Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

A Name That I Admire

Thursday, April 12 at 2:00 PM
Friday, April 13 at 4:30 PM

Shorts Block: People Portraits
Sam Smartt | Grand Rapids, MI | 6 min
Genre: Short

Danny Slemp, a hardworking, seventh-generation dairy farmer living in rural Sugar Grove, Virginia, was deeply unsatisfied with both presidential candidates in the 2016 election. Refusing to compromise his values as a conservative, Slemp made an inspired choice for the future of the country when he cast his ballot.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Sam Smartt:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I am originally from Chattanooga, TN and went to school in Winston-Salem, NC. My wife grew up in Sugar Grove, VA, and her father (the subject of the film) is a seventh-generation farmer on their family farm there.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

The land in southwest Virginia is stunning, and it’s not a part of the country a lot of people know about. On top of this, I was of course aware of how Danny cast his vote in the election and I thought it would make a wonderful short film. The original version of this piece was part of a web series called America Heard. I have since expanded it for festivals (what you have here), and am continuing to shoot with Danny for a possible longer project.

3. How did you start making films?

I started when I was a kid with my parents mini-dv camera and just slowly got more and more into it. I took a few film production courses in college and then decided to get my MFA in Documentary Filmmaking.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?

I shot the film over the course of five days, but in those five days we experienced just about every extreme of weather possible, including snow, and so the final product looks like it took place over a longer period of time.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?

I have always heard about this festival, but have never had a film screen here!

6. Why should someone see your film?

I consider it to be one of the better shorts I’ve made. It’s truly a complete emotional journey in six minutes, and I think the landscapes are gorgeous.

Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
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A Name That I Admire
All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps
All The Beautiful Girls
All The In-Between
Amarillo Ramp
An Accidental Drowning
Atlantic City
Baby Oil
below the neck, above the knees
Blanko – “Hallelujah”
Bless These Sounds Under the City – “THE SLEEPING 8”
The BLM Bridge Protest: One Year Later
bridge/refrain
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
Care
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Crutch
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
Earworm
Elizabeth Sees
F E B R A – “Fasterrrr”
Flagged: An American Love Story
Fluid Frontiers
Forgive Me
Fruit Don’t Fall Far
Gays for Trump?
GHOST_GIRL
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Hogwash
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
Krista
Levitate, Levitate, Levitate
Lost Touch
me and my army
My Body Is Not My Own
My Name Is Marc, And You Can Count On It
Not For Medical Use
Nothing A Little Soap Can’t Fix
Ol Scratch
Pak Anggir
PARADE
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
Ruth
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Sequoyah – “Blue Jays”
Serpents and Doves
Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar
Skater Boy and Friendly Cop
Socks on Fire: Uncle John and the Copper Headed Water Rattlers
Station 15
Steve’s Kinkoes
Sunlit
Sweet Nothing
THESE COLORS DON’T RUN
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us