Good news for South Carolina’s growing film industry: The Film Rebate Bill (S.163), passed by the Legislature last week, was subsequently signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley.
This means, for one thing, that when film companies buy supplies from S.C. vendors, they’ll get up to 30 percent off in rebates, as opposed to the previous 15 percent. Film companies will also receive higher rebates for wages spent — from 15 percent to 25 percent for S.C. residents and up to 20 percent for all others.
No tax increases will be required to make these adjustments, but the bill is expect to lure more productions to the Palmetto State, resulting in increased jobs and revenue.
The Carolina Film Alliance’s president expressed his support of the bill, saying, “What it says to the film industry around the world is that South Carolina values the millions of dollars that film companies will now spend here with local small business, such as hardware stores, restaurants, lumber yards, and dry cleaners — attracting millions in capital investment to grow the economy, creating jobs, and showcasing South Carolina’s geographic beauty to the world on the big screen.”
Columbia's Indie Grits Festival kicked off this past weekend, but if you didn't make it, don't worry — it continues through April 21. Presented by the Nickelodeon Theatre, the annual event features the best in indie Southeastern film, and a lot of other cool stuff too, like music, food, parties, and even puppets.
If you're free tonight (April 15), head up 26 for Cinemovements, a partnership between Indie Grits and the S.C. Philharmonic that pairs four newly commissioned silent films with music from a live quartet. Filmmakers for this year are Indie Grits alums Roger Beebe, Steve Daniels, David Montgomery, Gideon C. Kennedy, and Marcus Rosentrater.
In the film department, you can catch screenings April 15 and 16, but the competition films don't start until Wed. April 17. The winning films will be shown on Sun. April 21. You can see the full lineup here — there are plenty of choices.
For music, there's a Pizza Party (yes, an actual pizza party) with Belk Boys and Yacht Rock DJ on April 17; Dent May, Dog Bite, and People Person at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 18; and Burnt Books and Happiness Bomb at Hunter Gatherer on April 19. We hear these shows always sell out, so buy your tickets ahead of time.
Kindie Grits is the festival's children's division, and on April 20, kids can find out about how movies are made from media educator Frank W. Baker. Kids 8-14 are invited to attend.