A highpoint of April in Columbia, SC for locals and visitors alike, the Indie Grits Festival has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings 12 years ago as a DIY Southern film festival. This annual 4-day festival of film, art and music commends + celebrates the gritty creative culture of the Southeast—featuring a lineup of 80 films, 30 musical acts, unique art presentations and a weekend chockablock with special events. If this dynamite festival is any indication, we say that Columbia SC really is a small town that’s all grown up. You would be remiss in not coming to see for yourself.
Committed to inclusive Southern storytelling, the minds behind the Indie Grits film lineup selected 15 feature films, 16 narrative shorts, 21 documentary shorts, 5 animated shorts, 12 experimental shorts, 8 student shorts and 6 music videos. Fun fact: more than 50 percent of this year's submissions were made by female filmmakers (#GirlPower). All films will be shown at Columbia’s very own independent arthouse theatre the Nickelodeon—lovingly referred to as “The Nick” by locals.
America is Waiting – Friday, 4/13 at 2:30 PM | Sunday, 4/15 at 1 PM
Farmsteaders – Friday, 4/13 at 7 PM
The Gospel of Eureka – Thursday 4/12, 7 PM | Saturday, 4/14 at 6 PM
Le Partie – Saturday, 4/14 at 9:30 PM
Luke + Jo – Thursday, 4/12 at 5 PM
Man of Fire – Friday, 4/13 at 6 PM
The Possibility of Her – Saturday, 4/14 at 12:30 PM
Purge This Land – Saturday, 4/14 at 4 PM
Rodents of Unusual Size – Thursday, 4/12 at 4:30 PM
Rukus – Friday, 4/12 at 8:10 PM
The Well-Placed Weed: The Bountiful Life of Ryan Gainey – Sunday, 4/15 at 2 PM
White Rock Boxing – Thursday, 4/12 at 7:30 PM
Witch – Thursday, 4/12 at 9:45 PM
For a full lineup and schedule of film showings, check out the Indie Grits website.
When it comes to the live music lineup, the Indie Grits crew kicked it up a notch this year - to say the least. What you can expect: 30 bands, from indie rock and hip-hop to electronic and metal, turning up the volume at 3 different venues for 3 nights (Plus a Sunday Dinner) in downtown Columbia SC. Take a peek at the lineup below, grab your crew + your dancin' shoes and come rub shoulders with fellow music heads in this thriving Capital City.
9:30 pm – Blanko
10:30 pm – Niecy Blues with ET Anderson
11:30 pm – 2 Slices
12:30 am – ET Anderson
9:15 pm – John Wesley Coleman lll with Spider Bags
10:15 pm – Spider Bags
11:15 pm – Zack Mexico
7:00 pm – DJs
9:00pm – NIKOS
10:00 pm – Fat Rat Da Czar
11:00 pm – Deniro Farrar
9:45pm – blue,girl
10:45 pm – Sequoyah Murray
11:45 pm – Boulevards
9:30 pm – Bathe
10:30 pm – WVRM
11:30 pm – Black Tusk
9:15 pm – Paleface
10:15 pm – King Vulture
11:15 pm – Dear Blanca
9:45 pm – Danger Boy
10:45 pm – Boo Hag
11:45 pm – Daddy Issues
9:30 pm – Jphono1
10:30 pm – Dylan Gilbert
11:30 pm – Gyan Riley
9:15 pm – H3RO
10:15 pm – Benjamin Starr
11:15 pm – Charlie Smarts
1:30 pm – The Beast
2:30 pm – Dom Flemons
4:00 pm – Amythyst Kiah
The finale to their year-long Two Cities' project addressing race, inequities with art funding, gentrification, housing displacement and unification of the North Main corridor in Columbia SC, 13 art fellows will unveil their final work during the Indie Grits Festival - from film to storytelling. On Thursday, the opening night of Indie Grits, festival goers will be able to attend any of the three "A Night With Two Cities" events, including the new Eau Claire Story Museum - which will have showings through Sunday. Check out the Indie Grits website for more information on the events + the Two Cities' Project, as well as bios of the 13 talented fellows.
You've already read up on several Indie Grits special events like Love, Grits & Hip Hop and A Night With Two Cities. But wait, there's more! Check out the rest of the special events planned for the weekend and be sure to get some sleep before the festivities begin - there's a lot of fun to be had.
When: Friday, April 13, 9:00 PM; Doors and drinks at 8:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Hall at 4005 Monticello Road
Who doesn't love a little Karaoke? Plan ahead to attend the Weekly Revue’s Church of Karaoke - "where the Saints are the Singers, and the Music is the Godhead!" Attendance mandatory, singing not required 😉
When: Saturday, April 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: Indie Grits Labs, 1013 Duke Ave.
Roundup the kiddos and head to the Indie Grits Labs headquarters for a (free!) day of artistic fun for your little ones. What to expect: an animation workshop, a good old-fashioned Field Day and "Aquaponics for Kids" - so your tiny humans can learn the basics of growing their own aquaponic garden.
When: Saturday, April 14 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where: 1700 block of Main Street
The brainchild of Fat Rat Da Czar (the Godfather of Columbia SC's hip-hop scene), World Famous Hip Hop Family Day is the (free!) finale event of Love, Peace and Hip Hop - a festival on Main Street that celebrates music, culture and art in the ultimate family-friendly setting. The only hip hop festival of its kind, World Famous Hip Hop Family Day is making a big splash this year with its female-centric theme "All Hail The Queens". Expect a dynamite lineup of female artists and dancers, including Grammy-nominated MC Lyte.
When: Saturday, April 14 at 6:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Hall at 4005 Monticello
A puppet show... for adults? Yep, you heard right! Presented as a part of the Two Cities' project, prepare yourself for a laughter-filled evening of thought-provoking, entertaining and, of course, hilarious puppetry for an adult audience.