Indie Grits Schedule

By Patrick Wall
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Thursday, April 19

Party: Indie Grits Kickoff & Open Studios Preview Party
701 Whaley — 7 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary artisan grits bar by Scott Hall Catering; soul, pop & oldies DJs Will Flourance, Irv and DJ B; live painting by Izms of Art; cash bar by The Whig; make-your-own Lite Brite station; slideshow and exhibition of Columbia Open Studios artists; Indie Grits film trailers; an interactive map of Columbia; a DIY drawing rally with Shigeharu Kobayashi. $10.

Friday, April 20

Old Nick — 5:30 p.m.

Bill and Turner Ross — New Orleans, La.
Three young brothers take a secret sunset journey across a river to a pleasure island that’s always been forbidden to them. (80 min.)

King of Instruments
Ryan Cockrell — Charleston, S.C.
A portrait of an artist, Alex Collier, and his instrument, the organ. (4.5 min.)

Film: Documentary Shorts Program
New Nick — 6 p.m.

Gilded Age Gladiator
Brad Lambert — Jamestown, N.C.
An animated documentary recounting the career of boxer John L. Sullivan, detailing his rise from barroom brawler to America’s first sports celebrity. (12 min.)

The Shrimp
Keith Wilson — San Francisco, Calif.
A meditative documentary film that follows the life, death and rebirth of one shrimp from the murky marshes of Savannah. (15 min.)

Please Remember Me
Lisa Danker — Milwaukee, Wis.
Cuban political prisoner Javier Navarrete’s letters from prison to his exiled family in Miami are read over contemplative, carefully composed images of present-day Miami; interviews with family members explore the hardships of exile in Miami. (19 min.)

Wilbert & Vern
Kenneth Price — Raleigh, N.C.
The story of two life-long friends from Rural Hill, N.C.: Wilbert, a blind organ player; and Vern, an organic farmer. (9 min.)

Between the Sheets
Warren Cockerham — Bennington, Vt.
After 10 years of service, associate 2569 documents his last day of labor at Wal-mart Distribution Center 6020. (6 min.)

Mickle’s Pickle
Nathan Willis — Little Rock, Ark.
The story of a small town pickle shop, its eccentric owner, and the theft of the store’s beloved icon. (10 min.)

Grounded By Reality
Elizabeth Strickler & Phoebe Brown — Atlanta, Ga.
Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at 19 months old, Jessica Blinkhorn took her last steps at 3 years old, but it didn’t keep her from drawing on the walls of her home. Recognizing her talent early, her family encouraged her as an artist and today — even as she loses her ability to draw — Jessica keeps finding ways to create. (8 min.)

Stage: Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
Tapp’s Arts Center — 7 p.m.

Spork in Hand Puppet Slam brings together more than a dozen puppet artists from across the Southeast for two gloriously gritty evenings of experimental short puppetry and object theater. Leave the kids at home and enjoy an evening of raucous and ribald, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring performances by Lisa Sturz, Mark Blessington, Madison J. Cripps, Valerie Meiss, Keith Shubert, Beau Brown, Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, Jerald Pope, Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda. $12; $10 advance.

Music: Olivia Tremor Control
New Brookland Tavern — 7 p.m.

See music, $18; $15 advance.

New Nick — 8 p.m.

Dragons of Jim Green will be screened Friday at the new Nickelodeon.
Courtesy photo

Dragons of Jim Green

Randy M. Salo — Munich, Germany
In rural South Carolina, World War II veteran Jim Green has created a ramshackle museum around what he claims is evidence of an ancient civilization of reptilian humanoids. Fulfilling a childhood promise, Jim’s grandson Randy brings scientists to weigh in on his theories. But when faced with the hard realities that conflict with Jim’s narrative, Randy must question his faith in the man who helped raise him. (78 min.)

Welcome to Planet Earth
Michael Livingston — N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The story of the extremely unique Jody Pendarvis and the 30-foot UFO he built in his front yard in the small town of Bowman, S.C. (9 min.)

Saturday, April 21

Art: 701 CCA Open Studios
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Self-guided tour of Richland and Lexington County art studios. See arts, page 50; insert, after page 48.

Film: Soldier Girl
Old Nick — 2 p.m.
Lee Ann Kornegay — Columbia, S.C.
The first in an intended series of short designed to acknowledge and give a public voice to women veterans whose return to civilian life has been affected by diverse combat and service situations. (30 min.)

Film: Student Shorts Program
Old Nick — 3 p.m.

Mike Gray — Athens, Ohio
A young woman photographs cement as her life and relationship fall apart around her. (13 min.)

Cycles of Matter
Matthew Brown — Winston-Salem, N.C.
A young man voyages into the wilderness, spending a day in awe and exploration of the natural world. His fears are confronted in the shape of a mountain. (9 min.)

Old Woman
Emily Shipp — Columbia, S.C.
A young woman ruminates on the inevitability of time and aging. (5 min.)

Jordan Wilson — Moore, S.C.
An experimental short about the decaying mill villages in Spartanburg, S.C. (4 min.)

Moving Minds
Cara Clark — Greensboro, N.C.
Traces the inspirations for three choreographers from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as they create their thesis dance concerts. (6 min.)

Severe Psychosis of a Musicless Mind
Ian McClarin — Winston-Salem, N.C.
One day, Preston is deafened by loud, strange music that nobody else seems to hear. In fear of losing complete control of his life, Preston vows to fight against the insanity before him and regain his normal existence. (13 min.)

Dylan Knight — Columbia, S.C.
Two years of personal footage compiled into a nostalgic reflection piece. A look at how we remember things. (3 min.)

A Musical Odyssey: Becoming The Dubber
Kyle S. Brown, Jeromy Aaron, Paul Critzman — Seneca, S.C.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Lexington, S.C.
Local musician Wendell Culbreath recalls the journey and musical evolution that led him to happiness and made him who he is today: The Dubber. (3 min.)

Dylan Knight & Adam Siler — Columbia, S.C.
A sexually frustrated couple looking to spice up their sex life seeks help from a mysterious Latin lover, Ronchero. (5 min.)

Film: Playful Shorts Program
New Nick — 3:30 p.m.

The Edge of Summer
Charlotte Taylor — Flat Rock, N.C.
A stereoscopic silhouette animation; a fairy tale about a girl who falls in love with the sun. (5 min.)

Spirit Hair
Panacea Theriac — New Orleans, La.
In this episode of Trixie and the Treetrunks, a series involving the antics of whimsical puppets, Marsha does Trixie’s hair in a salon - but this is no ordinary day at the beauty parlor. (13 min.)

When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl
Jim Haverkamp — Durham, N.C.
Starting out as an ordinary 9-year-old girl, Walt awakens to the mysteries and wonder of nature, leaves her home to seek fame and adventure, is plunged into the horror of war, and finally, begins to understand the unspoken poetry of childhood. (12 min.)

Kitchen Table
Cara Hagan — Winston-Salem, N.C.
Twins Penny and Jo — a pair of catty homemakers who desire to fit the mold of the perfect woman, but desire also to reach beyond their expected status — leave the confined space of the kitchen to the expanse of the world outside. (13 min.)

Heather Freeman — Charlotte, N.C.
Out of spite, a mother repeatedly tries to kill her beautiful daughter, although her attempts are always secretly foiled by her beloved ugly daughter. (18 min.)

Quick and Easy
Lauren Gregory — Brooklyn, N.Y.
Welcome to Lauren Gregory’s home studio, where together you will create a portrait, a landscape, a still life, and more. Learn to let go and make paintings quickly and easily with minimal fuss and maximum fun! (5 min.)

Old Nick — 5:30 p.m.

Taken In will be shown at the old Nickelodeon on Saturday.
Courtesy photo

Taken In
Chris White — Greenville, S.C.
Simon must spend a weekend alone with his estranged teenage daughter, Brooklyn, at South of the Border. As they meet local townspeople, the two must confront the issues that have driven them apart, and ultimately choose if they will move forward together or alone. (69 min.)

Owen Hamilton — Manning, S.C.
Lost in the city and searching for a purpose, the voice of fate guides audiences to a whirlwind of infatuation. As this whirlwind turns into a violent tornado, all is left in the wake of destruction. (10 min.)

New Nick — 6 p.m.

On Down the Line
Casey Barteau & Jon Schmalz — Lewisville, Texas
Paul and Molly inherit a house just outside of San Antonio, Texas. Gordon, a farmer who has tended the acreage for decades, takes it upon himself to test their fortitude. As the trials intensify, the couple is threatened with the consequences of their own inexperience. (68 min.)

Summertime Flies
J. Robinson & Nathan Halverson — Charlottesville, Va.; Columbia, S.C.
Nostalgia turns the memories of summer into a hazy dream of fireworks, swimming pools and carnival rides. (7 min.)

Art: Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
Tapp’s Arts Center — 7 p.m.

Spork in Hand Puppet Slam brings together more than a dozen puppet artists from across the Southeast for two gloriously gritty evenings of experimental short puppetry and object theater. Leave the kids at home and enjoy an evening of raucous and ribald, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring performances by Lisa Sturz, Mark Blessington, Madison J. Cripps, Valerie Meiss, Keith Shubert, Beau Brown, Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army, Jerald Pope, Lyon Hill and Kimi Maeda. $12; $10 advance.

Old Nick — 8 p.m.

General Orders No. 9
Robert Persons — Decatur, Ga.
An elegiac, experimental documentary that reconstructs a seemingly long-gone, rustic Georgia, deliberately documenting the crisis of the state’s modernity. (72 min.)

Benh Zeitlin — New Orleans, La.
One pea-sized pirate quests to slay his golden egg yolk nemesis in this surrealistic, stop-motion animated retelling of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. (5 min.)

Film: South Carolina Film Commission Indie Grants Screening
New Nick — 8:30 p.m.

Films screened as works in progress: Scattered City; High Heels & Hoodoo; The Lot; Jazz Hands; supine: a dream; We Can’t Help You.

Sunday, April 22

Art: 701 CCA Open Studios
Noon-6 p.m.

Self-guided tour of Richland and Lexington County art studios. See arts, page 50; insert.

Old Nick — 3 p.m.

Open Secret
Steve Lickteig — Washington, D.C.
A chronicle of Steve Lickteig’s 20-year search for his real birth parents, why a whole town kept the truth from him, and how his family’s tumultuous history revolves around the hidden lives of two unconventional women. (61 min.)

New Nick — 3:30 p.m.

The People You Know
Elizabeth Spear — Austin, Texas
When Will and Edie invite their old friend from high school, Kate, and her boyfriend, Jake, for a long weekend in the country, Will and Edie’s marriage troubles surface almost immediately. Boundaries are tested when the group revisits their collective past, examines their relationships, and ponders their future. (77 min.)

Austin Herring — Charlotte, N.C.
A young man finishes up breakfast with his girlfriend at a late-night diner. His frustrations with her come to a boiling point when she lights up her obligatory post-meal cigarette, and a stream of issues come pouring out of his passive aggressive mouth … all fueled by an imaginary beast crouched under the table. (8 min.)

Food: Slow Food at Indie Grits Sustainable Chefs Tasting Party
All-Local Farmers Market — 4 p.m.

Ten chefs from Columbia’s top farm-to-table restaurants — including Motor Supply, Terra and Rosso — serve dishes made with local foods at a Sustainable Taste of Columbia party. Music by the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul. See food, page 66. $20-$35.

Film: Re//Visions Shorts
Old Nick — 5:30 p.m.

Kudzu Vine
Josh Gibson — Durham, N.C.
This ode to kudzu evokes the agricultural history and mythic textures of the South while paying tribute to the human capacity for improvisation. (20 min.)

Search for Norumbega
Georg Koszulinski — Iowa City, Iowa
If Norumbega was anything more than a mythologized landscape, the limits of knowledge fail to prove its existence. Perhaps the poetic capabilities of the moving image will manifest an alternative future geography — a Norumbega that exists beyond the limits of history, cartography, and nationality. (24 min.)

Spencer Rabon — Columbia, S.C.
Utilizes a first-person perspective of the present in combination with remembered elements of the past to create a temporally and culturally aware film. (9 min.)

Reinaldo Arenas
Lucas Leyva — Miami, Fla.
Told from the point of view of a dying shark, the film captures the last moments in the life of an unintentional immigrant in downtown Miami and metaphorically explores the current state of the aging Cuban-American exile community. (4 min.)

Like Blood Does, Like Fires Do
Jordan Wilson — Moore, S.C.
An abstract scratch and ink film on the idea of consuming oneself in order to exist. (2 min.)

Film: Dark Side Shorts

New Nick — 6 p.m.

Wiggle Room
Joe Schenkenberg — Chapel Hill, N.C.
A slug enters a new world filled with vibrant colors and delicious treats. However, the soothing environment is only a disguise for the evil lurking nearby. (8 min.)

Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque
David Montgomery — Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Dragonflies are brought to life in a flash of light and travel in procession across the night sky. (6 min.)

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Marc Russo — Raleigh, N.C.
In a re-imagining of the apocalypse, horsemen are represented by Silence, Decay, Consumption, and Death; evaluates the relationship between man and nature. (9 min.)

Hillbilly Exorcism
Bubba Cromer — Columbia, S.C.
A hillbilly interpretation of the Catholic rite of exorcism. (3 min.)

Nobody Loves Anna
Shannon Jones — Winston-Salem, N.C.
The story of your normal, everyday, average, possessed teenage girl. (10 min.)

T is for Termite
Steve Daniels — Columbia, S.C.
A crust punk exterminator, serving out a prison sentence, enters an abandoned house to clear it of unspeakable termite monstrosities. (4 min.)

Egg in Pig’s Ear
Jiyoung Lee — Atlanta, Ga.
A girl wants to impress her friends by making a great bowl of homemade ramen. However, her friends are vegetarian, and she has to use animal parts to make good ramen soup stock. She decides to make the soup with pork cuts, and persuades her pals the Ramen is vegetarian. Her friends believe her, but she struggles to hide the truth. (2 min.)

ZomRomCom: The Musical!
Messiah Amaram — Winston-Salem, N.C.
Svetlana, one of the world’s top neuroscientists, has dedicated her life to finding the cure for one of the world’s fastest spreading virus on the planet: zombism. (21 min.)

Old Nick — 8 p.m.

This is What Love in Action Looks Like will be shown Sunday at the old Nickelodeon. Courtesy photo

This is What Love in Action Looks Like
Morgan John Fox — Memphis, Tenn.
In the summer of 2005, a 16-year-old from Memphis wrote on his MySpace blog about his parents sending him to a fundamentalist Christian program that strives to turn gay teens straight. In what would become an international news story, this documentary follows the inspirational story of local community standing up for a friend through daily protests. (73 min.)

Music: Young Mumbles & the Post-Timey String Band
The Whig — 10 p.m.

This is the second straight year the Indie Grits Festival has snatched up a promising young local band for a post-screening late-night showcase at The Whig. Last year, it was garage-punk trio Chemical Peel; this year, it’s Young Mumbles, whose raw indie-folk is wide-eyed and precious without being cloyingly adorable, adorning its winning songs with kitchen-sink instrumentation and irrational exuberance. With The Post-Timey String Band. $5;
P. Wall

Monday, April 23

Old Nick — 5:30 p.m.

Girl Model
Ashley Sabin and David Rebmon — Marbledale, Ct.
Tells a complex supply chain between Siberia, Japan and the U.S. within the modeling industry through the eyes of the scouts, agencies and a 13 year-old model. (78 min.)

Food: Make Charcuterie with Motor Supply
Motor Supply Co. Bistro — 6 p.m.

Attendees get to go home with a hunk of Caw Caw Creek Pastured Pork pork belly bacon, spiced and rubbed by their own hands, which they can cure in their own refrigerators, all with Motor Supply executive chef Tim Peters’ instructions at hand. $60.

Old Nick — 8 p.m.

Eating Alabama
Andrew Beck Grace — Tuscaloosa, Ala.

See food.

Grand Fugue on Gumbo
Isabel Macado & Gideon Kennedy — Mobile, Ala.
A love letter to Lousiana’s iconic culinary delight. (10 min.)

Music: Shrimp Records Showcase
Hunter-Gatherer — 10 p.m.

Charleston’s Shrimp Records collective is the home to and brainchild of alt-country first couple Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, but the talent doesn’t end there. This Indie Grits-sponsored showcase features some of the collective’s other top-flight talents in Joel T. Hamilton, Ray Kay and Friends, and The Royal Tinfoil.  $5;
P. Wall

Tuesday, April 24

Old Nick — 5:30 p.m.

Disabled But Able to Rock
Blake Myers — Atlanta, Ga.
This character study follows karaoke star Danger Woman over a 13-year period, revealing a single woman’s struggle with autism, a tragic family history, and societal stigmas both real and imagined that paint the picture of a person who wants to be perceived as “normal.” Sponsored by NAMI Mid-Carolina and Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities. (80 min.)

Columbia Museum of Art — 6 p.m.

Food: Grilling Class at Rosso
Rosso Trattoria — 6:30 p.m.

With Rosso chef and owner Kristian Niemi. $24.

Film: Occupy Columbia Night
Old Nick — 8 p.m.

The organizers of the Occupy Columbia movement will discuss the role independent media has played in building this movement for social and political change.

Music: Quintron & Miss Pussycat
Five Points Pub — 8 p.m.

Swamp-tech has little to do with the coon-asses you see shooting alligators at point blank on The History Channel. Rather, it’s more of an advanced musical amalgam befitting the often inexplicable and confluent verve of New Orleans — a sort of dub-electronic esoterica played with warping psychedelic church organs and homemade high-tech instrumentation, crafted by mastermind Quintron and supplemented by his maraca-shaking partner, Miss Pussycat. Half dance-party, half Yo Gabba Gabba-esque puppet show mindf#!k performance art, Quintron and Miss Pussycat have few touchstones for their unbridled and unhinged creativity. Calling it genre-defying is a grand understatement. Part of the Indie Grits Festival. With Modern Man, The Choir Quit. $10 ($8 advance); 253-7888,
D. Harkins

Wednesday, April 25

Old Nick — 3 p.m.

See Saturday, April 21.

Old Nick — 6 p.m.

Blue Meridian
Sofie Benoot — Belgium
A journey along and over the Mississippi, a river that not only crosses the Deep South but also the imagination of Northern America. (80 min.)

Yoram Benz — Alpharetta, Ga.
A pasty gray creature living among tall furry ones, Fisher is ostracized by his village for being different. But his world is turned upside down one day when in a twist of fate, he is forced out of his comfort zone and into a journey of self discovery. (7 min.)

Music: Cinemovements
Drayton Hall — 8 p.m.

Maestro Morihiko Nakahara leads musicians from the South Carolina Philharmonic in a collection hand-picked compositions. Brand new silent films, commissioned by Indie Grits, accompany the performance. $10-$60.

Film: Documentary Shorts Program
Old Nick — 8:30 p.m.

Michael T. Miller & Maura Ugarte — Washington, D.C.
As retired coal miner from West Virginia, Sebert Pertee, canvasses for pro-union candidates in 2008, he finds his community more focused on the race of the Democratic Presidential candidate than on their own interests. (21 min.)

Tom Hall — Columbia, S.C.
Explores the “compromise” of 2000 which resulted in the transfer of the confederate flag from the State House dome to a prominent monument on the state capitol grounds. (30 min.)

The Steering Committee
Hodges Usry — Augusta, Ga.
In 1960, a group of active students at Paine College formed a steering committee to stand up for their beliefs of racial equality. Armed with nothing but inspiration and hope, this fearless collective of students launched an impossible mission. (20 min.)

Going Home
Warren Cockerham — Burlington Vt.
An annotated accident recorded at the 29th Annual Brooksville Raid, Florida’s largest Civil War reenactment. (3 min.)

Thursday, April 26

Film: Soldier Girl
Old Nick — 5 p.m.

See Saturday, April 21.

Old Nick — 6 p.m.

See Saturday, April 21.

New Nick — 7:30 p.m.

Pilgrim Song
Martha Stephens — Charleston, W.V.
Seeking escape from his stalled relationship and unhappy place in the world, a recently pink-slipped music teacher sets out to hike Kentucky’s Sheltowee Trace Trail. Among the verdant hills of Appalachia, he encounters various strange characters and becomes the reluctant companion of a gregarious father and son who ultimately help him rediscover what he’s been missing. (113 min.)

Film: USC Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections Special Presentation
Old Nick — 8 p.m.

A selection from the USC Library System’s Moving Image Research Collections.

Music: Shuffle Magazine Music & Video Showcase
Conundrum Music Hall — 8 p.m.

Features lives sets from Asheville’s Ahleuchatistas, Columbia’s The Unawares and Charlotte’s Andy the Doorbum, as well as between 25 and 30 music videos culled from independent Carolina artists. $10.

Film: Little Orphan Angries
Old Nick — 10:30 p.m.

A neo-sincere presentation of four afterschool-type specials from the 1970s. Presented by Midnite for Maniacs.

Friday, April 27

IT-ology — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Interactive conference. Sold out.

Film: Janus Film Selections
Old Nick — 3 p.m.

Juror Sarah Finklea from Janus Films will be presenting a special selection from the legendary Janus films archives.

Old Nick — 6 p.m.

See Saturday, April 21.

Film: Dark Side Shorts Program
New Nick — 6 p.m.

See Sunday, April 22.

Film: Playful Shorts Program
Old Nick — 8 p.m.

See Monday, April 21.

Music: Fork & Spoon Records Showcase
Five Points Pub: 8 p.m.

Featuring live sets from Can’t Kids, Chemical Peel, Those Lavender Whales and Southern Femisphere. $5.

New Nick — 8:30 p.m.

See Monday, April 23; food.

Saturday, April 28

Interactive: ConvergeSE
IT-ology — 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Interactive conference. Sold out.

Craft: Crafty Feast Artisan Fair
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center — 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

More than 100 crafters from the Southeast will converge at Crafty Feast at Indie Grits to bring unique, experimental, hand-made or repurposed crafts. From artists who offer bags made of old record sleeves and glasses made of recycled wine bottles to artisans making handcrafted jewelry, Crafty Feast will also host kids’ craft tables, live music, food and more. $2.

Film: Re//Visions Shorts Program
Old Nick — 3 p.m.

See Sunday, April 22.

New Nick — 3:30 p.m.

See Friday, April 20.

Old Nick — 6 p.m.

See Friday, April 20.

Film: Documentary Shorts Program
New Nick — 6:30 p.m.

See Friday, April 20.

Party: Closing Party with Jasper Magazine
Top-Secret Location — 8 p.m.

Old Nick — 8 p.m.

See Saturday, April 21.

New Nick — 8:30 p.m.

See Sunday, April 22.

Sunday, April 29

Film: Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Old Nick — Noon


Film: Awards Screenings
Old Nick

At 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Lineup announced at awards ceremony.

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