What started out as a film fest 10 years ago, Indie Grits turned into an all-out arts festival in Columbia. The festival has a theme this year — Waterlines — inspired by last October’s 1,000 year flood, a storm that wreaked havoc on Columbia and the state. Says Indie Grits publicist, Katie Alice Walker, “Our city’s relationship with the Saluda River has irrevocably changed after the flood. It’s mighty, that’s for sure.”

In addition to this year’s films, Indie Grits will feature commissioned artists of all mediums interpreting the historic flooding in different ways. Charleston filmmaker Dorian Warneck will premiere his film, The Color of Fire, a documentary about Warneck’s father, a German soldier in WWII. Warneck will also have some of his photographs on display at the Waterlines Photo Show, which features images of both October’s flooding, and other incidents of flooding in South Carolina. Local filmmaker Thibaut Fagonde will also be at the fest, showing his film, Overalls and Aprons. 

The festival kicks off on Thurs. April 14 with a concert by Grammy Award winning sextet eighth blackbird, who the Chicago Tribune call “one of the smartest, most dynamic contemporary classical ensembles on the planet.” The concert is free and will be held on the shores of the Saluda River, as will the Saturday evening concert, headlined by Big Freedia, a New Orleans-based “bounce” musician (bounce music features call-and-response lyrics over fast beats). 

Check out the full festival schedule here. 

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