We are so excited about the inaugural lineup! We have multiple world premieres, a United States premiere, dozens of South Carolina premieres, and many many Aiken, SC premieres! We can’t wait to celebrate independent film from all around the world. Thank you to every director, producer, writer, actor, and crew member who worked on these amazing films for our audience to enjoy.
Coming Through the Rye
Coming Through the Rye, set in 1969, is a touching coming of age story of sensitive, 16 yr. old Jamie Schwartz, who is not the most popular kid at his all boys’ boarding school. Disconnected from students and teachers, he believes he is destined to play Holden Caulfield, the main character of The Catcher in the Rye, and has adapted the book as a play. After a series of increasingly hostile altercations with the boys at school Jamie runs away to search for JD Salinger. On his way he picks up Deedee Gorlin, a quirky townie. Their odyssey to find Salinger becomes a journey of sexual awakening, the discovery of love and of the meaning of one’s life.
An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men’s club who decide to take on the elite ‘sport of kings’ and breed themselves a racehorse
In a last-ditch effort to break through in the crowded and convoluted indie film world, a husband-wife producing duo make a film especially designed to win a local film festival and attract the attention of actor Bill Murray.
When husband-and-wife indie filmmakers Neil (Chris White) and Liz Shaw (Traysie Amick) hear that Bill Murray will be a judge at the “Low Country Boil 48-Hour Film Festival,” they pack their bags and head to Charleston…picking up Neil’s angst-ridden daughter Hope (Harriet White), cameraman Alan Ray (Alan Ray), and BFF/sound recordist Jen Meyers (Monica Eva Foster) along the way. All hell breaks loose when twirling girl actress Bree Carrington (Reid Cox) and fading 80’s action star Nicholas “Nick” Teasle (Lavin Cuddihee) don’t get Liz’s subtle, Bill Murray-esque screenplay or Neil’s patient direction. Adding to the stress: would-be documentarian Clark Wiggins (Jeff Driggers) whose camera is everywhere they’d rather it not be, pretentious filmmaking foe Dos Midler (Alex Smith), and Neil’s sexy former flame Jackie Miller (Nealy Glenn). Suddenly the Shaw’s filmmaking weekend in the Holy City goes from bad to worse, leaving them lost in the first circle of Hell.
Sometimes it’s the trying that is the real victory
Sarah Prentice has lived in her house for the past eight years. Her fear of going outside has crippled her ability to interact with the outside world. She struggles through the everyday processes of life as she has an uncontrollable Obsessive, Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Her life is focused on the simple process of getting ready for work. For the everyday person it is as simple as getting up and getting dressed for Sarah it’s a marathon of emotions.
Climb for Kevin
“Climb For Kevin” chronicles former Alabama and NFL great Kevin Turner’s struggle with ALS, and what happens when a team of people choose to honor him by climbing the tallest mountain in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro. The story is told by none other than legendary Hall of Fame Coach, Mike Ditka.
After a lifetime of head pounding contact on the field left legendary NFL full back Kevin Turner with a diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, in 2010, he put the same grit and determination he had on the field into the fight of his life, finding a cure for ALS, by starting the kevinturnerfoundation.org. In 2014, in an effort to raise awareness for the cause and money for research, a group of supporters decided to climb the tallest peak in Africa, Mt. Kilimanjaro, symbolizing Kevin’s daily struggle with the disease. What happened during the climb was not only an inspirational and life altering story, but after his death in March of 2016, it has now become Kevin’s voice to carry on his mission of finding a cure for ALS and to raise awareness about head trauma in athletes at all levels.
Driver’s Ed: Tales From The Street
A scrappy group of driving instructors struggle to avoid being shut down by their competition on the first day of summer.
In this family friendly comedy, Bob, the manager of ACE Driving School, is eagerly looking forward to the first day of summer vacation. This is the busiest day of the year for the cash strapped ACE, and Bob is counting on a flood of 15 and 16 year olds to keep up with their cross town rivals Fast Trac. As fate would have it both schools are owned by Bob’s cruel stepmother, Betina. She arrives to announce that at the end of the day, whichever school has the most profits will remain open. While Bob is determined to maintain business as usual, the other ACE instructors are eager to avoid financial ruin and work behind Bob’s back to trump up extra students. Can the school rely on 16 year olds to save them?
Coached at a distance by his rest home friend Max Rosenbaum (Martin Landau), Zev Gutman (Christopher Plummer) is led step-by-step on a search for an ex-Nazi prison camp guard living under the assumed name of Rudy Kurlander. The Wiesenthal Center has found four possible suspects and Gutman must find – and execute – the right one in retaliation for his own family’s death at Auschwitz. Benjamin August’s script skillfully builds the tension of Gutman’s somewhat haphazard search toward an ending that is so surprising that you’ll just have to see it for yourself.
Boy Upside Down
A tragicomedy about an 11-year old boy whose parents die in a car accident. The boy refuses to mourn; instead, he develops an obsession of investigating the accident. Oliver gets to know a peculiar man – a vagabond – who knows something about the accident. A reluctant friendship develops between the boy and the man. All the well-kept secrets of the man are revealed while the boy is forced to face the facts and the emotions caused by his parents’ death.
It’s About Love. It’s About Loss. It’s About Overcoming.
Visual artist Leonard “Porkchop” Zimmerman nearly gave in to the darkness that encroached on him from all sides following the untimely passing of his partner, Brian. Instead, he chose to channel his grief into art, creating numerous paintings of robots involved in exploits that run the gamut from mundane to profound. Out of this grew the “Happy” campaign: the robot drawing that became a worldwide phenomenon, as a colorful reminder of the transformational power of art as therapy. HAPPY is an irresistible and inspirational portrait of one man’s journey through the storm in order to share with us the sunshine he found on the other side.
The Caravan Film
An inside look aboard The Caravan where adventurers grapple with route-finding, mother nature & group dynamics in an epic horse-drawn experience across America.
An inside look aboard The Caravan where adventurers grapple with route-finding, mother nature & group dynamics in an epic horse-drawn experience 2500 miles across America. Leading this group of relative strangers is Gerard Paagman with his team of elegant Friesian horses fresh off filming The Hunger Games – Catching Fire. Challenging the limits of disability is Michael Muir, Great Grandson of the visionary John Muir, Father of the National Parks. They all venture through iconic landscapes, they would have spats and find affection, anger and respect. Many came laden with expectations but found that setting those free opened an unexpected portal to personal growth.
Janey Makes a Play
Follow dynamic 90-year-old Janey as she writes and directs her latest original community theater production for her small town. Watch the creative process unfold with a cast of colorful townspeople, as they engage with the arts amidst a local economy devastated by the recent recession.
The heart of small-town America is slowly dying, as evidenced by the empty storefronts and foreclosed homes littering this once thriving landscape in Northern California. Amidst the current recession, a group of dedicated and quirky townspeople gather in a makeshift community theater. Aptly named, the No Small Thing Productions troupe opens the pages of the 18th original musical melodrama written by 90-year-old powerhouse Janey. They fumble through auditions, although caring Janey has already included a part for everyone who wants to join. From high school students to retirees, wayward souls of all generations unite around their common struggle. Lorren, a high school senior dreams of the stage as her ticket to escape the small town, is cast as the lead. Tom, who we later learn is new to town because of his unemployment, is cast as the “local banker who cares” — an homage to when times were better. The depression-era setting of Janey’s script mirrors the current struggles of her town. Watching local stories unfold and rehearsals progress, we realize the townspeople are using the theater to escape, and help explain, their world that exists offstage. Yet it becomes painfully obvious as opening night approaches that the all-volunteer outfit is not ready to perform. The sets are not done. No one knows their lines. They aren’t selling enough tickets to pay for the next play. The effervescent Janey becomes discouraged. On opening night it all comes together for a cathartic town gathering, facilitated by community engagement with the arts. As they exit the theater, the characters return to their daily struggles, yet the film leaves audiences with a glimmer of hope for this town and community they’ve come to love.
This is the story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers and divorcee mother and their incredible journey in life and their ball bearing made car that has never been defeated. The story of human spirit, sufferings and simple joy.
The film features a story of the indomitable dream of two young brothers, Habil and Kabil. Their mother works at a rice mill despite severe illness, while the father is a rickshaw-puller, who has been missing for 2 years. They wander about the village all day and even with their mother’s disagreement, race ‘bearing cars’ in the field; but they do not own such car. One day, they sell Water Lily to buy old bearings, make their own car and win the race. In the city, Habil discovers their father with his new family. One stormy night, they find their mother half-dead and rush her to the hospital in the forbidden car. Fearing their increased suffering, Habil keeps father’s reality a secret. The film explores the dynamics of the family and the challenges everyone must face in rural poverty. An endearing coming-of-age story, It shows how the human spirit can triumph in the face of adversity.
Shorts Corner will be at Newberry Hall
I You Me
The Right Person for the Job
It Hit Upon the Roof
The Caddywhompass Years
Playing With the Wind
The Art House
Toms Missed Call
A Distant Shot
Sprint to the Past
The Red Thunder
This is our VIP PASS and will grant you access to all of the showings/films through out the entire festival*. You’ll also have priority seating before general admission. This will be especially useful during some of our Director & Actor Q&A’s. *Excludes ‘Shorts Corner’ & HAPPY