Watch this interview with 2014 intern, Isabella Jones.
Watch this interview with 2014 intern, Isabella Jones.
INDIE GRITS JOINS FILM FESTIVAL COLLECTIVE
XFINITY ON DEMAND CHANNEL TO FEATURE SHORT CONTENT
FROM SEVERAL OF THE SOUTHEAST’S PREMIERE FILM FESTIVALS
COLUMBIA, SC — INDIE GRITS proudly announces a partnership with the Film Festival Collective. The XFINITY On Demand program will feature short films and other quality content from a variety of film festivals across the Southeastern United States. The program spans nine states and is available to millions of XFINITY customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
Indie Grits was born in 2007, charging blindly and passionately onto the scene, with a do-it-yourself attitude. Propelled by a far-flung artistic vision, festival organizers sought to break down the walls intimidating Southern media makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked elsewhere. The spirit of Indie Grits comes from the heart of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre — South Carolina’s only non-profit, art house theatre – affectionately known as “The Nick.”
Filmmakers who participated in previous editions of INDIE GRITS will work with the organization to lend their works to the On Demand collection for a limited time. INDIE GRITS will leave its mark on the Collective with its programming personality and expertise. “We’re excited to be a part of the Film Festival Collective,” said Seth Gadsden, Director of INDIE GRITS. “Our fans will get the chance to revisit favorite movies from past events, and our filmmakers will be able to reach a new audience.” Films from the festival to be included in the Collective will stretch across genre lines including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, horror, sci-fi, music videos, and beyond.
All Film Festival Collective content will be available at no additional cost to XFINITY subscribers within the region. The program is available on both the original Comcast On Demand platform as well as the new X1 platform. With X1, subscribers can access content using voice commands on their smart phone X1 remote control app. “Comcast has a proud tradition of supporting the arts in our communities, and we are fortunate to offer products that are capable of bringing them closer to our customers,” said Walker Anderson, Head of Partnership Marketing in the Comcast Big South Region. “The combination of the Festival Collective program and our new X1 Entertainment Operating System represents an enormous push forward in our ability to leverage the scale and diversity of content and sources for the enjoyment of the partners and customers we serve.”
Although individual film festivals supply their own unique film content, the entire program is curated by the Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF). A 38-year-old Academy Award-qualifying film festival located in Georgia’s capital city, ATLFF is one of the oldest and largest festivals in the Southeast and has become known for its strong short film programming. In addition, ATLFF has enjoyed over five years in partnership with Comcast, including previous On Demand platforms.
For more information about Film Festival Collective, visit www.filmfestivalcollective.com
For more information about INDIE GRITS visit http://www.indiegrits.com
For more information about the Atlanta Film Festival, visit www.atlantafilmfestival.com
For more information about XFINITY/Comcast Cable, visit www.comcast.com
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced plans to award 66 Our Town grants totaling $5.073 million and reaching 38 states in the Our Town program’s fourth year of funding. The Nickelodeon Theatre is one of those recommended organizations and will receive $50,000 for 2015’s Indie Grits Festival.
“We’re proud that the NEA recognized Indie Grits with this grant,” said Andy Smith, executive director of the Nickelodeon Theatre and co-director of Indie Grits Film Festival. “We aim to highlight the best in independent and experimental film coming out of the Southeast.”
“It’s a sign that the investment the City of Columbia has made in Indie Grits is putting this Main Street festival on the national map. We are excited to continue to work together to shape the future of our city with the Nickelodeon Theatre,” said Mayor Benjamin.
We’ll be making some BIG festival announcements soon! Thanks for keeping up with us!
Indie Grits Film Festival
Come on out to Conundrum Music Hall on Wednesday June 11th to be a part of the 2014 film tour of experimental animators Lauren Cook, Kelly Gallagher, and Charlotte Taylor. Doors open at 7:30 pm and films start rolling at 8:00 pm. There is a suggested $5 donation.
Charlotte Taylor has four films on the tour:
The Edge of Summer (16mm, 4min)
Secrets (16mm, 3min)Leaf. (16mm, 3min)
Aurora and the Sea (video, 1min)
Lauren Cook has three films on the tour:
PXXXL (35mm/video, 3min)
Altitude Zero (16mm, 5min)
Handmade (35mm, 3min)
Kelly Gallagher has two films on the tour:
The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker (video, 14min)
Pen Up the Pigs (video, 12min)
Both Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Taylor are Indie Grits Alumni, and on that note, it would be wonderful for Indie Grits fans to go out and show their support. There are at least two 3D films. If that isn’t enough, there will be great live music by members of Girls Rock Columbia. This night will not disappoint, so skip those Wednesday night re-runs and make plans to go to Conundrum and see Women with Knives on June 11th. We hope to see everyone there!