So you've got the rundown of all the great films being screened at the eighth Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, SC this April 11-20 (twice named MovieMaker magazine's "top 25 coolest film festivals in the world"). Didn't read our Indie Grits film guide? Here it is.
But Indie Grits is so much more than films. Here's the breakdown of all the events and parties taking place over the 10-day festival:
What: Hip Hop Family Day
Indie Grits and Love, Peace and Hip Hop are joining together again to celebrate the history, importance and empowering effect of hip hop music. Enjoy Columbia's unique hip hop culture with live music and dancing in the streets!
Where: 1700 block of Main Street
When: Saturday, April 12th; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
What: Concert at the CMA Featuring ofMontreal
Headlining the big music show this year is ofMontreal, an electronica, funk rock band from Athens, GA. Another Georgia band, Mood Rings, will also be performing some of their nationally-recognized, ethereal tunes for the eager listeners. Kicking off the show with some local flavor is indie punk band FK MT, one of the Columbia region's newest and most promising musical acts.
Where: Columbia Museum of Art
When: Thursday, April 17th; 8 - 11 p.m.
What: Spork in Hand Puppet Slam
An Indie Grits staple, this adults-only puppet show is "gloriously gritty" and a must-see. Guest puppeteer Drew Allison from Charlotte, NC has more than 30 years of experience in the puppet industry and will feature ARIA, an opera-singing puppet whose specialties include TV show theme songs and exploring what happens after a fairy tale has ended. With local band Can't Kids providing the music for the evening, you're in for a night of pure entertainment.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Saturday, April 12th; 7 - 9 p.m. and 9:30 - 11:30 p.m., Sunday, April 13th; 7 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $8 - $10
What: Kindie Grits
But Indie Grits is fun for the whole family! Kindie Grits lets kids create their very own independent video game, plus eat pizza and enjoy music from "Boombox Guy" JJ Shepard. Then "Animation Time" allows kids to play with cutouts, clay, puppets and paint with Indie Grits filmmaker and animator Charlotte Taylor. Where: First installment: Richland County Library - Teen Center, Second installment: Tapp's Art Center
When: First installment: Saturday, April 12th; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Second installment: Saturday, April 19th; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
What: Slow Food at Indie Grits
One of the most popular events in the festival, Slow Food is a feast in which chefs from all over the Columbia region each prepare a dish featuring at least one local, sustainable major ingredient. This year also offers up complimentary hors d'oeuvres from the participating chefs. Who doesn't love the opportunity to fill up on fantastic food and feel great about it? Where: 701 Whaley Street
When: Sunday, April 13th; 3 - 6 p.m.
Admission: $10 - $20
What: Indie Bits
Indie Bits is the newest addition to Indie Grits and celebrates independent gaming, as well as fosters collaboration between developers and enthusiasts, academics and artists interested in games. View the full Indie Bits schedule on Indie Grits website.
Where: The Nickelodeon Theatre and Agapa Conference Center
Admission: $8 - $10 for the entire day of Indie Bits events
What: Weekly Revue
Hitting the road for the first time, the Weekly Revue is a variety show that presents acts ranging from provocative to perplexing and will dazzle, educate and entertain you.
Where: The Half and Half
When: Friday, April 18th; 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Admission: $8 - $10
What: Opening Night Party
Hosted by GIRLS ROCK Columbia, the opening party will feature musical acts from Nashville, TN's Rachel Kate and girl band Shantih Shantih from Atlanta, GA. As you never truly know what to expect at Indie Grits, there will also be a surprise performance by a mystery local act. Drinks from The Whig, German sausages from The Wurst Wagen, Cajun-Creole dishes from Bourbon and pizza supplied by Village Idiot.
Where: Back lot of the Nickelodeon Theatre
When: Friday, April 11th; 6 - 11 p.m.
What: After-Party Pizza Party
There's no better way to close out the first day of competition screenings than by delving underground into The Whig for free pizza (!!!), live music and opportunities to meet some of the talented filmmakers involved in this year's festival.
Where: The Whig
When: Wednesday, April 16th; 10 p.m. - 12 a.m.
What: Closing Party
To be held at a mystery location, the Closing Party takes place after the final screening and is an energetic night full of dancing and pulsing music. A mad-cap way to send off Indie Grits for another year, the Closing Party is a wild ride that can't be missed.
Where: It's a surprise!
When: Saturday, April 19th; 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.