Indie Grits 2019 Film Submissions

Now Playing • Nov 16–Nov 29

Boy Erased

The courageous story of Jared Eamons (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who must overcome the fallout of being outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe). His parents struggle with reconciling their love for their son with their beliefs. Fearing a loss of family, friends, and community, Jared is pressured into attending a conversion therapy program. While there, Jared comes into conflict with its leader (Joel Edgerton) and begins his journey to finding his own voice and accepting his true self. 

Now Playing • Nov 18–Nov 29

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder, and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen.  When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).

Now Playing • Nov 20

The Wound

South Africa’s official entry to the 2018 Academy Awards® for best foreign language film.

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, joins the men of his community in the mountains of the Eastern Cape to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel.

This film is part of our "OUT Here" series.

Coming Soon • Nov 21

The Sower

In 1851, France’s autocratic President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte has ordered the arrest of all the men of a remote mountain farming village following a Republican uprising. The women spend years in total isolation, forced to tend the crops themselves. Some women have lost their husbands; others, like the shy but inwardly strong Violette, suddenly have no chance of experiencing physical love or motherhood. The women take an oath: if a man comes, they will share him as a lover. When a mysterious and handsome stranger arrives, he ignites passions and jealousies that threaten to destroy the tight-knit community.

This film is part of our "Foreign Focus" series.

Coming Soon • Nov 22

The Last Waltz

This film should be played loud! Join us for a special Thanksgiving presentation of The Last Waltz. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Waltz captures The Band’s (made famous by collaborations with Bob Dylan) “farewell concert appearance” on Thanksgiving Day 1976. Featuring performances by The Band, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, and others, the film is a must for rock n’ roll fans and has been applauded for being one of the best concert films ever made.

Coming Soon • Nov 24


Featuring a live performance from Zach Seibert of the E.Z. Shakes!

Inspired by the life of Blaze Foley (Ben Dickey), the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Blaze weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present, and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen (Alia Shawkat); his last, dark night on earth; and the impact that his songs and death had on his fans, friends, and foes.

This film is part of our "Sound & Vision" series.

Coming Soon • Nov 27

While I Breathe, I Hope | SC Premiere

Join us for the South Carolina premiere of While I Breathe, I Hope—a documentary following Bakari Sellers through his campaign and offering an eye-opening look at the legacy of racism in American politics.

What does it mean to be young, black, and a Democrat in the American South? The film begins by following Sellers as he makes his 2014 bid for Lieutenant Governor, through the Charleston shootings, and during the removal of the Confederate flag in 2015. Through his experiences, this timely film offers audiences a window into the legacy of race in United States politics. 

Coming Soon • Dec 8

The Book of Esther (Das Buch Esther)

In partnership with the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC), the Nick presents The Book of Esther or Persecution (Das Buch Esther), a rare German silent film from pioneer Ernst Reicher. The Book of Esther (Das Buch Esther) is a biblical epic in which Esther, a Hebrew woman, becomes the queen of Persia and thwarts a genocide of her people.

This film is an incomplete version of the original German film, recut and edited for the American market in 1922.  At present, the MIRC print of is the only known surviving copy of any version of Das Buch Esther.

The screening will be introduced by Lydia Pappas (MIRC assistant director and curator) and accompanied by USC School of Music students performing a newly composed score.

Coming Soon • Dec 11


Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, the Sundance award-winning MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee immigrant to pop star.

Never one to compromise on her vision, Maya kept her camera rolling throughout her journey. MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as her success and fame explodes, becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken, and provocative voices in music today. 

This film is part of our For the Record series.

Coming Soon • Dec 16

Indie Grits Labs Auction for Education

When: Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 5:00-8:00pm
Where: Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse at the Hangar
1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd
Cost: $30 Nickelodeon Theatre Members | $40 General Admission

Please join us for the third annual Indie Grits Labs Education Fundraiser! The education fundraiser is our primary fundraising event—it provides essential support for our media education programs, including media literacy lab field trip programs, adult workshops, after-school programs, and youth summer camps.

Coming Soon • Dec 18

Tongues Untied

Join us for a compilation of works by pioneering filmmaker Marlon Riggs, addressing issues of black gay male identity and confronting HIV/AIDS. Marlon Riggs was dedicated to confronting the urgency of the AIDS epidemic in African American communities, especially among black gay men. He died of HIV/AIDS in 1994.

Featuring Anthem, Affirmations, Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (No Regret), and Tongues Untied.

This film is part of our "OUT Here" series.