Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15, 2018

Serpents and Doves

Saturday, April 14 at 1:30 PM
Sunday, April 15 at 3:10 PM

Shorts Block: Zealousy
Nellie Kluz | Chicago, IL | 30 min
Genre: Documentary Short

Nellie Kluz, one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” takes us behind the scenes as flight attendants, undercover cops, and other members of an Arkansas community don Biblical garb to stage a Christian passion play on an epic scale.

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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!

Nellie Kluz:

1. What is your connection to the South?

I’m from NY (and other places, having moved a few times growing up) but I’ve spent time in various Southern states traveling and visiting friends etc. Driving back and forth from Chicago to Arkansas doing this film created a deeper connection for me.

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

I was on a road trip researching for a different project when I happened across the set where they do the play – it’s a popular attraction in the area. I had wanted to make a film about a religious pageant for a long time – I love repetitive rituals – so when I saw the location I loved it and knew I wanted to make a film there.

3. How did you start making films?

I figured out that I wanted to make movies when I was a teenager, but I was interested in all different kinds of things and I figured out that I was less interested in being on sets than I was in doing research and spending time filming with people – I was drawn to documentary filmmaking as a practice that allows me to insert myself into situations I don’t otherwise have a reason to be in.

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

Lots of things! The people at the Passion Play where I filmed invited me to play volleyball with them one Friday night while I was filming, so I went and did that – I’m terrible at volleyball, 5-year olds kids were beating me but everyone was being really sweet about it. I was filming solo and camping out while filming, so that led to a lot of moments that were fun but also sometimes a little harrowing. Raccoons ate my stuff a couple times and I was really worried about wild boars.

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

Seeing other people’s work and visiting Columbia!

6. Why should someone see your film?

I hope it’s a fun watch. There’s a lot of visually interesting stuff happening and I think that a viewer gets to hear people express themselves in a way that’s fairly personal and eloquent. Spending time at this play with these people was very thought-provoking for me and I think it shows in the film.


Film Shorts

“In Dog Beers I’ve Only Had Two”: A Lesson for Beginners
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
Can’t Kids – “Coperroni”
The Checkout Line
Cowgirl Up
CPS Closings & Delays
Dishing Out Community
dragons & seraphim
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?
Girls Rock Columbia
Grand Dragon
Growing Girl
Hair Wolf
Hardcore Wrestling Alliance
Kaye the Beast – “HEARD”
Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kim Bush’s Abduction
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
The Passages of Pride
Post Nuke
Prayer for Roy Moore
Recuerdos de Sangre / Blood Memories
Roadside Attraction
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
Sweet Nothing
This My Favorite Mural
Three Legged Dog
Tiger Toilet
The Traveler Takamure
You Can’t Play With Us