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Guest House
1:00 pm - 3:05 pm
Feature Block
Event Type
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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)

Guest House
Hannah Dweck & Yael Luttwak | Washington, DC | 75 min

Three women, all previously incarcerated for nonviolent crimes, grapple with the harsh realities of life outside of prison. Illuminating the hopes, dreams, desires, and disappointments of its protagonists, Guest House chips away at our preconceived notions about individuals navigating the American criminal justice system.

Preceded by:
Static
Zoe Huddleston | Savannah, GA | 2 min

Ocean Boulevard
Zoë Miller | Columbia, SC | 18 min

On Love & Other Connections
1:30 pm - 3:40 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)

Need an antidote to mass-market romance, or to those soullessly saccharine depictions of platonic love that diminish the complexity, and the beauty, of human relationships? Look no further than On Love & Other Connections, where love is almost always “an action,” as the feminist scholar bell hooks once wrote, “never simply a feeling.” Here, love is a challenge. It insists on vulnerability, and, on occasion, demands life-altering acts of courage—something the characters in these films know only too well.

Spilt Milk
Cierra Glaudé | Los Angeles, CA | 18 min

I have to think of us as separate people
Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min

Later Gator
Carson Markland | Irmo, SC | 11 min

Lawn
Quinton Dayne Moore | Raleigh, NC | 3 min

Cool for Five Seconds
Dani Wieder | Chicago, IL | 12 min

The House These Words Built
Gabby Follett Sumney |Boston, MA | 3 min

Shelter
Jo Hatcher | Winston-Salem, NC | 7 min

Coby & Stephen Are in Love
JCarlo Nasisse & Luka Yuanyuan Yang | Austin, TX & Beijing, China | 31 min

Political Animals
3:30 pm - 5:15 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)

Lovelorn zoo jaguars, vying for attention from captivity. Stolen rabbits prompting sugarcane field encounters with the divine. The Political Animals that populate this cinematic bestiary challenge whatever preconceived notions we might be harboring about non-human intelligence, dignity, and autonomy on our shared planet. As we reckon with capitalism and its twin legacies of violence and exploitation, as well as the degradation of the environment, these Political Animals make space for reconciliation with the natural world.

Valerio’s Day Out
Michael Arcos | New Orleans, LA | 9 min

Does Water Die?
Tom Hansell & Joshua White | Ashe County, NC | 3 min

Hall of Fishes
Jennifer Boles | Chicago, IL | 9 min

Hierophany
Kevin Contento | Pembroke Pines, FL | 11 min

Hudson Geese
Bernardo Britto | New York, New York | 5 min

Burning Land
Juan Camilo Olmos Feris | Barranquilla, Colombia | 29 min

Real Fiction Exhibition
5:00 pm - 7:00 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)

In 2019-2020 the Indie Grits Labs Fellowship program is focusing on current News & Media Literacy issues facing our local Southern communities through the “Real Fiction Project.” Journalism across the Southeast is under threat as large media outlets consume each other and local coverage is diminished and downsized with disappearing resources. However, anyone with a cellphone has 24/7 access to a deluge of digital information from an unfiltered, international media landscape increasingly saturated with false news, conspiracy theories and misinformation. This year, IGL is identifying journalists, new media artists, and documentary filmmakers to develop projects around this growing 21st century conundrum. Join us for the final exhibition.

Building The American Dream
6:00 pm - 7:50 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)

Building the American Dream
Chelsea Hernandez | Austin, TX | 73 min

In Texas, workplace safety (not to mention fair pay) for immigrants is hardly a priority. But a movement for justice is changing the conversation. In Building the American Dream, a Mexican family campaigns for a safety ordinance. A Salvadoran couple owed thousands in back pay fights for their children’s future. And a bereaved son battles to protect others from preventable tragedy. Their stories of courage and community offer up shocking truths about the American Dream.

Preceded by:

Invisible Hands
Yulian Martinez Escobar | Charleston, SC | 8 min

Beast Beast
8:00 pm - 10:05 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)

Beast Beast
Danny Madden | Los Angeles, CA | 86 min

In a quiet southern town, popular and charismatic theatre kid Krista finds herself increasingly drawn to Nito, the new student in her high school who catches her attention with his impressive skating videos. The two share an easy rapport and quickly grow close. Unbeknownst to her, their lives and that of her gun-loving neighbor, Adam, will soon become intertwined—until they reach a breaking point.

Preceded by:

All The Seconds Before You Swipe
Bernardo Britto | New York, NY | 6 min

Forever Young
8:30 pm - 10:30 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)

Untamed, unguarded, and coursing with youthful energy, the audacious narrative shorts and music videos of Forever Young thrill with tales of reckless abandon. Whether they’re indulging in a Disney World Grindr hookup, inciting rebellion in a middle school classroom, or dispensing dubious advice on a desert telephone, these protagonists and performers submit heedlessly to their instincts and impulses, living intensely, without fear or reservation.

Unfinished Business
Mary Dauterman | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min

Is That All There Is?
Chris Molina | Miami, FL | 6 min

Nicotine – “Running”
Leo Aguirre | San Antonio, TX | 5 min

Date Movie
Emily MacKenzie & Sasha Solodukhina | New Orleans, LA | 10 min

The Restoration – “I’ll Never Leave You”
Christopher Tevebaugh | Columbia, SC | 5 min

The Woodpecker
Courtney Bush, Will Carington, & Jake Goicoechea | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min

Contour – “New Garden”
CHILD Studio & Contour | London, United Kingdom & Charleston, SC | 4 min

Kiber’s Cosmic Caregiving
Madison McClintock | Albuquerque, NM | 5 min

Las Robertas – “Together Outrageously”
Maria Luisa Santos | San José, Costa Rica | 3 min

American Waste
Jordan McLaughlin | Winston-Salem, NC | 27 min

Friday, March 27
Friday, March 27
Friday, March 27
LIDA
1:00 pm - 2:35 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)

LIDA
Lev Omelchenko | Atlanta, GA | 51 min

Seventeen years after immigrating to the United States, filmmaker Lev Omelchenko returns to the Ukraine to visit his only living grandparent, Lida, on her 70th birthday. Still tending to farm animals on ancestral land in rural Solonitsa, Lida lives alone in the home she built with her late husband. This documentary portrait offers up a day in her life, one complicated by the unexpected arrival of her grandson.

Preceded by:
Pozole
Jessica Mendez Siqueiros | Los Angeles, CA | 10 min

Grey Seals
Jonathan Rattner | Nashville, TN | 10 min

THE SEA BETWEEN US
1:30 pm - 3:10 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)

THE SEA BETWEEN US
Stephanie Saxemard | Saint Esprit, Martinique | 49 min

On the night of September 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the island of Dominica. For several days, the country was engulfed in silence, completely cut off from the rest of the world. From the neighboring island of Martinique, a film crew decided to brave the stormy waters of the Dominican channel to establish contact.

Preceded by:
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Charles Fairbanks & Saul Kak | Oaxaca, Mexico | 18 min

Seadrift
3:00 pm - 4:50 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)

Seadrift
Tim Tsai | Visalia, CA | 69 min

In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shot and killed a white crab fisherman on the public docks of Seadrift, Texas. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupted into violence, igniting a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese living along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of postwar Vietnamese arrival in the US, Seadrift examines the circumstances that led to the shooting, and the unexpected consequences that followed.

Preceded by:
Tides
Andre Silva | Wilmington, NC | 8 min

People Portraits
3:30 pm - 5:20 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)

Inspired and inspiring, the tenacious figures at the center of these People Portraits are exemplars of southern resilience, unwavering in their quests for lives of dignity and distinction. From the barbershops of Statesboro, Georgia, to the professional softball fields of Akron, Ohio, these subjects captivate with their clear-eyed determination and fierce sense of self. In the mood for family-friendly documentary fare? Get to know the compelling characters of People Portraits.

Knocking Down the Fences
Meg Shutzer | Oakland, CA | 12 min

Mentor
Abbey Hoekzema | Savannah, GA | 6 min

Twenty-13
Alexis Garcia-Bueno | Statesboro, GA | 11 min

Hebo
Kevin Wells | Hillsborough, NC | 11 min

VONN
Emily MacKenzie | New Orleans, LA | 5 min

Remembering Elwood Higginbottom
Jonathan Smith | Myrtle, MS | 7 min

Dairyman
David Bliss | Donalds, SC | 13 min

DAMITA.
W. Feagins, Jr. | Atlanta, GA | 10 min

Rites of Passage
5:30 pm - 7:30 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 art of losing,” the poet Elizabeth Bishop wrote, “isn’t hard to master.” That much is clear when you consider the loss-haunted coming of age shorts that round out our Rites of Passage block, where—for better or worse—experience evaporates whatever illusions, expectations, or misconceptions our protagonists are clinging to. These deeply personal, altogether striking narrative shorts, experimental films, and documentaries seem to suggest that, through such loss, we’re able to emerge more fully ourselves.

Ángelito
Carlos Estrada | Austin, TX | 11 min

Scalpers
Eric Gheorghe | Atlanta, GA | 2 min

One of Their Own
Allen Colombo | Los Angeles, CA | 4 min

Here There Be Tygers
Jennifer Trudrung & Polly Schattel | Asheville, NC | 10 min

Caro Comes Out
Brit Fryer & Caro Hernandez | Brooklyn, NY | 12 min

Sisters 3
Ace McColl | Atlanta, GA | 11 min

Quiet & Clear
Andre Rangiah | Franklin, LA | 8 min

3-Part Horror-mon-ee
Ashley Teamer | New Orleans, LA | 11 min

Things That Happen in the Bathroom
Edward Hancox | Austin, TX | 13 min

Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
6:00 pm - 8:10 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)

Bloody Nose Empty Pockets
Bill and Turner Ross | New Orleans, LA | 98 min

In the shadows of the bright lights of Las Vegas, it’s last call for a beloved dive bar known as the Roaring 20s. That’s the premise, at least; the reality is as unreal as the world the regulars are escaping from. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a mosaic of disparate lives, teetering between dignity and debauchery, reckoning with the past as they face an uncertain future, and singing as their ship goes down. Indie Grits alumni and filmmaking duo Bill and Turner Ross (Western, 2015) return with an elegiac portrait of a tiny world fading away but still warm and beating with the comfort of community. Their beguiling approach to nonfiction storytelling makes for a foggy memory of experience lost in empty shot glasses and puffs of smoke. Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Flannery
8:00 pm - 10:10 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)

Flannery
“Lives spent between the house and the chicken yard,” Flannery O’Connor once quipped, “do not make exciting copy.” And yet the iconic American writer’s seemingly banal life was replete with the stuff of compelling biography. Animated sequences, archival footage, and audio recordings of O’Connor (as well as present-day readings from admirers like Tommy Lee Jones and Alice Walker) offer a rare glimpse into the psyche of a uniquely southern artist.

Preceded by:

That House
Jessica Xu | Valencia, CA | 3 min

Southern Movements
8:30 pm - 10:40 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)

To experience a distinctly southern strain of spirituality, let Southern Movements overtake you. Raw and otherworldly, these radical music videos, documentary portraits, and narrative shorts locate the sublime among the maligned and the misunderstood, centering vulnerable characters who, more often than not, turn to art as a means of liberation or catharsis. In these films, bodies are vessels—the earthly shapes that transcendence takes, if only for a moment.

Jared Dawson is The Church of Lavonia Elberton
Adam Forrester | Atlanta, GA | 14 min

Blato Zlato – “Vodata Teche”
Sasha Solodukhina | New Orleans, LA | 7 min

Bodies Like Oceans
Kat Cory | Portland, OR | 13 min

Vogue Virgin
Fraser Jones | Atlanta, GA | 8 min

Birth of Pleasure
Anicka Austin & Lev Omelchenko | Durham, NC & Atlanta, GA | 13 min

Migration
Syd Horn & Olivia Perillo | Lafayette, LA | 5 min

MUÑE
Catalina Jordan Alvarez | Yellow Springs, OH | 15 min

AND THE PEOPLE COULD FLY
Roni Nicole Henderson | Columbia, SC | 13 min

Gritty Creatures
10:30 pm - 12:30 am
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)

Welcome, one and all, to our menagerie of malevolence, where bayou beasts, flesh-hungry forest dwellers, Area 51 martians, and all manner of Gritty Creatures are arrayed for your viewing pleasure. If you’re a seasoned Grits-goer, eclectic in your tastes—as assured in your love of splatter horror as you are in your love of quirky character studies—you’ll delight in these ingenious genre-inspired shorts. Expect an elevated heartbeat, bucketfuls of viscera, and a whole lot of DIY spirit.

The Rougarou
Lorraine Caffery | Mandeville, LA | 15 min

Kudzu
Andi Avery & Kate Hinshaw | Atlanta, GA | 6 min

Three Dreams
Ann Bailey | Columbia, SC | 6 min

Frog People
Kathryn Van Buren | Austin, TX | 13 min

The House Guest
David Walton Smith | Charleston, SC | 10 min

THERE’S NOTHING IN THE SHED
David Axe | Columbia, SC | 2 min

The Way Station
Jason Affolder | New Orleans, LA | 8 min

Gaia
Madeleine Richardson | Asheville, NC | 7 min

Old Man Planet
Jesse Quales |Lexington, SC | 4 min

Visitors
Scott Lazer |Brooklyn, NY | 12 min

Saturday, March 28
Saturday, March 28
Saturday, March 28
No Ordinary Place
2:00 pm - 4:10 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)

Quiet and cerebral, the poetic contemplations of community and family that comprise No Ordinary Place remind viewers of the inescapable influence of environment on identity. Whether their cameras are trained on the rocky coastlines of a far-flung Grecian island, or the overgrown front yards of a fading Texas neighborhood, the filmmakers behind these elegant documentaries and experimental shorts are united in their preoccupation with landscapes and lives in flux..

The Island Man
Alex Morelli | Durham, NC | 21 min

Medusa & the Abyss
Felicity E. Palma | Los Angeles, CA | 11 min

East Side
Carlo Nasisse & Patricia Nogueira | Austin, TX & Mexico City, Mexico | 10 min

Eastern State
Talena Sanders | Sebastapol, CA | 5 min

Little Saluda USA
Lillian Burke & Amada Torruella | Columbia, SC | 13 min

When It Is Still
Anna Kipervaser | Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | 10 min

Blue & Gold Marching Machine
Jen Hughey, Aly Vermillion, & Nathan Burton | Asheboro, NC | 18 min

Border South
2:30 pm - 4:50 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)

Border South
Raúl O. Paz Pastrana | Denver, CO | 83 min

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Central American migrants begin a treacherous journey northward, passing through Mexico to reach the United States. Director Raúl O. Paz Pastrana spent four years embedded with these migrants, capturing their day-to-day struggles as well as their ingenuity, courage, and grim humor. Met with resistance from increasingly hostile governments, and confronted by life-threatening circumstances, Pastrana’s subjects are steadfast in their resolve to reach the US.

Preceded by:

Call Center Blues
Geeta Gandbhir | Brooklyn, NY | 25 min

Political Animals
4:45 pm - 6:30 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)

Lovelorn zoo jaguars, vying for attention from captivity. Stolen rabbits prompting sugarcane field encounters with the divine. The Political Animals that populate this cinematic bestiary challenge whatever preconceived notions we might be harboring about non-human intelligence, dignity, and autonomy on our shared planet. As we reckon with capitalism and its twin legacies of violence and exploitation, as well as the degradation of the environment, these Political Animals make space for reconciliation with the natural world.

Valerio’s Day Out
Michael Arcos | New Orleans, LA | 9 min

Does Water Die?
Tom Hansell & Joshua White | Ashe County, NC | 3 min

Hall of Fishes
Jennifer Boles | Chicago, IL | 9 min

Hierophany
Kevin Contento | Pembroke Pines, FL | 11 min

Burning Land
Juan Camilo Olmos Feris | Barranquilla, Colombia | 29 min

The Giverny Document
5:15 pm - 7:05 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 Giverny Document
Ja’Tovia Gary | Dallas, TX | 42 min

Filmed on location in Harlem and in Claude Monet’s historic gardens in Giverny, France, The Giverny Document is a poetic meditation on safety and bodily autonomy among Black women. This distinctive experimental feature utilizes direct animation techniques, woman-on-the-street interviews, and montage-style editing to explore the creative virtuosity of Black femme performance figures, simultaneously interrogating the histories of those bodies as spaces of forced labor and commodified production.

Preceded by:

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Keisha Rae Witherspoon | Miami, FL | 14 min

La Flaca
Adriana Barbosa & Thiago Zanato | Los Angeles, CA | 20 min

Laundry Day
Olamma Oparah | Atlanta, GA | 4 min

Encoded Visions
7:00 pm - 9:10 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)

For stark, honest assessments of the times in which we live. For visionary explorations of identity and alienation. For alarming, disturbing, and—on occasion—bleakly funny films that ponder questions of antisemitism, whiteness, conspiracy thinking, and other subjects of controversy, turn to Encoded Visions. These short films contend with the fracturing forces of media and technology, scrutinizing their outsized influence on our culture as well as ourselves. Whether such disintegration can be remedied remains to be seen.

iCANDY
Gavin Jennings Harwell | Charlotte, NC | 4 min

Dirt Daughter
Marnie Ellen Hertzler | Baltimore, MD | 13 min

Daybreak
Madeline Pieschel | Atlanta, GA | 5 min

Your Pizza is Outside
Julia Elizabeth Evans | Los Angeles, CA | 9 min

Lovely
Caroline Williams | Studio City, CA | 4 min

Conspiracy Cruise
Brad Abrahams | Austin, TX & Miami, FL | 13 min

Petting Zoo
Daniel Robin | Atlanta, GA | 11 min

Ye Goatherd Gods
Henry Moonrod | Columbia, SC | 4 min

White Male
Jared Hogan | Charlotte, NC | 4 min

Amazonia
Roger Beebe | Columbus, OH | 25 min

Drought
7:30 pm - 9:40 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)

Drought
Hannah Black & Megan Peterson | Wilmington, NC | 84 min

Summer 1993. Trapped in a small southern town afflicted by the worst drought in recent memory, recent high-school grad Sam (in cahoots with her meteorology-obsessed younger brother, Carl) hatches a plan to steal her mother’s ice cream truck and head west in pursuit of a big storm. The two reconnect with their estranged sister, Lillian, and their friend Lewis, for a life-altering adventure on the road.

Preceded by:

Cherry
Stacey Davis | Birmingham, AL | 12 min

Motel Glory – “Just Kidding”
Micah Troublefield | Rock Hill, SC | 3 min

On Love & Other Connections
9:30 pm - 11:40 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)

Need an antidote to mass-market romance, or to those soullessly saccharine depictions of platonic love that diminish the complexity, and the beauty, of human relationships? Look no further than On Love & Other Connections, where love is almost always “an action,” as the feminist scholar bell hooks once wrote, “never simply a feeling.” Here, love is a challenge. It insists on vulnerability, and, on occasion, demands life-altering acts of courage—something the characters in these films know only too well.

Spilt Milk
Cierra Glaudé | Los Angeles, CA | 18 min

I have to think of us as separate people
Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira | Brooklyn, NY | 4 min

Later Gator
Carson Markland | Irmo, SC | 11 min

Lawn
Quinton Dayne Moore | Raleigh, NC | 3 min

Cool for Five Seconds
Dani Wieder | Chicago, IL | 12 min

The House These Words Built
Gabby Follett Sumney |Boston, MA | 3 min

Shelter
Jo Hatcher | Winston-Salem, NC | 7 min

Coby & Stephen Are in Love
JCarlo Nasisse & Luka Yuanyuan Yang | Austin, TX & Beijing, China | 31 min

Forever Young
10:15 pm - 12:15 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)

Untamed, unguarded, and coursing with youthful energy, the audacious narrative shorts and music videos of Forever Young thrill with tales of reckless abandon. Whether they’re indulging in a Disney World Grindr hookup, inciting rebellion in a middle school classroom, or dispensing dubious advice on a desert telephone, these protagonists and performers submit heedlessly to their instincts and impulses, living intensely, without fear or reservation.

Unfinished Business
Mary Dauterman | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min

Is That All There Is?
Chris Molina | Miami, FL | 6 min

Nicotine – “Running”
Leo Aguirre | San Antonio, TX | 5 min

Date Movie
Emily MacKenzie & Sasha Solodukhina | New Orleans, LA | 10 min

The Restoration – “I’ll Never Leave You”
Christopher Tevebaugh | Columbia, SC | 5 min

The Woodpecker
Courtney Bush, Will Carington, & Jake Goicoechea | Brooklyn, NY | 7 min

Contour – “New Garden”
CHILD Studio & Contour | London, United Kingdom & Charleston, SC | 4 min

Kiber’s Cosmic Caregiving
Madison McClintock | Albuquerque, NM | 5 min

Las Robertas – “Together Outrageously”
Maria Luisa Santos | San José, Costa Rica | 3 min

American Waste
Jordan McLaughlin | Winston-Salem, NC | 27 min

Sunday, March 29
Sunday, March 29
Sunday, March 29
Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack
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)

Queen of Hearts: Audrey Flack
Rachel Reichman & Deborah Shaffer | Brooklyn, NY | 75 min

88-year-old Audrey Flack holds a unique place in the history of contemporary American art. An abstract expressionist, photorealist, and creator of monumental public sculptures, Flack has always been a trailblazer. Queen of Hearts accompanies Flack on her latest creative journey, and offers insights into her struggles as the parent of a child with autism.

Preceded by:

Yves & Variation
Lydia Cornett | Baltimore, MD | 15 min

Southern Movements
1:00 pm - 3:10 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)

To experience a distinctly southern strain of spirituality, let Southern Movements overtake you. Raw and otherworldly, these radical music videos, documentary portraits, and narrative shorts locate the sublime among the maligned and the misunderstood, centering vulnerable characters who, more often than not, turn to art as a means of liberation or catharsis. In these films, bodies are vessels—the earthly shapes that transcendence takes, if only for a moment.

Jared Dawson is The Church of Lavonia Elberton
Adam Forrester | Atlanta, GA | 14 min

Blato Zlato – “Vodata Teche”
Sasha Solodukhina | New Orleans, LA | 7 min

Bodies Like Oceans
Kat Cory | Portland, OR | 13 min

Vogue Virgin
Fraser Jones | Atlanta, GA | 8 min

Birth of Pleasure
Anicka Austin & Lev Omelchenko | Durham, NC & Atlanta, GA | 13 min

Migration
Syd Horn & Olivia Perillo | Lafayette, LA | 5 min

MUÑE
Catalina Jordan Alvarez | Yellow Springs, OH | 15 min

AND THE PEOPLE COULD FLY
Roni Nicole Henderson | Columbia, SC | 13 min

Proper Pronouns
3:00 pm - 4:35 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)

Proper Pronouns
Megan Q. Daniels & Manie Robinson | Pittsboro, NC | 65 min

A group of transgender ministers in North Carolina reckon with prejudice in their communities, as well as their families. As they challenge the status quo of silence and shame, their journey puts them face to face with governing bodies within their church in this emotional chronicle of individual authenticity and collective spirituality.

Preceded by:

Godspeed
Sade Abiodun | Raleigh, NC | 6 min

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
3:45 pm - 5:50 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)

Mossville: When Great Trees Fall
Alexander John Glustrom | New Orleans, LA | 75 min

“We’re in downtown Mossville,” Stacey Ryan says. “Population: one.” A once-thriving Louisiana community founded over a century ago by the formerly enslaved, Mossville has been ravaged by industrialization, with chemical spills and other hazardous incidents poisoning the landscape—and its people. In spite of an ongoing site development project by the South African corporation Sasol, Ryan resists calls to leave, clinging steadfastly to his ancestral home.

Preceded by:

Juskatla
Georg Koszulinski | Wilmington, NC | 13 min

Dry Rot
Samuel Farance | Wilmington, NC | 4 min

Winners (Shorts Only)
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Event Type
Shorts Block - Winners!
Location
The Nickelodeon Theatre

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

PROGRAM (TBD):

This screening will have no talkbacks

Festival Schedule