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Indie Grits is a four-day event celebrating the visionary and experimental culture of the South through film, art, music, and tech.

Now Playing • Mar 15–Mar 27

Apollo 11

Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA’s most celebrated mission—the one that first put men on the moon and forever made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin into household names. Immersed in the perspectives of the astronauts, the team in Mission Control, and the millions of spectators on the ground, we vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

Now Playing • Mar 22–Mar 27

Transit

In this brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, Transit Visa, Georg, a German refugee, flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie.

Now Playing • Mar 23

Love & Basketball

From the time they were kids, Monica and Quincy were meant to be together. Over the course of two decades, they have an on-again-off-again relationship while pursuing their mutual dream careers in basketball. They play the same game and share the same dream. All is fair in love and basketball. 

Saturday, March 23 at 1:00PM

Now Playing • Mar 24

Shoes

Eva Meyer is a poor shop girl working at a five-and-dime. She is the sole wage earner for three younger sisters, a mother who struggles to hold everything together, and a father who prefers beer and penny dreadfuls to work. With only cardboard to patch the holes in the soles of her shoes, Eva’s life becomes harder with each rainy day and every splinter. In constant pain and with no solution in sight, the disheartened girl considers the uninvited advances of Charlie, a cad with clearly dishonorable intentions.

Coming Soon • Mar 29

While I Breathe, I Hope

This film is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

What does it mean to be young, Black, and a Democrat in the heart of the American South? That’s the question at the center of Indie Grits alum Emily Harrold’s warm documentary portrait of Bakari Sellers. A rising star in the progressive political establishment, Sellers’ 2014 bid to become South Carolina’s lieutenant governor—as well as his activism following the shooting deaths of the Emmanuel 9 in Charleston—serve as the backdrop for this moving feature. Winner of the 2018 Audience Award at New Orleans Film Festival.

Coming Soon • Mar 29–Mar 30

Resilience

These films are an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

The figures that populate these documentary shorts refuse to be confined, or defined, by their oppression. If anything, the challenges they’ve faced are an opportunity. An opportunity to embrace, without reservation, who they are and what they believe. Gun control advocates, sanctuary-seekers, the wrongfully imprisoned: these courageous individuals mine painful pasts and contemplate uncertain futures, but remain steadfast in their resolve to resist at any cost.

Coming Soon • Mar 29

Always in Season

This film is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

“How far would you go to get to the truth?” That’s the question Claudia, mother of the late Lennon Lacy, puts to viewers of this elegiac documentary feature, a study of lingering historic traumas and their effect on the present day. Though authorities ruled Lennon’s death by hanging a suicide, Claudia—an African-American woman and longtime North Carolina resident—suspects it was a racially motivated lynching. ALWAYS IN SEASON premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency.

Coming Soon • Mar 30

When Lambs Become Lions

This is film is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

From the producers of the Oscar-nominated CARTEL LAND, this riveting documentary feature (directed by Indie Grits alum Jon Kasbe) follows a small-time ivory dealer in the Kenyan bush, who fights to stay on top while forces mobilize to destroy his trade. When he turns to his younger cousin, a conflicted wildlife ranger who hasn’t been paid in months, they both see a possible lifeline.

Coming Soon • Mar 31

Don't Get Trouble in Your Mind

This is film is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson—the North Carolina trio that came to comprise the Carolina Chocolate Drops—refurbished a nineteenth-century musical style for twenty-first-century listeners and in doing so, earned a Grammy as well as legions of adoring fans. This compelling documentary portrait charts their meteoric rise from busking on the street to playing sold-out crowds at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world.

Coming Soon • Mar 31

Long Time Coming

This film is an official selection of the 2019 Indie Grits Film Festival.

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in an act of cultural defiance that would change the course of American history. More than 60 years later, these players explore how this game changed their lives and how, ultimately, it was more than just a game.

Coming Soon • Apr 3

Two for the Road

The ten-year marriage of Mark (Albert Finney) and Joanna Wallace (Audrey Hepburn) is on the rocks. In flashback they recall their first meeting, memorable moments in their courtship and early wedded life, their travels through Europe, their broken vow never to have children, and the increasing tensions that led to both of them having extra-marital affairs.

This film is presented as part of the Richland Library's "Stanley Donen Retrospective." Catch the rest of the series at Richland Library Main!

Coming Soon • Apr 5

The Aftermath

THE AFTERMATH is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

Coming Soon • Apr 10

Birds of Passage

Torn between his desire to become a powerful man and his duty to uphold his culture's values, Rapayet (José Acosta) enters the drug trafficking business in the 1970s and finds quick success despite his tribe’s matriarch Ursula’s (Carmiña Martínez) disapproval. Ignoring ancient omens, Rapayet and his family get caught up in a conflict where honor is the highest currency and debts are paid with blood.

This film is part of our Foreign Focus series. Presented in partnership with Palmetto Luna Arts.

Coming Soon • Apr 13

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Saturday, April 13 at 1:00PM | $5 tickets for children 12 and under! 

On a whirlwind tour of Willy’s (Gene Wilder) incredible, edible realm of chocolate waterfalls, elfish Oompa-Loompas and industrial-sized confections, a boy named Charlie (Peter Ostrum) will discover the sweetest secret of all: a generous, loving heart. And you’ll rediscover the timeless magic of a delicious family classic.

This film is part of our "Saturday Stories" series.

Coming Soon • Apr 20

Valley Maker with Cayla Fralick

On Valley Maker’s second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.