The Columbia Film Society will present Indie Grits 2017: Visiones, which will celebrate Latino arts and culture, explore Latino influence on Southern culture, and empower Latino artists to define their evolving identity through film and art. The festival will take place on April 20 – 23 at venues around Columbia. SC Humanities supported this event with a Major Grant in February 2017.
Indie Grits is a staple of Columbia’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making. The concept for Indie Grits: Visiones grew out of conversations among Columbia Film Society staff members and community representatives. According to the latest US Census data, South Carolina experienced a 145% growth in its Spanish speaking population from 2000 to 2011 and now has the second fastest growing Latino population in the country.
Indie Grits: Visiones will feature daily film screenings of work by filmmakers from across the Southeastern United States and all of Latin America. Additionally, there will be a keynote address by visiting artist Alfredo Salazar-Caro; a public lecture and Q&A by Favianna Rodriguez, the festival artist-in-residence; a multi-venue art exhibition; a filmmaker roundtable; and “Kindie Grits” educational workshops for students, among other special events.
More information about Indie Grits: Visiones can be found on the festival website at: http://www.indiegrits.com/ or by contacting the Nickelodeon Theatre at 803-254-8234.
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