2017 Indie Grits Winners

Announcing our winners of Indie Grits 2017! Congratulations to this amazing group of filmmakers! Each winner will receive an award created by artist Yelitza Diaz.

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Interview with Tim Grant

Tim Grant is from Charlotte, NC. He is the mind behind The Aria of Babyface Cauliflower Brown, an introspective documentary short about a professional wrestler grappling with his place in the world and the legitimacy of his living. You can read more about Tim and his work below.

What is your connection to the South?

I was born in Douglasville, Georgia. My parents relocated to Blairsville, Georgia, a small town at the base of the Appalachian Mountains, when I was less than a year old and we lived there until I was nearly fifteen before moving to Brevard, North Carolina. I only recently left the South and currently live in Los Angeles.

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Interview with Stephen Crompton

Stephen Crompton brings us his first Florida film Sweet Love, a story about an elderly man in the twilight of his years as he recounts his rather risque past. You can read about the director from Tampa, Florida and his other works below.

What is your connection to the South?

I live and work in Tampa, Florida. My documentary film, Sweet Love, which was filmed in Hillsborough County, Florida, is the first of my Florida film projects to be completed. My experience of America began with Florida, and at a young age. This was, of course, to make the pilgrimage to Disney World. Now, as a somewhat cynical adult, I find the state an endless curiosity.

Where did you get your inspiration for this work? 

Sweet Love is actually a spin-off from another film I’ve been working on for more than two years. The incomplete film is a look at a specific retirement community in Florida. When filming on that project hit a roadblock, a colleague told me I should visit the Sun City Center community just south of Tampa and meet his friend, Alvin Bojar, who lived there and would provide us a tour. So, we spent the day with Alvin. I wasn’t immediately interested in Sun City Center as much as I was in Alvin, especially when, out of nowhere, he recalled the circumstances much earlier in life surrounding the production of a softcore porn film. The story came from nowhere and seemed completely at odds with the world he now calls home. The juxtaposition of those things caught my interest, and is at the heart of this film.

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Interview with Gillian Ray

Gillian Ray brings us a compelling real-life look at the world of Maureen Kelleher, an artist, activist, and private investigator. The Courage of Her Convictions follows Kelleher throughout Louisiana as she brings to light issues surrounding capital punishment and racial profiling in the American justice system. Read below for more information on Gillian Ray and her work.

What is your connection to the South?

I was born and raised in Florida and lived for several years in Louisiana. My film The Courage of Her Convictions is partially set in New Orleans.

Where did you get your inspiration for this work?

The film’s inspiration originates with its main character, Maureen Kelleher, who is among the most dedicated, passionate activists for social justice I’ve ever worked with. I first met Maureen through her artwork which is just one of her dimensions as an activist. Spending time with her, I realized her story could help open hearts and minds to the urgent need to reform America’s criminal justice system.

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