2012 Indie Grits Festival boasts Olivia Tremor Control, Quintron, more!
Because it was increasingly a misnomer, what was once known as the Indie Grits Film Festival (emphasis mine) has dropped the cinematic modifier from its name. Cinephiles need not feel discouraged, though. There are plenty of celluloid treats on offer, including film screenings on all 10 nights of the festival, and a special evening of silent films given the live-score treatment by the S.C. Philharmonic. But the festivals continued expansion will also include puppet shows, culinary delights from Slow Food Columbia, technology showcases from Converge SE — oh, and live music.
This year’s featured performers include Athens, Ga., indie rockers The Olivia Tremor Control, and New Orleans art-garage iconoclast Quintron. The Olivia Tremor Control were early contributors to the Elephant 6 collective (which also spawned Neutral Milk Hotel), and whose two albums were recent subjects of lovingly crafted vinyl reissues. Quintron is a multi-instrumentalist and instrument inventor whose 2011 album with his wife and frequent collaborator, Miss Pussycat, Sucre du Sauvage was assembled from bits recorded during a three-month residency at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
The Indie Grits Festival is sponsored by the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, and will take place April 20-29, claiming an extended duration with its expanded scope.