Columbia’s Indie Grits Festival kicked off this past weekend, but if you didn’t make it, don’t worry — it continues through April 21. Presented by the Nickelodeon Theatre, the annual event features the best in indie Southeastern film, and a lot of other cool stuff too, like music, food, parties, and even puppets.
If you’re free tonight (April 15), head up 26 for Cinemovements, a partnership between Indie Grits and the S.C. Philharmonic that pairs four newly commissioned silent films with music from a live quartet. Filmmakers for this year are Indie Grits alums Roger Beebe, Steve Daniels, David Montgomery, Gideon C. Kennedy, and Marcus Rosentrater.
In the film department, you can catch screenings April 15 and 16, but the competition films don’t start until Wed. April 17. The winning films will be shown on Sun. April 21. You can see the full lineup here — there are plenty of choices.
For music, there’s a Pizza Party (yes, an actual pizza party) with Belk Boys and Yacht Rock DJ on April 17; Dent May, Dog Bite, and People Person at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 18; and Burnt Books and Happiness Bomb at Hunter Gatherer on April 19. We hear these shows always sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time.
Kindie Grits is the festival’s children’s division, and on April 20, kids can find out about how movies are made from media educator Frank W. Baker. Kids 8-14 are invited to attend.