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‘Do Donkeys Act?’ Exclusive Clips: Willem Dafoe Narrates This Unexpectedly Emotional Documentary — Watch

‘Do Donkeys Act?’ Exclusive Clips: Willem Dafoe Narrates This Unexpectedly Emotional Documentary — Watch
“Do Donkeys Act?” will have its North American premiere at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival later this month, and will then screen at the Montclair Film Festival in May. Narrated by “Spider-Man” actor Willem Dafoe, the documentary takes viewers to a sanctuary where a group of donkeys is recovering from abuse.

Read More: ‘Behind the White Glasses’ Exclusive Clip and Poster: Documentary Chronicles the Career of Lina Wertmüller — Watch

Helmed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin — the directing duo behind “Girl Model” and “Choreography” — the unexpectedly emotional documentary seeks to portray how these animals inhabit and interact with each other, while imagining how they communicate among themselves and with humans. The film already screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and last month at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival.

Read More: ‘Leaning Into The Wind’ Is A Worthy Sequel To Documentary Smash ‘Rivers And Tides’ — Sf
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Nancy Schwartzman to give Aidc keynote

Nancy Schwartzman..

The Australian International Documentary Conference (Aidc).s Impact stream, focused on media-making for social, environmental, and political change, has been confirmed.

This year, sessions will focus will consider the challenges faced by activist filmmakers in an increasingly fraught political environment. It will feature five sessions: Gender, Tech & Resistance; One Film to Save the World?; Impact Strategy Hack 1 & 2; and a screening of.Defiant Lives.

American filmmaker and creator of the White House .Apps Against Abuse. safety app 'Circle of 6', Nancy Schwartzman, will provide the Impact Keynote session: Gender, Tech & Resistance.

Known for her work exploring how youth culture, sexuality and justice intersect with technology, Schwartzman has worked as impact producer on documentaries such as The Invisible War and Girl Model, and is the director of xoxosms, The Line and the upcoming Bertha Foundation-supported Roll Red Roll..

Schwartzman will showcase the approaches she has developed to challenge notions of neutrality in technology,
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Dogwoof sells Web Junkie to BBC

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Dogwoof sells Web Junkie to BBC
Sundance: Internet addiction documentary, exec produced by Morgan Spurlock, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival.

UK distributor Dogwoof has secured a sale of documentary Web Junkie to BBC Storyville for broadcast on UK television.

Interview: Shosh Shlam & Hilla Medalia, Web Junkie

The film, directed by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia, centres on a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are deprogrammed from “internet addiction”. The doc focussed on three teens, their parents and the health professionals determined to help them kick their habit.

Oli Harbottle, head of distribution for Dogwoof, said: “Off the back of the Sundance world premiere for Web Junkie, we are delighted to have found such a good home for the film in the UK with BBC Storyville.”

Nick Fraser, editor of BBC Storyville, described the doc as a “wonderful film”.

“It poses important questions,” he added. “First, does internet addiction rate as a psychological disorder? Secondly, if it is, what
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Women, Fashion and the Movies

The first annual Women and Fashion Film Fest, was founded by Jeanine Jeo-Hi Kim, and brings together the fashion and film industries in order to educate, inspire and examine pressing issues. The mission statement, as per Ms. Kim, “Our Film Fest will spotlight talent, create a forum of women’s issues, as well as, support the creative development of women and students. We will distinguish ourselves through content, compelling panels, and the participation of industry leaders.”

Day 1 was incredible.

In the documentary, Girl Model, the viewer follows Nadya Vall, a young, country girl living in Novokuznetsk, Siberia as she pursues a modeling contract with a Japanese agency that will allow her to travel to Tokyo and earn $8,000 Usd. When she and her colleague arrive unchaperoned, they face language barriers, uncertainty of paid work, weight issues and homesickness.

As many turn to what appears to be the fun, glamorous, financially lucrative, “living the dream,” creative world of fashion, in order to escape from tough economic conditions, the harsh reality still remains that careers in the industry are difficult to break into, are usually begun when girls are just that, ‘girls’ and are still emotionally and physically immature. Also, it usually takes a major investment of your own money to get comp cards and a portfolio together, and can ultimately lead to many dangerous outcomes, such as, eating disorders, drug addiction, kidnappings, sexual harassment, and prostitution.

Luckily, documentaries and discussions can shed light on these human rights issues.

Some of the opinions and statements from the first day of screenings and panel discussions from fashion veterans:

“The Industry remains “The Wild West” and needs laws on the books to help sort through these disconcerting issues. Through legislation and collective conversation, change can occur.”

“Change starts at home through education, preparation and parenting.”

“The industry needs regulation.”

“It is society’s fault. Why do these models have to start at such a young age?”

“The industry needs to be unionized.”

“It is a human rights issue.”

“We are all accountable for our behavior.”

“The careers should be started at 18 years old, the legal working age.”

“Don’t take a job, unless you know how much you are going to make.”

This was a fast response to the problem at hand. As per an article on June 12, 2013,

In the short film, “Blank Canvas,” a woman who has lost all of her hair due to an advanced stage of cancer, demonstrates how she handles the social stigma attached to being bald by having creative Henna designs drawn on to her scalp.

Meanwhile, the short film, “34′′ x 25′′ x 36′′,” philosophized, ”Do we worship the perfect woman?” “Do people have to believe in something?” “What is our salvation as a society?” “Is ‘Barney’s’ the church for today? (insinuating that more people flock to the stores, than to church).

HBO documentary, About Face: Supermodels, Then and Now by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, starts off with the “Velvet Underground” and “Nico” song, “Mirror; I’ll be your mirror, reflect what you are.”

and gets up close and personal with the Supermodels from back in the day; Carmen Dell’Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Christy Turlington, Jerry Hall, Carol Alt, Paulina Porizkova, Pat Cleveland, Beverly Johnson, Eileen Ford, and Brooke Shields.

Main points from the film: “It is a woman’s business.” “It’s about character and beauty.” ”Modelling allowed me to not have to rely on my father or husband for money.” “It offered me a way to express myself in a way that can not be expressed in words.” “It was an attitude.” “It was living in a bubble.” “I was told to act like I was the most beautiful thing.” “I watched a lot of friends get lost in the wave and pass away from drugs or disease.” “We were clothes hangers.” “Misogyny.” “Confidence.” “Innocent.” “Naivety.” “Discrimination. Color barriers.” “Glad I didn’t die in the process.” “Why shouldn’t we be allowed to age?” Woman are everything; mothers, wives, and business women.” “When I looked like that, I should have walked around naked all the time.” “Modeling: demonstrates insecurity. I’m more beautiful now that I am not a model.” “We all have to go sometime, I want to go with my high heels on.”

Topics discussed in the panel: “Diversity,” “Retouching Photos,” “Strong sense of self” “Strides in diversity,” “Beauty the way you are.” “The more women writers that enter the industry, the better.” “Media should promote healthy eating and living.” “Be true to yourself.” “Aging. Celebrate women as they advance.” “Be Humble.” “Be honest with yourself.” “Spontaneous.” “Fearlessness,” and a “Sense of Humor.”

And wrapping up Day 1: Ralph Rucci: A Designer and his House, by David Boatman displays the hard work involved in creating and displaying a collection.

Article by Sharon Abella

SydneysBuzz is happy to introduce a new blogger, Sharon Abella of One World Cinema, an internationally minded website about film, music and travel. Although the editor-in-chief, Sharon Abella, holds multiple degrees in the sciences, she understands that this site would not be possible without the help of God, family, friends, and life partner, Jon Kilik.
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Award Winning Producer Paul Mezey Joins Cinereach Team

Cinereach is an innovative new force for good works in the independent film community. This not-for-profit film production company and foundation that champions vital stories, artfully told, was created and led by young philanthropists, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, Cinereach supports fiction and nonfiction filmmakers from all over the world through its Productions, Grants & Awards and Fellowships initiatives, and through partnerships with Sundance Institute’s programs. Cinereach has supported over 100 films in the Us and internationally, including Circumstance, Pariah, The World Before Her, Planet of Snail, Girl Model, Code of the West and many more. Cinereach Production Beasts of the Southern Wild was released in the Us in 2012 by Fox Searchlight Pictures, and is nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

After collaborating with Cinereach for many years on films including Benh Zeitlin’s four time Academy Award nominated film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Joshua Marston’s The Forgiveness of Blood, and Tom Gilroy’s The Cold Lands (premiering at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival), Paul Mezey has signed on as Producer in Residence at the not-for-profit production company and foundation. Mezey will support development, production and distribution of Cinereach’s productions, as well as being involved in the organization’s grant-making activities and other key initiatives.

Mezey is the founder of Journeyman Pictures, through which he has produced a number of critically acclaimed and award winning films including Maria Full of Grace (2005 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Half Nelson (2007 Academy Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role).

Cinereach offers each of its productions a custom support framework adapted to its unique needs. This flexible continuum of financing, guidance and infrastructure encourages filmmakers like Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Benh Zeitlin to take essential creative risks. Mezey has been a key architect of this producing approach and, as Producer in Residence, will guide the organization as it continues to evolve.

“Paul has influenced so much of how we approach our work at Cinereach already,” said Cinereach’s founder and Executive Director Philipp Engelhorn. “We look forward to a more holistic collaboration with Paul, and further benefiting from his tremendous experience and courageous independent spirit.”

“Working with Cinereach has been a transformative experience,“ states Mezey. “There is pure dedication to creating the conditions under which filmmakers can flourish and fulfill the full ambition of their work. As a creative producer, I know that our interests are aligned at every step and I am excited to continue to help build a model that can bring surprising and unexpected films to the screen.”
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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'
Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may
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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'

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The PBS Winter/Spring Lineup Includes the Return of 'Downton Abbey' and 'Call the Midwife,' Premiere of 'The Central Park Five'
Any fan of repressed British emotional drama and period costumes knows that "Downton Abbey" is set to make its season three return to U.S. television on PBS on Sunday, January 6 at 9pm. But the new PBS lineup for winter and spring brings other welcome news. "Call the Midwife," a BBC medical drama set in 1950s East London and starring Jessica Raine, Miranda Hart, Cliff Parisi, Jenny Agutter, Pam Ferris, Judy Parfitt and Vanessa Redgrave, will be back for a second season in March. Doc "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" will premiere via Independent Lens in February, as will "Girl Model," via Pov, in March and Ken and Sarah Burns' acclaimed "The Central Park Five" in April. Programming highlights are below (descriptions courtesy of PBS). Read More: 'Downton Abbey' Renewed for a Fourth Season Secrets Of Highclere Castle Sunday, January 6, 2013, 8:00-9:00 p.m. Et It may
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Your Guide to the Best Documentaries of 2012 as Nominated by the Cinema Eye Honors

Last night, at a special event in conjunction with the AFI Fest, the nominees for the 2013 Cinema Eye Honors were announced. And once again, the titles contending for the ten feature categories, all of which focus solely on nonfiction films (to make up for the Oscars’ minimal recognition), represent the year’s best in documentaries. As someone who professionally concentrates on docs elsewhere, I tend to feel kinda useless or redundant when Cinema Eye names its nominees, because now when someone asks me what’s great this year I can just point to their list of 31 features. Of course, some of these films are only up for specific honors, like those for original music score and graphic design, and may not be quite as necessary as the six up for the top award or the 10 nominated for the Audience Choice Prize (which sadly, for publicity-sake, lacks a Justin Bieber movie like last year). Also, I
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Girl Model Movie Review

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Girl Model Movie Review
Title: Girl Model Directors: David Redmon and Ashley Sabin A vivid and surprisingly emotive exploration of fashion modeling and the refracted reality and cost of the economic opportunities it presents for prepubescent Eastern European girls in particular, the spare but rather superb documentary “Girl Model” walks a tight-rope adjacent to exploitation, peering down into its caverns, and asking uneasy questions about whether the alternatives for so many young girls are really that much better. Narrowly focused in savvy fashion, “Girl Model” interweaves the stories of two subjects who only briefly cross paths. There’s Ashley Arbaugh, an early-30s ex-model turned scout who scours rural Russian open casting calls looking for fresh faces, and [ Read More ]
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Movie Houses of Worship: NYC’s IFC Center

Moviegoing is like attending church for many of us, and so I’d like to introduce a new regular feature titled “Movie Houses of Worship,” which spotlights our favorite temples of cinema around the world. I’m kicking things off with a theater I frequented often when I was still living in New York City. If you’d like to suggest or submit a place you regularly worship at the altar of cinema, please email me at christopher (at) filmschoolrejects (dot) com. Name: IFC Center Opened: June 2005 (renovated from the famous Waverly Theater/Twin, which existed from 1937-2001 in an actual former church, built in 1831) No. of screens: 5 (two of which were added in 2009, built out of a space once housing an attached bar) Current first run titles: Sleepwalk With Me; Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry; The Ambassador; Beauty is Embarrassing; Detropia; Girl Model; Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution. Jonathan Demme’s I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good
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Review: 'Girl Model' Is A Bracing Look At A Rarely Seen Side Of The Fashion Industry

Girl Model” opens not on a Fashion Week runway in New York or Paris, but in about the last place we would expect to find the starting point of this film: Siberia. Indeed, the sad, eye-opening documentary from directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin seems to revel in subverting this expectation of what constitutes the fashion industry, starting with ground zero for new talent. Here, in deep Siberia, far from a Vogue photo shoot, a cluster of pale, rail-thin teenagers, many in matching black bikini tops and bottoms, gamely smile as photographers shoot away, and Redmon and Sabin’s camera pans across their wide-eyed, startlingly young faces. As the film’s title appears onscreen, the girls are marched cattle-style, before being called individually before the scouts. Some continue to smile at the directors’ camera, while others eye the lens suspiciously. “I feel like her hips are too big,” says Ashley,
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[Interview] ‘Girl Model’ Director David Redmon Talks Objectivity In Documentary & More

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The work of David Redmon and Ashley Sabin first came on my radar when they arrived in Hartford, Ct to promote their eye-opening documentary, Mardi Gras: Made in China, tracing both the production and disposal of Mardi Gras beads. Recently I chatted with Redmon regarding his latest documentary Girl Model, which he co-directed with Sabin and I reviewed at Tiff. Girl Model has screened at festivals internationally including the One World Human Rights International Documentary Festival and you can read our conversation from SXSW below as the film is now in theaters.

Tfs: We met back in Hartford (at Real Art Ways) a few years ago and I was wondering what role cities with vibrant art communities that house these Micro Cinemas in often non-traditional venues (galleries, bars, libraries, coffee shops) play for you as filmmakers and distributors (via Carnavlesque Films)?

David Redmon: It’s even more necessary than before,
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Girl Model | Review

If You’re Having Girl Problems, I Feel Bad For You Son…

In Serbia, many families ignorantly push their daughters to become models in hopes of pulling themselves from poverty, not knowing that scouting agencies are willing and able to take advantage of their children’s inexperience, often sending them abroad for work only to bring them back confused and in debt. Looking into the disconcerting connection between the Serbian and Japanese modeling industries, directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin’s Girl Model explores the moral disconnect between those who work in it and the abuses that pervade it.

It’s no secret that underneath the make-up caked glamor of the fashion industry women worldwide are starving their skin and bone bodies for a buck in the name of ‘beauty’, but this is not the trade’s only closeted skeleton. The thoroughly disturbing show Toddlers & Tiaras is proof that the industry starts young,
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[Review] Girl Model

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Documentaries find success through compelling stories. Whether a salacious expose on an industry many looking in don’t understand or a stirring rags-to-riches tale depicting a young girl’s rise to fame and fortune—intrigue is the name of the game. Many times directors aren’t even sure what their film will be until everything plays out and the editing process begins. For David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, the simple fact their Girl Model delves into the scary reality of thirteen-year old girls being taken advantage of with the hope to help themselves and their family means controversy is bound to rear its head.

Pitched by the cautiously critical talent scout at its center, Ashley Arbaugh, the film’s genesis begins within the industry. A former model in Japan at 18—shown via autobiographical diary-like footage from 1999—Ashley doesn’t love her job yet continues to stick with it. Often censoring
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‘Girl Model’ Trailer Takes Disturbing Look Behind Underage Modeling

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We know all too well the incessant, often pervasive nature of the fashion and marketing industry, but directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin take a look at an even more disturbing aspect of it: the underage modeling machine. Premiering at Tiff last year, one of the film’s subjects is 13-year-old Siberian model Nadya Vall, who is sent to Tokyo to launch a career in the industry.

We called it a “powerful” look inside this underbelly and the film even stirred up some controversy regarding the now 17-year-old Vall. As she went on to have a healthy modeling career, her current agency wants the film shelved due to her portrayal in the film. It looks like that clearly hasn’t happened as a limited release is kicking off next month. Check out the new trailer below, as well as a new poster, for what could be one of the most eye-opening documentaries of the year.
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The Northside Festival Screens Filmmaker Mag Favorites

A number of our favorite independent films of the year are screening this week at the Northside Festival, a Brooklyn-based film and music event that gathers a number of film organizations, includuing Filmmaker, to guest curate some of its programming. Filmmaker‘s night is Wednesday, when we screen in its New York premiere Andrew Neel’s wickedly funny King Kelly (pictured) and Jeremiah Zagar & Nathan Caswell’s haunting short, Remains, but there are a number of other favorites dotted throughout the schedule. For example, tonight there’s one of the best documentaries of the year, Ashley Sabin and David Redmon’s Girl Model (presented by Pov) as well Ryan O’Nan’s warm and spirited Ifp Lab project, The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best (presented by Oscilloscope and Rooftop Films). Also tonight is the Cuban artist doc Unfinished Spaces, which you’ll read about in the next issue of the magazine,
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2012 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

The 19th annual Chicago Underground Film Festival, which just ran for the entire first week of June at the Gene Siskel Film Center, have announced their award winners. Picking the winners this year was a jury composed of Julia Gibbs (University of Chicago’s Film Studies Center), Dan Koretzky (Drag City Records) and Jonathan Marlow (Fandor).

Awards were given in seven categories, each of which have a singular winning film and several honorable mentions. Taking home the coveted Made in Chicago Award was Jesse McLean‘s experimental short film Remote, a haunting meditation on nature and technology.

Other short films winning awards were Ben Russell‘s ethnographic film River Rites for Best Documentary Short, Bryan Boyce‘s hilarious Walt Disney’s Taxi Driver for Best Film Using Appropriation or Pre-existing Material and Peter Jessien Laugesen’s Nature’s Voice for Best Animation/Experimental Short.

On the feature film front, Daniel Schmidt
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2012 Chicago Underground Film Festival: Official Lineup

Having been around for eighteen years, the Chicago Underground Film Festival has continually changed what it defines as “underground.”

So its 19th annual edition, which will be held on May 31 to June 7 at the Gene Siskel Film Center, feels like its most experimental edition in recent years.

While things kick off on the 31st with the Vice-produced anthology film The Fourth Dimension by Alexsei Fedorchenko, Harmony Korine and Jan Kwiecinski, the rest of the fest is packed with feature-length and short experimental work, documentaries and alternative narratives.

Some of the experimental feature highlights include the vastly prolific Robert Todd‘s Master Plan, which examines theories of modern housing from private residences to prisons; Australia’s two-person art collective Soda_Jerk’s epic rip on media piracy, Hollywood Burn; Michael Kosakowski’s compendium on murder fantasies, Zero Killing; L.A. filmmaker Daniel Martinico’s meditation on the acting process, Ok, Good
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Tribeca Review: With 'Downeast,' Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon Continue to Make Industrial Problems Feel Intimate

Tribeca Review: With 'Downeast,' Directors Ashley Sabin and David Redmon Continue to Make Industrial Problems Feel Intimate
Lyricism trumps reportage in documentarians David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's "Downeast," an engrossing look at the politics and interpersonal dramas behind an attempt to open a lobster factory in the quaint town of Gouldsboro, Maine. The filmmakers' last movie, "Girl Model," explored the flaws of the international modeling business through the harrowing experiences of an underage girl; "Downeast," while less sprawling in its scope, also effectively tackles a vast global issue through a deeply humanistic lens. The movie opens with the closure of Gouldsboro's Stinson Cannery, the last remaining sardine factory in the United States, a fixture of the town that had employed many of its residents for decades. Redmon and Sabid quickly establish an intense, soulful connection between the factory and its surrounding environment, rooting the massive building in a snowy landscape that appears to embrace it. The drama gradually seeps into a steady...
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2012 Indie Grits Festival: Official Lineup

The sixth annual Indie Grits Festival, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina, is actually more than just a film festival. Much, much more. From April 20-28, there will be film screenings, food tastings, bands playing, theater performances, a craft fair, a technology conference and oh so much more.

As for the films, though, every night — and a few afternoons — of Indie Grits is jam-packed with unique and creative independent feature-length movies and short films. Screenings take place at two locations: At the original Nickelodeon theater at 937 Main St. and at the New Nick location just up the road at 1607 Main St.

The fest opens with Bill and Turner Ross’ narrative feature Tchoupatoulis, about three brothers who sneak into New Orleans on their own to witness the visual spectacles the city has to offer; and the documentary Dragons of Jim Green, directed by Randy M. Salo, about a
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