Grits In Progress
When: Saturday, March 30 at 12:00pm | 180 min
Where: Richland Library | 1431 Assembly St | 2nd Floor Theater
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.