Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

 

12th Annual

The Indie Grits Festival is a four-day event that celebrates gritty, contemporary culture of the South through film, art and music. Twice named one of the 20 “Coolest Film Festivals” in the world by Moviemaker Magazine [2012 & 2014], this year’s festival offers 83 films, a full lineup of musical performances, visual art interventions, Indie Bits (an indie video gaming showcase), Kindie Grits (filmmaking basics for children), a puppet slam and exclusive evening parties each night!

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Film

Exploring the concept of being “globally Southern”, the Indie Grits Festival’s films embrace grittiness, transcend boundaries and often defy categorization while telling honest, Southern stories that are inclusive of all voices; especially those usually marginalized. This year, 53% of the films are by female filmmakers and 10% are by Latinx filmmakers.

This year, we selected 15 Features, 16 Narrative Shorts, 21 Documentary Shorts, 5 Animated Shorts, 12 Experimental Shorts, 8 Student Shorts and 8 Music Videos.

 


Art


13 fellows will each unveil their year-long “ Two Cities’ ” project, which addresses race, gentrification, arts funding inequities, housing displacement, and unification of the North Main corridor in Columbia, SC.


Music


This year, we’ve scheduled a full lineup of live musical performances. During the festival, 30 bands will play at three locations for three nights. The final day of the festival features a fourth day of outdoor music & food trucks on Monticello Road.


Bits


Indie Bits is our annual celebration of independent interactive media. That’s video games, board games, card games, and virtual reality.

Special Events

Purchase your festival pass today!

A Festival Pass gets you free admission to all of our films, music concerts, and special events.

Festival Schedule

Event Type
Showing All
Film
Art
Music
Bits
Special Events
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
8:30 pm
9:00 pm
9:30 pm
10:00 pm
10:30 pm
11:00 pm
11:30 pm
12:00 am
12:30 am
1:00 am
1:30 am
2:00 am
Thursday, April 12
Thursday, April 12
Indie Bits Arcade
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
Bits
Tapp's Art Center
1644 Main Street

The arcade features work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more.

People Portraits
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Body Chronicles
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Type
Film
Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Rodents of Unusual Size
4:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Event Type
Film
Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

A Night with Two Cities
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Type
Art

Luke & Jo
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

VR Gallery
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 
Bits
4021 Monticello Road

Love, Grits & Hip Hop
7:00 pm - 1:00 am
Event Type
Music
Tapp's Art Center
1644 Main Street

The Gospel of Eureka
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street
 

White Rock Boxing
7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Witch
9:45 pm - 11:50 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Late-Night Mixtape
10:15 pm - 11:55 pm
Event Type
Film
Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Friday, April 13
Friday, April 13
Indie Bits Arcade
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
Bits
Tapp's Art Center
1644 Main Street

The arcade features work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more.

Southern Scenes
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

America Is Waiting
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Acts of Vulnerability
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

People Portraits
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

VR Gallery
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
 
Bits
4021 Monticello Road

Man on Fire
6:00 pm - 7:20 pm
Farmsteaders
7:00 pm - 8:40 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

The Weekly Revue's Church Karaoke
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Type
Special Event
Hyatt Hall at 4005 Monticello Road

Rukus
8:10 pm - 10:05 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Friday Night Music
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Event Type
Music
Tapp's Art Center & Main Street Public House
1644 Main Street & 1556 Main St

Body Chronicles
9:15 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Late-Night Mixtape
10:30 pm - 11:55 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

After Party at the Whig
12:00 am - 2:00 am
Event Type
Special Event | After Party
1200 Main Street

Saturday, April 14
Saturday, April 14
Kindie Grits
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Type
Special Event
Indie Grits Labs
1013 Duke Avenue
Free Admission

World Famous Hip Hop Family Day
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Event Type
Music
Tapp's Art Center
1644 Main Street

VR Gallery
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Bits
 
4021 Monticello Road

Indie Grants
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Indie Bits Arcade
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
Bits
Tapp's Art Center
1644 Main Street

The arcade features work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more.

Super Dram World
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
1431 Assembly St

The Possibility of Her
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Super Metroid Speed Race
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
 
Bits
Richland Library
1431 Assembly Street

Watch local hero and known curmudgeon Shigeharu race up-and-comer Daniel Burgher in the 1994 classic, Super Metroid. This is a 100% speedrun. Buckle up.

Zealousy
1:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon
1607 Main Street

Travel the Earth
3:10 pm - 4:50 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Purge This Land
4:00 pm - 6:20 pm
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Puppet Slam
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Type
Special Event
Hyatt Hall at 4005 Monticello Road

The Gospel of Eureka
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Southern Scenes
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acts of Vulnerability
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Puppet Slam
9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Event Type
Special Event
Hyatt Hall at 4005 Monticello Road

Saturday Night Music
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Event Type
Music
Tapp's Art Center & Main Street Public House
1644 Main Street & 1556 Main St

Le Partie
9:30 pm - 11:15 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Sunday, April 15
Sunday, April 15
Sunday Dinner
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Type
Special Event | Music
Music Farm
1022 Senate Street

America is Waiting
1:00 pm - 2:40 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

VR Gallery
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
 
Bits
4021 Monticello Road

The Well Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey
2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Zealousy
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Travel the Earth
4:30 pm - 6:10 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Farmsteaders
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Award Winners (TBD)
6:45 pm - 8:45 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Growing Girl, Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix, bridge/refrain, The Passages of Pride, Ruth, Roadside Attraction, The Traveler Takamure, Kim Bush's Abduction

Award Winners (TBD)
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Type
Film
The Nickelodeon Theatre
1607 Main Street

Growing Girl, Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can't Fix, bridge/refrain, The Passages of Pride, Ruth, Roadside Attraction, The Traveler Takamure, Kim Bush's Abduction

Festival Schedule