Indie Grits film festival highlights

April 11, 2013 

The Indie Grants screenings, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Nick, will feature SC Film Commission Indie Grants recipients, including: “Dreadful Sorry,” “Pencil Point,” “Dig,” “La Nanita” and “Supine: A Dream”; $8 for Nick members, $10 nonmembers

“Waaaayyyy Off Broadway Pilot”: This TV series pilot stars Larry Hembree, Trustus Theatre’s managing director, and the theater’s company. 8 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Nick; $8-$10

“Compromised: A film about the Confederate Flag”: The musician and all-around merrymaker Tom Hall is no stranger to grand productions — the multimedia “Plowboys and Indians: Visions of Black Elk” and the Southern rock opera “The Sharecropper’s Daughter” immediately come to mind. But this film is something more impressive in scope in that it investigates a symbol that is pernicious to some and a historical artifact to others. The two-year project explores the state’s devotion to the flag that is on the statehouse grounds. Narrated by Orville Vernon Burton, a Clemson University professor, the film has interviews with past and present state leaders such as former governors David Beasley and Jim Hodges; Congressman James Clyburn (D-SC); Lonnie Randolph, president of the S.C. NAACP; Arthur Ravenel, Jr. a former U.S. representative and a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans; Ernest A. Finney, Jr., a former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court; Mayor Steve Benjamin; former Mayor Bob Coble; and more.

“The end of the film presents an opportunity to move forward,” Hall said. “The boycotts, anger and madness that defines the flag on either side has driven a wedge so deeply within our psyche that only a miracle can save us, or extreme courage, or a combination (of both).”

Hall said he received help from Wade Sellers of Coal Powered Filmworks to complete the two-hour film. 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at the Nick; $8-$10

The best work of the University of South Carolina’s media arts students will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at the Nick; $8-$10

“Get Better”: The film by Greenville-based Chris White and Emily Reach White, touches on how families deal with sick family members — and the effect it has all of their lives. 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Nick; $10

“Barr-Price Funeral Home”: Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Batesburg-Leesville funeral home. 6 p.m. April 19 at Tapp’s; $10

“Hello My Friend”: The documentary on Andy Shlon, the owner of Andy’s Deli, will make you want a sandwich. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Tapp’s; $10

“Kosmonauts”: Shot in Columbia, the movie is about space agents who investigate the local “Third Eye Man” legend. 6 p.m. April 19 at Tapp’s; $10

“The Jam Room: 25 Years and Counting”: A documentary on the Rosewood Drive recording studio directed by Wade Sellers. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Tapp’s; $10

“One Tenth of Our Nation”: A documentary film about black education in the South. 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Room 126 of Wardlaw Hall on USC’s campus; Free

“Dying Green”: A documentary on the environmentally friendly burial practices of Billy Campbell in Westminster. After the screening, there will be a panel with the filmmaker Ellen Tripler alongside green burial experts. 7 p.m. April 15 at Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St.; Free

“We Cause Scenes”: Documentary on Charlie Todd, the Columbia native who started a prankster troupe in New York called Improv Everywhere. VIP screening 6 p.m. Friday, April 12; Other screenings: 8:30 p.m. April 17 and 3:30 p.m. April 19 at Nickelodeon Theatre.

“Supine: A Dream”: Inside a woman’s dream, animated puppets roam in this richly dark underworld. 5:30 p.m. April 16 at Nickelodeon Theatre and 8:30 p.m. April 19 at Tapp’s Art Center.

“See the Dirt”: Vacuuming is, seriously, one of my favorite things to do at home. Right up there with reading. I am envious of the Scott MacMillan, the 14-year-old collector of vacuum cleaners at the heart of this documentary. 3 p.m. April 20 at Tapp’s.

“April”: If “Beasts of the Southern Wild” affected you in the slightest, the mien of director Alan Spearman’s juxtaposition of a young girl and an aging woman circling around their trees of life will do the same. 3:30 p.m. April 20 at the Nick.

“As I Am”: Spearman’s second Indie Grits entry was, like “April,” shot in Memphis, Tenn., a city with 80 percent of the lowest-ranked schools in the state. The lack of opportunity and hope in a rough Memphis neighborhood is overwhelming. Chris Dean, who gained notoriety in 2011 when he was selected to introduce President Barack Obama at his high school commencement, could be one to step out of the poverty cycle. He walks Spearman — and the viewer — through the world he has a chance to escape. 5:30 p.m. April at the Nick.

“Aryl & Ybur”: Instead of “Teen Wolf,” you get pre-teen wolves in this comedy. And the young wolves don’t like the taste of vegetarians. 6 p.m. April 17 at Tapp’s.

“Grandpa Gives You the Bird”: Filmmaker Marc Maximov has a fascinating grandfather, a man who gives everyone he meets a bird. An origami bird, that is. 8 p.m. April 18 at Tapp’s.

“Passing Through Traveling Down”: Drifters existing in the crevices of society move in a world without rules, consequences or showers. Or an easy way out of a life where safety pins holding together ripped clothing is a sign of a wanderer’s struggle. 6 p.m. April 19 at Tapp’s.

“Taxidermists”: Did you know there was such a competition as the World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships? To say the least, the taxidermists featured are amazing artists — and characters. 3 p.m. April 20 at Tapp’s.

“Por Dinero”: Immigration is a lightning rod issue at the moment. This is a portrait of the toll it takes on families who seek a better life. 8 p.m. April 20 at Tapp’s.

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