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Emerging Memphis Filmmakers, Craig Brewer, and ‘Raiders’ team headline inaugural “Youth Film Fest”

Indie Memphis has announced the lineup for the first Indie Memphis – Youth Film Fest on September 24th at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Young artists will see their work on the big screen, attend workshops and talks from experienced filmmakers and compete for prizes. The event is free and students must apply for their Youth Fest pass in advance at indiememphis.com. The capacity is 360 students and the application process will insure a variety of schools across the city are represented.

The festival kicks-off with pizza and a movie trivia competition before the keynote speaker, Craig Brewer, talks about effective ‘Storytelling’. Next, students attend the workshops of their choice during two 45-minute sessions. Finally, the youth films are screened. Awards are announced prior to the headline event, the greatest fan film ever made, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation”. The ‘Raiders’ filmmakers will be in attendance and speak to students.

The Youth Fest is not only for aspiring directors,” says Executive Director, Ryan Watt. “We welcome young actors, writers, musicians, photographers and editors who want to learn more about filmmaking to apply.”

Indie Memphis received 38 youth submissions, the finalists will compete for the grand prize awarded by the jury of a full-day production package from VIA Productions with equipment and crew, valued at $4,000, plus $500 of cash and an invitation to screen at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. In addition, the Audience Award winner will receive $500, the short that best represents Memphis will receive the Shangri-la Project’s Award of $250, and additional awards will be presented. The members of the jury are Sena Amengor (Ringling College of Art & Design), Megan Leonard (Seattle International Film Festival), Meg Moritz (University of Colorado).

Thanks to a grant awarded from GiVE365 at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and grant from the Downtown Commission, the Youth Film Fest passes are FREE to all students while space is available. Apply at indiememphis.com

Tickets will be available to purchase to the Youth Screenings pending availability after student registrations. Tickets are now available for $15 for the Raiders Adaptation screening.

Indie Memphis’ New “Youth Film Fest” Will Offer Opportunities for Students

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, July 5, 2016 – Indie Memphis will hold their first Youth Film Fest on September 24th for students in grades seven through twelve at the Halloran Centre at the Orpheum. Participants will learn from top professionals and have the opportunity to submit their work to be seen on the big screen and compete for prizes. Winners will compete for awards plus $1,000 of cash and advance into the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

Indie Memphis is now seeking film and video submissions of all kinds including fiction, documentary, music videos and animation. Entries should be short – ten minutes or less is preferred – and may be shot with any type of camera, including a phone, iPad or GoPro.

The deadline for submissions is midnight, August 21. Students who graduated from high school in 2016 are also eligible. Submit and learn more info here:

indiememphis.com/youthfilmfest

“We receive a lot of requests to provide guidance for students interested in filmmaking and acting,” Executive Director, Ryan Watt said. “This event will give participants a chance learn from established filmmakers and meet other students for collaboration. We feel this is a great way for our alumni filmmakers to educate and mentor future Memphis storytellers.” 

The full schedule of events will be announced in August and include workshops, screenings and entertainment. Thanks to a grant awarded from GiVE365 by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the Youth Film Fest passes will be FREE to all students who submit films and additional students selected through an online application process.

The winning films will be shown during the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. to be held November 1 through 7.

About Indie Memphis 

Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. For additional information, or for details about membership, visit www.indiememphis.com or call (901) 214-5171.

Amazon Studios joins Indie Memphis as Marquee Sponsor

Indie Memphis is thrilled to announce Amazon Studios, film production and distribution arm of Amazon, as a Marquee Sponsor for the 19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

The festival is presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., and taking place November 1st-7th 2016, expanding to six screening venues throughout the city after receiving record attendance last year. 

Amazon Studios has quickly established itself as the leading content provider of independent films, creating original content and acquiring new releases by celebrated filmmakers. Their distribution model emphasizes the best of both worlds, as feature films receive wide theatrical distribution before they release for online streaming and download. 

Recent Amazon Studios films inclide CHIRAQ by Spike Lee, ELVIS & NIXON by Liza Johnson, and CREATIVE CONTROL by Benjamin Dickinson. Upcoming releases include CAFE SOCIETY by Woody Allen, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP by Whit Stillman, WIENER DOG by Todd Solondz, and MANCHESTER BY THE SEA by Kenneth Lonergan. Popular episodic productions include TRANSPARENT, BOSCH, and MOZART IN THE JUNGLE.

"We are excited to welcome Amazon Studios on-board the 19th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival." says Ryan Watt, Executive Director of Indie Memphis. "Amazon Studios supports visionary auteurs and emerging filmmakers, an ideal representation of what we seek to showcase onscreen and build in our local film community."

About Indie Memphis:

Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. The 19th annual 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival will take place November 1st-7th. Venues span from South Main downtown at the Halloran Centre, to Overton Square at Circuit Playhouse, Hatiloo Theatre and Malco Studio on the Square, to East Memphis at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grille, to the Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville. 

Amazon Studios joins Malco Theatres Inc. as Marquee sponsors.

Sponsorships are available for the festival for both businesses and individuals. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

   

Indie Memphis Film Festival Announces 2016 Dates: Expands Grants, Films Categories & New Venues East

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, March 29, 2016 – The 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be held November 1 through 7, continuing the weeklong format that was successful last year at venues in Midtown and Downtown Memphis, contributing to the largest film attendance in the history of the festival. 

New this year, presenting sponsor Duncan-Williams, Inc. has increased support to expand the festival into East Memphis and Collierville. New venues include two weeknights at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill and a full Saturday at Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville. Films will also return to the Hattiloo Theatre during the weekend activities in Overton Square along with Circuit Playhouse and Malco Studio on the Square. The large gala screenings and receptions will continue at the Orpheum’s Halloran Centre on weeknights. Panels and parties will be featured throughout the week.

Ryan Watt, Executive Director says “We received a lot of positive feedback about the extended format last year and many films were sold-out, so we are continuing in the same locations while adding more venues to accommodate demand and expand our audience to a wider geographic area.”  

Duncan-Williams, Inc. returns as presenting sponsor of the festival for a sixth consecutive year. The continuous support of the Memphis-based investment firm has been integral to the stability and growth of the event. Malco Theaters is increasing support as a “marquee sponsor” and host of films on five screens at three different locations.

Watt announced the return of the “IndieGrants” program for the 3rd consecutive year supported by filmmaker Mark Jones and vendor sponsors Firefly Grip & Electric, Archer Records and LensRentals.com. “This year our grant program grows to a total of $21,000 of cash and in-kind services. Two experienced filmmakers will each receive $10,000 to make their short films and two emerging filmmakers will receive $500 each. We will also host the premieres of previous winner’s films. The IndieGrants initiative is supporting local filmmakers to make more short films in Memphis.” said Watt. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2016 and there is no fee to submit.

The Call for Entries was announced for filmmakers all over the world to submit their films with the final deadline of August 12th. New this year is a “music” category to focus on films of all kinds that have a music theme and the return of the music videos category. Also new is a “youth film” category to feature videos by Memphians ages 18 and under. There is NO COST for Memphis-area filmmakers to submit until the final deadline. Films may be submitted via FilmFreeway, with more information available at IndieMemphis.com

The 2015 festival attracted record-setting ticket sales and high profile screenings including 2016 award winning & nominated ooklyn, Anomalisa, Carol, Tangerine, and The Look of Silence. Special guests and jurors included Academy-Award nominated writer/director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), Academy-Award nominated production designer Judy Becker (Carol, American Hustle), CEO of BAFTA New York Julie La'Bassiere, Producer Ben Nearn (e Way Way Back, Mississippi Grind), Producer Rachel Smith of Black Label Media (Sicario, Demolition), Danielle McCarthy of Magnolia Pictures, Kent Osborne (venture Time, Uncle Kent), actor Jeremy London (arty of Five, Mallrats), Chris Strompolos (iders!, Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation), and many more. Memphis Grizzlies in-house PA announcer Rick Trotter hosted the festival Award Show.

SCHEDULE & VENUES

Tue. Nov 1       Halloran Centre (Opening Night)

Wed. Nov 2     Halloran Centre

                         Malco Ridgeway

Thu. Nov 3       Halloran Centre

   Malco Ridgeway

Fri. Nov 4         Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo

Sat. Nov 5        Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo 

   Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville

Sun. Nov 6        Overton Square: Circuit Playhouse, Malco Studio & Hattiloo

Mon. Nov 7       Halloran Centre (Closing Night)

INDIE GRANTS

 Two $10,000 production grants ($5,000 Cash + *$5,000 in-kind rentals and services*)

 Two $500 (Cash) production grants

*In-Kind Vendor Sponsors*

Firefly Grip & Electric is donating $2,500 per grant of cash-equivalent, no-strings-attached rentals of their lighting and grip equipment to be used exclusively for the winner's short film productions. Standard insurance and rental agreement required.

LensRentals.com is donating $1,500 per grant of in-kind rentals for lens and camera gear to be used exclusively for the winner's short film production. *NEW*

Archer Records is donating $1,000 per grant in-kind for post-production sound mix to be used exclusively for the winner's short film productions. *NEW*

Filmmakers may apply for IndieGrants online: indiememphis.com/indiegrants

Filmmakers may submit their completed films to the festival at indiememphis.com

Indie Memphis Builds on Success in Planning 2016 Festival

Coming off a banner year, Indie Memphis enters 2016 on a solid financial foundation built upon its most successful Film Festival yet. Nearly 10,000 filmgoers and hundreds of volunteers attended 60 screenings and events over eight days last autumn.

The 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which ran Nov. 3-10 in venues around Overton Square and South Main, generated more than $250,000 in revenue and concluded the season with a surplus of $85,000. These funds allowed a reserve fund to be established and will enhance the year-round programs for 2016.

“We received tremendous support from Duncan-Williams, Inc. early in 2015 during a rebuilding time for our organization,” Watt said. “Their commitment to our festival for five consecutive years has been the cornerstone to our success and stability.”

AutoZone and Starz Digital rounded out the marquee sponsors for the 2015 festival, both companies provided passes for their employees to enjoy the screenings and events.

Grants and consulting services from ArtsMemphis also played a vital role in boosting the series, Watt added, along with support from the Hohenberg Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, Mark Jones, Downtown Memphis Commission, Tennessee Film Commission and the Memphis & Shelby Country Film & Television Commission.

A team of sponsors elevated the marketing presence: Witz Creative (design), RocketFuel (social media) and New School Media (video campaigns). Paradox Catering supplied delicious food at receptions and parties along with numerous vendors managed by Salt Style and Events. Firefly Grip & Electric provided lighting for photography and signage.

Scheduling played an integral role, Watt said, and shifting away from the Halloween weekend proved beneficial for festival goers and filmmakers alike. The 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival, which expanded from four to eight days, alternated programming between Midtown sponsor venues Malco Studio on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and Hattiloo theatre and the new Halloran Centre was added as the feature Downtown site to further heighten awareness and accessibility of the event. Over 120 films were featured including nine blocks curated by shorts programmer Brighid Wheeler.

A new ticketing system provided by sponsor Eventive led to a more accurate picture of how many seats were available, Watt said, and allowed pass holders to reserve seats online for specific films. And Memphis Music was prominently featured, with live performances by local artists taking place before each screening, curated by John Miller at Shangri-La Records.

The IndieGrants program to fund Memphis short films will continue in 2016 along with the festival call-for-entries announcing in March. Over $21,000 of grants and prizes was awarded in cash and services to filmmakers in 2015.

“We’re going to build on the success and feedback from last year to continually improve the festival experience going into this year.” Watt said

Starz Digital joins Indie Memphis as Spotlight Sponsor

Indie Memphis is excited to announce Starz Digital, the global digital and on- demand licensing and content syndication arm of Starz, as a Spotlight Sponsor for the 18th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan Williams Inc., and taking place November 3rd – 10th, 2015.

In addition to sponsorship, Starz Digital expects to host between 15 - 30 of its digital distribution partners, which is expected to include representatives from digital retailers in the online, cable and mobile space.

“Starz Digital is pleased to announce sponsorship support for the Indie Memphis Film Festival,” said Mara Winokur, SVP, Digital at Starz. “Our group has shown the film community that we are ‘indie-friendly,’ providing a high-quality home for their movies. We are delighted to continue our collaboration with independent film makers by showcasing this event to our partners and consumers alike.”

"We are thrilled that Starz Digital chose to join Indie Memphis as a Spotlight Sponsor and host guests in our city," says Ryan Watt, Interim Executive Director of Indie Memphis. "Sponsor support is critical to the success of our festival, Starz Digital will have a significant presence at the event, joining presenting sponsor Duncan Williams Inc. It means so much to have an industry leader in digital media endorse what we are doing at Indie Memphis."

About Starz Digital:

Starz Digital is a leading distributor of digital and on-demand content. Starz Digital distributes original programming content (Starz and AMC), feature films (The Weinstein Company, Starz Digital, Anchor Bay Films), anime (Manga Entertainment) and other filmed entertainment utilizing various business models including download-to-own/electronic sell-through, video-on-demand, pay-per-view, subscription video-on-demand and ad-supported streaming. Starz Digital also programs and supports numerous ad-supported broadband channels and develops games, applications and other related content from many of its properties for distribution worldwide. Starz Digital is a Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) business, www.starz.com.

About Indie Memphis:

Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on- going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis

is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. The 18th Annual 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival will take place November 3rd - 10th.

Sponsorships are available for the festival and specific films for both businesses and individuals. Contact [email protected] for more information. 

FERAL by Morgan Jon Fox: Sneak Peek

Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission are excited to present an exclusive sneak peek of filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox's new digital series FERAL

Monday June 29th, 7:30pm at Malco Paradiso

- Sponsored by Craig & Jodi Brewer, Outflix Film Festival, Malco Theaters and Rebecca Adelman. -

- Supported by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis -

The event will feature the first two episodes of the series on the big-screen at Malco Paradiso, with live music and Q&A with Morgan, cast and crew.

$15 Tickets are available to the public for this special event HERE

Indie Memphis members receive a $2 discount code by email

FERAL is an episodic series written/directed/created by Morgan Jon Fox
for Gaius Digital, a new web-based subscription model platform for LGBT content. Season 1 is comprised of 8 Episodes filmed entirely in Memphis, TN & it’s surrounding landscape with an all Memphis cast and crew. The series will premiere in July of 2015. 

Named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine (2009), Morgan Jon Fox is a Memphis-based filmmaker/producer who has directed 4 features which have screened at over 50 film festivals world wide, and have been honored with over 15 best of festival awards.

His debut film, Blue Citrus Hearts was named “One of the top 20 films of 2003′′ by The Chicago Reader, and his 2009 feature, OMG/HaHaHa, took a record breaking 6 awards at the Indie Memphis Film Fest, as well as Best Feature honors from Chicago’s 27th Annual LGBT Film Fest, and “Best of Fest“ selection for NewFest, New York, and was referred to as “The Voice of The Youtube Generation” by Filmmaker Magazine. In 2011, his documentary This Is What Love In Action Looks Like won numerous Audience and Jury festival awards.

He associate produced MEMPHIS (dir. Tim Sutton, Sundance 2014), and a slate of projects for Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), including several music videos and the feature length documentary INDIE ORIGINS (2013, BR2). Fox also served as assistant director and editor for Brewer’s MTV web & tv series, $5 COVER, which launched at Sundance in 2009, for which he was nominated as "best editor" at the 2009 Streamy Awards. 

About Indie Memphis: Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. The 18th Annual 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival will take place November 3rd - 10th. 

Variety of Subjects Net Awards at Indie Memphis Film Festival

Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Josephine Decker’s erotic thriller featuring love, death, guns, goats, a farmer, his daughter and the secrets they no longer succeed in keeping, won the Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award, while Sarah Fleming and GB Shannon were  the $4,500 IndieGrant recipients announced tonight at the Indie Memphis Film Festival Awards event at the Playhouse on the Square.

The four-day film festival concludes Sunday evening.

Fleming’s film, Carbike, concerns an Asian couple that takes a picturesque journey through the  Memphis landscape in a carbike. Shannon’s work, Broke Dick Dog, is about a sex addicted comic book artist who comes home for his mother’s funeral to discover that he and has two brothers by a father that they’ve never met.

The Brewer Award was created last year to recognize first features that exemplify the DIY indie spirit of The Poor & Hungry, the feature debut of the Memphis filmmaker who the award is named for.

Winners of the Hometowner Awards, presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and  Television Commission were:

  • Best Hometowner Feature Film (narrative or documentary), sponsored by Senator and Mars Mark Norris: Pharaohs of Memphis, directed by Phoebe Driscoll
     
  • Best Hometowner Documentary Short Film - sponsored by the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts: Jim Dickinson: The Man Behind the Console, directed by Robert Allen Parker & Nan Hackman
     

  • Best Hometowner Narrative Short Film, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. O'Farrell Shoemaker: Snack Time, directed by Will Bryson.

For a complete list of award winners and IndieGrant recipients, click here.

The IndieGrants have a total of $10,000 in grants. The Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award, Best Narrative Feature, and Best Documentary Feature all include $1,000 cash awards.

Other monetary presentations include $500 each for Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short while the Best Hometowner Feature includes a $1,000 cash award. The best Hometowner narrative short and Hometowner documentary short each win $500.

Before the 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival ends tomorrow night, more than 50 narrative and documentary features will be shown along with more than 100 narrative shorts, documentary shorts, animated features and experimental films at four different venues, all at Overton Square in Memphis’ Midtown area.

The festival has increased its presence with the inclusion of the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, which this summer celebrated its grand opening. Hattiloo joins Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square as venues this year.

Nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society the event will again be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in 10 states, which has been presenting sponsor since 2011.

Four-Day Indie Memphis Film Festival Begins Thursday at Four Different Venues

The 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will open Thursday evening with five films, including Gabriel, starring Rory Culkin, who will be in attendance for the screening, and Pharaohs of Memphis which takes a look at jookin’, a style of dance that originated in Memphis in the 1980s.

Gabriel is the story of a troubled young man who searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit. The Closing Night Film on November 2 is Low Down, a look at the life of pianist Joe Albany as he contends with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene. The film stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Taryn Manning and Glenn Close.

Before the four-day festival ends on Sunday night, more than 50 narrative and documentary features will be shown along with more than 100 narrative shorts, documentary shorts, animated features and experimental films at four different venues, all at Overton Square in Memphis’ Midtown area.

Festival Passes and Standby Cards are still available and can be purchased on-line at www.IndieMemphis.com. Priority Tickets for individual films available online through Wednesday, Oct. 29, and will then be available at the venues where the films will be show beginning Thursday.

 The festival has increased its presence with the inclusion of the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, which this summer celebrated its grand opening. Hattiloo joins Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square as venues this year.

Last year’s festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event for the second consecutive year, and more than 12,000 are anticipated for this year’s event.

Nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society the event will again be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in10 states, which has been presenting sponsor since 2011.

Part of the appeal of the festival is the opportunity for attendees to hear from filmmakers, actors, and documentary film subjects during question and answer sessions after the showing of the films. Appearances this year will include Culkin and Lou Howe, director of Gabriel; William Gate and Arthur Agee, the focus of the classic Hoop Dreams; Mark Landis, subject of Art & Craft; and director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters of Heathers.

Art & Craft tells the story of Landis, of one of the most prolific art forgers in US history, as he is exposed and must confront the legacy of his 30-year career. An exhibition of  his work will be on display at the Jay Etkin Gallery at 942 Cooper, with a reception at 7 pm on Saturday, November 1.

A complete list of films and visiting filmmakers can be found on the Indie Memphis website (indiememphis.com) along with the festival’s complete schedule, ticket information, details on panels, conversations, parties, receptions, special events and brief a description of each film.

A special Halloween event will be a midnight screening of a newly restored and re-mastered classic, Halloween, John Carpenter’s landmark with Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut role. Anyone who's ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story by Michael Myers.

Hoop Dreams, the acclaimed 1994 basketball documentary, will be screened as part of a special 20th anniversary screening at 5 p.m. Sunday at the new Hattiloo Theatre.

Also of special interest will be a gala screening of Heathers. It will be the 25th anniversary screening of the 1988 dark comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Director Michael Lehmann and screenwriter Daniel Waters are scheduled to attend and participate in a question and answer session following the screening.

The Imitation Game, staring Benedict Cumberbatch, details the cracking of the German’s Enigma code by the British during World War II, will be shown Saturday at 9:30 pm. Although it has not yet been released in theaters, the film already is receiving Academy Award attention.

Complete List of Features, Documentaries Announced For This Month’s Indie Memphis Film Festival

A diverse assortment of subjects that range from Abraham Lincoln's childhood to an account of a legendary art forger are included on the list of films announced tonight for this year’s 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival to be held October 30 through November 2 at four different venues in the Overton Square area.

The announcement of the headline features and local films to be shown was made by noted Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer during Indie Memphis’ third annual preview party, which this year was held at High Cotton Brewing Company.

The festival’s official Opening Night Film on October 30 will be Gabriel, the story of a troubled young man, played by Rory Culkin, who searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit. The film is directed by Lou Howe, who is scheduled to attend along with Cuklin.

The festival's Closing Night Film on November 2 is Low Down, a look at the life of pianist Joe Albany as he contends with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene. The film stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Taryn Manning, Glenn Close.

A special Halloween event will be a midnight screening of a newly restored and re-mastered classic, Halloween, John Carpenter’s landmark with Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut role. Anyone who's ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story by Michael Myers.

Also of special interest will be a gala screening of Heathers. It will be the 25th anniversary screening of the 1988 dark comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Director Michael Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters are scheduled to attend and participate in a question and answer session following the screening.

The festival lineup includes more than 45 narrative features and documentaries currently on the festival circuit. Click here for the complete list. This year’s festival again will be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. The Memphis-based investment firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

Another film of note is Art & Craft which tells the story of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in US history, as he is exposed and must confront the legacy of his 30-year career. Landis is scheduled to attend the screening and participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

The film about Lincoln’s childhood is The Better Angels.  It tells of Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality. It is directed by A.J. Edwards and produced by Terrence Malick.

The acclaimed 1994 basketball documentary Hoop Dreams will be screened as part of a special 20th anniversary screening. The film’s producer and cinematographer Peter Gilbert will be in attendance with two of the films’ subjects: Arthur Agee and his mother Sheila Agee, who is featured prominently in the film. The screening will take place on Sunday, November 2 at the new Hattiloo Theatre.

Other highlights include The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game; and Sony Picture Classics' Whiplash.

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who was in Sherlock and last year’s Indie Memphis’ widely discussed August: Osage County.  Cumberbatch plays English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II.

Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Divergent and Brewer's Footloose) as a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.

The preview party was produced by Memphis writer, producer and actress Savannah Bearden (The Break-up Show). Brewer, whose movie Hustle & Flow attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, is president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career.

With a focus on regional filmmaking from all parts of the country, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from across the country, creating a hub of cross-pollination for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – all of which received Academy Award nominations.

Indie Memphis to Reveal Headline Films For 2014 Festival at Preview Party October 2

The headline features and local films to be shown at this year’s 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be announced during the organization’s preview party on Thursday, October 2.

The party will be hosted by High Cotton Brewing Company at their Monroe Taproom, 598 Monroe Ave., from 7 pm to 9 pm. The party is being produced by Memphis writer, producer and actress Savannah Bearden (“The Break-up Show”) and will have a circus theme showcasing local performers, as well as trailers from the most anticipated festival features.

The festival’s competition lineup, which will include more than 20 narrative features and documentaries currently on the festival circuit, will be announced this month. This year’s festival again will be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. The Memphis-based investment firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

Admission to the Preview Party is free for Indie Memphis members. Those wishing to attend can become a member by purchasing a $50 membership which comes with a “Standby Card” to this year’s film festival. Priority Passes and Festival Passes also come with annual Indie Memphis memberships included, and are available at a discount through October 2.

Membership perks include free admission to Southern Circuit Film Series screenings as well as other year-round benefits. Standby Cards, Priority Passes and Festival Passes are available on the festival website at www.IndieMemphis.com and at the Preview Party door.

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine, will increase its presence in Midtown’s Overton Square district by including the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, which celebrated its grand opening this summer.

Hattiloo will join other Overton Square theaters, including Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square, as venues for films shown during the festival.

Last year’s festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event for the second consecutive year, and more than 12,000 are anticipated for this year’s event.

With a focus on regional filmmaking from all parts of the country, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from across the country, creating a hub of cross-pollination for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – all of which received Academy Award nominations.

Indie Memphis to Offer Grants Totaling $10,000 To Area Filmmakers for Locally Made Work

In an effort to help Memphis filmmakers make more films, Indie Memphis will offer $10,000 worth of grants to help narrative short film projects get from the page, into production, and onto the screen.

In making the announcement today, Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said, “We’re excited that funding came together to allow us to award four ‘IndieGrants’ this fall – two $4,500 production grants and two $500 production grants.”

Filmmakers living in Shelby County (Tennessee), DeSoto County (Mississippi), and/or Crittenden County (Arkansas) are eligible to apply for IndieGrant funds.

Jambor said that all production must also take place in Shelby, DeSoto and/or Crittenden counties and be able to be completed by August 1, 2015.

Applications materials will be available on August 1, 2014, and are due on September 1.

Jambor said the application will be simple. Entrants will be asked for a synopsis, budget, and samples of past work. Cast and crew bios may also be provided, but will not be required. 

To make funds more accessible for filmmakers who are just starting out, applicants for the $500 IndieGrants are not required to submit samples of past work. 

The grants review committee will be composed of out-of-town industry professionals, and will be announced soon. Grant recipients will be announced at on November 1, 2014 at the Indie Memphis Film Festival awards show.

Additional information about IndieGrants can be found on the Indie Memphis website at www.indiememphis.com/indiegrants

Indie Memphis Joins Film Festival Collective

Indie Memphis will participate in a partnership with the Film Festival Collective that will allow Xfinity On Demand to air short films and other quality content from film festivals in the Southeastern United States.

The program will span nine states and be available to millions of Xfinity customers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Filmmakers who participated in past years of the event will work with the organization to lend their works to the On Demand collection for a limited time. Indie Memphis will leave its mark on the Collective with its programming, personality and expertise.

“We’re flattered and proud to be a part of the Film Festival Collective,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. “Our fans and supporters will have the opportunity to revisit favorite movies from past events, and our filmmakers will be able to reach a new audience.” 

Films from the festival to be included in the Collective will stretch across genre lines including animation, comedy, documentary, drama, horror, sci-fi, music videos, and beyond.

Indie Memphis Film Festival selections currently available include: Brother (directed by Sari Rodrig), Grand Fugue on the Art of Gumbo (directed by Gideon C. Kennedy), Light Plate (directed by Josh Gibson), Jack's Not Sick Anymore (directed by Chloe Domont), and A Night at the Office (directed by Eric Eppinger).

All Film Festival Collective content will be available at no additional cost to XFINITY subscribers within the region. The program is available on both the original Comcast On Demand platform as well as the new X1 platform. With X1, subscribers can access content using voice commands on their smart phone X1 remote control app.

"Comcast has a proud tradition of supporting the arts in our communities, and we are fortunate to offer products that are capable of bringing them closer to our customers," said Walker Anderson, Head of Partnership Marketing in the Comcast Big South Region. "The combination of the Festival Collective program and our new X1 Entertainment Operating System represents an enormous push forward in our ability to leverage the scale and diversity of content and sources for the enjoyment of the partners and customers we serve."

For more information about the Film Festival Collective, visit www.filmfestivalcollective.com. For more information about Xfinity/Comcast Cable, visit www.comcast.com

Indie Memphis’ 7-Date Concert Film Series Will Open Friday, July 25 at Levitt Shell

The fourth season of Indie Memphis’ popular free summer Concert Film Series featuring a wide range of music at the Levitt Shell will begin July 25 with the historic 1958 Newport Jazz festival and end September 5 with the award-winning documentary Meanwhile in Memphis.

In between those two nights there will be classic performances by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Sigur Rós, and Isaac Hayes, among others. Admission to all the screenings will be free and begin at dusk. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The 2014 series is presented by Orion Federal Credit Union and made possible in part through grants provided by ArtsMemphis and others.

In addition to the series finale, additional local flavor will come August 29 with the showing of the 1972 concert film Wattstax music festival and the African-American community of Watts in Los Angeles. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Documentary Film in 1974.

Wikipedia reports, “The concert was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 20, 1972, and organized by Memphis’ Stax Records to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots. Wattstax was seen by some as "the Afro-American answer to Woodstock.” To enable as many members of the black community in LA to attend as possible, tickets were sold for only $1.00 each. The Reverend Jesse Jackson gave the invocation, which included Reverend William H. Borders, Sr.'s poem “I Am Somebody.”

This summer’s complete schedule:

•    Friday, July 25 – Jazz on a Summer’s Day. Filmed at the 1958 Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island, this easygoing documentary affords an intimate, atmospheric glimpse of a historically significant musical event. Performing at the festival were jazz heavyweights such as Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, Thelonious Monk, Mahalia Jackson, Dinah Washington, Gerry Mulligan and Anita O'Day.

•    Friday, August 1 – Billy Joel: 1960s – 1990s (Shelley Archives). The screening includes clips from Billy Joel’s concerts, television, and studio rehearsals. Songs include “Piano Man,” “New York State of Mind,” “The Entertainer,” “Honesty,” “The Stranger,” “She’s Always a Woman to Me,”  “You May Be Right,” “Big Shot,” “Allen Town,” and “River of Dreams.”

•    Friday, August 8 – Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains the Same. Led Zeppelin storms Madison Square Garden in this collection of footage taken from their legendary performances at the New York venue in 1973. Songs performed in this swirl of sound and vision includes “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

•    Friday, August 15 – Sigur Rós: Inni. Featuring ethereal Icelandic band Sigur Rós onstage in 2008 performing songs from each of their hit albums, this ghostly concert film weaves trippy imagery and the group's mesmerizing sound into an unforgettable musical experience.

•    Friday, August 22 – Fleetwood Mac (Shelley Archives). This program offers live concert footage from Japan, Europe, and America as well as television appearances. Among the songs in the show are “Black Magic Woman,” “Rhiannon,” “Go Your Own Way,” “You Make Loving Fun,”  “Don’t Stop,” “Gypsy,” “Tusk,” “Say You Love Me,” “Little Lies,” and “Sara.”

•    Friday, August 29 – Wattstax. This film documents the 1972 Los Angeles concert that came to be known as “The Black Woodstock.” Performers include the Bar-Kays, the Staple Singers, Albert King, Isaac Hayes, and Richard Pryor.

•    Friday, September 5 – Meanwhile in Memphis: The Sound of a Revolution. The award-winning music documentary from the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival featuring maverick bluff city DIY musicians from 1978 to present day, including Jim Dickinson, Alex Chilton, the Oblivians, the Grifters, Al Kapone, the North Mississippi Allstars, Jay Reatard, Jack O, The Reigning Sound, and Tav Falco.

For additional information about the Concert Film Series, please click here.

Indie Memphis to Screen 50th Anniversary Restoration of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night on July 9

On Wednesday, July 9, Indie Memphis will present the new 50th anniversary restoration of The Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night in collaboration with The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter.

The one-night-only screening takes place on Wednesday, July 9 at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square, with showings at 7:00 pm and 9:15 pm.

Tickets are available in advance at www.indiememphis.com/beatles beginning Friday, June 6 at 10 am for $8 each. Indie Memphis members and members of The Recording Academy can purchase their tickets for $6.

“In February, our organization produced ‘The Beatles: The Night That Changed America–A GRAMMY® Salute,’ which aired exactly 50 years to the day, date, and time of the Beatles’ groundbreaking debut on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ said Jon Hornyak, Sr. Executive Director of The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter. “Now the Memphis Chapter is pleased to collaborate with Indie Memphis to bring the 50th anniversary release of a new restoration of the groundbreaking film A Hard Day’s Night to our city.”

Directed with raucous, anything-goes verve by Richard Lester, A Hard Day’s Night, in which John, Paul, George and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, captured the astonishing moment when they officially became the singular, irreverent idols of their generation and changed music forever. Featuring a slew of iconic pop anthems, including the title track, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Should Have Known Better,” and “If I Fell,” A Hard Day’s Night, which re-conceived the movie musical and exerted an incalculable influence on the music video, is one of the most deliriously entertaining movies of all time.

Working from the original camera negative, Criterion’s tech department spent the last several months restoring the film in 4K resolution, taking great care to make sure that the image retained the look of the original film stock. The final master was approved by director Richard Lester, and will be presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.75. The film’s new 5.1 mix was completed at Apple Studios by Giles Martin, giving an extra depth and clarity to the songs that is simply stunning.

MovieMaker Magazine Again Names Indie Memphis to Its Top 50

For the second consecutive year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which will mark its 17th anniversary this fall, has been named to MovieMaker magazine’s 2014 list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” 

The full list will appear in its spring issue, which will be on newsstands April 22.  The magazine plans to reveal the list in installments on MovieMaker.com during the next few weeks. 

For more than a decade, MovieMaker has compiled its annual guide for aspiring independent filmmakers who hope to have their work seen by a number of festival audiences while remaining as economical as possible – a process integral to the essence of independent filmmaking.  Last year, the magazine expanded its list from 25 to 50 festivals in “order to encompass a more diverse range of fest locations.” 

The Indie Memphis Film Festival has also been included as one on the magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009.

Indie Memphis has set October 30 through November 2 as the date for the 2014 festival.

The event, which will mark its 17th anniversary this year, will expand its footprint with the addition of the new Hattiloo Theatre, scheduled to open in mid-summer. An important addition to Midtown’s Overton Square area, the Hattiloo will join Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square as screening venues for the films. 

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Memphis, will continue its role as presenting sponsor.

 MovieMaker says it shifted “through more than 5,000 film festivals around the world, and took into account factors such as each festival’s history, prizes, judging panel and audience, the subsequent success of its alumni, and, of course, submission fees. These competitive criteria give the best festivals value that goes beyond just the numbers.”

Indie Memphis is a non-profit organization that brings diverse year-round film programs to the Mid-South

Indie Memphis Film Festival sponsorships are now available. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams, Inc. and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected] or by calling (901) 888-4128.

Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts Join Forces to Offer New Filmmaking Forum and Re-Launch of Screening Series

Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts next month will provide new opportunities for the Memphis-area filmmakers and film lovers by offering two programs – one new and the other a revival of another.

Both programs will be held at Crosstown Arts, 430 North Cleveland.

Shoot & Splice is a new monthly filmmaking forum exploring a variety of technical and creative topics related to film production. The first will be offered Tuesday, April 8. 

The forum will also provide networking opportunities among attendees and speakers.

The initial program will be presented by Erik Morrison of LensRentals, one of the largest and most successful equipment rental services in the country. Morrison will present “Choosing the Right Equipment for Any Job” and will include hands-on equipment demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. 

The program will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for networking.

MicroCinema Club, a revival of a monthly short film screening series offered by Indie Memphis from 2004 to 2009, makes its return thanks in part to support provided by ArtsFirst, the First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis. The first screening, Burning Bungalows, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24.  Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. 

Burning Bungalows brings new and unseen experimental film and animation from Los Angeles. Filmmakers Abby Banks, Alee Peoples, and Cosmo Segurson will present. With a handmade mix of animation and live action on video, super 8, 16mm and 35mm slides the filmmakers covered all the bases for an eclectic hour and 15 minutes. 

MicroCinema Club was a monthly screening series which, for five years, brought short films from around the world to Memphis. With the August 2009 closing of Power House Memphis, the series was put on hold.

Future screenings will include the “Rural Route Film Festival Tour.”

LensRentals.com was founded in 2006 by a Memphis- based anesthesiologist, as a hobby, so he could try out camera equipment before he bought it. During the next eight years,  LensRentals has become one of the largest and most successful online rental houses with more than 50 employees fulfilling thousands of orders every week.

Morrison has been a video technician at LensRentals for four years. His days are filled with testing video gear, helping people figure out what they need for their shoot, and answering any questions they might have.

Future topics will include “After Effects” and “Digital Media Production for Live Events.”

Filmmaker Craig Brewer elected president of Indie Memphis board

Filmmaker Craig Brewer. Photo by Jamie Harmon.

Memphis screenwriter and film director Craig Brewer, whose movie Hustle & Flow attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, has been elected president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career.

Brewer’s term as president is for two years. This is his third year on the board.

“The Indie Memphis Film Festival is where my career began. More importantly, it’s where I’ve met all of my closest friends,” Brewer said. “Over the years, that close circle of movie lovers and filmmakers has grown into one of the most engaging and entertaining events of the year. I am honored to be president of a organization that has been my passion for more than a decade.”

Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which offers diverse year-round programming highlighted by its annual film festival. The 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., will be held October 30 to November 2.

Other newly elected officers of the board are Kerry Hayes, vice-president; Erin Freeman, secretary; and Les Edwards, treasurer. Iddo Patt remains on the board as immediate past president.  The board also includes Mark Furr, Adam Hohenberg, Dorothy Kirsch, Gary Lendermon, Kevin Mireles, Jason Wexler, Pat Mitchell Worley.  Two new board members are Ward Archer and Alison England.

Last year’s festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event for the second consecutive year, with a total of 10,035.

With a focus on regional filmmaking from all parts of the country, the Indie Memphis Film Festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from across the country, transforming the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences.

Festival sponsorships are now available. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected] or by calling (901) 888-4128

About Indie Memphis

Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.  For additional information, or for details about Indie Memphis membership, please visit www.indiememphis.com.

At SXSW? Experience the influence of Memphis' rich musical history

The unique sounds and rhythms of Memphis have had an enormous impact on the film and music industries and garnered countless fans across the globe. Beginning today, South by Southwest attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy events that showcase this iconic Southern city. Highlights include a special presentation featuring music legends, stars of today and even some great new up-and-coming talent, an in-depth panel discussion chronicling the history of Memphis music and its long-lasting cultural effects, and a documentary that examines how the diversity of Memphis music bridged racial, gender and generational divides.


Tuesday, March 11

Take Me to the River - documentary film

TAKE ME TO THE RIVER is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday. 
Location: Topfer Theatre at ZACH / 4:30 pm - 6:05 pm

 

Friday, March 14

Memphis Means Music session

Hear the Memphis story from the mouths of the people who have created it and continue the legacy of excellence. Al Bell (former Stax records owner), William Bell (Stax legend), Frayser Boy (Memphis hip-hop artist), Cody Dickinson (producer and member of North Mississippi All-Stars), Robert Gordon (noted music historian and author, and co-director of the documentary feature JOHNNY CASH'S AMERICA), Booker T Jones (songwriter and band leader of Booker T. and the MGs), Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell (producer and owner of famed Royal Studios), and Martin Shore (documentarian and creator of TAKE ME TO THE RIVER) will discuss the songs and artists of yesterday and today that have inspired and influenced so much of the world's popular music. 
Location: Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABC / 12:30 pm

 

Saturday, March 15

Take Me to the River - second screening

Location: Paramount Theatre / 11:00 am - 12:35 pm 

 

Saturday, March 15

Take Me to the River - music showcase

Experience an afternoon with the sounds of Memphis soul legends with stars of today. The lineup includes William Bell, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, and Booker T. Jones. Hi Rhythm, the studio band who recorded 27 gold and platinum records in a row for Memphis greats such as Al Green and Ann Peebles, will be the house band. Expect appearances from Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads), the North Mississippi All-Stars, blues veterans Charlie Musslewhite and Bobby Rush, Ben Cauley and the Royal Horns of Memphis, soul singer Big Baby and rappers Snoop Dogg, P-Nut, Al Kapone and Frayser Boy.
Location: Outdoor Stage at Butler Park 2:45 pm - 4:45 pm

The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Butler Park is open to the public with free Guest Pass wristbands, available in advance or on-site at the event. See SXSW Guest Pass site for more information.

Indie Memphis to Screen Three Films As Part of Memphis Fashion Week

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, March 5, 2014 – Indie Memphis, the organization that presents the Indie Memphis Film Festival each fall, will help celebrate Memphis Fashion Week by screening three fashion-industry-related films on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in March.

The trio of films, which focus on three different aspects of the fashion industry – modeling, design and photography – are:

March 11Girl Model. Followed by a Q&A with AMAX Talent agents and models.

March 18Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

March 25Bill Cunningham New York.

All three films will be shown at 7 pm at Malco’s Studio on the Square.

Memphis Fashion Week, which will run from March 24 to March 29, was established to provide an outlet for Memphis and national designers to present their spring and summer collections at venues that showcase Memphis’ character and charm. The week will include kick off parties, boutique events and runway shows.

The ticket price for each film is $7 with a special three-film package available for $15. There will be no admission charge for Indie Memphis members or for Fashion Week ticket holders.

The film Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a13-year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism contrasted against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is an exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston.  Using archival footage of and interviews about fashion designer and icon Halston (1932-1990), Whitney Smith looks at the 1970s in Manhattan. Smith is interested in the parties and the excess, which contrast with Halston's minimalist lines. There is a rough chronology for Halston: from milliner to couture to an unsuccessful attempt to bring his designs to the customers of J.C. Penney. The principal focus is on the world of Studio 54 and Halston's part in it.

Bill Cunningham New York concerns the 80-plus New York Times photographer. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist who inventively chronicled fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown and downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Indie Memphis will hold its 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival on Halloween weekend -- October 30 through November 2.  The event will enlarge its presence in Midtown’s Overton Square district by including the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, scheduled to open in mid-summer.

The Hattiloo will join other Overton Square theaters, including Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square, as venues for films shown during the festival.

 

About Memphis Fashion Week

Memphis Fashion Week is about cultivating and celebrating local and regional fashion through designers, photographers, models and boutiques. Proceeds from official events benefit The Memphis Fashion Fund and The Emerging Memphis Designer Project. MFW is the only event in Memphis bringing together stylists, designers, photographers and models to showcase local talent.

The Memphis Fashion Fund is a grant program created to support and cultivate local designers and artists in the fashion industry.  The Memphis Fashion Fund is responsible for the Emerging Memphis Designer Project and works with local organizations to create opportunities and training for these designers.