and performance is a transmedia experience featuring never-before-seen live performances, newly commissioned films, live music, experimental storytelling, and more.

During a series of workshops led by Jason Craig and other Waterlines artists to communicate and interrelate Columbia’s shared experiences of the flood, a group of artists, activists, and community members explored the possibilities that collective sharing presents to the health of a community. The narratives formed the basis for a collaborative exhibition, a cooperative inquiry into self-care—individual and communal. At the end of the process, this artistic microcosm will showcase their hour-long production during the festival. Experimental and optimistic, their performance will be an answer to unasked questions.

Newly commissioned films to be featured:

break{through}, directed Roni Nicole Henderson

“I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers.”
-Langston Hughes, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

break{through} is a short film that will move through the emotional memory of South Carolina’s major waterways from the Summer through the Fall of 2015. Roni will map the rivers’ dynamic narrative through the bodies of 9 dancers, in honor of the 9 fallen innocents from the Charleston 9 massacre. break{through} will begin it’s journey in the “Holy City” and travel up to Columbia with its confluence of rivers. By connecting to places touched by the Floods of 2015, Roni and the 9 dancers will ritualistically offer healing respectively to a state that has seen its share of pain and overcoming in this time. This experiential film will be a collaboration with renowned choreographer, Kwame A. Ross and composer, Venecia Nahai.

Maggot, directed by Steve Daniels

A teenager enters a strange, semi-submerged house in a flooded river, and discovers hundreds of photographs floating inside. After taking some of the photos, the boy soon becomes missing. Maggot utilizes reconstituted, found images and family photos set to an aural landscape inspired by pulpy, Old Time Radio horror tales.

Underbelly Up, directed by Joshua Yates

2016 Indie Grits Filmmaker-in-Residence and 2015 Experimental Grit award winner, Joshua Yates, is creating an autobiographical film document inspired and guided by the October 2015 flood. Following his personal experience involving an early morning cabin rescue, Yates has been working on an oral history project consisting of audio-only interviews with community members who were affected by the flood. His film is an attempt to synthesize these interactions through the cinematic apparatus, offering an affective viewing experience that pairs retro-scripted lines and improvisational dialogue alongside hand-processed 16mm celluloid. In Underbelly Up, surreal dreamscape and disembodied voice coalesce to offer an emotional rumination on loss, trauma, and the construction of memory.

Film on the Water, edited by Lydia Pappas of the USC Moving Image Research Collection

“Water is the driving force of all nature” and affects our lives in a myriad of ways. In this piece, created from Moving Image Research Collections’ archival footage, we examine the interaction between people and this biological necessity both locally and further afield. Through the lens of our varied collections we look at the effect of humans on the water, as well as water’s potential to enrich or devastate lives.  


Photo by Joshua Yates