Rural Project Premiere
When: Thursday, March 28 at 7:00 PM | 120 min
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre | 1607 Main Street
Cost: $11 GA | $8 Nick Members | $6 Student (Box Office Only)
Free for Festival Pass holders!
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.Purchase or Reserve Tickets
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 the Road (working title)
Thaddeus Jones | 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.
Yulian Martinez-Escobar | 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.
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.