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Indie Bits Arcade
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Type
Bits
Location
1216 Taylor Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission. All ages.

Indie Bits is a celebration of independent interactive media. That’s video games, board games, card games, and virtual reality. There’s playful, imaginative worlds of escape. If you want slick systems that challenge your mind, here is the place.

The IB19 Arcade shares work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more. This year will feature a special collection of youth games from the VCU Art Education Department.

Fiction Medley
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

What flavor are you after? There are plenty to choose from in this cinematic smorgasbord. Whether you’re hankering for a bittersweet lunar fairy tale, a southern-fried sibling rivalry, a slowly simmering revenge fantasy, or something else entirely, our Fiction Medley can satisfy your cravings. Expect a range of delights, served a host of different ways--from goofy comedic narratives to blood-pumping thrillers and beyond. There’s something here for every palette. Go ahead. Dig in.

Magic Video - “Coffee Grind Brains”
Patrick Nugent | Philadelphia, PA | 3 min

Hornet’s Revenge
Jing Niu | Los Angeles, CA | 4 min

Bennifer
Ryan McGlade | New York, NY | 13 min

The Moon’s Milk
Ri Crawford | Oakland, CA | 14 min

Truck Slut
Ryan Craver | New York, NY | 15 min

Craving
Lance Kestrel Johnson | Brooklyn, NY | 11 min

Her Body
Juan Avella | Los Angeles, CA | 10 min

Southern Scenes
1:45 pm - 3:55 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Thrivers and strivers, underdogs and outcasts: the queer Appalachian painters, Guatemalan stable hands, and 911 operators-turned-quiltmakers that fill these Scenes are unmistakably Southern, in outlook if not always in identity. Why? Because they’re all reaching--reaching for redemption. For a life of dignity and purpose in a landscape hostile, in some instances, to their very being. Does the place we live determine who we are or what we become? Not for these determined few.

Featured Films:

The Derby
Remington Smith | Louisville, KY | 15 min

Shoot the Duck
Shannon Silva | Wilmington, NC | 8 min

Street Flame
Katherine Propper | Austin, TX | 12 min

Nashedonia
Will Berry | Portland, ME | 4 min

To West End, With Love
Melissa Alexander | Atlanta, GA | 12 min

AS IN DEATH
Mark Raafat Kammel | Durham, NC | 16 min

I AM TX
Ryan Darbonne | Austin, TX | 10 min

Whistle Down Wind
Julia Christgau & Andie Morgenlander | Asheville, NC | 15 min

Nomadic War Machine - “The Fields Lay Fallow”
Charlotte Taylor | Asheville, NC | 4 min

The Unafraid
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

The Unafraid
Heather Courtney & Anayansi Prado | Los Angeles, CA | 87 min

Shot over a period of four years, this observational documentary feature follows Alejandro, Silvia, and Aldo, three DACA recipients for whom attending college in their home state of Georgia is all but impossible, given the government’s refusal to grant them entry or offer in-state tuition. Rather than giving in, the three students deftly navigate the political maelstrom that surrounds them, not only fighting for their own rights but for the rights of their families and their communities as well.

Pig Film
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Pig Film
Josh Gibson | Durham, NC | 60 min

In an empty world, a solitary woman mechanically follows the protocols of a factory hog farm. Her labors are sporadically punctuated by musical rhapsodies as she moves toward the impending end. Is it the end of the world, a program malfunction, or the beginning of a film? Indie Grits alum Josh Gibson returns to this year’s festival with this striking experimental feature.

Opening Night Party in Cottontown
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
Curiosity Coffee Bar, The Warmouth, Indah, Cottontown Brew Lab
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission.

Help us kick off the festival right. Join us at three venues in Cottontown for an opening night featuring over 10 bands at Indah Coffee, Curiosity Coffee Bar, and The War Mouth.

Columbia Craft Brewing Company will be making a special Indie Grits beer, available at all satellite spaces and at the Nickelodeon Theatre throughout the festival. A Peace of Soul (formerly Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe) will be serving up vegan eats in their food truck at Curiosity, and The War Mouth will have a special food menu and a special Indie Grits cocktail for the night.

This Taco Truck Kills Fascists
6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

This Taco Truck Kills Fascists
Rodrigo Dorfman | Durham, NC | 61 min

“No guacamole for immigrant haters.” That’s the message New Orleans-based performance activist José Torres-Tama hopes to spread through his Revolutionary Taco Truck Theatre. Drawing its title from musician Woody Guthrie’s famous motto, This Taco Truck Kills Fascists is the true story of an immigrant artist of color struggling to raise his two boys--and to champion the voices of the marginalized--in Trump’s America.

Preceded by:

En la Frontera del Arte (On the Margins of Art)
Michael Curran & Miranda Harris Martínez | Minneapolis, MN | 15 min

Silk Duck - "Clear"
Laura Iancu | Blacksburg, VA | 2 min

Rural Project Premiere
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Type
The Rural Project
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Join us for the film premieres from the 2019 Indie Grits Labs fellows and Rural Project artists. The screening will include a mixture of fellows projects as well as a selection from our open call for proposals, followed by a Q&A from the artists.

Moving Memoirs
9:15 pm - 11:00 pm

Moving Memoirs
9:15 pm - 11:00 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

“We tell ourselves stories,” Joan Didion once wrote, “in order to live.” To rid ourselves of the memories that burden us. Or, at the very least, to come to terms with them, so we can proceed through life a little less encumbered than before. Shot through with melancholy, these fiercely intelligent, mordantly witty confessionals span a range of genres--from music videos to experimental animated shorts--but are united in their commitment to radical acts of disclosure.

This is What We’re Left With
Alexis Stratton | Englewood, CO | 6 min

And By the Night
Anna Kipervaser | Durham, NC | 10 min

Moon Racer - “Song of the Mogwai”
Autumn Ehinger | Durham, NC | 4 min

Fucked Like a Star
Stefani Saintonge | The Bronx, NY | 8 min

Foreclosed Home Movie
Lisa Danker | Orlando, FL | 8 min

GEORGIE
Odile Postic | Richmond, VA | 3 min

Between my flesh and the world’s fingers
Talena Sanders | Sebastopol, CA | 31 min

Friday, March 29
Friday, March 29
Friday, March 29
Indie Bits Arcade
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Type
Bits
Location
1216 Taylor Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission. All ages.

Indie Bits is a celebration of independent interactive media. That’s video games, board games, card games, and virtual reality. There’s playful, imaginative worlds of escape. If you want slick systems that challenge your mind, here is the place.

The IB19 Arcade shares work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more. This year will feature a special collection of youth games from the VCU Art Education Department.

Resilience
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

The figures that populate these documentary shorts refuse to be confined, or defined, by their oppression. If anything, the challenges they’ve faced are an opportunity. An opportunity to embrace, without reservation, who they are and what they believe. Gun control advocates, sanctuary-seekers, the wrongfully imprisoned: these courageous individuals mine painful pasts and contemplate uncertain futures, but remain steadfast in their resolve to resist at any cost.

Marcie Cohen Ferris Does the Work
Ava Lowrey | Oxford, MS | 9 min

The Arrest
Kira Akerman | New Orleans, LA | 7 min

Santuario
Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane | Minneapolis, MN & Durham, NC | 26 min

Practice
Iyabo Kwayana | Atlanta, GA | 10 min

VONN
Emily MacKenzie | New Orleans, LA | 5 min

Come & Take It
PJ Raval | Austin, TX | 24 min

Gimme a Faith
2:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Gimme a Faith
Hao Zhang | Beijing, China | 83 min

In this engaging documentary self-portrait, engineer-turned-filmmaker Hao Zhang, a recent transplant to the United States, finds solace in the company of a devout group of fellow Chinese expats, who--in the heart of the Bible Belt South--have embraced an evangelical Christian faith seemingly at odds with their roots. Gimme a Faith premiered at the 2018 New Orleans Film Festival.

Fresh Docs with Southern Documentary Fund
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Free and open to the public | Reserving tickets highly recommended.

Fresh Docs is the Southern Documentary Fund’s (SDF) free work-in-progress screening series. These screenings give filmmakers an opportunity to show their work and receive constructive feedback on story, structure, and characters from a diverse audience. As a result, not only do our artists make better films, but SDF grows documentary audiences by engaging them meaningfully in the creative process.

Moderator: Naomi Walker, Co-Director of the Southern Documentary Fund

When Porgy Came Home
Lauren Waring Douglas | Charleston, SC | 40 min

Though it premiered in the 1930s, the world-famous opera Porgy and Bess did not receive its debut production in Charleston, South Carolina--the city of its birth--until 1970, due to segregation laws. When Porgy Came Home offers a glimpse at the people and the culture that inspired the show’s author, Dubose Heyward. The documentary also shares untold stories of the performers from the 1970 show, and features a look at its most recent rendition at the 2016 Spoleto Festival in Charleston.

People Portraits
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Bock
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

The Portraits on display in this block are much like their subjects: uncompromising, thoughtful, and fiercely individual, in both style and substance. If you’re hungry for a vision of the South and its people as they really are, void of all those down-home, Southern Gothic caricatures plucked straight from some two-bit meemaw’s storybook, look no further than this dynamic crop of documentaries, music videos, and narrative shorts.

All the Leaves are Brown
Daniel Robin | Atlanta, GA | 11 min

Collapsing Time
Dorian Warneck | Portland, OR | 5 min

Jane
Abraham Felix | New Orleans, LA | 12 min

Helen Hill Makes a Filmmaker
Will Nichols | New Orleans, LA | 3 min

Strange Kid
Beth Fletcher | Brooklyn, NY | 15 min

Pearl Fryar, the Man with a Green Thumb
Savannah Cerniglia, Chelsie Griffin, Bri Hamlin, & Rachel Smith | Columbia, SC | 5 min

Habana Boxing Club
Danniel Rodriguez & Robert Colom | Los Angeles, CA & Miami, FL | 11 min

Rob Nance - “Motion Sickness”
Gen Liu & Zach Strum | Cary, NC | 3 min

Alma
Grant Conversano | New York, NY | 19 min

Lumpkin, GA
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Feature Blocks
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Lumpkin, GA
Nicholas Manting Brewer | Los Angeles, CA | 38 min

This timely documentary feature--a lyrical exploration of indifference and isolation in today’s divided political climate--zeroes in on a poverty-stricken community in rural Georgia that plays host to one of America’s largest immigrant detention centers.

Preceded by:

Walker's
Kyle Myers-Haugh | Wilmington, NC | 12 min

Uniontown
Fraser Jones | Atlanta, GA | 16 min

Overdue Grits
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission. 21+ up.

A gritsy edition of Richland Library's Overdue— live music, art, interactive games, food, and drinks. Join us after hours at Richland Library for a night of tunes, tech, crafts, and so much more. Get inspired with interactive artwork from some of South Carolina’s best creatives. It’s time for you to check back in!

Always in Season
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Always in Season
Jacqueline Olive | Wilmington, NC | 88 min

“How far would you go to get to the truth?” That’s the question Claudia, mother of the late Lennon Lacy, puts to viewers of this elegiac documentary feature, a study of lingering historic traumas and their effect on the present day. Though authorities ruled Lennon’s death by hanging a suicide, Claudia--an African-American woman and longtime North Carolina resident--suspects it was a racially motivated lynching. Always in Season premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency.

The Weekly Revue (Doors at 7pm) @ The Pastor's Study
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
The Pastor’s Study | 1635 Main Street
$10.00 General Admission | Free for Festival Pass holders

Toby Lou is back for another year of comedy and laughs! The Weekly Revue is a variety show featuring special guest filmmakers, the Ross Bros, live music, comedy, and more, and your host—Toby Lou!

This Taco Truck Kills Fascists
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

While I Breathe, I Hope
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

While I Breathe, I Hope
Emily Harrold | New York, NY | 72 min

What does it mean to be young, Black, and a Democrat in the heart of the American South? That’s the question at the center of Indie Grits alum Emily Harrold’s warm documentary portrait of Bakari Sellers. A rising star in the progressive political establishment, Sellers’ 2014 bid to become South Carolina’s lieutenant governor--as well as his activism following the shooting deaths of the Emmanuel 9 in Charleston--serve as the backdrop for this moving feature. Winner of the 2018 Audience Award at New Orleans Film Festival.

Preceded by:

All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk
Angela Tucker | New Orleans, LA | 21 min

Pleasure Pursuits
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

In a culture that exerts an enormous amount of effort to police women’s bodies, embracing pleasure is an act of insurrection. Whether they’re offering up tender first-person accounts of BDSM experiences, producing excessive shellfish feasts to spite their image-obsessed mothers, or issuing fiery found footage manifestos, the women and femmes of Pleasure Pursuits refuse to bend to the will of others, flouting the conventions of self-denial on which our patriarchal culture insists.

Applied Pressure
Kelly Sears | Denver, CO | 6 min

SPOON
Brantly Jackson Watts, Kristian Zuniga, & Jon Watts | Atlanta, GA | 10 min

Sweet Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories
Maggie M. Bailey | Austin, TX | 13 min

Clams Casino
Pam Nasr | New York, NY | 10 min

Tightly Wound
Shelby Hadden | Austin, TX | 10 min

Slower
Kelly Gallagher | Syracuse, NY | 7 min

Nettles
Raven Jackson | Brooklyn, NY | 25 min

KOHINOORGASM - “Chalo”
Jing Niu | Los Angeles, CA | 3 min

Late Night Mixtape
11:00 pm - 12:00 am
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Oddballs, rascals, scoundrels--call the merry band of troublemakers behind this year’s Late Night Mixtape what you will, but there’s no denying the unbridled manic energy they bring to their work. If you’re in the market for a bit of mischief and mayhem on your Friday night--for a cranium-bursting infomercial supercut, a bloodsucking home invasion story, or a bit of gruesome graveside gratification--knock back whatever you’re drinking and plop yourself into that plush theater chair.

Like This/Like That
Tommy Heffron | Chicago, IL | 3 min

Boo Hag - "Pop the Clutch"
Winston Warner | Myrtle Beach, SC | 3 min

No Good Deed
Ethan Hanson, Caroline Mobley, Amy Brower & Jonathan Furnell | Columbia, SC | 7 min

The Amazing Anti-Fart Formula
Brad Kennedy & Luke Pilgrim | Dahlonega, GA | 9 min

Space Coke - "Corpsewood Manor"
Steve Daniels | Columbia, SC | 3 min

content generation
Ony Ratsimbaharison | Columbia, SC | 7 min

Future Song
Odile Postic | Richmond, VA | 3 min

Party
Chandler Yonkers | Lexington, SC | 2 min

Infinitikiss - "Pas"
Henry Moonrod | Columbia, SC | 2 min

Space Wind
Véronique Vanblaere | Birmingham, AL | 3 min

Big Mouth Billy Bass
Chris Dean | Charlotte, NC | 10 min

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

Join us at Columbia’s greatest dive bar! Known as the unofficial watering hole for Indie Grits filmmakers, musicians, and festival-goers alike, The Whig will open its doors for a late night of drinks, food, and pleasant company.

Saturday, March 30
Saturday, March 30
Saturday, March 30
Kindie Grits
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street | Storytime Room
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission.

Kindie Grits is a free event that welcomes future filmmakers and families of all ages. We utilize everything from markers to magazines, glitter, and other crafty tools to create imaginative stop motion animations together. All of this is led by an Indie Grits alumni filmmaker who always deliver a fun morning of creativity and filmmaking.

Feature Doc Panel
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | Room 214
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free and open to the public.

Thinking about making a documentary feature? Are you currently in production, post or pre-production? Join these filmmakers who currently have their first doc features in the festival circuit for a conversation about documentary storytelling and the ins-and-outs of feature production.

Indie Bits Arcade
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Type
Bits
Location
1216 Taylor Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission. All ages.

Indie Bits is a celebration of independent interactive media. That’s video games, board games, card games, and virtual reality. There’s playful, imaginative worlds of escape. If you want slick systems that challenge your mind, here is the place.

The IB19 Arcade shares work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more. This year will feature a special collection of youth games from the VCU Art Education Department.

Indie Grants
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Free and open to the public | Reserving tickets highly recommended.

Indie Grants is a joint effort between the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College, connecting South Carolina scriptwriters and their stories with top production professionals. Filmmakers and Indie Grants staff members will be on hand to answer questions about the grant application and the production process.

Whistler’s Mother
Robbie Robertson & Lorie Gardner | Columbia, SC

The artist James Whistler spent years trying to capture the essence of his mother for his most famous work of art. Not to create a masterpiece, but to save his mother from possession by the Baba Yaga, an evil Russian witch.

And the People Could Fly
Roni Nicole Henderson | Columbia, SC

And the People Could Fly explores an 10 year old girl’s adventure in a parked ‘84 Bonneville. A gorgeous soundtrack unfolds as she pushes the heavy buttons on the car radio and waits on her Mama, Jeannie, to finish whatever business she has beyond the deep orange porch light. When the street grows too hectic for her, she ventures into the house of a gentrifying heroin dealer and discovers her power to truly awaken and transmute.

ABDUCTED
Directed by Ben Joyner, Written by Josh Barkey | Fort Mill, SC

News of strange disappearances cast an unsettling mood as Jen, a young professional, goes out for drinks with a man she met online.

VOICES
Written & Directed by Will Stewart | Greenville, SC

Plagued with a disorder that makes him mimic celebrity voices when he gets nervous, a desperate man has one last change to find true love before it’s too late.

Grits In Progress
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street | 2nd Floor Theater

One of the most important aspects of documentary filmmaking is seeing your work on a big screen and having a real live audience respond to it. Grits In Progress is proud to present our first-ever series of "rough cut” screenings by regional visiting filmmakers. These screenings are free and open to the general public, and they include a facilitated session where the audience is encouraged to provide constructive feedback on story structure and character development.

Program

Devil Town
12:00 PM
Adam Forrester | Atlanta, GA

Devil Town examines the sordid history of a now sleepy small town in the American South: Phenix City, Alabama. It was here that local officials once allowed violent murders and a criminal network of drugs, gambling, prostitution, and black-market adoptions to flourish, leading the town to earn the moniker “Sin City, USA.”

The Caregivers
12:30 PM
Lauren Cater & Abbey Hoekzema | Tucker, GA

In 2005, it was estimated that 1.3 - 1.4 million children between the ages of 8 and 18 act as caregivers in their household to a sibling, parent, grandparent, or extended family member. The Caregivers shares the intimate stories of caregiving youth growing up in the South. These young adults sacrifice their education, childhood, and general well-being to support their families. By not acknowledging and experiencing these children's lives, we run the risk of leaving a generation behind. And this generation has critical skills needed for our changing society.

The Last Doctor
1:00 PM
Matthew Hashiguchi | Savannah, GA

Since 2010, seven rural hospitals have closed in Georgia, leaving a health disparity in much of the state’s rural areas. In Clay County, its last remaining doctor tries to maintain her rural clinic so she can continue treating residents in one of the state’s poorest counties, where the closest hospital is thirty miles away.

Sediment
1:30 PM
William Stephen Davis | Charlotte, NC

The collapse of industry. Limited support for public education. Poor medical services for those grappling with long-term illnesses. In rural North Carolina, small towns are beset by an unyielding series of crises, both public and private. Sediment delves into the invisible stories of the people who occupy these spaces, utilizing interviews, landscape imagery, and individual memories to communicate the breadth of the devastation there.

America First: The Legacy of an Immigration Raid
1:00 pm - 2:25 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

America First: The Legacy of an Immigration Raid
Andrea Patiño Contreras & Almudena Toral | Miami, FL | 39 min

It’s been a decade since Postville, Iowa suffered the largest immigration raid at a worksite in US history--389 immigrants were arrested in the biggest kosher meatpacking plant in the country. As Donald Trump revives aspects of George W. Bush’s immigration enforcement policies, this documentary feature sheds light on the repercussions of such massive raids. America First marks the return of Indie Grits alum Andrea Patiño Contreras to this year’s festival.

Preceded by:

Gutk'odau (Yellow)
Adam Piron | Los Angeles, CA | 8 min

A Line Birds Cannot See
Amy Bench | Austin, TX | 9 min

Places Disturbed
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Shot on location at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park in west Texas, this tense, ruminative essay film--director Julianna Villarosa’s second to appear in this year’s festival--considers the proximity of a protected wilderness to the site of a recent oil boom.

My Dear Kyrgyzstan
Noam Argov & Alex Pritz | San Francisco, CA & New York, NY | 13 min

Polar Rising
Ashleigh Goh | Brooklyn, NY | 3 min

Café de Temporada
Maria Luisa Santos | Austin, TX | 13 min

The Real Thing
Julianna Villarosa | Iowa City, IA | 3 min

Places Disturbed
Julianna Villarosa | Iowa City, IA | 13 min

Let's Look at Florida
Amanda Justice & Hogan Seidel | Brooklyn, NY & Boston, MA | 5 min

Life on the Mississippi
Bill Brown | Chapel Hill, NC | 28 min

Silence Sam: Impact Producer Screening
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street | 2nd Floor Theater

Special Guests:
Courtney Staton, Lead Producer + Impact Producerr
Mistyre Bonds, Impact Producer

Silence Sam (Fine cut screening)
Jeremiah Rhodes & Courtney Staton | Chapel Hill, NC | 40 min

Since its dedication in 1913, students, staff, faculty, and community members at UNC have advocated for the removal of Confederate monument Silent Sam, standing at the entrance of campus. Silence Sam, a documentary short produced by students of UNC’s School of Media and Journalism, follows the most recent student-led movement to remove the statue, as well as their silencing by university administrators.

Moving Memoirs
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)
Visit the film page for more information

“We tell ourselves stories,” Joan Didion once wrote, “in order to live.” To rid ourselves of the memories that burden us. Or, at the very least, to come to terms with them, so we can proceed through life a little less encumbered than before. Shot through with melancholy, these fiercely intelligent, mordantly witty confessionals span a range of genres--from music videos to experimental animated shorts--but are united in their commitment to radical acts of disclosure.

This is What We’re Left With
Alexis Stratton | Englewood, CO | 6 min

And By the Night
Anna Kipervaser | Durham, NC | 10 min

Moon Racer - “Song of the Mogwai”
Autumn Ehinger | Durham, NC | 4 min

Fucked Like a Star
Stefani Saintonge | The Bronx, NY | 8 min

Foreclosed Home Movie
Lisa Danker | Orlando, FL | 8 min

GEORGIE
Odile Postic | Richmond, VA | 3 min

Between my flesh and the world’s fingers
Talena Sanders | Sebastopol, CA | 31 min

Impact Producer Workshop
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street | Room 214

Moderator: Lauren Waring Douglas

This workshop will use the impact campaign of Silence Sam as a jumping off point to talk about impact producing in your next documentary film. A panel of experienced producers will share their thoughts on the importance of impact producing in their own work. Followed by a Q&A with the panelists.

Special guests are:
Naomi Waker, Co-Director of the Southern Documentary Fund
Jacqueline Olive, Director of Always in Season
Courtney Staton, Lead Producer + Impact Producer of Silence Sam
Molly Murphy, Co-Director of Working Films

The House of Sweet Magic
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Youth Media Films
Event Type
Filmmaker Focus
Location
Richland Library | 1431 Assembly Street | 2nd Floor Theater

These handcrafted animations, unflinching documentaries, heartfelt narratives, and fiercely original music videos--all created by youth media-makers--are suffused with the same DIY spirit present in the work of Helen Hill, a noted experimental animator and champion of independent cinema. Hill, a Columbia native, made her first-ever animated short, The House of Sweet Magic, in the fifth grade. The love of movie magic that began in Hill’s childhood inspired this block, which features the work of filmmakers age 3 through 18.

When Lambs Become Lions
4:30 pm - 6:10 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

When Lambs Become Lions
Jon Kasbe | New York, NY | 76 min

From the producers of the Oscar-nominated Cartel Land, this riveting documentary feature (directed by Indie Grits alum Jon Kasbe) follows a small-time ivory dealer in the Kenyan bush, who fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.

The Fist & Spoon Fair
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
The Columbia Museum of Art & Boyd Plaza | 1515 Main Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission | All ages.

The Fist & Spoon Fair is a sampling of mixed media that represents Indie Grits as a whole— free film screenings, print media & zines, music, puppetry, and of course food & fun!

Pleasure Pursuits
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $10 GA, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

In a culture that exerts an enormous amount of effort to police women’s bodies, embracing pleasure is an act of insurrection. Whether they’re offering up tender first-person accounts of BDSM experiences, producing excessive shellfish feasts to spite their image-obsessed mothers, or issuing fiery found footage manifestos, the women and femmes of Pleasure Pursuits refuse to bend to the will of others, flouting the conventions of self-denial on which our patriarchal culture insists.

Applied Pressure
Kelly Sears | Denver, CO | 6 min

SPOON
Brantly Jackson Watts, Kristian Zuniga, & Jon Watts | Atlanta, GA | 10 min

Sweet Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories
Maggie M. Bailey | Austin, TX | 13 min

Clams Casino
Pam Nasr | New York, NY | 10 min

Tightly Wound
Shelby Hadden | Austin, TX | 10 min

Slower
Kelly Gallagher | Syracuse, NY | 7 min

Nettles
Raven Jackson | Brooklyn, NY | 25 min

KOHINOORGASM - “Chalo”
Jing Niu | Los Angeles, CA | 3 min

Puppet Slam I
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium | 1515 Main Street
$10 General Admission | Free to one of the shows for Festival Pass holders

An evening of hilarious and thought-provoking puppetry for an adult audience. Please note: not appropriate for children.

Resilience
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

The figures that populate these documentary shorts refuse to be confined, or defined, by their oppression. If anything, the challenges they’ve faced are an opportunity. An opportunity to embrace, without reservation, who they are and what they believe. Gun control advocates, sanctuary-seekers, the wrongfully imprisoned: these courageous individuals mine painful pasts and contemplate uncertain futures, but remain steadfast in their resolve to resist at any cost.

Marcie Cohen Ferris Does the Work
Ava Lowrey | Oxford, MS | 9 min

The Arrest
Kira Akerman | New Orleans, LA | 7 min

Santuario
Christine Delp & Pilar Timpane | Minneapolis, MN & Durham, NC | 26 min

Practice
Iyabo Kwayana | Atlanta, GA | 10 min

VONN
Emily MacKenzie | New Orleans, LA | 5 min

Come & Take It
PJ Raval | Austin, TX | 24 min

Southern Scenes
8:00 pm - 10:10 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Thrivers and strivers, underdogs and outcasts: the queer Appalachian painters, Guatemalan stable hands, and 911 operators-turned-quiltmakers that fill these Scenes are unmistakably Southern, in outlook if not always in identity. Why? Because they’re all reaching--reaching for redemption. For a life of dignity and purpose in a landscape hostile, in some instances, to their very being. Does the place we live determine who we are or what we become? Not for these determined few.

Featured Films:

The Derby
Remington Smith | Louisville, KY | 15 min

Shoot the Duck
Shannon Silva | Wilmington, NC | 8 min

Street Flame
Katherine Propper | Austin, TX | 12 min

Nashedonia
Will Berry | Portland, ME | 4 min

To West End, With Love
Melissa Alexander | Atlanta, GA | 12 min

AS IN DEATH
Mark Raafat Kammel | Durham, NC | 16 min

I AM TX
Ryan Darbonne | Austin, TX | 10 min

Whistle Down Wind
Julia Christgau & Andie Morgenlander | Asheville, NC | 15 min

Nomadic War Machine - “The Fields Lay Fallow”
Charlotte Taylor | Asheville, NC | 4 min

Puppet Slam II
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Event Type
Special Events
Location
Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium | 1515 Main Street
$10 General Admission | Free to one of the shows for Festival Pass holders

An evening of hilarious and thought-provoking puppetry for an adult audience. Please note: not appropriate for children.

Fiction Medley
9:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Shorts Block
Event Type
Shorts Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)
Visit the film page for more information

What flavor are you after? There are plenty to choose from in this cinematic smorgasbord. Whether you’re hankering for a bittersweet lunar fairy tale, a southern-fried sibling rivalry, a slowly simmering revenge fantasy, or something else entirely, our Fiction Medley can satisfy your cravings. Expect a range of delights, served a host of different ways--from goofy comedic narratives to blood-pumping thrillers and beyond. There’s something here for every palette. Go ahead. Dig in.

Magic Video - “Coffee Grind Brains”
Patrick Nugent | Philadelphia, PA | 3 min

Hornet’s Revenge
Jing Niu | Los Angeles, CA | 4 min

Bennifer
Ryan McGlade | New York, NY | 13 min

The Moon’s Milk
Ri Crawford | Oakland, CA | 14 min

Truck Slut
Ryan Craver | New York, NY | 15 min

Craving
Lance Kestrel Johnson | Brooklyn, NY | 11 min

Her Body
Juan Avella | Los Angeles, CA | 10 min

Closing Night Dance Party
10:00 pm - 2:00 am
Event Type
Special Events
Location
1216 Taylor Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Ages 21 and up | $5.00 at the door | Free entry for Festival Pass Holders

It’s your last chance to dance! Dancing, live music, drinks, and interactive games.

Music:
Breathers
ZenSoFLy
10th Letter
Infinitikiss

Black Mother
10:45 pm - 12:00 am
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Black Mother
Khalik Allah | New York, NY | 77 min

Soulful and profound, filmmaker Khalik Allah (co-director of Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade) offers a stark meditation on faith and Jamaican identity in Black Mother, juxtaposing scenes of the country’s churches and holy spaces with those of its sex workers, and presenting a series of searingly powerful images that will burn themselves into your memory.

Sunday, March 31
Sunday, March 31
Sunday, March 31
Indie Bits Arcade
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Event Type
Bits
Location
1216 Taylor Street
Purchase & Reserve Tickets
Free admission. All ages.

Indie Bits is a celebration of independent interactive media. That’s video games, board games, card games, and virtual reality. There’s playful, imaginative worlds of escape. If you want slick systems that challenge your mind, here is the place.

The IB19 Arcade shares work from developers all over the south and beyond. Experience strange alternative controllers, sound games, multiplayer madness, and more. This year will feature a special collection of youth games from the VCU Art Education Department.

White Ravens: A Legacy of Resistance
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

White Ravens: A Legacy of Resistance
Georg Koszulinski | Wilmington, NC | 85 min

Indie Grits alum Georg Koszulinski returns to this year’s festival with White Ravens, a contemplative documentary feature about the indigenous Haida Gwaii people of British Columbia. Told from the perspective of a young Haida poet, White Ravens bears witness to the transgenerational trauma of colonization as survivors, their children, and grandchildren struggle with the effects of substance abuse, suicide, and interfamily trauma.

Preceded by:

Passerine in Time
Laurids Andersen Sonne | Durham, NC | 8 min

Long Time Coming
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story
Jon Strong | Orlando, FL | 88 min

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in an act of cultural defiance that would change the course of American history. More than 60 years later, these players explore how this game changed their lives--and how, ultimately, it was more than just a game.

Jaddoland
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Jaddoland
Nadia Shihab | Oakland, CA | 90 min

In this vivid, wistful documentary portrait, filmmaker Nadia Shihab returns to her hometown in the Texas panhandle to visit her mother, an artist from Iraq; her mother’s increasingly isolated life--and dynamic creative process--become the object of her attention. Soon, Shihab’s grandfather arrives from Iraq, prompting a deeper engagement with questions of place, migration, and the spaces we call home.

Preceded by:

What Stays
Danet Grabbe | Wilmington, NC | 2 min

Don't Get Trouble
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
Feature Block
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind: The Carolina Chocolate Drops' Story
John Whitehead | Saint Paul, MN | 83 min

Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson--the North Carolina trio that came to comprise the Carolina Chocolate Drops--refurbished a nineteenth-century musical style for twenty-first century listeners, and in doing so earned a Grammy, as well as legions of adoring fans. This compelling documentary portrait charts their meteoric rise from busking on the street to playing sold-out crowds at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world.

Preceded by:

The Tumbling Wheels - "Sleepwalking"
Emily MacKenzie & Sasha Solodukhina | New Orleans, LA | 5 min

Sound and Sole
Cara Hagan | Boone, NC | 7 min

Rural Project Screening: Encore
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
Event Type
The Rural Project, Encore Screening
Location
Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Join us for the encore screening of the Rural Project films, from the 2019 Indie Grits Labs fellows and Rural Project artists. The screening will include a mixture of fellows projects as well as a selection from our open call for proposals.

FEATURED FILMS

Stone Soup
Ony Ratsimbaharison and Margaret Walters
After reading Jon J. Muth’s Stone Soup, Newberry County students collaborate to create their own stone soup, along with several other projects, during a weekend arts program at the Newberry Arts Center. This film documents their creative process over a period of two workshop days, during which the students discuss what they would share with their community as they paint stones to go into their “soup.”

Newberry Old Hotel
Haitham Alrikaby | Pittsburgh, PA
Newberry Old Hotel tells the story of an old hotel, built in 1878 in Newberry, South Carolina. The hotel houses the historic Newberry Art Center, founded by Marguerite Palmen. When the hotel went up for sale, Joseph McDonald and his wife decided to purchase the building because they were worried that if an outsider bought the Hotel, the art center and history would be destroyed.

Getting Free
Kara Anderson | Columbia, SC
In this personal profile, the filmmaker reflects on her work as a young Southern white antiracist—and the lifelong search for belonging that led her there.

Dixie's Last Stand
Kelly Creedon | Durham, NC
Set in Orangeburg, SC, this documentary follows a battle over a Confederate Flag flying in the center of town in the wake of the 2015 Charleston Massacre. Through the battle, the film challenges audiences to consider if the flag has a place in Southern culture of the 21st Century.

Up da Road (working title)
Thaddeus W Jones Jr | Columbia, SC
This documentary offers an intimate look into the lives of entrepreneurial businesses through interactions with a current and former breadman in Hampton County, SC. Interviews and decaying spaces are contrasted with scenic sprawling spaces and bumpy roads as residents strive to keep their dying towns alive.

Invisible Hands
Yulian Martinez | Charleston, SC
With sweat and toil, migrant farm workers provide the invisible labor bringing food to the American table from seed to harvest. “Invisible hands” is an intimate film documenting a group of Mexican seasonal laborers in the rural South Carolina.

Voices of the Land: Sustaining Life in the Rural South
Ian Dillinger | Walterboro, SC
An informative story-driven documentary of the rural South seen and heard through the lives of farmers and individuals who make their living off the land, this film highlights the diverse natural resources and traditions that shape the landscape and issues a call to action for stewardship and sustainability.

Lower Richland StoryLab
Mahkia Greene & Students from Lower Richland High School | Columbia, SC
This film serves as an experimental visual record of Lower Richland StoryLab (LRSL), a high school arts program in rural Hopkins, SC. Fusing both the student and instructor perspective of the art process, this film follows the students of LRSL as they explore the past, present, and potential of their community.

Little Saluda USA
Lillian Burke & Amada Torruella | Columbia, SC
In Saluda, SC, established latino immigrants and generations of black and white residents coexist in isolation. A poetic exploration of the rural South, this immersive documentary showcases a collage of experiences from 21st-century America.

Ten Toes Down
Cedric Umoja | Hopkins, SC
To ensure a future for itself and its children, The Land possesses a man and performs various spells.

Some Million Miles
Adam Forrester & Jared Ragland | Atlanta, GA
Atop Sand Mountain, a sandstone plateau in northeast Alabama infamous for poultry processing, Pentecostal snake-handling, and meth production, we meet Chico, Alice, and Misty, whose lives have been shaped by methamphetamine use. Chico struggles with reintegration into society following a jail sentence; Alice pursues recovery and fights for custody of her daughter; and Misty rebuilds a stable life after ending an abusive relationship. Seven Million Miles presents a meditation on loss and the search for redemption amidst systemic social and economic marginalization.

Winners (Shorts Only)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Type
Shorts Block - Winners!
Location
The Nickelodeon Theatre
Tickets are $11 GA, $8 for Nick members, $6 for Students (Box Office Only), and free for Festival Pass holders (reserving tickets strongly recommended)

Join us for an encore screening of our shorts award winners!

PROGRAM:

Guster | John C. Kelley | Knoxville, TN | 4 min
content generation | Ony Ratsimbaharison | Columbia, SC | 7 min
Street Flame | Katherine Propper | Austin, TX | 12 min
Café de Temporada | Maria Luisa Santos | Austin, TX | 13 min
I AM TX | Ryan Darbonne | Austin, TX | 10 min
Practice | Iyabo Kwayana | Atlanta, GA | 10 min
Fucked Like a Star | Stefani Saintonge | The Bronx, NY | 8 min
To West End, With Love | Melissa Alexander | Atlanta, GA | 10 min
All Skinfolk Ain't Kinfolk | Angela Tucker | New Orleans, LA | 21 min

This screening will have no talkbacks

Festival Schedule