Festival Guide - Indie Grits Festival

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Festival Guide - Indie Grits Festival
<INCOMING TRANSMISSION>
OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Utopia in reach, we lunge for a vision
FEATURING LIVE MUSIC FROM
WARNING TIME TRAVELER
HECTORINA // HELADO NEGRO // MICHAEL PARALLAX
Orwellian hellions say what they will
Our dreams are things never tame never still
Project and expect a vibrant display
of moving pictures abound and games to play
Marionettes breathe with artificial lungs
Where Columbian subways aren’t too far flung
The museum comes to life without want for Ben Stiller
With a line-up of bands that is far beyond killer
Helado is chill and Hectorina is cosmic
Food slow-tasty-sweet, no way you could drop it
Record labels and puppeteers produce pure hilarity
While building communities and family approaching singularity
With Spoons and Forks and Sporks in hand
Buskers taking back the land
The perfect future is alive in a way
With artists abound through night, through day
The Weekly Revue has a forecast for you
Of beguiling bewitchery befitting ballyhoo
Our future is perfect, forgo the lies
All theaters will be mobilized
Where the art ends and the city begins
Nobody knows, yet everyone wins
Wherever you look there’s something there
A spectacle, a veritable new world’s fair
Monsters, cheerleaders, cyborgs and dolphins
Sponsors, beer liters, restore us often
music film art and tech
our future’s four main architects
In thousands of years, who knows what we’ll see
It may not be perfect, but our festival will be
LIFE-SIZED PACMAN GAME - GRITMAN
FROM JJ SHEPHERD
what we build has no competition
So don’t mind the glitches
FUTURE PERFECT SHORT FILMS IN THE
MINI CINE CURATED BY BEN TIVEN &
AMY CIESIELSKI
– Pedro LopezDeVictoria
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BUSKERS, ARTISTS & VIDEO GAMES
FOOD VENDORS: SAN JOSE TACO
TRUCK, THE WURST WAGEN, SWEET
CREAM CO, ISLAND NOODLES & MIMIE’S INTERNATIONAL
CASH BAR BY THE WHIG
APRIL 15 // 6PM - 11PM AT BOYD PLAZA
IN FRONT OF THE COLA MUSEUM OF ART ON HAMPTON ST
FREE ADMISSION
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SCHEDULE
ONGOING EVENTS
The Mini Cine
WHEN: Wed // 6 pm - 11 pm + Thur - Sun //
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art // Boyd
Plaza
ADMISSION IS FREE
Indie Bits Showcase
WHEN: Thur - Sat // 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline
Room
ADMISSION IS FREE
WEDNESDAY - APRIL 15TH
FILM: Four Minute Film Frenzy (Shorts)
WHEN: 5:00 pm
FILM: Cotton Road
WHEN: 5:30 pm
Opening Night Party
WHEN: 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: Corner of Hampton and Main
Streets // Columbia Museum of Art //
Boyd Plaza
ADMISSION IS FREE
FILM: People Portraits (Shorts)
WHEN: 7:00 pm
Future Perfect Art Opening
WHEN: 6:00 pm
WHERE: Multiple Venues // 1500 & 1600
Blocks of Main Street
ADMISSION IS FREE
A Night with Oversound
WHEN: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Nothing To See Here // 1216
Taylor Street
ADMISSION IS FREE
Fork & Spoon & Friends
WHEN: 7:00 pm - AT LEAST MIDNIGHT
WHERE: Music Farm Columbia
FILM: Every Body Hit Somebody
WHEN: 7:30 pm
FILM: Popcorn Sutton: A Hell of a Life
WHEN: 8:00 pm
The Naive Zoo // Performance by Benjamin
Tiven
WHEN: 8:00 pm
WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art //
Auditorium
ADMISSION IS FREE
FRIDAY - APRIL 17TH
FILM: Lost Colony
WHEN: 8:00 pm
THURSDAY - APRIL 16TH
ULI Symposium Keynote Address with
Bert Crenca
WHEN: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
ULI Symposium Report-Out Happy Hour
WHEN: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
ADMISSION IS FREE
FILM: Experimental Docs (Shorts)
WHEN: 3:00 pm
FILM: Summoning the Supernatural (Shorts)
WHEN: 3:30 pm
FILM: Old South
WHEN: 5:30 pm
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FILM: Embarrassing Love (Shorts)
WHEN: 6:00 pm
Stairwell Concert // Performance by
Gabrielle Duggan and Friends
WHEN: 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre Stairwell
ADMISSION IS FREE
FILM: Finders Keepers
WHEN: 8:30 pm
Stairwell Concert // Performance by
Gabrielle Duggan and Friends
WHEN: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre Stairwell
ADMISSION IS FREE
Weekly Revue with Toby Lou
WHEN: 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
WHERE: The Big Apple // 1000 Hampton
Street
Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
WHEN: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Nothing To See Here // 1216
Taylor Street
Hunter-Gatherer Concert
WHEN: 11:00 pm - 1:00 am
WHERE: Hunter-Gatherer Alehouse and
Brewery // 900 Main Street
FILM: Burdens of the Past (Shorts)
WHEN: 8:30 pm
Taco Party at The Whig
WHEN: 11:00 pm - UNTIL
WHERE: The Whig // 1200 Main Street //
Basement Level
SATURDAY - APRIL 18TH
Kindie Grits
WHEN: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline
Room
ADMISSION IS FREE
FILM: Heritage in Drift (Shorts)
WHEN: 1:30 pm
Hip Hop Family Day
WHEN: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
WHERE: 1700 Block of Main Street
ADMISSION IS FREE
FILM: Burdens of the Past (Shorts)
WHEN: 3:00 pm
FILM: Finders Keepers
WHEN: 12:00 pm
FILM: Western
WHEN: 3:30 pm
SC Young Filmmakers’ Project Showcase
WHEN: 12:30 pm
FILM: Experimental Docs (Shorts)
WHEN: 5:30 pm
FILM: Embarrassing Love (Shorts)
WHEN: 2:00 pm
FILM: American Cheerleader
WHEN: 6:00 pm
FILM: People Portraits (Shorts)
WHEN: 2:30 pm
Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
WHEN: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Nothing To See Here // 1216
Taylor Street
FILM: Four Minute Film Frenzy (Shorts)
WHEN: 4:00 pm
FILM: Female Pervert
WHEN: 7:30 pm
FILM: Western
WHEN: 6:00 pm
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FILM: Vida Propia
WHEN: 6:30 pm
FILM: Summoning the Supernatural
(Shorts)
WHEN: 9:00 pm
Closing Party
WHEN: 10:00 pm
WHERE: Nothing To See Here // 1216
Taylor Street
ADMISSION IS FREE
SUNDAY - APRIL 19TH
Winning Films I
WHEN: 3:00 pm
Slow Food at Indie Grits
WHEN: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: 711 Whaley Street
Surprise Screening I
WHEN: 3:30 pm
Winning Films II
WHEN: 5:30 pm
Surprise Screening II
WHEN: 7:00 pm
Winning Films III
WHEN: 8:00 pm
FILM: Heritage in Drift (Shorts)
WHEN: 4:30 pm
A LL SC R E E N I N GS AT TH E N IC KE LO DEO N TH E ATR E
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THE FUTURE LOOKS PERFECT
As Indie Grits has expanded and grown over the past nine years to cover Art, Film, Music,
and Tech, we have become more and more interested in the cross-sections between these
different disciplines. We see these overlapping areas as the future of the Festival. With the
future in mind, we wanted to start creating an integrated multimedia experience built around a
central theme that would push our artists, filmmakers, designers, and programmers to explore
challenging new ideas. The 2015 theme is Future Perfect.
The theme is a starting point, an abstract concept, a pair of words in need of physical space.
We invite all of you to explore the art installations, performances, workshops, films, and
interactive media across the Festival to discover the meaning of Future Perfect.
Antoine Williams -- Chapel Hill, NC
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
Williams draws heavily on science-fiction
literature, which he sees as relating to the
Black experience in America, to investigate
his cultural identity. A mythology of deities
-- made out of animal illustrations, handdrawn figures, and found materials -personify the complexity within hierarchies
of power. The deities, which are part of
the mythos of Williams’ hometown, are
inspired by his personal rural, working-class
upbringing, and seeing childhood friends
mutate into drug dealers and disappear into
the streets.
Meg Stein -- Durham, NC
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
Stein fuses the animalistic and the domestic
in her sculptures, sometimes used in
performances meant to unnerve the viewer
and create dissonance between the man
made and the natural, between object and
animal, and more. Her work attempts to
disrupt the myth that our domestic lives are
separate from the outdoors and from human
impact on the environment.
SLEEPER
RESIDENT ARTISTS
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Graham, NC
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
Indie Grits is bringing over 20 artists from across the Southeast to Columbia to tackle
Future Perfect. By rethinking our public spaces, pushing social and visual boundaries,
and challenging our festival-goers with immersive art experiences these artists will give
us glimpses into what our future could be. Seven of these artists and one art collective
will make work in our artist residency program. Working closely with Festival organizers,
community partners, local businesses, and citizens, the resident artists are tasked with
transforming our Festival into a Future Perfect experience.
These artists are making big investments in Indie Grits. Their work starts before the
Festival--many of them visiting Columbia in the weeks leading up to the Festival to plan
their projects and get to know the city. The artists will return for an extended stay the
week of the Festival, when their projects will unfold during Future Perfect at Indie Grits.
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The Paperhand Puppet Inter vention is
combining its cardboard creations with
Future Perfect themes on display in the
windows of Tapps. Using cardboard,
paper, bamboo, old house paint, and
other found objects, the performers
will create works that aim to inspire and
promote social change in performances
for all ages. Paperhand also will perform
during the Spork in Hand Puppet Slam.
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Trek Matthews -- Atlanta, GA
Gabrielle Duggan -- Atlanta, GA
WHERE: Corner of Main & Taylor streets
Matthews, who will be developing a new
outdoor mural during his residency, is a
painter, illustrator, and street artist whose
work is influenced by urban development.
According to the Atlanta-based Living Walls
street art and urbanism project, Matthews
work uses “spiritual and geometric deities
to comment on industrialization’s impact
on the Earth and everything that inhabits
it,” according to the. Matthews’s work
references geometry and abstraction while
drawing from Native American and other
cultural influences.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre Stairwell
FREE Musical Performances: Friday,
April 17, 8:00 PM and Saturday, April 18,
7:00 PM
Resound is a site-specific work that echoes
the intimate and collective experiences
uniquely enabled by cinema by offering
a multi-sensory, shared experience. The
piece is a room-sized string instrument that
combines primitive and industrial
materials using timeless textile techniques
and then amplifies the sounds made when
strummed, plucked, or otherwise played.
Woven, knitted, and crocheted metal and
polymer-based wires, some weighted with
anchoring elements to create tension, are
connected to contact microphones that
send sounds created through speakers and
into the space.
Hollis Hammond -- Austin, TX
WHERE: Free Times Gallery
Created from Columbia’s junk and detritus,
Hammond’s
site-specific
installation
creates a new, sensory experience for
viewers that ties together place, memory,
and sentimentality. As technology, design,
architecture, and communities become
Future Perfect (synthesized, modernized,
and techno-filled), we will long for the
artifacts and stories from our past.
Hammond’s installation speaks to this
desire by creating new works that connect
us to the past of our future.
sleeper -- Miami, FL
WHERE: Various locations & times -- be
on the lookout!
Reflections is a performative installation
calling on the spirit of the sacred clown, a
satirist, to highlight our culture’s relationship
with the media. The piece is a futuristic take
on the sacred clown and the subject of
surveillance and self-documentation. The
piece explores a possible double standard
we have created to cope with new media by
outside forces that may have transformed
us into the greater propagator
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The Institute for Wishful Thinking
Brooklyn, NY
WHERE: ONE Columbia for Arts & History
The Institute’s Community Coloring Book
experiment will test how talking about
thefuture, using grammatical constructs
unrelated to the present, leads people to
make fewer future-oriented decisions and
might also prevent the creativity needed
to fathom solutions to the future’s pressing
challenges. The testing ground is Indie Grits
-- where film’s power to transport viewers in
time and space might also free us from our
linguistic shackles making way for creative
visions of the future. Festival-goers will
build and un-build, shape and reshape
Columbia’s past, present, and imagined
future by connecting-the-dots and coloring
images from the city.
The art program at Indie Grits 2015 is made possible by an
Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,
OneColumbia for Arts and Culture, and Pocket Productions.
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FUTURE PERFECT ART OPENING
Thursday April 16, 6PM - 9PM // FREE
1500 & 1600 blocks of Main Street, Nickelodeon Theatre, Tapp’s
Arts Center, ONE Columbia, 1216 Taylor Street, Free Times Gallery,
Columbia Museum of Art Community Gallery
Join us as we celebrate Future Perfect and our first full-fledged art program at Indie Grits.
Over twenty artists from across the Southeast and beyond, will present their work at this
year’s festival. Thursday night they will be hanging out with their work prepared to speak
about their intentions and process, answering questions, performing their pieces, and...
well, just having a good time.
Visitors can join our special guided tours led by a few pretty awesome figures from
the Columbia art scene. This will guaranted the best, most comprehensive experience
possible as the guides will lead visitors to each venue where the artists themselves will
give talks and answer questions with a few special performances sprinkled in!
GUIDED TOURS
EVAN MEANEY
PERFORMANCES / EVENTS
Institute for Wishful Thinking Workshop
ALL TOURS ARE FREE
& WILL START AT THE
NICKELODEON THEATRE!
6PM - 9PM at ONE Columbia for Arts & History // FREE
The IWF will be transforming our city into children’s book-like activities. Workshop
participants will work to color pages and connect the dots in order to build and un-build,
shape and reshape regional space according to whatever time (past, present, or future)
frame they so choose.
6:00 PM - CURATORS TOUR
Led by festival co-director & Future Perfect curator, Seth Gadsden
6:45 PM - JASPER TOUR
Led by Cindy Boiter, editor-in-chief of Jasper Magazine
7:30 PM - ONE COLUMBIA TOUR
Led by Lee Snelgrove, executive director of ONE Columbia for Arts & History
A night with Oversound
7PM // Nothing to See Here // FREE
Oversound, an annual poetry journal edited by Columbia’s Liz Countryman and Samuel
Amadon, hosts a reading by contributors to the magazine including Elizabeth Arnold,
Travis Nichols, and others.
The Naive Zoo
GRAB A MAP!
8PM at the Columbia Museum of Art Auditorium // FREE
Want to choose your own adventure? Just grab one of our art maps and let
your heart -- or your discerning eye -- lead the way.
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This multi-projector performance by Benjamin Tiven will re-stage the beginnings of
cinema as a hand-animated bestiary. The natural and the technical will fuse together,
showing us a future that looks exactly like our past, but isn’t quite the same.
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Julie Henson
EXHIBITING ARTISTS
In addition to our resident artists, this year’s festival will include art work from
artists centered around the theme of Future Perfect. Pulled from local and not-solocal artists, this group of work uses a wide range of media to explore where we are
heading.
Evan Meaney -- Columbia, SC
Benjamin Tiven -- Brooklyn, NY
WHERE: 1216 Taylor Street
Meaney’s piece, /don’t_let_us_get_s.
ick, is a passive, real-time performative
installation that asks its users to sing to
it. Sound activates the image, forming a
bump-mapped, ghostly reflection--waning
in and out existence, propagated by the
secrets and shanties offered to its inputs.
Eponymously derived from one of Warren
Zevon’s last songs, this program anticipates
moments of silence that we carry on with
our voices.
WHEN: Thursday, April 16 at 8PM
WHERE: CMA Auditorium
Benjamin will be present his multi-projector
performance that re-stages the beginnings of
cinema as a hand-animated bestiary. Moving
along at a steady, human frame-rate, the
natural and the technical will fuse together,
showing us a future that looks exactly like our
past, but isn’t quite the same. Submersibles
that move like jellyfish; elephant trunks that
run assembly lines; kangaroos that help us
hop things around.
Vistovka Transporte -- Columbia, SC
Roni Nicole Henderson & Cedric
Umoja -- Columbia, SC
WHERE: Follow the trail of clues at
#futureperfecthunt
Vistovka Transporte explores possibilities for
Future Perfect public transportation services
in Columbia through artistic representations,
displayed as advertisements throughout the
Festival. A social media scavenger hunt using
#futureperfecthunt on Twitter and Instagram
will give hints where to find the images.
Seth Curcio -- San Francisco, CA
Stephanie Dowda -- Atlanta, GA
WHERE: TBA, see map
Using NASA’s Curiosity rover as a creative
jumping-off point, Curcio’s Rover Project
explores the evolution of a technology driven
by our desire to explore, test, and alter the
unknown. Renderings of a reimagined rover
depict a constantly evolving machine that,
unlike humans, can alter its physical state in
order to overcome any obstacle. The image
will hang large-scale along the street like
commercial advertising, promoting the idea
of a brighter future.
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
Barry Wheeler -- Columbia, SC
Growing food, breathing, and living
comfortably are the usual challenges
that preoccupy imaginings of the habitats
humans will develop if the Earth’s surface
becomes inhospitable. Dowda’s Beyond
Living imagines what cultural institutions-art, music, film, or theatre--will look
like in those future human sites using
architectural blueprints, and--for the
tourist’s perspective--postcards, allowing
viewers to experience a future place.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
Wheeler’s digit-eyes demonstrates an
underlying principle of digital information and
data: complexity arises from simplicity. The
image consists of a series of transparencies
printed in one of the four colors used to create
digital color images and then mounted in a
custom light box with space between them.
The colors change and multiply depending
on the viewer’s perspective.
Ron Hagell & Students from Hand
Middle School -- Columbia, SC
Julie Henson -- San Francisco, SF
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center
Hagell’s project, Feed on Their Dreams,
is a docu-art installation made with Hand
Middle School students. Students illustrate
what a perfect future might look like
through portraits, landscapes, sculptures,
or abstract works. A documentary film
featuring the students talking about their
projects will complement the installation.
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WHERE: CMA Community Gallery
Henson’s new series Parallel Horizons
explores past interpretations of the
future chronicled in the pages of iconic
American magazines. These old views of
the future offer fascinating opportunities
to better understand the present. Layered
archetypal images from the 20th century,
reduced to single colors , collapse views
of the future while revealing a collective
hope for a greater tomorrow.
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Seth Curcio
WHERE: Nothing to See Here
Henderson and Umoja’s Raising Lazarus
is an interactive video installation set in an
indeterminate future epoch where people
are buried behind the concrete walls of a
desolate city, literally living as vegetative
processors for computed information. Visited
in a dream as a child by an ancient feminine
deity, one man enacts his exodus by trance
writing the binary-coded words given to him
by this apparition, the message proving to
break down the walls holding humanity and
restore a life in the sun.
Cedric Umoja & Roni Nicole Henderson
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URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
ULI South Carolina: Midlands Reality Check Symposium:
Protecting and Enhancing our Economic Drivers
Thursday, April 6 // 11AM - 6PM at multiple locations
Future Perfect to us is much more than an artistic exercise. It’s our attempt to truly explore
how art and technology will influence the Southern city of the future. The population of the
Midlands is projected to grow by over 50% in the next 30 years - and we want to make sure
that growth occurs in a way that makes our city more vibrant, creative and liveable. With this in
mind, we’ve reached beyond the traditional borders of the art world to partner with the Urban
Land Institute of South Carolina during this year’s festival. Following up on their 2014 Reality
Check program, which brought together a hundreds of community members who worked
together to craft different visions for how our region could develop, this symposium will focus
particularly on how our cultural sector can help drive this projected growth.
Bert Crenca
11 AM / Nick Theatre
One of our favorite human beings on the
planet will serve as the keynote speaker
for the symposium. Bert Crenca is the cofounder and artistic director of AS220, an
art center in Providence, RI that provides
a local, unjuried and uncensored home for
the arts. Thanks to Bert’s leadership and
vision, AS220 has grown from a humble
performance space into an organization
that offers 58 artist live/work spaces, four
exhibition spaces, a print shop, media lab,
fabrication lab, bar and restaurant and
more all housed within the organization’s
three buildings. The organization is widely
recognized as one of the essential elements
of Providence’s Arts and Entertainment
District which has helped to transform the
city.
*A limited number of tickets are available
for Bert Crenca’s keynote talk to festival
passholders. Please contact X to reserver
your seat.
THE MINI CINE
April 15 / 6PM - 11PM & April 16-19 / 11AM - 8PM
Boyd Plaza at CMA // FREE
Catch Future Perfect shorts inside The Mini Cine -- a cozy screening room built inside
a converted shipping container by Charleston filmmaker Justin Nathanson. Stop by
throughout the festival to catch two different shorts programs:
FUTURE PERFECT SHORTS
PAST HOPES FOR PERFECT FUTURES
Curated by Benjamin Tiven
Future perfect is a tense tense: it doubles
down on a guess about the unknown.
This will have happened. Really? How are
we so sure? What else might also have
happened that we can’t yet see or know?
Is the future something that we are able to
design, or is it something beyond control,
which will ultimately come to (re-)design
us? This program explores the dynamic
between engineered futures and human
consequences.
Curated by Amy Ciesielski
This curated program of archival footage
from the University of South Carolina’s
Moving Image Research Collections features films from the Fox Movietone News
collections. These selections depict expectations for the future from the decades
long past. A hopeful spirit of optimism
pervades the majority of the footage,
and viewers can decide for themselves
if the present day lives up to yesterday’s
dreams of the future.
Symposium report-out happy hour 5 PM - 6 PM // Tapp’s Arts Center
All afternoon planners, developers, architects and others will work with Indie Grits artists and
filmmakers to develop creative solutions to some of the challenges and opportunities our
region faces. Join the ULI symposium participants for a happy hour at Tapp’s Art Center at
5pm (is this right?) to hear the results from their planning exercises.
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The Otolith Group, Otolith 1, 2003
Harun Farocki, Parallel 3, 2014
Andreas Bunte, New University &
Normbewegungen, 2010
Benjamin Tiven, Two Devices, 2014
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As the lines between media arts, visual arts and technology become more and less defined, Indie Grits
continues to strengthen our bond with some of the
regions most innovative gamers, programmers and
designers. Test new games from indie developers
at the Indie Bits Showcase all week long, go analog
with our human-sized Grit Man course at the Opening
Night Party, rub shoulders with tech world luminaries at partner conferences Posscon and ConvergeSE,
and you’ll see why we’re confident our more perfect
future is looking brighter and brighter when laid out
in 1s and 0s.
INDIE BITS
Wednesday April 15 // 6 PM
Hampton Street at Main Street // FREE ADMISSION
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Indie Bits is a celebration of independent gaming and interactive
media designed to foster collaboration between developers
and enthusiasts, academics and artists interested in games and
gaming technologies.
Indie Bits Showcase
WHEN: Thurs - Sat, April 16-18 // 12 PM - 6 PM
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline Room
FREE ADMISSION
The Indie Bits Showcase is an opportunity to check out and play competition games
from across the Southeast -- accessible to anyone interested in getting involved on the
pixelated front.
Failure as a Practice
WHEN: Fri April 17 // 6 PM - 8 PM
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline Room
FREE ADMISSION
Indie Bits is hosting a keynote speech featuring Jon McElroy titled “Failure as a Practice.”
McElroy is the lead engineer at Funomena - a studio involved with games such as “Flower”
“Katamari Damacy” and “Journey.” This speech will be followed by a Q&A where he will be
joined by John Hodgson, a technical designer at Blizzard Entertainment, and Danny Oakes,
IDV, Inc’s digital marketing and community manager.
TNT Tournament
WHEN: Sat April 18 // 3 PM - 6 PM
WHERE: Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline Room
A celebratory end to the Indie Bits festival, host JJ Shepherd will hold an all-out video
game tournament to find who is the absolute grittiest gamewarrior of all time.
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GRIT MAN
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life-sized Pac-Man-inspired game, Grit Man welcomes those daring enough to face
of against the Lumpies in their pursuit for the sweet and nurturing power pellets.
Run through a twisting labyrinth, smack dab in the middle of Hampton St. in downtown
Columbia, and be the ultimate victor in one of the most classic and epic games of cat
and mouse there ever was.
CONVERGE SE
Tuesday April 14 - Saturday April 18
For more info on tickets, schedule and venues visit convergese.com
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onverge SE is a multi-track, multi-day event that spans across downtown Columbia,
SC, getting help from over 600 people, such as designers, developers, front-end
engineers, marketers, business leaders, start up companies, film producers/directors as
well as old and new-school creative types all across the United States and other continents. There will be keynotes at the Music Farm, sessions and workshops, featuring the
best educators the industry has to offer.
POSSCON
Tuesday April 14 - Wednesday April 15
For more info on tickets, schedule and venues visit posscon.org
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osscon is a technical conference with two days of keynotes, talks, tutorials, workshops
and networking opportunities focusing on exploring open tech and the open web. Come
out and jump in with the world’s top developers, technologists and decision-makers as we
explore these tech avenues.
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Valley Maker
Elvis Depressedly
Bombadil
Can’t Kids
Say Brother
William Starr Busbee
Southern Femisphere
FORK & SPOON & FRIENDS
Thursday April 16 // Doors at 7 PM Show at 8 PM
The Music Farm Columbia // 1022 Senate Street
$8 in advance // $10 at the door // FREE with festival pass
This year, local record label champions Fork & Spoon celebrates five years of their
existence. Being five years old is a special milestone, finally old enough to read and play
catch, so read here - this is certainly a show you’re gonna wanna catch. With an all-star
line-up at the brand-spankin’ new Music Farm of Columbia, get ready for a b-day party
of disastrously majestic proportions.
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FEATURING:
Bob Weisz &
Casey Coleman
of Court 13 with
‘Ad Biz Mad Libs’
Effy Gibbes,
Championship
Wrestler
Live music by
The Restoration
THE WEEKLY REVUE
Friday April 17 // 9 PM - 11 PM
The Big Apple // 1000 Hampton Street
$10 // FREE with festival pass
Ladies and Gentlemen,
My name is Toby Lou, Host and Master Architect of The Weekly Revue, a show that
promises the finest and filthiest variety of entertainment and information available to
the gorgeous hungry public. Since 2008 we’ve been bringing truth and beguilement to
audiences in New Orleans, Miami, Missouri, Philadelphia, New York, and of course in our
once and future home away from home, Columbia.
Last year I had the overwhelming privilege of presenting the Revue at Indie Grits and
this April 17th, I’ll be back with a lineup of acts bringing some of the purest grime minds
of the New Orleans film world together with some of your own best and highest. We’ll
be slamming sensual product direct into the overheated dome ovens of the willing
and eager. Oh, Columbia, your taste is still on my lips, your smell still lingers on my
fingertips. We’re coming for you, for ourselves, for the good of all mankind. I can’t wait
for you to be there.
Bring your loved ones,
With all my heart,
Your Personal Rabbi,
Toby Lou - The Nasty One
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SPORK IN HAND PUPPET SLAM
HIP HOP FAMILY DAY
CLOSING PARTY
Friday April 17 & Saturday April 18 // 7 PM
1216 Taylor Street // entrance down the alley in the rear of the building
$10 // FREE with festival pass // guaranteed to be adult friendly
The Spork in Hand Puppet Slam is an adults only event and now a staple in making
Indie Grits the unique festival experience that it is. Our Puppet Slam calls together
artists from across the Southeast to perform along side the Slam’s local creators,
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.”
We have a talented and extremely capable host, (Beau Brown -- Atlanta, GA) and a
fantastic lineup of puppeteers from all over:
Torry Bend, Geoffrey Cormier, Happiness Bomb (Mike Pope, David Hamiter, Willie
White), Lyon Hill, Kimi Maeda, Tarish Pipkins, Will Schutze, Brandi Hoofnagle Stephens,
David Stephens (All Hands Productions), Donovan Zimmerman (Paperhand Puppet
Intervention)
Live music by our house band, The Prairie Willows.
SLOW FOOD AT INDIE GRITS
Sunday April 19 // 3 PM - 6 PM
711 Whaley Street
$25 // $20 Slow Food & NIck Members // $10 Potluck bringers
FREE with festival pass
We’re glad to say Slow Food Columbia is coming back to host the Slow Food event again
this year–a laid back tasting party which includes “food that is good for them, good for
the people who grow it, and good for the planet”–the goal of the slow food movement,
all provided by chefs from throughout the Midlands, competing for your taste buds! Plus,
a cash bar provided by the Whig and sweet tunes from the Greater Columbia Society for
the Preservation of Soul.
This is one of our most popular events, and for good reason-so come and bring a healthy
appetite along with you!
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TACO PARTY
WHEN: Friday April 17 // 11 PM - UNTIL
WHERE: The Whig // 1200 Main Street // Basement Level
FREE FOR EVERYONE! (FREE tacos with festival pass from 11 PM - 2 AM)
Join us at the Whig for a post- Weekly Revue late-night party. The Whig is providing free
tacos for all festival pass holders and filmmakers, and it will be a chance to hang out and
meet some from out-of-town filmmakers. This bar is a beloved spot of the festival, and
is often the go-to watering hole for all in attendance for close proximity they (and their
delicious tacos) have to our heart (and theater).
HIP HOP FAMILY DAY
WHEN: Saturday April 18 // 11 AM - 5 PM
WHERE: 1700 Block // Main Street
FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Love, Peace, and Hip Hop is bringing back Columbia’s Hip Hop Family Day to the
2015 festival schedule. The event is a day full of family-friendly music and activities
focused on hip hop culture: its history, its importance, and its ability to empower
listeners of all ages.
CLOSING PARTY
WHEN: Saturday April 18 // 10 PM - 1 AM - when the last person taps out
WHERE: 1216 Taylor Street // entrance down thte alley in the rear building
FREE FOR EVERYONE!
Get ready! Our closing parties are famous and free for all! Festival-goers will gather for
one last bash. There will be a concert, featuring Mechanical River and Infinitikiss, along
with drinks, dancing, interactive media, and fun! All taking place right down the street
from the Nickelodeon, this is your last opportunity to shake off the rest of your
restlessness, and bring it home for one last night of revelry.
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FILMS
For nine years now, Indie Grits’ film programming has featured some of the edgiest
most inspiring new talent from across the Southeast. Each year our filmmaker
community continues to outdo itself crafting new perspectives of our region and giving
us peeks at what lies ahead. They’re the heart and soul of Future Perfect.
2015 Jurors
KINDIE GRITS
Bernardo Britto is a Brazilian-born filmmaker who graduated
from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a member of
Borscht Corp. In 2012, he was selected as a Marcie Bloom
fellow and co directed the feature Wisdom Teeth. He’s had
films screened at various film festivals, including SXSW,
the Chicago International Film Festival, the AFI Fest, and
Sundance -- and his film Yearbook was featured in last year’s
Indie Grits animation showcase!
ANIMATE YOUR FACE OFF!
With Kelly Gallagher
Saturday April 18 // 10 AM - 1 PM
Tapp’s Arts Center // Skyline Room
FREE admission
Kristen Fitzpatrick is the Director of Acquisition & Exhibition
at Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of
films by and about women, where she programs the global
exhibition of WMM’s collection of over 500 films. Kristen has
been on numerous film festival juries around the world, and
also guest curates an ongoing film series in Brooklyn.
Calling all Indie kids! Kindie Grits is an event presented by the South Carolina Governor’s
School of Arts and Humanities that welcomes kids and families of all ages. Come and join
us as we utilize markers, magazines, glitter, and other crafty tools to animate directly on a
16mm reel, and play it all back at the end of the day on an old-timey projector! We will be
led by award-winning Indie Grits alumnus Kelly Gallagher, an animation expert who is sure
to deliver a magical experience!
George Scheer is the co-founder and director of
Elsewhere, a living museum located in a former thrift
store in Greensboro NC. George is a writer, scholar,
and artist who fosters creative communities at the
intersection of aesthetics and social change. George
holds an MA in Critical Theory and Visual Culture
from Duke University and a BA from the University of
Pennsylvania in Political Communications.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter
for the Filmmaker Travel Fund! We reached our goal and
then some thanks in large part to your help!
Cindi Boiter & Bob Jolley
John Boyd
Gaile T. Brown
Anne Campbell
Katie Chatman
Kathy Clark
Ryan Cockrell
Patrick Connolly
Dee Hardin Curlee
Cecil Decker
Theodore DuBose
Cory Greene
Gray Gunter
Rachel Hodges
Rick Hunter
Lee Ann Kornegay
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Gail Lyles
James Martin
Bob Mason
Jean McKnight
Lynn Murray
Patrick Nugent
Anne Wolfe Postic
Josh Rainwater
Robert Rhoden
Stephen Scoff
Jamie Self
Austin Smith
Lee Snelgrove
Katie Alice Walker
Aaron West
Debbie Yerkes
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Awards Line Up
TOP GRIT: Best overall film: juried selection
(Cash Award Value: $1000)
EXPERIMENTAL GRIT: Best experimental
film (Cash Award Value: $500)
PEOPLE’S GRIT: Best overall film;
audience selection
(Cash Award Value: $500)
HELEN HILL AWARD: Best film by a female
filmmaker (Cash Award Value: $500)
BIG GRIT: Best feature length film
(Cash Award Value: $500)
SHORT GRIT: Best short film
(Cash Award Value: $500)
LOCAL GRIT: Best local film
(Cash Award Value: $250)
ANIMATED GRIT: Best animated film
sponsored by Debbie Yerkes
(Cash Award Value: $250)
YOUNG GRIT: Best film by a student
(Cash Award Value: $500)
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NARRATIVE FEATURES
DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Female Pervert
American Cheerleader
Directed by Jiyoung Lee, Atlanta, GA
62 minutes
Friday April 17 // 7:30 PM
Phoebe doesn’t relate to people like most
do in “normal society.” A lonely video game
designer seeking connection in the modern
world, Phoebe starts down a path of selfimprovement and collides with a few men
along the way, hoping to spark a lasting
romance. Her perversions, however, prove
hard to suppress. Will Phoebe change? Or
will she accept her fate as a female pervert?
Directed by David Barba & James Pellerito,
New York, NY
89 minutes
Friday April 17 // 7:30 PM
Two teams from New Jersey and Kentucky
vie for the coveted National High School
Cheerleading Championship title in this
thrilling, emotionally rigorous documentary
feature. Through discipline, dedication, and
teamwork, the twenty-four young women
profiled here challenge deeply ingrained
cultural stereotypes that have marginalized
cheering as something other than the
strenuous athletic activity it is.
Lost Colony
Cotton Road
Directed by Christopher Holmes,
Winston-Salem, NC
85 minutes
Wednesday April 15 // 8:00 PM
A conflicted teen scans a once virgin watershed
for signs of life in this dramatic feature. A
veritable searchlight cast on the earliest traces
of America and the enigma of settlers vanished.
Wracked by phobia and anxiety, Loren, the
young man we follow through this world, faces
impending fatherhood under the shadow of an
absent father of his own - supposedly the victim
of a fatal shark attack.
Directed by Laura Kissel, Columbia, SC
72 minutes
Wednesday April 15 // 5:30 PM
Americans consume nearly 20 billion new
articles of clothing each year. Over one
billion of those are produced in China.
Few of us know how our clothes are made,
much less who makes them. Cotton Road
explores timely issues of globalized trade
and labor by charting the transnational
movement of cotton from rural South
Carolina farms to urban Chinese factories.
An artful contribution to the ongoing
international conversation regarding our
rapidly changing economic ecosystem,
Kissel’s elegant documentary begs us to
consider how we are connected to one
another through the things we consume.
Vida Propia
Directed by Sarah Garrahan, San Antonio, TX
51 minutes
Saturday April 18 // 6:30 PM
In this observational documentary, we follow
the everyday life of first-generation Mexican
immigrant Nora Mendez as she struggles to
support her family in North Carolina.
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Every Body Hit Somebody
Popcorn Sutton: A Hell of a Life
Directed by Amanda Berg, Chester, NJ
43 minutes
Thursday April 16 // 7:30 PM
Set against the backdrop of their 2013
championship season, this experimental
sports documentary about the Carolina
Phoenix --a semi-professional women’s
tackle football team out of Durham,
North Carolina--investigates our cultural
expectations of gender and storytelling
through the quintessentially American
game of tackle football.
Directed by Neal Hutcherson, Raleigh, NC
86 minutes
Thursday April 16 // 8:00 PM
Moonshiner Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton rose
from humble roots to become a modern
folk hero before his untimely death in
2009. Sutton’s distinctive mountain
character, talent for distillation, disdain
for authority, and flair for showmanship
would lay a singular path for him to follow.
Filmed over the last ten years of his life,
Popcorn Sutton: A Hell of a Life depicts the
notorious moonshiner with unprecedented
clarity and detail.
Finders Keepers
Directed by Bryan Carberry & Clay Tweel,
Los Angeles, CA & Maiden, NC
83 minutes
Friday April 17 // 8:00 PM
In this “hysterical, insightful, and genuinely
empathetic” (Variety) documentary feature
from the makers of King of Kong: A Fistful of
Quarters, cutthroat North Carolina bargain
hunter Shannon Whisnant refuses to return
amputee John Wood’s embalmed leg after
he finds it in a used grill at a local auction.
The televised courtroom battle that ensues
becomes fodder for tabloids and “news
of the weird” exposes across the nation.
A Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2015
Sundance Film Festival, this captivating
contest of wills is an astonishing strangerthan-fiction tale that inspires laughter and
sympathy in equal measure.
Old South
Directed by Danielle Beverly, Brooklyn, NY
53 minutes
Thursday April 16 // 5:30 PM
In Athens, Georgia, a college fraternity
traditionally known to fly the confederate flag
moves to a historically black neighborhood
and establishes their presence by staging
an antebellum style parade. Through the
perspective of local resident Hope, Old
South follows the neighborhood struggle
over three years, while both communities
fight to preserve their historical legacies
against an ever evolving cultural backdrop
in the South.
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Western
Directed by Bill & Turner Ross,
New Orleans, LA
93 minutes
Friday April 17 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 6:00 PM
Winner of the 2015 US Documentary
Special Jury Award for Vérité Filmmaking
at Sundance, Western is an awe-inspiring
“nonfiction” borderland drama. Cartel
violence threatens a harmonious, decadeslong relationship between Eagle Pass,
Texas, and Piedras Negras, Mexico--two
cattle towns that straddle the US-Mexico
border--in this “sharply observed… intimate
[and] incisive” (Variety) documentary
feature.
NON COMPETITION FILMS
SC Young Filmmakers Project Screening
Saturday April 18 // 12:30 PM
Join us for a special screening of short films directed and produced by high school students
from all over South Carolina. Each film is 30 seconds - 1 minute long. There will be a postfilm discussion hosted by Tom Clark and Brad Jayne. This program is sponsored by SCPRT,
Trident Technical College, and the SC Film Commission.
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NARRATIVE SHORTS
C’est Jane
Directed by Jason O. Silva, Los Angeles, CA
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Golden Globe winning actress Gina
Rodriguez plays Jane, a woman whose
innermost fears and desires are on display
in this ambitious short film. See Jane as no
one else does--or at least in a way that no
one lives to retell.
The Department of Signs and
Magical Intervention
Directed by Melissa Sweazy, Memphis, Tn
19 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
In this magical short, Aidan Crane is put to
work sorting through requests from the living
for signs from above. When he accidentally
sends a sign to the one person he shouldn’t
have, he must fix his mistake.
Do Not Disturb
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The Gospel of Hip Bones
Directed by Chris Gervais & Micah Troublefield, Rock Hill, SC
12 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
Short comedy about a naive Mormon
teenager named Jacob who falls in love
with a bikini-clad girl who is way out of his
league.
Little Cabbage
Directed by Jen West, Atlanta, GA
10 minutes
Playing with Female Pervert
Friday April 17 // 7:30 PM
A magical instrument distorts the personal
relationships of an eccentric composer in
the 1950s.
Serenade
Directed by Rob Tiffin, Ben Lamm, &
Mitchell Hardage, Athens, GA
2 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
A man romances a woman with an unusual
serenade.
Skunk
Directed by Anil Dhokai, Rock Hill, SC
6 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
A motel housekeeper’s morning takes a
turn for the worse when she discovers
something horrific in a guest’s room.
Directed by Annie Silverstein, Austin, TX
16 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
On a hot summer morning in rural Texas,
fourteen-year-old Leila meets Marco, a
neighborhood boy. Leila lets Marco into her
world but things fall apart, and--in the end-she must protect what she loves most at the
cost of her own innocence.
Ed is a Portal
Stuckey, Private First Class
Directed by Franklin Jones, Columbia, SC
9 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
When a man’s head becomes an interdimensional portal, he must learn to deal
with the nightmarish hell beasts that escape
through his skull.
Directed by Brantley Jones, New York, NY
12 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
A young Civil War re-enactor struggling with
the realities of fatherhood splurges on an
expensive gun replica and loses himself in
the lore of his own Lost Cause.
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DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
The Art House
Directed by Laura Valtorta, Columbia, SC
9 minutes
Playing with Cotton Road
Wednesday April 15 // 5:30 PM
Ginger, a retired schoolteacher, uses
everything at her disposal to make art:
from twigs and chalk to vines and paint.
Her creativity knows no bounds. That her
house should serve as her canvas should
come as no surprise.
Brother Jesse
Directed by Kevin Wells, Durham, NC
28 minutes
Playing in Burdens of the Past
Friday April 17 // 3:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 8:30 PM
In this intimate portrait of a religious
extremist, Jesse Morrell--a confrontational
traveling campus preacher -- toes the line
between free expression and hate speech.
Crooked Candy
Directed by Andrew Rodgers,
Winston-Salem, NC
6 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
From the foil wrapper to the chocolate
shell, the plastic yolk capsule to the clever
toy inside, Kinder eggs are a global rite
of childhood except in the United States,
where they are contraband. This is the story
of a Kinder smuggler
Dolphin Lover
Directed by Kareem Tabsch, Miami, FL
15 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
The unbelievable true story of Malcolm
Brenner, a man whose romantic and sexual
love affair with a captive bottlenose dolphin
forms the basis of this strangely poignant
documentary.
Grace’s One and Only Casseroni
Cherry Pop: The Story of the
World’s Fanciest Cat
Directed by Kareem Tabsch, Miami, FL
11 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
The true and quirky story of the world’s
most pampered cat, and the people who
love her.
The Columbarium
Directed by Tyler Trumbo, Palo Alto, CA
4 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
The San Francisco Columbarium houses the
cremated remains of over 80,000 people. In
this black-and-white film, Emmitt Watson, its
long-time caretaker, cannot help but see life
in the midst of so much death.
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Directed by Kavanah & D.L. Anderson,
Durham, NC
6 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
In 1964, Frank Groce got a new stepmother-a white woman from the hills of Kentucky
named Grace. In this short, Frank reminisces
about a spinach casserole she would make
for him so that he could be tough like Popeye
when he was picked on him for having an
interracial family.
Inheritance
Directed by Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz
Allentown, PA
27 minutes
Playing in Heritage in Drift
Thursday April 17 // 1:30 PM
Saturday April 18 //2:30 PM
One family’s journey to cohere the detritus
of divorce and revolution into an IranianAmerican identity
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Maque Chou
Plaze Toys
Directed by Christy Ward, New Orleans, LA
4 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
Camille Persica prepares this eponymous
dish, discussing how it fits in with her family
and Cajun culture in Louisiana.
Directed by Brittany Paul, Charleston, SC
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Meet Stella Fox: an eleven-year-old girl
with a big heart and the desire to bring
happiness to others.
The Murder Ballad of
James Jones
Sandorkraut
Directed by Jesse Kreitzer, Iowa City, IA
4 minutes
Playing in Burdens of the Past
Friday April 17 // 3:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 8:30 PM
Chicago blues singer James “Tail Dragger”
Jones--a protege of Howlin’ Wolf--recounts
his shooting and killing of fellow musician
Boston Blackie during an on-stage
performance in 1993.
Nowehere to be Found
Directed by Alex Moratto, Clemmons, NC
8 minutes
Playing in Burdens of the Past
Friday April 17 // 3:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 8:30 PM
In this powerful short portrait, Matt Smith,
an openly gay young man in conservative
South Carolina, reflects on his first
relationship with a man and the tragic
end to their time together.
Papa Machete
Directed by Jonathan David Kane, Miami, FL
11 minutes
Playing with Vida Propia
Saturday April 18 // 6:30 PM
“Professor” Alfred Avril--a poor, aging
Haitian farmer--practices an esoteric
martial art with the very tool his enslaved
ancestors used to defeat Napoleon’s
armies: the machete.
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Directed by Emily Lobsenz, Brooklyn, NY
12 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Thursday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
Sandorkraut explores the world of Tennessee
resident Sandor Katz, America’s foremost
home fermentation revivalist, whose culinary
rituals have transformed his understanding
of life, death, and the micro-cosmos of who
we are.
The Shrimper
Directed by Katrina Albright, Brooklyn, NY
6 minutes
Playing with Cotton Road
Wednesday April 15 // 5:30 PM
This short documentary is a portrait of a
shrimper and his family’s century old dried
shrimp business in the oil-spill impacted city
of Houma, LA.
Strike
Directed by Joey Daoud, Miami, FL
12 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
Bill Fong is probably better than any bowler
you know, but he is still far from his dream
of reaching the pros. He takes his passion,
or what some might call an obsession, very
seriously.
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Welcome Home, Fayetteville
Observer
The Ballad of Holland Island
House
Directed by Amanda Berg, Chester, NJ
13 minutes
Playing with Old South
Thursday April 16 // 5:30 PM
Narrated by local musician, historian, and
Vietnam veteran Bob Steele, this short
documentary observes daily during 2012
and 2013 in Fayetteville, North Carolina -home to Fort Bragg.
Directed by Lynn Tomlinson
Owings Mills, MD
4 minutes
Playing in Heritage in Drift
Animated clay paintings and a melancholy
musical accompaniment illustrate the true
story of the last house on a sinking island in
the Chesapeake Bay.
Willy James the Puppeteer
Directed by Chap Fowler
Mount Pleasant, SC
8 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Thursday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
Willy James enchants the good citizens
of Charleston with the forgotten art of
puppeteering. James’s work engages
audiences of all ages with puppets that
seem to inhabit a mystical space between
our world and another.
ANIMATED SHORTS
Artio and Belenus
Directed by Nancy Jean Tucker
Los Angeles, CA
6 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
Caught in a struggle between gods and
sorcerers, a young witch must go through
an extreme metamorphosis to discover her
power if she wants to survive.
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Don’t Be Afraid of Bears
Directed by Jill Johnson, Fredonia, NY
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Theriophobia is defined as a fear of the
beast. Naturalist Barry Lopez goes one step
further, describing it as a fear of the animal
within. This is a portrait of the filmmaker’s
inner beast.
El Sol Como Un Gran
Animal Oscuro
Directed by Christina Felisgrau &
Ronnie Rivera, Miami, FL
5 minutes
Playing in Embarassing Love
Thursday April 16 // 6:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:00 PM
When her computer falls in love with her,
Alejandra is happy and feels connected
to something greater than herself. But
others around her aren’t accepting of this
unconventional romance.
My Heart Leaps Up
Directed by Meg Stein, Durham, NC
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
This absurdist collage addresses how
we feel and think inside our homes, our
most intimate spaces. Desire, horror, and
loneliness are explored through a darkly
funny lens.
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The Never Bell
Directed by Emily Lobsenz, Brooklyn, NY
12 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
Inspired by Appalachian folklore, The Never
Bell uses live puppetry and mixed media
animation to explore the naive wonders of
an innocent imagination awakening.
One Night in Florida
Directed by Tess Martin,
Rotterdam, Netherlands
1 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
A journey through President Obama’s
July 2013 speech, in which he addressed
the outrage over George Zimmerman’s
acquittal.
This Will Destroy You -New Topia
Directed by Victoria Cook, Decatur, GA
Rotterdam, Netherlands
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
This spiritual and symbolic journey through
the seven sacraments, allows us to dream
about what could be revealed behind the
door to the afterlife.
Worse Than Catholic
Directed by Jamie Clark, Columbia, SC
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
One man’s nightmarish journey chasing a
butterfly through his own psyche. Serves as
the visual accompaniment for “Worse Than
Catholic,” a song by local experimental
metal band Sein zum Tode.
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Boulders
Directed by Franklin Jones, Columbia, SC
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Driven by raw nostalgic sounds and
emotionally gripping lyrics, Boulders is
a tour-de-force of psychedelic imagery,
an existential journey into the band Dear
Blanca’s new album, Pobrecito.
DAIMON
Directed by Kelsey Velez, Detroit, MI
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
DAIMON produces new rhythms, both
sonic and visual, by generating a copy of
Rihanna’s Saturday Night Live performance
and appropriating the mistakes in its
flawed transfer.
Departing
Directed by Jing Niu, Berkeley, CA
29 minutes
Playing in Heritage in Drift
Friday April 17 // 1:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:30 PM
An autobiographical epic poem about
growing up in take-out restaurants,
Departing examines interlocking crises of
race, gender, class, and take-out food.
Frontier Journals 01:
Mythologies of the Conquerors
Directed by Georg Koszulinski, Seattle, WA
8 minutes
Playing in Experimental Docs
Thursday April 16 // 3:00 PM
Friday April 17 // 5:30 PM
Composed of strange encounters with
animatronic Indians, performances of
displaced ancient traditions, and mass
pilgrimages to sacred sites of power and
spectacle, this is the first entry in a series
of video essays about the journey West.
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Frontier Journals 04:
A Map of the New World
Directed by Georg Koszulinski, Seattle, WA
4 minutes
Playing in Experimental Docs
Thursday April 16 // 3:00 PM
Friday April 17 // 5:30 PM
At the westernmost point of the United
States of America, one can stand at the
“historical vantage point” where the
Makah Indians once obser ved early
Europeans exploring the Strait of Juan
de Fuca.
Her 2014
Directed by Deon Kay, GA
2 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Spike Jonze’s 2014 Academy Award
nominee Her, condensed into 2,014 frames.
Hitori
Directed by Raymond Carr, Atlanta, GA
12 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
Live-action tabletop puppetry, computer
compositing, and body movement artists
bring a world of human puppeteers to life
in this story of a boy trying to get back to
where he came from.
I Have to Close My Eyes
Directed by Brenda L Burmeister
Raleigh, NC
2 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
The dislocation between memory and
documentation, the slippage between fact
and fiction: sometimes, family lore fashions
a more alluring and seamless story than the
actual one.
Garden of Stone
Directed by Sasha Waters, Freyer,
Richmond, VA
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
A kaleidoscope of sights and sounds from
Noto, Sicily, known as the Garden of Stone
in honor of its baroque architecture. A love
letter to filmmaker Peter Greenaway in three
rhythmic intervals.
Historia Calamitum
(The Story of My Misfortunes)
Part II: The Crying Game
Directed by Roger Beebe, Columbus, OH
21 minutes
Playing in Experimental Docs
Thursday April 16 // 3:00 PM
Friday April 17 // 5:30 PM
It’s alright to cry. Sometimes it’s better than
alright. This is a story of a man who just
cannot stop crying.
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Instrument
Directed by Anna Kipervaser, Durham, NC
5 minutes
Playing in Heritage in Drift
Friday April 17 // 1:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:30 PM
Shot in North Carolina, Louisiana, and
Alaska, this experimental short connects
time and place through undiscovered empty
spaces between hemispheres.
It’s A Process
Directed by Dee Hood, Ruskin, FL
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minutes Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
In art, as in life, it’s all about the process.
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Meet the Press
Stay Awhile
Directed by Nicholas Pilarski, Durham, NC
2 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
When all words from a single episode
of Meet the Press are removed and
transcoded into raw data, all that remains is
an artifact that articulates the current state
of discourse in American politics.
Directed by Patrick Jeffords, Columbia, SC
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Thursday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
A musical and visual cornucopia featuring a
soundtrack by Kid Trails from their EP This
State.
THIS IS YATES
Pearl Pistols
Directed by Kelly Gallagher
Chester Springs, PA
3 minutes
Playing with Old South
Thursday April 16 // 5:30 PM
Pearl Pistols is a glitter bombed, pistolwhipping, animated resurrection of a
speech by the exuberant and powerful Civil
Rights revolutionary Queen Mother Moore.
Prospector
Directed by Talena Sanders, Missoula, MT
13 minutes
Playing in Experimental Docs
Thursday April 16 // 3:00 PM
Friday April 17 // 5:30 PM
Depicting parallel histories of invasion,
assimilation, aspirations, valuation, and reevaluation, this piece shows us prospectors,
colonists, and tourists searching future sites
of luxury resources and romance.
Spanish Moss
Directed by Lynne Hull, Winston-Salem, NC
13 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Steeped in the Southern Gothic tradition, this
experimental short revels in the paradoxical
triumph of the ephemeral, touching on
themes of truth, longing, despair, desire, and
transcendence.
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Directed by Joshua Yates, Iowa City, IA
24 minutes
Playing in Experimental Docs
Thursday April 16 // 3:00 PM
Friday April 17 // 5:30 PM
This fragmented visual autobiography
interweaves decades of serene and violent
home movies to confront coming-of-age
anxieties, delayed grieving processes, and
living in a world that is not one’s home.
Telegraph Road!
Directed by Lynnie Mitra, Boston, MA
4 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Each episode of this five-part short film
series splices together surreal images from
“America’s favorite byway.”.
STUDENT SHORTS
BrocKINGton
Directed by Sergio Ingato, Mason Sklut
& Maggie Sloane, Elon, NC
8 minutes
Playing with Every Body Hit Somebody
Thursday April 16 // 7:30 PM
As a transgender youth living in the Deep
South, Blake Brockington is no stranger to
adversity. This documentary short liberates
and empowers with its story of one young
man’s refusal to conform.
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Closer
Directed by Sean Shoppell, Columbia, SC
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Highways, city streets, suburban roads-these are the paths on which we find
ourselves, driving toward an unknown
destination. This experimental short erases
the boundary between past and present.
The Emotional Dimensions
of the James River
Directed by Michelle Marquez, Midlothian, VA
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
Fifteen-year-old filmmaker Michelle
Marquez uses drones and special
infrared cameras to break down the
barrier between science and art in this
unique visual experience.
Don’t Forget the Pocketwatch
Directed by Courtney Gibson, Knoxeville, TN
5 minutes
Playing in People Portraits
Wednesday April 15 // 7:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 2:30 PM
A perky, spirited Tennessean recounts the
steps she took to move forward--including
a new marriage, a divorce, and moments of
unchangeable regret--in the aftermath of
her beloved husband’s death.
FLOR
Directed by Tyler Deas, Columbia, SC
3 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
A young woman wanders through the vast
fields, silent lakes, and overgrown brush
of rural southern Georgia on the edge of
winter in this experimental short.
Memories of Important Places
Directed by Lizzy Rogers, AL
2 minutes
Playing in Four Minute Film Frenzy
Wednesday April 15 // 5:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 4:00 PM
An animated recollection of visual memories
from the filmmaker’s childhood.
Palm Rot
Directed by Ryan Gillis, Los Angeles, CA
8 minutes
Playing in Summoning the Supernatural
Thursday April 16 // 3:30 PM
Saturday April 18 // 9:00 PM
A crop duster discovers a lone crate among
the wreckage of an explosion in the Florida
Everglades. Inside he finds jars filled with
mysterious, unearthly beetles that have an
agenda of their own.
Tyesha
Directed by Ora DeKornfeld, Carrboro, NC
8 minutes
Playing with Every Body HIt Somebody
Thursday April 16 // 7:30 PM
A struggling teen learns to overcome her
violent past as she reclaims her voice
through poetry.
unmappable
Directed by Diane Hodson &
Jasmine Luoma, Winston-Salem, NC
23 minutes
Playing in Burdens of the Past
Friday April 17 // 3:00 PM
Saturday April 18 // 8:30 PM
Iconoclastic psycho-geographer and
convicted sex offender Denis Wood
explores the events that have defined
his life in this meditative portrait.
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