Back for its eighth year and taking place April 11 - 20, 2014, Indie Grits Film Festival is a one-stop-shop for the very best of the Southeast region's film, culinary, theatrical, art and music cultures. DIY filmmakers exhibit their progressive artistry at what's twice been named one of MovieMaker magazine's "25 coolest film festivals in the world."

The festival spans 10 days, and we have a comprehensive breakdown of the screening schedule for you right here. Be sure to check out our complete summary and lineup of all the special events and parties making up the biggest Indie Grits yet! 

The new marquee at Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, SC
Photo Courtesy of @kristinmorris on Instagram 
 

Feature Films
Film: Strength and Beauty
This feature-length documentary explores the careers and lives of three ballerinas from the North Carolina Dance Company.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Monday, April 14th; Reception at 6 p.m., film from 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: 40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk?
A documentary exploring the integration of a white high school in Batesville, Mississippi in the late 1960s. 
Where: Wardlaw Hall, USC
When: Tuesday, April 15th; 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Admission: Free

Film: Big Significant Things
Coming off its South by Southwest debut, this film follows a 26-year-old man on the precipice of life who decides to lie to his girlfriend so he can embark on a road trip to the South.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 3 - 5 p.m. and April 18th from 7 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: When the Bough Breaks
A hard-hitting documentary that addresses the state of literacy in South Carolina and the importance of instilling educational values at an early age. 
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Above All Else
Another South by Southwest premiere, Above All Else provides a look at the Texas landowners and activists fighting to halt construction on the Keystone XL pipeline.  Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Skanks
The winter of 2012 in Birmingham, AL brought on a lot more than a seasonal change - it brought a social one, too. A group of brave actors in this conservative Southern city banded together to produce an original drag musical, "Skanks in a One Horse Town."  Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 8 - 10 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Liahona
An experimental documentary that casts an illuminating look into Mormonism, a religion shrouded in mystery, and its concentration in Utah.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Thursday, April 17th; 3 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: The Road to Livingston
The Road to Livingston is a gut-wrenching journey into the lives of those with loved ones on death row in Texas.  
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Thursday, April 17th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: As It Is In Heaven
As the end of the world is falsely predicted, the leader of a cult struggles to keep his faith and followers intact during the aftermath of his broken promise that the Rapture was nigh.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Thursday, April 17th; 8 - 10 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Last Stop, Flamingo
The final installment in filmmaker Georg Koszulinski's Florida trilogy looks back on the state's 500-year history, from its discovery and early visions to its ambitious modern developments.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Friday, April 18th; 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Surviving Cliffside
A raw look at a struggling family trying to get their daughter ready for the Little Miss West Virginia pageant after winning her battle against cancer.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Friday, April 18th; 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Limo Ride
The chilling and true tale, Limo Ride starts on the threshold of a promising New Year's Eve in Alabama before taking a turn for the terrifying with a kidnapping and fight for survival.  
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Friday, April 18th; 7 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Film: Lighter
A dark comedy about a typecast redneck comedian, Roman Clower, returning to his hometown to star in the community theatre production of Hamlet. 
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Saturday, April 19th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Short Films

Short Films: People Portrait Shorts
Different personalities and unique situations are showcased with the people portrait shorts, including a taxidermist's passion for her field, a small design studio's excitement over a new letterpress, and a deaf man's deterimination to discover language. Find full short film descriptions on Indie Grits website.
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 8 - 10 p.m.
Admission: $10

Short Films: Trouble the Youth Shorts
These short films explore youth issues and lives, including the end of childhood for two teenage boys and a high school bully facing the consequences of his actions. Find more short film descriptions on Indie Grits website.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Thursday, April 17th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 19th from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Short Films: Narrative Shorts Mash-Up
This year's narrative shorts at Indie Grits delve into breakups, marriage proposals, cults, "Dream Extreme" pills and more. Read all the short films slated for screening on Indie Grits website
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Thursday, April 17th; 8 - 10 p.m.
Admission: $10

Short Films: Experimental Documentary Shorts
Learn about issues and stories in new ways, whether wordless vignettes that display the historical tale of Bali, an animated collage that links slavery to institutational racism, or a fake(?) self-portrait of a film's director. Learn about even more experimental shorts on Indie Grits website
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Friday, April 18th; 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Short Films: Indie Grant Films
Indie Grants, a program that has allowed the South Carolina Film Commission and Trident Technical College to produce South Carolina short films since 2010, will be giving the Indie Grits audience a chance to see this year's films as they are in the process of being made, before they appear at such festivals as Sundance and DragonCon.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Saturday, April 19th, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 - $10

Short Films: Nickapalooza Shorts
Telling the tales of a 73-year-old man living in the backwoods of Lula, Mississippi, one night at a club in Jiangsu, China, and striking deals with the devil. Find all the Nickapalooza shorts on Indie Grits website.  
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: 2 - 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Short Films: Summer Nostalgia Shorts
A spontaneous road trip, a longboard crash near a playground, a 10-year-old's summer shenanigans... reminisce about summer with Indie Grits Summer Nostalgia shorts. Get the full list on Indie Grits website
Where: Tapp's Art Center
When: Saturday, April 19th; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Films: Indie Camp Remixed Film Screenings
Your opportunity to see the final results of Indie Camp, the program running throughout the week of the festival that afforded student filmmakers the chance to meet professionals in the industry and plan, shoot and edit their own versions of the films they watched during camp. The students will be screening their completed films for anyone and everyone interested in attending. 
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Sunday, April 20th; 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Free

And The Awards Go To...
Come out to see which films were selected as this year's winners and celebrate another successful year at the Indie Grits Film Festival. 

Winning Films: Block One
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Winning Films: Block Two
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $10

Winning Films: Block Three
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Admission: $10
 

Purchase festival passes and individual tickets for Indie Grits at indiegrits.com. Read our guide to the food and parties at Indie Grits.