Indie Grits Visiones

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What started as a DIY festival for a tight-knit and dedicated audience, Indie Grits has grown into a staple of the city’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making, while also giving thousands of visitors and locals access to a progressive cultural life unmatched in the Southeast.

Our 2017 theme: Visiones

Visiones focuses on individual artists’ visions for the future of the Latinx community and Latin Americans around the world. Latinx and Latin American artists are responding to technological and cultural advancements in innovative and timely ways, making it even more important to define our place in the art world and society in our own way. It is crucial for our community to exchange ideas, build strong ties, and express the depth of our culture through the creative arts.” – Amada Torruella and Pedro Lopez de Victoria, Indie Grits co-curators

Through the theme Visiones, we seek not only to bring Latinx culture into the light, but also to celebrate it. Visiones will provide new opportunities to redefine Latinx and Latin American culture and make a new vision for the future possible. We have an amazing slate of events, music acts, and films lined up this year, so make sure to head to indiegrits.com to check out our full schedule!

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Price:

$150 non-members // $100 Nick members

Perks:

One free admission to:
• all film screenings at the Nick (based on availability)
• one Puppet Slam performance
• the Weekly Revue
• the Keynote Speech with Favianna Rodriguez, our Artist-in-Residence

• 2 drink tickets for the After Party at Main Street Public House
• Access to VIP Lounge at the After Party at Main Street Public House

Location

Columbia, SC

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Schedule

Apr 19

The 41st Day: The Journey of Ryan Hall

DIRECTED BY TIM JEFFREYS
BROOKLYN, NY

Date/ Time: Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00pm
Runtime: 94 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature

In this documentary feature debut from Nickelodeon Theatre alum Tim Jeffreys, marathon runner Ryan Hall–a star on the rise athlete gunning for a chance at Olympic gold–retreats into religion after a stunning setback at the 2012 games in London leaves him injured and unable to compete. As he embarks on a cross-country odyssey back in America, Hall reckons with questions of spirituality, individual purpose, and identity after his dreams of Olympic glory are extinguished.

Apr 19

El Sur

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Wednesday, April 19th at 6:00 pm (following a keynote speech from IG Artist in Residence, Favianna Rodriguez)
Thursday, April 20th at 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 3:00 pm at Richland Library

Rhythmic and riveting, El Sur is the South as you’ve never seen it before. These exquisitely rendered visions of the contemporary Latinx experience offer audiences a much-needed antidote to the poisonous politics of the moment, as well as a stark and unforgiving commentary on a national prejudice left unchecked. With boundless compassion, the filmmakers of El Sur document the struggles, sacrifices, and joys unique to the Latinx community, elevating stories of men, women, and gender nonconforming individuals who transform the South for the better by choosing to call it home.

FILMS:

In My South, directed by Rodrigo Dorfman
A Day’s Work, directed by Danielle Calle
La Comida de los Cocineros, directed by Victoria Bouloubasis & Andrea Patiño Contreras
La Danza
, directed by Rafael Cordova & Tharun Karakattu
South Texas Cow Punk
, directed by Carlo Nasisse
For Senator Graham
, directed by Seth Gadsden & Amada Torruella

Apr 20

Hometown Heroes

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Thursday, April 20th at 2:00 pm
Friday, April 21st at 7:40 pm

Intensely moving and occasionally melancholy, the films of Hometown Heroes celebrate the free spirits, magnetic personalities, and enigmatic figures that lend our southern cities character. Iron-willed and fiercely independent, with liberated world views that serve to awaken the complacent around them, these Hometown Heroes inspire with their unbridled creative energy and manic desire to see their dreams realized. A collection of absorbing life studies that brim with hard won, unflagging optimism, the documentary and narrative shorts of Hometown Heroes challenge audiences to live more authentic lives. Indomitable and undaunted, our Hometown Heroes chart their own course, and in so doing encourage others to do the same.

FILMS:

Jonah Stands Up, directed by Hannah Engelson
The No Hand King, directed by Patrick Shanahan
My Bones are Singing, directed by Dust of the Ground
Paloma, directed by Giovanni Autran
Get Out Fast, directed by Haley Elizabeth Anderson

Apr 20

Everybody Dies

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Thursday, April 20th at 9:30pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 9:15pm

Not all of us are destined to go gentle into that good night. Ask any of the island spirits, murderous siblings, or vengeful artists dominating this block. Everybody Dies, sure, but our individual journeys to and through the afterlife—if one believes in such a thing—are sometimes anything but peaceful. Angst-ridden and anarchic, simmering with not-so-quiet rage, the shorts of Everybody Dies concern themselves with the souls and psyches of those for whom tranquility and passive acceptance are not possible. Everybody Dies burns with irrepressible emotion, searing audiences with taboo feelings that would certainly remain covered otherwise. All the lives of Everybody Dies rattle and rage, going out with an explosion, not a whimper.

FILMS:

Field Notes, directed by Vashti Harrison
White Death, directed by Robert Collio
J. Cole – Everybody Dies, directed by Scott Lazer
Black River, directed by André Silva
Death, directed by Gabriela Badillo
Dim Blood, directed by David Zonana
Wave Iteration, directed by Anna Spence

Apr 20

Your Ride Is Here

DIRECTED BY FRASER JONES
ATLANTA, GA

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 20th at 9:00pm
Runtime: 58 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: Crass
80s Dating Video Remix
Table Manners

A buddy movie that defies easy categorization, this debut feature writes its own cinematic recipe, mixing elements of comedy, drama, documentary, and narrative to produce a unique genre mashup all its own. Isaiah, a rock musician turned ride-share app driver, forges an unlikely bond with his new mentee Fraser–a recent film school dropout haunting the streets of Nashville in the hopes of creating a documentary about the city.

Apr 20

Never Came Back

DIRECTED BY JEREMIAH JAHI
NEW YORK, NY

Date/ TimeThursday, April 20th at 1:30pm
Runtime: 81 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: Sixteen

A carefully observed debut, shot in bleary, melancholy black and white, Never Came Back chronicles the return of a long absent patriarch to the arms of his ambivalent family after a period of twenty-five years. This timely, emotionally resonant narrative feature grapples with the lasting repercussions of incarceration on the African-American consciousness

Apr 20

Jungle

DIRECTED BY MARTIN RIEZNIK
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 20th at 4:00pm
Runtime: 75 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: Tisure

Shot completely in natural light, this unvarnished, raw debut feature follows world-weary Lucas--a hopelessly rational man trapped in a hopelessly irrational environment--as he ventures deep into the Amazon rainforest in search of an elusive (and potentially nonexistent) group of indigenous tribes. As the harsh conditions and prolonged isolation begin to compromise his sanity, Lucas encounters Selva, a beautiful and mysterious woman who challenges his quest to find the indigenous community

Apr 20

The Ties That Bind

DIRECTED BY DIANA NEWTON
CARRBORO, NC

Date/ TimeThursday, April 20th at 6:30pm
Runtime: 60 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Preceded by: Fear
Ash
Positioning
Crumbling

Rigorous in its thoughtful self-examination, this devastatingly personal family portrait--a documentary feature nearly fourteen years in the making--details director Diana Newton’s own journey toward acceptance alongside her sister Christine, a trans woman navigating the emotional and physical perils of coming out. Wrenching and eloquent, The Ties That Bind offers a new gloss on living authentically in an environment historically hostile to difference.

Apr 20

Cairo in One Breath

DIRECTED BY ANNA KIPERVASER
DURHAM, NC

Date/ Time: Thursday, April 20th at 7:00pm
Runtime: 80 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature

Strongman Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, in the weeks and months leading to his ouster, attempts to curb sound pollution in the capital city of Cairo by installing wireless receivers in its nearly 4,000 mosques and instituting a government-broadcast summons to worship–eliminating the need for muezzins, Muslim men who call the faithful to prayer. This rich soundscape of spiritual tumult and political transformation in a rapidly westernizing Egypt is the latest documentary from Indie Grits alum Anna Kipervaser.

Apr 21

Happiness Bomb: A Chicken Pox Now!!

DIRECTED BY WILLIE WHITE
LEXINGTON, SC

Date/ Time: Friday, April 21st at 10:10pm
Runtime: 52 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: BAGGAGEKLAIM – “better desperate”
DEX·TER·I·TY
Devil’s Trap
Teenage Caligula, the Trailer

Happiness Bomb is a Twilight Zone-type anthology series of rock operas and melodramas starring a group of puppet actors — Suzie, Nod, Pythagoras, Zero Rabbit, Moses, and the Rat! — who broadcast their stories to the strange remnants of a cartoon world, 78 years past the Happiness Bomb … as The Host rodserlings it all.

Apr 21

Future Vision

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Friday, April 21st at 4:30pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 6:45pm

For the cinematic equivalent of an acid trip, look no further than Future Vision, an otherworldly, eerily prescient assemblage of films from today’s most visionary young directors. These optically astounding dark dreamscapes merge science fiction with southern-fried surrealism to create a future that is anything but utopian. Hallucinogenic, gripping, and timely, the films of Future Vision—both exhilarating and disquieting by turn—announce the arrival of a vital new generation of filmmakers working in the tradition of Kubrick and Cuarón. Clear-eyed, urgent dispatches from a frighteningly believable reality, Future Vision is essential viewing—a series of cautionary tales and premonitions that are entirely of the moment.

FILMS:

August, directed by Caitlyn Greene
They Charge For The Sun, directed by Terence Nance
PEDAZOS, directed by Alejandro Peña
Radio Road, directed by Warren Lewis Allen
Letter to a Distant Future, directed by Georg Koszulinski
Frontier Journals 08: Antipodes Rising, directed by Georg Koszulinski
LONGSHOREMAN, directed by William S. Davis
Blua, directed by Carolina Charry Quintero
Starbenders – “Time Stops”, directed by Benjamin Roberds

 

Apr 21

The New Nostalgia

SCREENING DATES & TIMES: 

Friday, April 21st at 2:00pm
Saturday, April 22nd at 4:30pm

The vulnerability of memory is a driving preoccupation for the filmmakers of The New Nostalgia, who work to capture fast-fading reminiscences, decaying landscapes, and a host of other all-too-brief moments and lives before they disappear entirely. With frank, funny, brutally honest work that embraces complex, nuanced feeling ahead of reductive logic and cheap sentimentality, The New Nostalgia is wistful for the unconventional and the obscure—for people, places, and moments that many would rather forget altogether. The emotional archeologists of The New Nostalgia excavate and disinter, drawing what we’ve dismissed or buried back into the fore of our consciousness.

FILMS:

Sweet Love, directed by Stephen Crompton
35mm Monsters, directed by Remington Smith
All Skate, Everybody Skate, directed by Nicole Triche
Girls Zui Side – “Sad Life”, directed by Jennifer Miville
Bygone Barns, directed by Matthew McFarling
Regreso, directed by Rodrigo Dada
House of Saints, directed by Gerry Melendez
Checkers in the Afternoon, directed by Emily Harrold

Apr 21

Hara Kiri

DIRECTED BY HENRY ALBERTO
LOS ANGELES, CA

Date/ Time: Friday, April 21st at 9:30pm
Runtime: 81 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: The Hole Punch

This narrative feature chronicles the lovers’ last day on Earth. Unapologetically punk, rough-edged and lyrical, Hara Kiri is a dark queer romance set against a backdrop of a decidedly unglamorous contemporary Los Angeles. Navigating uncertain emotional and psychological terrain, all while migrating through the graffitied bedrooms and arid side streets of their city, skateboarders August and Beto enter into a suicide pact and agree to end it all together.

Apr 21

Meadow Bridge

DIRECTED BY TIJAH BUMGARNER
CHARLESTON, WV

Date/ Time: Friday, April 21st at 2:30pm
Runtime: 89 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature

Wrestling with questions of place, purpose, and prosperity in the small town South, this charmingly candid debut feature traces the arc of a young woman’s coming of age in 1990s West Virginia. High school student Darcy reckons with age-old dilemmas of parental confrontation, young love, and much more, managing to come to terms with her identity as a Southerner in the process.

Apr 21

Moments of Campaign

DIRECTED BY TOMÁS ASTUDILLO
QUITO, ECUADOR

Date/ Time: Friday, April 21st at 5:00pm
Runtime: 52 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Preceded by: The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown
Seriously Not Funny

Director Tomás Astudillo’s unflinching, impartial camera manages to capture moments of genuine feeling from an otherwise elusive subject: the contemporary politician. Shot in stark, unforgiving black and white, this incisive behind-the-scenes portrait of charismatic populist Rafael Correa–whose successful 2013 bid for reelection as President of Ecuador serves as the focus of this documentary–offers surprising parallels for American audiences on the heels of our own recent national election.

Apr 21

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

DIRECTED BY LAURA DUNN & JEF SEWELL
AUSTIN, TX

Date/ Time: Friday, April 21st at 7:10pm
Sunday, April 23rd at 3:45pm
Runtime: 82 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature

Novelistic in its quiet introspection and episodic structure, this carefully composed, astonishingly intimate praise song offers unprecedented access to the notoriously private, internationally renowned writer and environmental activist Wendell Berry. Sporting elegant interviews with family members, a treasure trove of never-before-seen archival photographs, as well as a rich, nuanced voiceover from the author himself, Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry is a ravishingly told story of one man’s unflagging passion for the Kentucky landscape that he calls home.

Apr 22

Oaxaca

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00pm at Richland Library
Sunday, April 23rd at 5:00pm

Carefully curated to present a diverse look at nearly all facets of the human experience, the narrative shorts from Oaxaca FilmFest are sure to resonate with every viewer in some form or fashion. Through the talented directing of filmmakers from across the globe, human relationships to danger, tragedy, love, oppression, and the supernatural are dissected in films that are as rich in substance as they are in mastery of technical skill. Asking the audience to ponder their own circumstances and responses, these films are a provocative look at what it means to possess a soul, personality, sexuality, set of responsibilities, and other elements of humanity. Although focused on various unique characters and themes, the films from Oaxaca FilmFest manage to unite under the idea of the universality of the human condition and weave together to form a challenging and stimulating cinematic tapestry.

FILMS:

Cuckold Picasso, directed by Lance Larson
Las Nadadoras de Villa Rosa, directed by Josefina Recio
Little Syria, directed by  Francisco Sánchez Solis
Brother in Midnight Sun
, directed by Lars Persson
Save,
directed by Iván Sáinz-Pardo
Glass House
, directed by Erik Ivar Sæther, Nicolai Berg Hanssen
Schirkoa, directed by Ishan Shukla
Cuerdas en la Vida, directed by Gerardo González Pérez
Hugo Bumfeldt, directed by Éva Katinka Bognar

Apr 22

Femme Frontera

SCREENING DATES & TIMES:

Saturday, April 22nd at 12:30pm

Whether they are real or imaginary, physical or intangible, boundaries divide and disquiet in Femme Frontera, a ravishingly well-told, deeply felt series of narrative and documentary shorts from Latina filmmakers living along the US-México border. Resisting stereotypical, hyper masculine depictions of the Latina experience that so often reduce characters of color to the status of flimsy cardboard cutouts, the directors of Femme Frontera prioritize feeling and style ahead of plot, cultivating tactile emotional realities onscreen that address–in part–the illogic behind man-made walls. “These films revise the cultural narrative entirely through the simple act of showing the truth,” Femme Frontera founder Angie Tures writes. “The six women filmmakers of Femme Frontera are unapologetic in their portrayals of sacrifice, perseverance, sexism, bigotry, and radical hope.”

FILMS:

Memory Box, directed by Angie Reza Tures
La Catrina, directed by Illana Lapid
Child of the Desert, directed by Iliana Sosa
Undocumented Freedom
, directed by Laura Bustillos Jáquez
The Appleseed Project
, directed by Jennifer Lucero 
Overland
, directed by Jazmin Harvey

Apr 22

Disco Limbo

DIRECTED BY FREDO LANDAVERI & MARIANO TOLEDO
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 22nd at 8:30pm
Runtime: 70 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: Music of Desire
Sam Cohen – “The Garden”

A young man’s quest to track down a handsome partygoer drags him across the rugged terrain of memory, into karaoke parlors, over mountains, and beyond. A rollicking, kaleidoscopic queer romance that plays by its own rules, this debut feature flouts convention every slip-sliding step of the way, utilizing animation, video tutorials, dubbing, and other seemingly incongruous tricks of the cinematic trade with reckless abandon.

Apr 22

Hearts of Palm

DIRECTED BY MONICA PEÑA
MIAMI, FL

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 22nd at 2:00pm
Runtime: 74 minutes
Genre: Narrative Feature
Preceded by: The Rabbit Hunt
Squirrel

Sun-bleached and surreal, this enigmatic experimental feature debut is as literary as it is cinematic, with two nameless protagonists (El y Ella) retreating into the realms of ritual and the supernatural as they close themselves off from the outside world. When the appearance of the mysterious Niño Bueno beckons with him a host of otherworldly forces, El y Ella are confronted with the possibility of their own romantic doom.

Apr 22

The Room of Bones

DIRECTED BY MARCELA ZAMORA
SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 22nd at 3:30pm
Runtime: 60 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Preceded by: The Diver
Dejar

In this hard-nosed, steely-eyed documentary feature, Marcela Zamora–El Salvador’s preeminent journalist-cum-director–exhumes the sad remains of decades’ worth of gang violence that have decimated her country and its people. Straddling the line between compassion and science, forensic anthropologists gather to study the bones drawn from El Salvador’s innumerable mass graves, hoping to identify the remains so that grieving mothers of the desaparecidos (the “missing”) can arrive at some sense of closure.

Apr 22

The Modern Jungle

DIRECTED BY CHARLES FAIRBANKS & SAUL KAK
YELLOW SPRINGS, OH / CHIAPAS, MEXICO

Date/ Time: Saturday, April 22nd at 6:00pm
Runtime: 72 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature

Juan, the Mexican shaman at the center of this hazy, feverish snapshot of globalization gone awry, turns to slickly marketed nutritional supplements to cure the excruciating hernia that his incantations won’t. Meanwhile, his widowed neighbor Carmen tends to her land just as she always has–property that her late husband fought and died for during a landless farmers’ movement. This documentary about a native culture under quiet siege premiered at the 2016 Morelia International Film Festival.

Apr 23

Tempestad

DIRECTED BY TATIANA HUEZO
MEXICO / EL SALVADOR

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm
Runtime: 105 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature

Striking handheld camerawork and spellbinding voiceovers are hallmarks of this expressionistic documentary, a study in atmosphere and introspection. Miriam, wrongfully imprisoned on trumped up charges of human trafficking in her native México, grapples with the violence she endured behind bars, while Adela–a circus clown–longs for her missing daughter, gone some ten years. Tempestad was commended as “a passionate plea for freedom” by jurors at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it premiered.

Apr 23

An Outrage

DIRECTED BY LANCE WARREN & HANNAH AYERS
RICHMOND, VA

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 23rd at 1:30pm
Runtime: 33 minutes
Genre: Documentary Feature
Preceded by: More Dangerous than a Thousand Rioters
The Courage of Her Convictions

Crisp monochrome cinematography, thought-provoking interviews with scholars, and rarely-seen archival photographs document the rise of lynching in the postbellum South. This riveting documentary (which premiered at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC) travels to six different lynching sites around the South, with African-American historians, community activists, and descendants of lynching victims seeking to excavate the racist motivations behind this appalling practice.