Indie Memphis

19th Annual INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL set November 1st-7th, 2016! 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Tuesday, May 3rd: Shoot & Splice - Examining Video Art. Traditionally Shoot & Splice has explored technique rooted in narrative, documentary and commercial film and video production, but this month we will examine the craft of capturing moving images solely to facilitate creative expression. Join accomplished video artists Brian Pera, Corky Sinks & Jill Wissmiller to get their thoughts on what art video is, where it is shown and how they make it. Free and open to the public. Crosstown Arts 430 N. Cleveland St. Doors at 6:30p, begins at 7:00p. Beverages available. Complimentary food and beverages will be available.

  • Wednesday, May 4th: Memphis In May's International Salute to Canada: MONSIEUR LAZHAR.  Indie Memphis and Memphis In May come together to celebrate the cinematic offerings of our northern neighbor, Canada, as we present four distinct films from different Canadian filmmakers. First up is Philippe Falardeau's 2011 film, MONSIEUR LAZHAR.  At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.  The film will be followed by a Q&A led by Laura Loth, French Professor at Rhodes College and organizer of the Tournees Film Festival.  Screening at Studio on the Square at 7p. Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID. Purchase Tickets HERE.

  • Wednesday, May 11th: Memphis in May's International Salute to Canada: THE FORBIDDEN ROOM. The second film in our Canadian director's series is the latest from auteur Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg). A never-before-seen woodsman mysteriously appears aboard a submarine that's been trapped deep under water for months with an unstable cargo. As the terrified crew make their way through the corridors of the doomed vessel, they find themselves on a voyage into the origins of their darkest fears. Winner of Best Canadian Feature Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association. Filmmaker Iddo Patt will host a Q&A conversation immediately following the film. Screening at Studio on the Square at 7p. Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID. Purchase Tickets HERE.

  • Tuesday, May 17th: KALLEN ESPERIAN: VISSI D’ARTE.  For two decades, Memphian Kallen Esperian was the toast of the opera world: discovered by Pavarotti, and a favored co-star of Placido Domingo, she sang often at La Scala and The Met.  Then a series of life blows took her away from the international spotlight.  This is the story of what happened to Kallen Esperian, and her ongoing attempt to resurrect her career. Director Steve Ross and Kallen Esperian will be in attendance for a Q&A immediately following the film. Presented in collaboration with The University of Memphis' Department of Communication. Screening at Studio on the Square. Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID. Purchase Tickets HERE.

  • Wednesday, May 18th: Memphis in May's International Salute to Canada: STORIES WE TELL. The third film on our Canadian film series is Sarah Polley's documentary that explores the director's own family's secrets—including one intimately related to Polley's own identity. A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. Winner of dozens of Best Documentary awards by festivals and critic associations. Sarah Fleming, Lara Johnson, Sara Kaye Larson, & Joann Self Selvidge of Film Fatales, a collective of Memphis-based female filmmakers, will host a Q&A conversation immediately following the screening. Screening at Studio on the Square at 7p. Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID. Purchase Tickets HERE.

  • Wednesday, May 25th: Memphis in May's International Salute to Canada: VIDEODROME.  The final film in our Canadian film series is cult auteur David Cronenberg's 1983 classic VIDEODROME. Cronenberg's violent take on media and politics is relevant now more than ever. A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.  Film writers John Beifuss, Chris McCoy, & Marina Levina will host a Q&A conversation immediately following the film. Screening at Studio on the Square at 7p. Tickets are $10/$8 for members, seniors, and students w/ valid student ID. Purchase Tickets HERE.


2016 Festival Dates are November 1 - November 7

2016 Festival Dates are November 1 - November 7

"Indie Memphis has a good natured urgency and freewheeling ingenuity most festivals can only hope for and wealthy festivals . . . can rarely pull off."
— Brandon Harris, FILMMAKER magazine
"Indie Memphis is a fantastic, well-curated festival blessed with hometown strengths -- the city's special cultural and political history as well as its great food -- that other fests can only dream about."
— Scott Macaulay, Editor-in-Chief of FILMMAKER magazine

“Indie Memphis has so much that I look for in a film festival: programming with a thoughtful and idiosyncratic point of view that reflects its leadership, and reaches out to promising new filmmakers whose work has an unmistakable sense of place; an excited and eager community that attends the films in force looking to be surprised by the fare, rather than congratulated for coming out; and, oh yeah, barbecue.”
Elvis Mitchell, host of KCRW's THE TREATMENT


OUR 2015 INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL In the News

The Year in Film 2015 - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Dec. 26, 2015)

Indie Memphis Wrap-Up, Part I & Part II- Don R. Lewis, Hammer to Nail (Nov. 12, 2015)

Indie Memphis Festival: Audience Award Winners - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 11, 2015)

Morning Riff: Indie Memphis draws to a successful close, a musical giant lost - Chris Herrington, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 10, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 8: The Man Who Would Be King - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 10, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 7: A Bloody Good Time - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 9, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 6: Experiments and Pathos - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 8, 2015)

'Funny Bunny', 'The Keepers' among winners at Indie Memphis - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 7, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 5: Indian Rhythms & Memphis Blues - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 7, 2015)

Indie Memphis: 'Orion': The Man Who Would Be King' examines masked Elvis of 80's - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 6, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 4: Debutantes, Raiders, & Phantoms - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 6, 2015)

5 films to consider for Indie Memphis weekend - Chris Herrington, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 5, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 3: Meet Memphis - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 5, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 2: Memphis Shorts Shine - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 4, 2015)

It's Time for Indie Memphis 2015! - Don R. Lewis, Hammer to Nail (Nov. 3, 2015)

Bo-Keys backing Syl Johnson at Indie Memphis, prepping new album - Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 3, 2015)

Indie Memphis Day 1: Tangerine Dreams - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 3, 2015)

Indie Memphis 2015: Short Subjects - Eileen Townsend, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 3, 2015)

Indie Memphis: 'The Keepers' explores front line of animal care at Memphis Zoo - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 30, 2015)

Indie Memphis 2015: The Directors - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Oct. 29, 2015)

Indie Memphis: Eighteen ways of seeing the 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 29, 2015)

Indie Memphis: Doc 'Any Way The Wind Blows' tells unique story of soul man Syl Johnson - Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 29, 2015)

Indie Memphis: Director Whit Stillman brings classic 'identity comedy' 'Metropolitan' to fest - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 29, 2015)

Indie Memphis unveils impressive lineup - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 1, 2015)

Ryan Watt tabbed as Indie Memphis Executive Director - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Sept. 16, 2015)


OUR 2014 INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL In the News

Beifuss: ‘Boyhood,' ‘Budapest' lead best movies of 2014 - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Dec. 26, 2014)

Mark Richens' Night Notes: North Mississippi Allstars 'World Boogie Is Coming' at Indie Memphis - Mark Richens, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 4, 2014)

Chris Herrington's Morning Riff: ‘Heathers,' ‘Hoop Dreams' at Indie Memphis - Chris Herrington, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 3, 2014)

Indie Memphis Awards Cap Exciting Weekend Of Film - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Nov. 3, 2014)

Indie Memphis Award Winners, Encore Screenings Announced - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 2, 2014) 

Indie Memphis Film Fest gets down to business - Greg Akers, Memphis Business Journal (Oct. 31, 2014)

The Soundtrack to Indie Memphis - JD Reager, Memphis Flyer (Oct. 30, 2014)

Indie Memphis Film Festival 2014: The 17th annual cinema celebration combines cinema classics with the 'Shock of the New' - Chris McCoy, Memphis Flyer (Oct. 30, 2014) 

Indie Memphis Daily: Sunday Viewer's Guide John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 30, 2014) 

Indie Memphis Daily: Saturday Viewer's Guide John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 30, 2014) 

Indie Memphis Daily: Friday Viewer's GuideJohn Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 30, 2014) 

Indie Memphis Daily: Thursday Viewer's Guide - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 30, 2014) 

Movie Review: Rory Culkin is no angel in intense ‘Gabriel' at Indie MemphisJohn Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 27, 2014) 

‘Hoop Dreams,' ‘Heathers,' fest favorites and Oscar hopefuls highlight Indie Memphis slate - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 2, 2014)


We won! Thanks to everyone who voted for Indie Memphis in the First Tennessee Foundation's 150 Days of Giving -- and an even bigger thanks to the First Tennessee Foundation for giving away $5,000 to 150 non-profits, including us :) 


OUR 2013 festival in the news: 

Indie Memphis Prizes Unheralded Indies in 16th Edition - Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine (Nov. 10, 2013) 

'Short Term 12' - A Review: To Live a Life Not Knowing What a Normal Life's Like - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 8, 2013)

'Short Term 12,' 'It Felt Like Love' Among Indie Memphis Award Winners - Sarah Salovaara, IndieWire (Nov. 4, 2013)  

Indie Memphis film fest is a wrap, with some local filmmakers grabbing awards - Chris Herrington, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 4, 2013)

Indie Memphis: Sunday - Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer  (Nov. 3, 2013) 

Indie Memphis: Saturday - Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer (Nov. 1, 2013) 

Indie Memphis: Friday - Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer (Nov. 1, 2013)

Sixteenth Indie Memphis film fest showcases an evolving vanguard of new filmmakers - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal  (Nov. 1, 2013) 

Indie Memphis Spotlight: What I Love About 'What I Love About Concrete' - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Nov. 1, 2013) 

Meanwhile At Indie Memphis: This year’s film fest is the biggest, baddest, Indie-est Memphis-est one yet - The Memphis Flyer (Oct. 31, 2013)

Indie Memphis: Thursday - Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer (Oct. 31, 2013) 

H4: Head that Wears a Crown - Chris Davis, The Memphis Flyer (Oct. 31, 2013) 

Grifters Reunion: Music documentary reunites Memphis’ Grifters - J.D. Reager, The Memphis Flyer  (Oct. 31, 2013)

Stones on Film: Lost doc shows Rolling Stones at '65 peak - Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal  (Oct. 31, 2013)

Hi Style: Soul great Teenie Hodges is subject of intimate Indie Memphis doc - Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 31, 2013)

Local music films at Indie Memphis - Bob Mehr, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 31, 2013)

Indie Memphis Highlights - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal (Oct. 31, 2013) 

Indie Memphis Review: 'Escape From Tomorrow' - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal  (Oct. 24, 2013)

Indie Memphis Opening Night Lineup - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal  (Oct. 24, 2013) 

 Indie Memphis Fest announces strong movie lineup - John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal  (Oct. 3, 2013)





MovieMaker calls Indie Memphis "one of the coolest film festivals around" in their Winter 2014 issue.

MovieMaker calls Indie Memphis "one of the coolest film festivals around" in their Winter 2014 issue.


Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a silver-level GuideStar Exchange participant. Contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 


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