Indie Grits Festival

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The 10th annual Indie Grits Festival will be kicking off on Thursday, April 14th in Columbia, South Carolina and runs through Sunday April 17th.  The Festival combines film screenings with music, art and interactive media. The hub of the festival is the Nickelodeon Theatre, South Carolina’s only non-profit art house theatre.

The theme for this year’s festival is Waterlines. The festival has enlisted the talents of artists, filmmakers, journalists, musicians, and more, to contribute to the art program examines and contextualizes the historic flood that hit Columbia in October of last year. Their work will be exhibited throughout Indie Grits,

Admission to all events at Indie Grits are free this year to celebrate the 10th anniversary. VIP festival pass are available for $200 which gives you access to shorter lines, access to an exclusive Indie Grits Pre-Party, priority seating to the Eight Blackbird performance and access to the VIP Festival Lounges.

Highlights include:

Eight Blackbird at Indie Grits
Thursday, April 14th 6-10 pm
Gervais and Gist Riverwalk

An audio-visual outdoor performance from four time Grammy-award winning, MacArthur grant recipients Eight Blackbird, who will be playing along with site-specific visuals from new media specialist and Indie Grits alum, Patrick Nugent–all at a unique river site.

“Jacqueline Argentine” (2016)
Thursday, April 14th 2pm and 9:30 pm
Nickelodeon Theatre

Rockumentary follows an unnamed director/narrator (Wyatt Cenac) to Argentina, where he is filming Jacqueline, who claims she has the inside information to stop a plot to assassinate an Arab politician. The film was nominated for the Bright Future award at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Indie Grits Festival

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“Waterlines” Screening and Performance
Friday, April 15th 7:00 pm
Nickelodeon Theatre

The Waterlines screening and performance is a transmedia experience featuring never-before-seen live performances, newly commissioned films, live music, experimental storytelling, and more. This includes four films exploring the power of the water and the effects of the 2015 flood in South Carolina.

Indie Grits River Concert
Saturday, April 16 Noon – 10 pm
Gervais and Gist Riverwalk

All all day music event featuring performances by Dear Blanca, The Difference Machine, New Madrid, and hot off the Atlanta Film Festival Sound + Vision performance, Big Freedia.

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“Eat White Dirt” (2016)
Saturday, April 16th 8:00 pm
Nickelodeon Theater

“Eat White Dirt” which just won the Seed & Spark Award at the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival, headlines a series of four short films. “Eat White Dirt” weaves the story of Tammy Wright, a 37-year-old mother addicted to eating kaolin, with that of scientists, local historians, a physician, an artist, and three other practitioners of geophagy, or earth-eating.

“Little Sister”
Saturday, April 16th 9:30 pm
Nickelodeon Theatre

After a young nun’s veteran brother descends into solitude, she decamps the nunnery. Returning to her estranged family’s home, she tries to help before their dysfunction frays her nerves. But in this sweet, barbed comedy, the sister has her past: a bedroom covered in goth-metal bric-¬a-¬brac, a form of kindred history that might save her brother.

Indie Grits Festival

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Puppet Slam
Sunday, April 17th 3:00 pm
Nickelodeon Theater

Puppet Slam calls together puppeteers and artists from across the Southeast to perform along side the Slam’s creators and Columbia’s very own, Belle et Bête–also known as Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda. They describe the program as, “gloriously gritty evenings of experimental short puppetry and object theatre performances… a celebration of southern puppetry that is off the beaten path.”

‘Portraits of Legacy” Short Films
Sunday, April 17th 5:30 pm
Nickelodeon Theatre

Five short films where the past and present converge in Portraits of Legacy, a probing, insightful exploration of eccentric individuals and fantastic families. Questions of inheritance and heritage abound in these meticulously observed, deeply personal character studies, absurdly funny and incredibly disquieting by turn.

The Indie Grits Festival is April 14-17 in Columbia, South Carolina. For more information go to


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