Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

Levitate, Levitate, Levitate

Friday, April 13 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Shorts Block: Southern Scenes
House of June | Atlanta, GA | 6 min
Genre: Experimental Short

Once upon a time in Atlanta, four young children overcome the forces of gravity to embark on a cosmic adventure. For everyone else, time stands still.

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Meet The Filmmakers

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

Amber L.N. Bournett & Ebony Blanding:

1. What is your connection to the South? 

Ebony:  “One for the money, yes sir, two for the show / A couple of years ago on Headland and Delowe / Was the start of something good / When me and my ***** rode the MARTA, through the hood…” I wanted to quote Outkast last year when asked this question but I’m Southern and waited until we were more familiar with each other.
Amber: After globetrotting with my military parents, my dad
retired in the south. I’ve been a resident since. I have roots here and of course “Now question is every nigga with dreads for the cause? Is every nigga with golds for the fall? Naw…So don’t get caught in appearance Its Outkast Aquemini another Black experience Okay.” We should do a documentary.

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

Ebony: My heart was broken. Recordings of Black life extinguished by state violence were on Facebook. I lost track of the names of those murdered. I wondered how would life be for Black children if they were able to physically levitate. I dreamed of them ascending.
Amber: I’ve always been a fan of syfy and adventure. I was
inspired by the vibe of E.T., The Explorers, and The Goonies. I loved these films as of kid, but of course there were no black kids. Visually, I wanted the Indigoes to represent pioneers, embarking on a journey that would lead them to a new place. I got that feeling from the haunting slave narrative, The People Could Fly, by Virginia Hamilton.

3. How did you start making films? 

Ebony: Once I got the courage to call myself a filmmaker, I made work until I really believed I was a filmmaker and then kept making work to see myself fuck up less in my practice. Each new film created presents the opportunity to fuck up less. That’s how I see it sans the theoretical.
Amber: I started in music videos and eventually moved to narrative. It started as a way to tell my own narrative.

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

Ebony: We directed and worked with children age 7-16, each
moment was filled with the “wtf” and “awww”, they made us
work and prove we could direct.
Amber: This was our first time incorporating steadicam, drone, and, a three axis gimbal in our projects. It was a really fun shoot.

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

Ebony: Watching other films ands meeting the filmmakers.
Amber: Watching other films.

6. Why should someone see your film? 

Ebony: It’s not everyday you see Black kids levitating into cosmic.
Amber: The scoring on this film is amazing and black kids dripping in glitter.

Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
11.15.91
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