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INDIE GRITS 2015 AWARD WINNERS

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TOP GRIT
Cotton Road

PEOPLE’S GRIT
American Cheerleader

BIG GRIT
Western
Honorable Mention: Old South

SHORT GRIT
Inheritance
Honorable Mention: Dolphin Lover

YOUNG GRIT
unmappable 

EXPERIMENTAL GRIT
THIS IS YATES

HELEN HILL AWARD
Skunk

LOCAL GRIT
Willy James the Puppeteer

ANIMATED GRIT
Palm Rot 

PROGRAM PREVIEWS

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Film Block: EXPERIMENTAL DOCS
Date/Time: April 16th @ 3:00 pm; April 17th @ 5:30 pm

Screen shot 2015-04-14 at 12.11.02 AMPeople don’t live within clean narrative arcs, guided along by soothing basso profondo narration. Memories aren’t always lucid sequences–sometimes they come at you all once, layered through confounded senses in an experiential swirl. And while there are plenty of stories in life that are already cohesive, sensical–almost too perfect–a lot of life can only be faithfully captured through a more experimental lens.

Prospector” and “Frontier Journals 1 & 4” exposes us to the images and sounds of the visually compelling tension between colonists, tourists, and cultures–through maps, on foot, into cities, against crowds, and to the rhythm of voices, film reels, generations. “This is Yates” is an exercise in emotional release, a fragmented visual collage interweaving decades of serene and violent home movies in a hypnotic and thoroughly enlightening experimental autobiography. Finally, there’s “Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game“, which is no doubt the most frank exploration of the guy-cry world to date. Between displays of emotional vulnerability on ESPN to the ever-teary John Boehner, this film will take you on a journey of bleary-eyes and the catharsis of simply embracing your feels.

PROGRAM PREVIEWS

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Film Block: EMBARRASSING LOVE
Date/Time: April 16th @ 6:00 pm; April 18th @ 2:00 pm

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Love is a term as amorphous and volatile as those I know who have participated in it. It has been married to just about every adjective you could think of–punch-drunk, crazy stupid, (Dr.) strange, etc. The honest heart of it is, truly, its vulnerability. In this post-nuclear age of ironic posturing, where a surplus of grab-bag criticisms exists at an misanthrope’s disposal, to be nakedly and carelessly in love with something or someone seems to be the ultimate act of rebellion. This risky business is why some feat its honesty, like the eternal manchild of “Stuckey, Private First Class” and react with terrible scorn when things turn sour, such as the heel turn in “Skunk“.

However, it’s the promise of this reward–the platonic ideal of a geometrically precise and perfect love–that drives people to preposterously cringe-worthy behavior. Whether it be an upsettingly over-wrought romantic gesture, as in “The Gospel of Hip Bones” or “Serenade“, or an obsession so manic they have to drag you away with a look of comatose joy on your face, (“El Sol Como Un Gran Animal Oscuro“), or a commitment to a paramour perhaps the whole world would never understand, a la “Dolphin Lover“, love is embarrassing. You have to ask, when we’re mocked and knocked down, do we retreat from the light, never to risk a thing again–or do we simply go on to love another day? I’m not sure which is best, but it’s safe to say the latter gives us far better films.

-Pedro LopezDeVictoria, Program Coordinator

PROGRAM PREVIEWS

Film Block: BURDENS OF THE PAST
Date/Time: Friday, April 17th @ 3:00 pm; Saturday, April 18th @ 8:30 pm

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With this group of challenging and meditative character studies, Burdens of the Past begs a slower, more rigorous film experience. I found that we had received many incredible films wherein each individual faces a past that shapes their present, and in some cases will define their future.

unmappable” is an unflinching and at times uncomfortable portrait that takes a close look at the life and work of a psychogeographer and convicted sex offender, Denis Wood. The film dives deep into a man who is poetic, confrontational, and wholly unapologetic. Matt Smith, an openly gay man in rural South Carolina, reflects on his first relationship with a man and the tragic end to their time together in “Nowhere to Be Found“, a powerful and heartbreaking film that tackles the continuing difficulties of being gay in rural America while also examining a young man’s strength in overcoming great personal tragedy. Finally, “Brother Jesse” follows Jesse Morrell around college campuses as he preaches fire and brimstone from his traveling, controversial pulpit.

-Seth Gadsden, Indie Grits Co-Director