Annnd, action! It's time again for the much-anticipated Indie Grits Festival in Columbia, SC, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre. Ten days of film, food, music and more, Indie Grits is one of the greatest things to hit the South this week. (Southern Living said so.)


April 12 - 21, 2013, join Southern filmmakers for the Indie Grits Main Street debut, and a festival full of engaging cultural events unmatched in the Southeast. In its 7th year in Columbia, SC, Indie Grits brings filmmakers from across the Southeast to showcase their talent and bring together other talented people, empowering all levels of Southern filmmakers with an independent mentality and far-reaching artistic scope. In 2010, Indie Grits was also named one of the world's 20 coolest film festivals by Movie Maker magazine (that's pretty awesome!). This is Indie Grits' first year in the Nickelodeon's new digs on Main Street!

'In addition to the films, last year Indie Grits grew to include the best music, food and craft Columbia has to offer, and this year, we're excited that again our festival will last 10 days, but festival attendees will find that we've organized Indie Grits so that you won't have to choose one event over another,' said Andy Smith, Executive Director of the Nickelodeon Theatre.

So...what's new this year? Each evening, the Nickelodeon will screen films as usual. But, the first half of the festival (April 12 ' 16) features additional cultural opportunities including Spork in Hand Puppet Slam, Slow Food Columbia's Sustainable Chef Showcase and Cinemovements, a unique collaboration pairing South Carolina Philharmonic's conductor Morihiko Nakahara with commissioned filmmakers and their original films. The second half of the festival (April 17 ' 21), the Nick will screen Indie Grits competition films, often with talkbacks with filmmakers.

It's Indie Grits tradition to use beloved, unique downtown Columbia spaces exclusively for the festival's events. This year, Tapp's Art Center is added in that mix! Having Tapp's and the Nick's new home so close to each other will make most festival events central and convenient for festival attendees.

So.....what exactly ARE the festival events?! And, when?? I've got them all laid out right here, so you'll be sure not to miss one minute of Indie Grits excitement. 

SCHEDULE of EVENTS:



Friday, April 12


WHAT: Opening Party!
Street party featuring a giant film screen, food trucks and live music by The Royal Tinfoil and Say Brother from 7:00 ' 10:00 p.m. Plus, VIP Indie Grits pass holder screening of "We Cause Scenes," followed by talkback with Charlie Todd at the Nickelodeon Theatre.
WHERE: 1600 block of Main Street
WHEN: 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 13


WHAT: Kindie Grits
In partnership with Richland Library: Screening of "Can You Canoe," a documentary about The Okee Dokee Brothers, a kid and family-friendly band.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 10 a.m. ' 12 p.m.

WHAT: Love Peace & HipHop
Columbia's first hip-hop family day! This free event combines live hip-hop performers, DJs, B-boy dance crews, hip-hop visual artists and craft and fashion vendors.
WHERE: 1700 block of Main Street and 1200 block of Laurel Street
WHEN: 11 a.m. ' 5 p.m.

WHAT: Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
Puppet Slam featuring puppeteers from Columbia (including Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda of Belle et Bete), Atlanta, Asheville, N.C. and Chapel Hill, N.C. with live music by Those Lavender Whales.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 14


WHAT: SCETV project - Non-competition student film screening
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 12:30 p.m.

WHAT: Kindie Grits
In partnership with RCPL: Concert by The Okee Dokee Brothers.
WHERE: Richland Library Main Branch (1431 Assembly Street)
WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHAT: University of South Carolina non-competition student film screening
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 3 p.m.


WHAT: Slow Food Columbia at Indie Grits Festival
Columbia's top chefs prepare dishes using at least one local, sustainable ingredient. $20 admission, $15 for Nickelodeon Theatre members.
WHERE: 711 Whaley Street 
WHEN: 4 ' 7 p.m.

WHAT: Waaaaay off Broadway pilot starring Trustus Theatre Executive Director, Larry Hembree.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 8 p.m.

Monday, April 15


WHAT: Free screening of "One Tenth of Our Nation"
A documentary film about African-American education in the South. Presented in partnership with the University of South Carolina's Museum of Education.
WHERE: Wardlaw Hall on the USC campus, room 126
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHAT:  "Dying Green"
A short documentary that explores the environmentally friendly burial practices of Dr. Billy Campbell in Westminster, S.C. A panel discussion will follow. Presented in partnership with Richland Library and Funeral Consumers Alliance of South Carolina.
WHERE: Richland Library Main
WHEN: 7 p.m.


WHAT: Cinemovements at Indie Grits Festival
A unique collaboration pairing original, commissioned films with musical scores and a live performance by members of the South Carolina Philharmonic and led by Morihiko Nakahara. Nakahara will lead the ensemble through original music by SC Philharmonic concertmaster Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian. Filmmakers this year include Indie Grits alums Roger Beebe, Steve Daniels, David Montgomery, Gideon C. Kennedy and Marcus Rosenstrater. This event is made possible by a grant from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
WHERE: 320 Senate Street at The Hall
WHEN: Doors open at 7 p.m., performance at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16


WHAT: South Carolina Film Commission student screenings
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.

WHAT: Jasper magazine local filmmaker happy hour & forum
WHERE: Arcade Mall
WHEN: 6 p.m.

WHAT: "Compromised"
A special screening in collaboration with SC Pride
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 8 p.m.


Wednesday, April 17: Film Festival Day 1


WHAT: Indie Grits competition films with filmmaker talkbacks. Full program schedule and synopses on the Indie Grits website.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp's Arts Center
*filmmaker lounge open at Tapp's Arts Center

WHAT: Pizza Party (yes, a pizza party) with Belk Boys and Yacht Rock DJ
WHERE: The Whig
WHEN: 11 p.m.

Thursday, April 18: Film Festival Day 2


WHAT: Indie Grits competition films with filmmaker talkbacks. Full program schedule and synopses on the Indie Grits website.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp's Arts Center
*filmmaker lounge open at Tapp's Arts Center

WHAT: Historic Columbia Foundation walking tour of Main Street and its former movie theaters.
WHERE: Main Street
WHEN: 5 ' 6:30 p.m.

WHAT: Video Gaming at Indie Grits Festival: programmers exhibit their latest games inviting attendees to play them.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 2:00 p.m.

WHAT: Music at Indie Grits Festival.
Headlining concert featuring Dent May, from Oxford, Miss. and his homemade pop music. Also featuring Dog Bite, who recently toured with Toro y Moi, and People Person, which combines '60s girl-group melodies with spare, driving percussion.
WHERE: Columbia Museum of Art
WHEN: 8 p.m.


Friday, April 19: Film Festival Day 3


WHAT: Indie Grits competition films with filmmaker talkbacks. Full program schedule and synopses on the Indie Grits website.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp's Arts Center
*filmmaker lounge open at Tapp's Arts Center

WHAT: Tour of University of South Carolina's Moving Image Research Collection (MIRC)
WHERE: USC, MIRC archives
WHEN: 3:00 p.m.

WHAT: Concert by Burnt Books and Happiness Bomb
Tickets available at door for $5.
WHERE: Hunter-Gatherer Brewery (900 Main Street)
WHEN: 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: Film Festival Day 4


WHAT: Indie Grits competition films with filmmaker talkbacks. Full program schedule and synopses on the Indie Grits website.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre and Tapp's Arts Center
*filmmaker lounge open at Tapp's Arts Center

WHAT: Kindie Grits.
Workshop with media expert Frank Baker on storytelling through film for youth ages 8-14.
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: 10 a.m. ' 1 p.m.

WHAT: Ghosts of the Horseshoe Tour
University of South Carolina professors introduce new interactive software and tour.
WHERE: University of South Carolina Horseshoe
WHEN: 2 p.m.

WHAT: Festival Closing Party, plans revealed during festival:
This closing celebration will be featuring VJ Patrick Nugent, and DJ's from WUSC. Most importantly, there will be drinks from the Whig on hand, and food available from Al Amir. Come relax, hang with filmmakers, festival goers, and all the great people that have made this year's fest a success.
WHERE: 1734 Main Street
WHEN: 10:30 p.m.
Let them know you're coming and put in your RSVP on Facebook. P.S.: The password is grits. 

Sunday, April 21


WHAT: Screening of Indie Grits Festival's award-winning films
WHERE: Nickelodeon Theatre
WHEN: TBD
Festival passes ($175 for Nickelodeon Theatre members, $200 for non-members) and individual tickets are available at www.IndieGrits.com. 

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