In his second year in charge of Columbia’s Indie Grits festival, Seth Gadsen decided to bring the roadshow home with a special presentation in Charleston at Redux, the contemporary art studio he helped found.
Originally a film-focused festival, the nine year old Indie Grits has evolved into a showcase for the cinematic, artistic, culinary, and musical talent of the Southeast. Gadsen says that in the past, Charleston only got a taste of the festival through short film viewings, at local events like the Terrace Theater’s annual film festival. But this year, he thought a roadshow should do a little bit more, “It didn’t seem right to just show shorts and say that’s what Indie Grits is. Films are just one part [of the roadshow]. We do a lot of live things and weird stuff,” he says.
The films showing this weekend have all been hits at past Indie Grits‘ fests. The lineup of shorts starts at 7:30 p.m. and include:
Yearbook, by Bernardo Britto – 2014 Sundance Animated Jury Prize winner
Pen Up the Pigs, by Kelly Gallagher – 2014 Indie Grits Animated Grit Award winner
Happy Memories, by Jack Fields
Fish Hooks, by Ryan Cockrell of Lunch and Recess
The feature film — Dusty Stacks of Mom, by Jodie Mack, a winner of 2013 Indie Grits Helen Hill Award — will come on at 8:15 p.m.
The show starts when the doors open at 6 p.m., with music by inifinitikiss. Introducing Fish Taco (a comedy band Gadsen compares to Flight of the Conchords) performs at 7 p.m. Gold Light will perform at 8 p.m., and DJ Lanatron revs up the dance party at 9 p.m.
The event is free to attend. Outta My Huevos will be outside providing the eats.
Gadsen hopes the roadshow will inspire people in Charleston to make the short trip to Columbia for Indie Grits, April 14-19.
“Charleston’s got a lot of amazing shit, but they don’t have anything like Indie Grits,” he says.