Feature Lineup

Gala Screenings

 

Opening Night Film

Escape From Tomorrow

7 pm Thursday, Oct. 31 / Playhouse on the Square

In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday. Written and Directed by Randy Moore. Actors Roy Abramsohn and Alison Lees-Taylor are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. Sponsored by Alarum Pictures and Modern Production Concepts.

 

Friday Gala Screening

August: Osage County

6:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Playhouse on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

A hilarious, dark and deeply touching look at the strong-willed women of the Weston family, brought back to the Midwestern home and dysfunctional woman who raised them at a time of familial crisis. Directed by John Wells, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewen McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Lewis, and Sam Shepard.

 

Saturday Gala Screening

Short Term 12

6:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 / Playhouse on the Square 

A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend.  Writer/director Destin Cretton and actor Keith Stanfield are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A session after the screening, along with along with representatives from Youth Villages, a national leader in helping at-risk former foster youth live successfully.

 

Sunday Gala Screening

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

4 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 / Playhouse on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. Presented by the National Civil Rights Museum.

 

Closing Night Film

The Sacrament

6 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 / Studio on the Square 

Two journalists set out to document their friend's search to find his missing sister.  Writer/director Ti West and actors AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, and Joe Swanberg, are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q and A after the screening.

 


Spotlight Features

 

Computer Chess

9:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 / Studio on the Square  

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski.  Sponsored by Tamburrino.

 

Drinking Buddies

9:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Circuit Playhouse  

Kate and Luke work together at a craft brewery. They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more. But Kate is with Chris, and Luke is with Jill. And Jill wants to know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage. The answer to that question becomes crystal clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend. Written and directed by Joe Swanberg.

 

H4

 9 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 / Playhouse on the Square
Regional Premiere

Starring Harry Lennix (MAN OF STEEL, NBC's THE BLACKLIST), H4 translates Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays to contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the black community. By killing a popular black leader, Henry hopes to cement his family’s political dynasty, but his reckless son, Hal, seems more interested in hijinks than politics. Will the “Prince of Watts” follow in the footsteps of his powerful father, or will he succumb to the criminal life championed by Falstaff? Performed in Shakespeare’s original language, H4 will appeal to Shakespearean aficionados and newcomers alike.  Sponsored by The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment and the African American Studies and Film Studies programs at Rhodes College, and the African and African American Studies program at the University of Memphis. Presented in collaboration with Hattiloo Theatre.

 

Nebraska

3:15 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 / Studio on the Square
Tennessee Premiere

After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father thinks he’s struck it rich, and wrangles his son into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.  Shot in black and white across four states, NEBRASKA tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America. Directed by Alexander Payne, starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach. Sponsored by Music + Arts Studio.

 

One Chance

11:15 am Saturday, Nov. 2 / Studio on the Square  
Tennessee Premiere

The remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for 'Britain's Got Talent.' Directed by David Frankel.  Sponsored by Dorothy Kirsch. Presented in collaboration with Opera Memphis. 

 

Touchy Feely

7:15 pm Thursday, Oct. 31 / Circuit Playhouse  

A massage therapist is unable to do her job when stricken with a mysterious and sudden aversion to bodily contact. Meanwhile, her uptight brother's floundering dental practice receives new life when clients seek out his healing touch. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton.

 

White Reindeer

9:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

After an unexpected tragedy, Suzanne searches for the true meaning of Christmas during one sad, strange December in suburban Virginia. Directed by Zach Clark.

 

Zero Charisma 

7 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Circuit Playhouse  
Tennessee Premiere

Scott Weidemeier, an overweight and overbearing fantasy role-playing gamer, finds his life turned upside-down when a handsome and charismatic hipster joins his game. Directed by Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews.


Spotlight Documentaries

 

Charlie Is My Darling

6:30 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Studio on the Square  

Newly discovered, never-­before-seen­-footage has been woven into an intimate, behind­-the-scenes diary of early life on the road with The Rolling Stones. Shot just weeks after “Satisfaction” hit #1 on the charts, it features their first professionally filmed concert. Directed by Peter Whitehead.

 

Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay

9:30 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Studio on the Square  

Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. DECEPTIVE PRACTICE traces Jay's achievements and influences, from his apprenticeship at age 4 with his grandfather, to such now-forgotten legends as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini and his primary mentors, Dai Vernon and Charlie Miller.  Directed by Molly Bernstein.

 

Good Ol' Freda

12:45 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 / Playhouse on the Square  

Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. Though she had no concept of how far they would go, Freda had faith in The Beatles from the beginning, and The Beatles had faith in her. Directed by Ryan White.

 

Zipper

1:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 / Playhouse on the Square
Tennessee Premiere

The gentrification of one of New York's last cultural enclaves, Coney Island, as seen through the eyes of city administrators, real estate tycoons, and the operators of the amusement park's last wild ride: the Zipper. Directed by Amy Nicholson. Sponsored by Henry Turley Company. 


Midnight Movie

 

The Room

11:45 pm Friday, Nov. 1 / Studio on the Square 

Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny's best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again. Directed by Tommy Wiseau.

 


Competition
Narrative Features

 

Being Awesome

12:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Hometowner Feature

Teddy and Lloyd were tired of being depressed, disappointed, and hopeless. After their ten-year high school reunion, they decided that there's something else they'd like to be: awesome. Directed by Allen C. Gardner.

 

Bluebird

2:45 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

In the frozen woods of an isolated Maine logging town, one woman's tragic mistake shatters the balance of the community, resulting in profound and unexpected consequences. Directed by Lance Edmands.

 

Bob Birdnow's Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self 

4:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

Two old friends reunite at a conference in Dubuque, Iowa where Bob, the reluctant guest speaker, is slated to give a motivational speech to a struggling sales team. Directed by Eric Steele.

 

Detonator

9:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

An ex-punk band frontman fights to hold on to his family and a day job when a toxic friend resurfaces with the promise of money. Directed by Damon Maulucci and Keir Politz.

 

Diamond on Vinyl

5:45 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

An obsessed record collector and a wild young woman search for the perfect conversation: one that will allow them to never feel alone again. Directed by J.R. Hughto.

 

Forty Years from Yesterday

6:45 pm Friday, Nov. 1 @ Studio on the Square
Regional Premiere

When Suzette passes away, her husband Bruce is forced to face the inevitable questions we spend our lives avoiding. Directed by Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck and Robert Machoian.

 

Hank & Asha

4:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

In this modern love story, an Indian student in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin a correspondence through video letters -- two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. Directed by James E. Duff.

 

Hide Your Smiling Faces

2 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

After a neighborhood tragedy, two adolescent brothers confront changing relationships, the mystery of nature, and their own mortality. Directed by Daniel Carbone. 

 

Holy Ghost People

9:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Circuit Playhouse
Tennessee Premiere
 

A dramatic thriller set in the wild world of Appalachian snake-handling churches. Directed by Mitchell Altieri.

 

It Felt Like Love

6:45 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square  
Memphis Premiere 

On the outskirts of Brooklyn, a fourteen-year-old's sexual quest takes a dangerous turn when she pursues an older guy and tests the boundaries between obsession and love. Directed by Eliza Hittman.

 

See You Next Tuesday

9 pm Friday, Nov. 1 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

A dark comedy about a pregnant woman having a nervous breakdown. Directed by Drew Tobia.

 

What I Love About Concrete

1:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Hometowner Feature

A homespun high school fairy tale about the unbearable awkwardness, nascent cynicism, and disarming wonder that comprise the 11th grade experience. Directed by Katherine Dohan and Alanna Stewart.

Competition
Documentary Features

 

Bending Steel

7 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

A deeply moving and inspirational documentary exploring the lost art of the oldetime strongman and one man's struggle to overcome limitations of body and mind. Directed by Ryan Scafuro.

 

Bible Quiz

5:15 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Regional Premiere

A girl memorizes books of the Bible in order to win the National Bible Quiz Championship and the heart of her team captain. Directed by Nicole Teeny. Sponsored by Alison England.

 

Brothers Hypnotic

6:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

From busking on Chicago streets to opening for Prince, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble struggle to maintain the values instilled in them at a young age. Directed by Reuben Atlas.

 

Furever

12:30 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Studio on the Square 
Memphis Premiere

An exploration of the dimensions of grief people experience over the loss of a pet. Directed by Amy Finkel.

 

Great Chicken Wing Hunt

4 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Tennessee Premiere

A journey to the heart of America's greatest food. Directed by Matt Reynolds.

 

Hit & Stay

2:45 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Tennessee Premiere

A feature-length documentary about priests and nuns who protested the Vietnam War by breaking into draft boards, destroying draft records, and then waiting around to be arrested. Directed by Joe Tropea and Skizz Cyzyk.

 

I Am Soul

3:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Playhouse on the Square 
Hometowner Feature

A contemporary exploration of soul music showcasing the genre's rich history in Memphis. Directed by Johnathan Isom.

 

Meanwhile in Memphis: The Sound of a Revolution

6 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Circuit Playhouse 
Hometowner Feature

A Memphis music feature documenting several bluff city DIY musicians from 1978 to present day. Directed by Robert Allen Parker and  Nan Hackman.

 

Medora

11 am Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Circuit Playhouse 

In America's basketball heartland, four boys from rural Medora, Indiana fight to end their high school's team's losing streak, as their dwindling town faces the threat of extinction. Directed by Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart.

 

Orange Mound, Tennessee: America's Community

10:45 am Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Playhouse on the Square 
Hometowner Feature

A celebration of Orange Mound, a centrally-located historical community in Memphis, and the first community established by African Americans where they could build and own property. Directed by Emmanuel Amido.

 

Tales From The Organ Trade

6:45 pm Friday, Nov. 1 @ Studio on the Square 
Tennessee Premiere

A gritty and unflinching descent into the shadowy world of black market organ trafficking. Directed by Ric Esther Bienstock. Sponsored by the Mid-South Transplant Foundation.

 

A Whole Lott More

11 am Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square
Tennessee Premiere 

Lott Industries in Toledo, Ohio, employs more than 1200 workers, all with developmental disabilities. With the decline of the auto industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott is threatened with closure and the company has twelve months to reinvent itself and save the livelihoods of its employees. Directed by Victor Buhler.

 

Your Day Is My Night

1:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 @ Studio on the Square 
Regional Premiere

Immigrant residents of a 'shift-bed' apartment in the heart of New York City's Chinatown share their stories of personal and political upheaval. Directed by Lynne Sachs.