New Senior Programmer - Miriam Bale

The Indie Memphis Film Festival announces Miriam Bale to join the film festival as its Senior Programmer

Call for Entries for 21st edition (November 1-5, 2018)is also announced

Memphis, TN (January 11, 2018) – The Indie Memphis Film Festival today announced that journalist and film programmer Miriam Bale has been hired to be the film festival’s Senior Programmer. Indie Memphis also seized the occasion to announce the festival will start accepting submissions on Monday, January 15, for its 21st edition, which will take place November 1-5, 2018.

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Indie Memphis Executive Director, Ryan Watt, said, "We are ecstatic to have Miriam Bale join our Indie Memphis team and lead the programming for the 21st edition of our festival. When she attended on our jury last year, it was clear that her eye for talent and enthusiasm for our film community was a perfect fit to curate our program. She has long established herself as a film journalist with a shrewd eye for the art of film and she championed independent filmmakers by founding the La Di Da Film Festival. Miriam will join our wonderful shorts programmer Brighid Wheeler to form a women-led programming team focused on finding the most daring new personal filmmaking."

Bale added, "I am thrilled and honored to join a festival I'd heard described by filmmakers as one of the best American film festivals. After attending last year, I could see they were right. This is thanks to the great organization led by Ryan Watt and the fantastic, sometimes even subversive, programming by Brighid Wheeler and Brandon Harris. I feel lucky to be able to begin with this strong foundation and have a chance to add to it by, for instance, expanding to a more international scope. It's also a joy to be working with the residents and legacy of Memphis, a majority black city that was and is home to some of the greatest American artists."

Bale will fill the slot vacated at the end of last year’s record breaking 20th Anniversary film festival by Brandon Harris, who left to join Amazon Studios as a development executive, while taking a spot on Indie Memphis’s Advisory Board.

Bale has written on film for New York magazine, the New York Times, The New Republic, Indiewire, Sight and Sound, W Magazine, Film Comment, Filmmaker and many other publications. She was the first black woman to review films regularly for the New York Times. She has organized film programs at Anthology Film Archives, BAMCinématek, Film Society of Lincoln Center, the 92Y, Yerba Buena Arts Center, and Flaherty NYC. Bale was the founding director of the La Di Da Film Festival in New York. Before working in film, she organized education programs at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and was a music industry talent scout in London.

Indie Memphis brings a range of independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the world. In recent years, the festival has expanded to include gala screenings in seven venues across Memphis. The weekend portion of the festival continues with a block party in Midtown, the city's cultural and creative center, with all venues a few steps away, creating an accessible community-friendly atmosphere unique on the festival circuit.

The 2017 festival attracted a record-setting attendance for over 200 films including features, shorts and music videos. Highlights included the World Premiere of THOM PAIN presented with Rainn Wilson, the MLK50 series commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abel Ferrara presenting a mini-retrospective of his work including the 25th anniversary of BAD LIEUTENANT, a double feature presented with Mark Webber of FLESH & BLOOD and WEAPONS, an eclectic program of hybrid and experimental films in our Departures category, and a plethora of music films, video and live music in our Sounds category including the new tribute concert film THANK YOU FRIENDS: BIG STAR'S THIRD LIVE... AND MORE presented with Big Star’s Jody Stephens.



Indie Memphis is seeking filmmakers around the world to submit their feature and short film projects through Film Freeway at

Deadlines for submissions are as follows:

·   January 15, 2018: Submissions open

·   March 19, 2018: Early-bird Deadline

·   May 19, 2018: Regular Deadline

·   July 9, 2018: Late Deadline

·   August 13, 2018: Extended Deadline

·   November 1-5, 2018: Festival dates

Audience and jury awards are presented across ALL categories. All official jury and audience winners receive custom award sculptures designed and produced by Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo.

Cash Awards include:
$1,000 - Best Narrative Feature
$1,000 - Duncan, Williams, Inc Scriptwriting Awards
$1,000 - Best Documentary Feature
$500 - Best Sounds Feature
$500 - Best Departures Feature
$500 - Best Narrative Short
$500 - Best Documentary Short
$1,000 - Best Hometowner Feature
$500 - Best Hometowner Narrative Short
$500 - Best Hometowner Documentary Short

Special Festival Awards:
Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award
Soul of Southern Film Award
Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award
The Indie Award

For additional information regarding Indie Memphis, please visit


The 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. announces full slate of films for 20th Anniversary edition (November 1-6). To view the entire schedule and purchase tickets click HERE.

 Oliver Butler and Will Eno’s THOM PAIN will make its World Premiere Opening Night with Rainn Wilson in attendance while Lynn Sachs’s TIP OF MY TONGUE is the Closing Night choice

 Abel Ferrara comes to Memphis for a special salute including the International Premiere of ALIVE IN FRANCE, anniversary screenings of his films BAD LIEUTENANT and THE BLACKOUT and performances with his band, Flyz, while Mark Webber will attend a double feature of his films, FLESH AND BLOOD and WEAPONS – in a director’s cut of Adam Bhala Lough’s film not seen since its Sundance 2007 debut

 Indie Memphis’s Hometowner Competition features all World Premieres, including Anwar Jamison’s A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW, Chase Gustafson’s FINDING TOBEY, Laura Jean Hocking and Melissa Anderson Sweazy’s GOOD GRIEF, David Brian Guinle’s FURRY LEWIS & THE BOTTLENECK GUITAR STORY, Joanne Fish’s MR. HANDY’S BLUES, and Shelby Elwood’s TRANS*CEND: A JOURNEY FROM GENDER TO SELF

 Memphis, TN (Tuesday, September 26, 2017) – The Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., (November 1-6) has announced its full slate of films for the 20th edition of the annual festival this year. Oliver Butler and Will Eno’s THOM PAIN opens the festival, while Lynn Sachs’s TIP OF MY TONGUE is the Closing Night selection. In between those two films and among the competition films, are a special salute to Abel Ferrara, a MLK50 series honoring the slain Civil Rights leader, a special sneak peak at Craig Brewer’s new television series, a special sidebar of shorts featuring the work of filmmakers from Saudi Arabia, a music-filled block party, and a full slate of screenings featuring many of the most critically revered and popular films from this year’s film festival circuit.

Indie Memphis Executive Director Ryan Watt, said, “We felt a little more pressure for our 20th anniversary to present something special to the community and our loyal filmgoers – and our staff has really delivered. The festival features groundbreaking films that I believe Memphis has come to expect from us, along with some unique special events, premieres, and filmmaker appearances. Each year, we hope to inspire everyone in Memphis to block a week off from their schedule and immerse themselves in the very best independent cinema, awash with our local talent, and highlighted by the presence of amazing filmmakers from all over the world. This year's edition is not to be missed.”

Oliver Butler and Will Eno’s adaptation of Eno’s Pulitzer Prize finalist, THOM PAIN, offers Rainn Wilson (“The Office”) delivering, at Los Angeles's Geffen Playhouse, a spare yet blistering monologue as he rambles from one rousing observation to another with plenty of non-sequiturs along the way. Wilson, Eno and Butler are set to attend the screening. Lynne Sachs’s TIP OF MY TONGUE, finds the filmmaker marking her 50th birthday by gathering a group of her contemporaries for a weekend of recollection and reflection on the most life-altering personal, local, and international events of the past half-century.

Films selected for the Narrative Competition, include Trevor White’s A CROOKED SOMEBODY, Karl Jacobs’s COLD NOVEMBER, Caroline Golum’s A FEAST OF MAN, Mark Webber’s FLESH AND BLOOD, Anthony Onah’s THE PRICE, Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney’s SYLVIO, and Theodore Collatos’s TORMENTING THE HEN.

Documentary Competition selections include Kimi Takesue’s 95 AND 6 TO GO, Jeff Onay’s THE CAGE FIGHTER, Laura Stewart’s DRIFTING TOWARD THE CRESCENT, Landen Van Soest and Jeremy Levine’s FOR AHKEEM, Erik Nelson’s A GRAY STATE, Adam Bhala Lough’s THE NEW RADICAL, and Robin Berghaus’s STUMPED.

The Indie Memphis Hometowner Competition – all World Premieres – include Anwar Jamison’s A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW, Chase Gustafson’s FINDING TOBEY, Laura Jean Hocking and Melissa Anderson Sweazy’s GOOD GRIEF, David Brian Guinle’s FURRY LEWIS & THE BOTTLENECK GUITAR STORY, Joanne Fish’s MR. HANDY’S BLUES, and Shelby Elwood’s TRANS*CEND: A JOURNEY FROM GENDER TO SELF.

Among the tremendous list of special events are; indie film stalwart, Mark Webber attending a double feature of his film, FLESH AND BLOOD, and a 10TH Anniversary screening of Adam Bhala Lough’s Director’s Cut of WEAPONS, which has never been screened in the film’s intended form since its debut at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; a 40th Anniversary 4K presentation of Dario Argento’s classic SUSPIRIA; a special preview screening of the first four episodes of Craig Brewer’s new television series, The You Look Like Show, which features two comics facing off in an insult battle with only one rule, you gotta start with “You Look Like,” including a live show with the comedians in-person; a short film series featuring two attending Saudi filmmakers as part of the “Desert to Delta” cultural exchange in partnership with the University of Memphis; and the “Grizzlies Female Fan Experience” – a short film series featuring Memphis’s popular NBA franchise from a woman’s perspective.

It had been previously announced that legendary American independent director Abel Ferrara would come to Memphis for a special film salute including the 25th anniversary screening of his landmark police thriller BAD LIEUTENANT (1992), and a 20th anniversary screening of THE BLACKOUT (1997) with Q&As afterward with Ferrara, cinematographer Ken Kelsch, and editor Anthony Redman. However, now Indie Memphis has added the International Premiere of his film, ALIVE IN FRANCE, as well as a performance of his band, Flyz, following that screening, as well as at Hi Tone on Sunday, November 5. The band is made up of Abel's long time collaborators, the composer Joe Delia, actor/singer Paul Hipp and Abel's wife and actress Cristina Chiriac. His background singers "The Dirty Blondes" feature PJ Delia and Mia Babalis. 

Also previously announced, Indie Memphis and the National Civil Rights Museum will work together to present MLK50, a special program of films new and old which will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination in Memphis while addressing the various legacies, completed and still unfinished, of the Civil Rights icon's work. Indie Memphis will also host a block party from Nov. 3-5, closing off traffic along Cooper between Union and Monroe in Midtown. One of the highlights will be the Memphis premiere of THANK YOU, FRIENDS: BIG STAR’S THIRD LIVE… AND MORE, directed by Benno Nelson and featuring an all-star cast of musicians such as Robyn Hitchcock and members of R.E.M. and Wilco. The concert film will be shown on a large outdoor screen with Big Star’s Jody Stephens in attendance.

Passes are now on sale and information on the film festival can be found at Passholders are granted first access to film tickets beginning September 26th before they go on-sale to the general public on October 10th.

The 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival official selections include:


THOM PAIN                                                                           World Premiere

Directors: Oliver Butler & Will Eno

Country: USA, Running Time: 75min

Thom Pain is just like you, except worse. One night, he finds himself on a stage, in the dark, in a theatre. In the audience are people who, just like him, were born and will die. Thom is going to try to make sense of it all. He's going to try to save his life, to save their life, to save your life - in that order. A camera crew captures the night, as various forces align to produce a reckless and accidentally profound event.



TIP OF MY TONGUE                                                             Regional Premiere

Director: Lynne Sachs                                                           

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

To mark her 50th birthday, filmmaker Lynne Sachs gathers a group of her contemporaries—all New Yorkers but originally hailing from all corners of the globe—for a weekend of recollection and reflection on the most life-altering personal, local, and international events of the past half- century, creating what Sachs calls “a collective distillation of our times.” Interspersed with poetry and flashes of archival footage, this poignant reverie reveals how far beyond our control life is, and how far we can go despite this.



A CROOKED SOMEBODY                                                   Regional Premiere

Director: Trevor White

Country: USA, Running Time: 102 min

Michael Vaughn’s minister father always told him: Better to be an honest nobody than a crooked somebody. But intent on saving his floundering career as a spirit medium in the wake of a kidnapping, Michael attempts to make a name for himself as a TV psychic by solving the mystery behind a national scandal.


COLD NOVEMBER                                                               Regional Premiere

Director: Karl Jacobs

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

In rural middle America, 12-year-old Florence is eager to undergo the rite-of- passage of her first deer hunt. When Florence finds herself alone during a hunt, however, expectations dissolve into chaos as she must rely on her instinct and training to follow through with her decisions, pull herself together, and face becoming an adult.


A FEAST OF MAN                                                                 Tennessee Premiere

Director: Caroline Golum

Country: USA, Running Time: 81 min

When wealthy New York playboy Gallagher dies unexpectedly, his five closest friends are summoned to his country home for a viewing of his video will. Each one will become a millionaire overnight, if they can unanimously agree to consume his dead body.


FLESH AND BLOOD                                                            Regional Premiere

Director: Mark Webber

Country: USA, Running Time: 88 min

Director and actor Mark Webber explores family dynamics using his real family as this drama about a man returning home from prison who attempts to rebuild his life while living with his activist mother and Asperger’s stricken teenage brother in inner city Philadelphia. A dysfunctional family tree soon emerges whose every branch is not only broken but likely unrepairable.


THE PRICE                                                                             Tennessee Premiere

Director: Anthony Onah

Country: USA, Running Time: 92 min

Seyi, a bright young Nigerian-American working on Wall Street, must navigate the delicate balance of a dying father, a burgeoning romance with a white girlfriend, and dangerous new business opportunities. When his ambition pushes him into morally dubious waters, secrets threaten to erupt and shatter his world. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.


SYLVIO                                                                                   Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Kentucker Audley & Albert Birney

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

When a small-town gorilla joins a local TV program, some on-air mishaps threaten to shatter his identity, sending him on an adventure of self-discovery where reality and fantasy start to blend. Co-directed and starring Memphis’s own Kentucker Audley, who won the Indie Memphis grand jury prize with Open Five in 2010. A Factory 25 release.


TORMENTING THE HEN                                                      Tennessee Premiere

Director: Theodore Collatos

Country: USA, Running Time: 77 min

When playwright Claire is invited to set her latest political work at a rural theatre company, her fiancé Monica tags along for a much-needed vacation. Upon encountering Mutty, an enigmatic neighbor with a gross lack of social boundaries, Monica's hope for a quiet vacation, and perhaps her very sanity, are thrown into utter jeopardy.



95 AND 6 TO GO                                                                   Regional Premiere

Director: Kimi Takesue

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min

In this affectionate portrait, filmmaker Kimi Takesue finds an unlikely collaborator while visiting her grandfather Tom in Hawai’i. A recent widower in his 90s, Tom seems content to go about his daily routines until he shows surprising interest in his granddaughter’s screenplay. In alternately funny and poignant discussions, Kimi’s fictional love story – and Tom’s creative revisions – soon serve as a vehicle for his past memories of love and loss to surface.


THE CAGE FIGHTER                                                            Tennessee Premiere

Director: Jeff Onay

Country: USA, Running Time: 81 min

A blue-collar family man breaks the promise he’d made years ago to never fight again. Now forty years old, with a wife and four children who need him, Joe Carman risks everything—his marriage, his family, his health — to go back into the fighting cage and come to terms with his past.


DRIFTING TOWARD THE CRESCENT                               Regional Premiere

Director: Laura Stewart

Country: USA, Running Time: 83 min

As the Mississippi River flows past the towns of Keokuk, Iowa towards Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain, an antebellum history languishes in the air. Drifting Towards the Crescent is about the place on the Mississippi River, where the North begins to drift into the South. As the diesel barges ply the waters, the river no longer needs the towns, but the towns still need the river.



Directors: Landen Van Soest and Jeremy Levine

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min

Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail.


A GRAY STATE                                                                     Regional Premiere

Director: Erik Nelson

Country: USA, Running Time: 93 min

In 2010, David Crowley worked on a film about a future in which the government crushes civil liberties. When Crowley and his wife and child are found dead in 2014, conspiracy theorists speculate that they have been assassinated by the government.


THE NEW RADICAL                                                              Tennessee Premiere

Director: Adam Bhala Lough

Country: USA, Running Time: 116 min

Uncompromising millennial radicals from the United States and the United Kingdom attack the system through dangerous technological means, which evolves into a high-stakes game with world authorities in the midst of a dramatically changing political landscape. An Orchard release.


STUMPED                                                                              Regional Premiere

Director: Robin Berghaus

Country: USA, Running Time: 72 min

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser’s limbs are amputated, his life is derailed and he turns to stand-up comedy as a therapeutic and creative outlet. Meanwhile, a world-famous medical team is performing transplants that restore bodies to unprecedented levels. Despite grave risks, Will agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence.



BARRACUDA                                                                        Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Jason Cortland and Julia Halperin

Country: USA, Running Time: 101 min

In this unsettling thriller a mysterious English woman arrives in Texas, ostensibly to reconnect with her half sister, although her real motives may be to stake to her claim to her country music star father's musical legacy. An Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films release


FLOCK OF FOUR                                                                 Tennessee Premiere

Director: Gregory Caruso

Country: USA, Running Time: 87 min

Four young white men search for a legendary black jazz musician on Central Avenue, Los Angeles in 1959 and in the process learn about aspects of themselves and their society they weren’t aren’t quite prepared for.


A LIFE IN WAVES                                                                  Tennessee Premiere

Director: Brett Whitcomb

Country: USA, Running Time: 74 min

Before the synthesizer-driven score of "Stranger Things," and the multimedia robotics of Daft Punk, there was Suzanne Ciani, the five-time Grammy award nominated composer, electronic music pioneer, and neo-classical recording artist whose work has changed the male-dominated worlds of sound synthesis and computer music forever.


SIDEMEN                                                                                Tennessee Premiere

Director: Scott Rosenbaum

Country: USA, Running Time: 77 min

An intimate look at the lives and legacies of piano player Pinetop Perkins, drummer Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, all Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf sidemen. The film captures some of the last interviews and their final live performances together, before their deaths in 2011. An Abramorama Release.


THE GOLDEN AGE                                                               Regional Premiere

Director: Justin Connor

Country: USA, Running Time: 102 min

Allegedly inspired by true events and using a mélange of fiction and non-fiction techniques, director Justin Connor stars as Maya O’Malley, a notorious difficult recording artists who, after a string of incendiary remarks in the press, gets dropped from his music label, Aspect Records in the Fall of 2012, and seeks to claw his way back to relevance.



COMMON CARRIER                                                                         Regional Premiere

Director: James N. Kienitz-Wilkins

Country: USA, Running Time: 78 min

In this kaleidoscopic portrait of various New York artists, a screenwriter, an actor, an urban shaman, and the director himself contend with everyday annoyances like broken appliances, FedEx dealings, and a sick parrot as they struggle to fulfill their creative tasks. Amid densely layered sounds and images—with radio broadcasts from WNYC and Hot 97 drifting in and out—Common Carrier takes a heady look at the work of being a creator in an unforgiving town.


I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW I FEEL                                    Regional Premiere

Director: Su Friedrich

Country: USA, Running Time: 42 min

Su Friedrich has taken up the camera again in her ongoing quest to film the battleground of family life. Her mother Lore--who played the lead in The Ties That Bind (1984), a film about her experiences growing up in Germany during the Second World War--plays the lead again, this time kicking and protesting against being moved at the age of 94 from her home in Chicago to an “independent living” facility in New York.


OPUNTIA                                                                               Tennessee Premiere

Director: David Fenster

Country: USA, Running Time: 60 min

OPUNTIA is a 60-minute film essay centered on conquistador turned shamanic healer Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and his strange account of the New World. OPUNTIA follows de Vaca’s route from Florida to Texas to Chihuahua, tracing the physical markers of his journey and exploring history’s echoes and fictions encountered along the way. Through a mysterious alchemy, de Vaca’s spirit is called in to the prickly pear cacti, known scientifically as genus Opuntia. Together, de Vaca and cacti defy the weight of centuries and narrate a poetic meditation on colonialism, indigenous cultures, healing, death and mystical transformation.


RAT FILM                                                                               Tennessee Premiere

Director: Theo Anthony

Country: USA, Running Time: 82 min

Across walls, fences and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. RAT FILM is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of Baltimore. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it's always been a people problem."


TONSLER PARK                                                                   Tennessee Premiere

Director: Kevin Jerome Everson

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

This slow cinema portrait of the black staff members in the polling station at Tonsler Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, filmed during the US Presidential Election Day on 8 November 2016, observes rows voters pass as they hand out voting slips, the boredom of security members and the labor that democracy requires in Everson’s signature lugubrious, meditative style.



A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW                                           World Premiere

Director: Anwar Jamison

Country: USA, Running Time: 50 min

Filmmaker Anwar Jamison examines the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, its effects on the users and their families, and the consequences that often go unseen.


FINDING TOBEY                                                                   World Premiere

Director: Chase Gustafson

Country: USA, Running Time: 75 min

FINDING TOBEY details the history of the Memphis skateboarding scene, the people and the eventual construction of the city’s first public skate park.


GOOD GRIEF                                                                        World Premiere

Directosr: Laura Jean Hocking and Melissa Anderson Sweazy

Country: USA, Running Time: 53 min

The Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief helps children and teenagers who are suffering through the trauma of lost loved ones. This documentary tells the stories of clients and counsellors as they ask “What’s so good about grief?”



Director: David Brian Guinle

Country: USA, Running Time: 54 min

The story of how the slide guitar got to the Memphis/Delta region from Hawaii and the role Furry Lewis played in the evolution from the Hawaiian style to the bottleneck sound.



Director: Joanne Fish

Country: USA, Running Time: 60 min

Ten years in the making, Joanne Fish’s hour long documentary about W.C. Handy, known as The Father of the Blues, takes you into the often unrecognized career of one of greatest songwriters America ever produced.



Director: Shelby Elwood

Country: USA, Running Time: 65 min

Transgender/Nonbinary residents of Memphis, TN share their struggles against familial, cultural, and legislative oppression as they seek gender authenticity in this documentary feature, narrated by the filmmaker.



ABUNDANT ACREAGE AVAILABLE                                  Regional Premiere

Director: Angus MacLachlan

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

North Carolina tobacco farmers Jesse and Tracy Ledbetter (Terry Kinney and Amy Ryan, both excellent) are mourning the death of their father. Soon, the unexpected arrival of three mysterious men sets in motion a series of events that will change their lives forever. A Gravitas Ventures Release.


DAYVEON                                                                              Tennessee Premiere

Director: Amman Abbasi

Country: USA, Running Time: 75 min

Struggling with his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming the streets of his rural Arkansas town. With no parents and few role models, he soon falls in with a local gang. Though his sister's boyfriend tries to provide stability and comfort as a reluctant father figure, Dayveon becomes increasingly drawn into the camaraderie and violence of his new world. A Film Rise release.


LAST FLAG FLYING                                                            Regional Premiere

Director: Richard Linklater

Country: USA, Running Time: 124 min

Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry "Doc" Shepherd (Steve Carrell), Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and the Rev. Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc's son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives. An Amazon Studios Release.


LEMON                                                                                   Tennessee Premiere

Director: Janicza Bravo

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min

The opening night film at this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival, Lemon announces the remarkable directorial talent of Janizca Bravo. After Isaac's blind girlfriend walks out on him, his life goes into free fall, and he directs an unhinged staging of Chekhov's "The Seagull," attends the Passover Seder from hell, and attempts to woo a new flame. With Brett Gelman, Nia Long, Rhea Perlman, Judy Greer, Megan Mullaly, Fred Malamed, Jeff Garlin and Michael Cera. A Magnolia Pictures Release.


LOVE AFTER LOVE                                                              Regional Premiere

Director: Russell Harbaugh

Country: USA, Running Time: 91 min

When their family’s patriarch loses a harrowing battle against a fatal disease, Suzanne (Andie MacDowell) and her middle-aged sons, Nicholas (Chris O’Dowd) and Chris (James Adomian), must navigate through their increasingly unstable lives without his support. Over the course of several years, their family must endure an emotional gauntlet of domestic hardships. They face painful break-ups, failed careers, and dangerously concealed depression. Through it all, one essential truth remains: even without a father figure’s presence, a family’s bond is the most important thing of all. An IFC Films Release.


MAYA DARDEL                                                                     Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Zachary Cotler & Magdalena Zyzak

Country: USA, Running Time: 84 min

An internationally respected poet (Lena Olin) announces she is going to kill herself and needs an heir and executor. Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually and emotionally. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.


THE MISOGYNISTS                                                              Regional Premiere

Director: Onur Tukel

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min

In a single, fully-stocked hotel room on the night of the 2016 general election, two Trump supporters celebrate the results that halted the ongoing “end of man,” in the latest from indie provocateur Onur Tukel. Led by Dylan Baker’s gleefully deranged lead performance, Tukel’s tongue-in-cheek exploration of a divided America digs deep into the night’s mass existential crisis, and leaves with some disquieting results.


MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND                                                 Tennessee Premiere

Director: Ana Asensio

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

An illegal immigrant struggling to begin a new life in New York City is offered a great opportunity, but as day turns to night, she discovers she's been lured into a dangerous game. Winner of this year’s SXSW Film Festival narrative feature grand jury prize, Asensio’s debut, in which she also stars, is one of the year’s most suspenseful and quietly disturbing films. A Samuel Goldwyn Films release.


MR. ROOSEVELT                                                                  Tennessee Premiere

Director: Noel Wells

Country: USA, Running Time: 90 min

After a death in her family, struggling LA-based comedian Emily Martin (Noel Wells, formerly of “Saturday Night Live”) returns to Austin. There she finds herself in the awkward position of staying with her ex and his new girlfriend until the funeral, while trying to close old doors from her past.


PERMANENT                                                                         Regional Premiere

Director: Colette Burson

Country: USA, Running Time: 94 min

This comedy, set in 1983 in small town Virginia, centers around a 13-year old and her family. The story of a hairstyle gone incredibly wrong and a young girl’s plight to fit in while encountering bullies at a new school. A Magnolia Pictures release.


SUPER DARK TIMES                                                            Tennessee Premiere

Director: Kevin Phillips

Country: USA, Running Time: 100 min

Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence. A The Orchard release.


THE UPSIDE                                                                          Tennessee Premiere

Director: Neil Burger

Country: USA, Running Time: 118 min

In this remake of the blockbuster French film THE INTOUCHABLES, two New Yorkers from opposites sides of the tracks, a wealthy but paraplegic author and investor (Bryan Cranston) and a sharp tongued felon (Kevin Hart) form an unusual bond after the former mistakenly hires the latter as an auxillary nurse. A Weinstein Company release.


MLK 50

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM                                          Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Samuel D. Pollard and Reuben Atlas

Country: USA, Running Time: 84 min

Community organizing group ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory. Conservatives took issue with the group, fueling accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. As one learns in this salient, non-fiction political thriller, the ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, drove an even deeper wedge between Democrats and Republicans, and served as a prescient foreshadowing for much of today’s political climate.


THE BLOOD IS AT THE DOORSTEP                                  Tennessee Premiere

Director: Erik Jeung

Country: USA, Running Time: 98 min

On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee police officer responding to a non-emergency wellness check in a popular downtown park. His death sparked months of unrest and his family into activism. Offering a painfully realistic glimpse inside a movement born out of tragedy, this explosive documentary takes a behind the scenes look at how justice remains out of reach for Hamilton’s family and many like them.



Director: Sidney Lumet

Country: USA, Running Time: 185 min

This Academy Award-nominated documentary presents key events in the life of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Beginning with the 1955 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, the production follows King through major steps in his struggle to promote racial equality. Including footage of King's stirring speeches, the documentary is a fitting tribute to his legacy, and features clips narrated by numerous celebrities such as Harry Belafonte, Paul Newman and James Earl Jones.


MARVIN BOOKER WAS MURDERED                    

Director: Wade Gardner

Country: USA, Running Time: 112 min

Marvin Booker, a homeless street preacher, while being booked into the Denver Detention Center, was beaten to death by five jail guards - for simply wanting to retrieve his shoes. The event was caught on tape, and witnessed by more than 20 people. The city of Denver never indicted, nor reprimanded any of the deputies involved. In this explosive documentary, the Booker family refuses to settle with the city, pushing the case toward a stunning federal civil trial.


QUEST                                                                                   Tennessee Premiere

Director: Jonathan Olshefski

Country: USA, Running Time: 105 min

Filmed over the course of eight years, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski chronicles the daily struggles and successes of the Raineys, an African-American family living in Philadelphia, whose triumphs and tragedies in Obama era America echo the fraught nature of a country where gun violence, and its effects on young families, are all too common.


UPTIGHT! (1968)

Director: Jules Dassin

Country: USA, Running Time: 104 min

Black militants in Cleveland, after a rash of police misconduct, build up an arsenal of weapons in preparation for a race war, only to be betrayed by one of their own in this remake of John Ford's The Informers. With a score by Memphis’s own Booker T and the MG's, Dassin's movie was suppressed in its day. Boasting remarkable performances and technical credits to go with a narrative that is more timely than ever, this is a movie that deserves much wider recognition than it currently has.


THE WORK                                                                            Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Jairus McCleary and Gethin Aldous

Country: USA, Running Time: 89 min

Set inside a single room in Folsom Prison, "The Work" follows three men from outside as they participate in a four-day group therapy retreat with level-four convicts. Over the four days, each man in the room takes his turn at delving deep into his past. The raw and revealing process that the incarcerated men undertake exceeds the expectations of the free men, ripping them out of their comfort zones and forcing them to see themselves and the prisoners in unexpected ways. "The Work" offers a powerful and rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.


WORKING IN PROTEST                                                       Tennessee Premiere

Directors: Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley

Country: USA, Running Time: 80 min

Political turmoil in the United States takes on a movingly personal aspect through this judiciously edited archive of street marches and public demonstrations, shot since the 2000 Republican Convention by filmmakers Michael Galinski and Suki Hawley. Illuminating altercations between members of opposing factions – young men of Occupy Wall Street vs an old school liberal Democrat, Trump supporters vs detractors gathered for the inauguration – show us the problematic role of the police in protecting and suppressing dissent.



25th Anniversary Reunion Presentation

Director: Abel Ferrara

Country: USA, Running Time: 96 min

The Lieutenant (Harvey Keitel) is a corrupt cop steeped in gambling debt who exploits his authority to sexually harass teenage girls, embezzle money and abuse drugs. His troubles come to a head when a mob lackey delivers an ultimatum: pay off his debt, or else. His fate appears sealed. But when The Lieutenant learns that a $50,000 reward is being offered to whoever catches a pair of thugs who raped a nun (Frankie Thorn), he jumps at the opportunity, hoping that he can still redeem himself. Presented in 35mm courtesy of Peter Conheim and Lionsgate.


20th Anniversary Reunion Presentation

Director: Abel Ferrara

Country: USA, Running Time: 98 min

Actor Matty (Matthew Modine), who is struggling with substance abuse, retreats to Miami. Hoping to straighten himself out, Matty proposes to his girlfriend, Annie (Béatrice Dalle), who reveals that she aborted their child without his knowledge. Shaken, Matty spends a decadent night with his artist friend, Mickey (Dennis Hopper), and returns to New York City with no memory of what happened. He begins attending Alcoholics Anonymous, but he's troubled by what he might have done while blacked out.


ALIVE IN FRANCE                                                                International Premiere

Director: Abel Ferrara

Country: France, Italy, USA Running Time: 79 min

A selection of this year's Director's Fortnight in Cannes in this rich, self-directed concert documentary Ferrara transforms from internationally lauded cult film director into a grizzled rock singer while his six-person outfit tours France.


Special Screenings and Presentations

Special Family Presentation

Director: Tony Shaff

Country: USA, Running Time: 96 min

A portrait of Highlights Magazine following the creation of the cultural phenomenon's 70th Anniversary issue, from the first editorial meeting to its arrival in homes, and introducing the quirky people who passionately produce the monthly publication for "the world's most important people,"...children. Along the way, a rich and tragic history is revealed, the state of childhood, technology, and education is explored, and the future of print media is questioned.


40th Anniversary Presentation

Director: Dario Argento

Country: Italy Running Time: 98 min

In Italian horror maestro Dario Argento’s stylish, phantasmagorical classic, an American newcomer (Jessica Harper) to a prestigious ballet academy in Germany comes to realize that the school she is attending is a front for something sinister after a series of grisly murders. Presented in 4K courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.


Sounds Special Presentation


Director: Benno Nelson

Country: USA, Running Time: 95 min

A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis' best-known secret - Big Star - and their legendary THIRD album. Performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dB's, Let's Active, the Old Ceremony, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo with Kronos Quartet, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Jessica Pratt, Luther Russell and others. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star's planned SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, return to the stage in this triumphant film.


10th Anniversary Presentation


Director: Adam Bhala Lough

Country: USA, Running Time: 85 min

Weapons presents a series of brutal, seemingly random youth-related killings over the course of a weekend in a typical small town in America, and tragically reveals how they are all interrelated. After competing in the 2007 Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition, it was acquired and recut by a now defunct distributor. It has never again been screened in its intended form until Indie Memphis 2017. Starring Nick Cannon, Paul Dano, Mark Webber, Jade Yorker, Amy Ferguson, Riley Smith, Brandon Mychal Smith, Tony Trucks, and Arliss Howard.


Special Sneak Preview Screening


Director: Craig Brewer

Country: USA, TRT: 40 min

Two comics face off in an insult battle with only one rule, you gotta start with “You Look Like”. A special event hosted by Craig Brewer, presenting a sneak peek of the first four episodes of "You Look Like", plus a live show featuring the comedians.



Short films highlight the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team from the female perspective and the audience votes for the winner. A discussion to follow with women who love the Grizzlies and defy stereotypes. Prizes and Special Guests TBA

Director: Jeremy Burgess, Running Time: 7:20min

Director: Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury, Running Time: 5:30min

Director: Phoebe Driscoll, Running Time: 5:10min

Director: Melissa Sweazy, Running Time: 3:57min

Director: Laura Jean Hocking, Running Time: 4:59min

(2015 Winner - Best Hometowner Documentary Short)
Director: Suzannah Herbert, Running Time: 6:25min



In Saudi Arabia, there are no cinemas available for the public to see movies and most artists upload their work to YouTube. However, a film community is growing with support from the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture arts centre in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Two Saudi filmmakers will travel to Memphis for screenings and talks as part of the “Desert to Delta” cultural exchange in partnership with the University of Memphis.

Director: Meshal Aljaser, Running Time: 24min

Director: Abdulaziz Al Shelahy, Running Time: 35min



Director: Joe Petricca, Running Time: 15:47min

Director: Brantly Jackson Watts, Running Time: 17:16min

Director: Alanna Murray, Running Time: 13:54min

Director: Benjamin Bee, Running Tim3: 13:50min

Director: Eimi Imanishi, Running Time: 14:41min

Director: Michael Oshins, Running Time: 14:53min



Director: Laura Moss, Running Time: 16min

Director: Kenrick Prince, Running Time: 13:26min

Director: Shane Watson, Running Time: 17:46min

Director: Julien Lasseur, Running Time: 12:30min

Director: Caitlin FitzGerald, Running Time: 15min

Director: E.G. Bailey, Running Time: 9:25min



Director: Nathan Willis, Running Time: 5:17min

Director: Ryan Scafuro, Running Time: 7:40min

Director: Aaron Paul Lovett, Running Time: 16:44min

Director: Nicholas Coles, Running Time: 4:52min

Director: Emily Sheskin, Running Time: 7min

Director: Karen Chapman, Running Time: 8:57min

Director: Ashley S. Brandon, Running Time: 13:01min

Director: Veena Rao, Running Time: 7:12min

Director: Marshall Burnette, Running Time: 10:43min

Director: Sean David Christensen, Running Time: 5:50min



Director: Laura Jean Hocking (Memphis Filmmaker), Running Time: 7:10min

Director: Jabriel E Woodall (Memphis Filmmaker), Running Time: 6:08min

Director: Brian Ratigan, Running Time: 0:55min

Director: Scott Palazzo, Running Time: 0:55min

Director: Wally Chung, Running Time: 1:20min

Director: Ryan and Tyler Betschart, Running Time: 7:19min

Director: Anna Hudzik, Running Time: 2:17min

Director: Sarah Christine Bolton (Memphis Filmmaker), Running Time: 7:49min

Director: Robert Sickels, Running Time: 4:06min

Director: Emily Ann Hoffman, Running Time: 4:47min

Director: Kelly Sears, Running Time: 6:30min

Director: Byungjun Kim, Running Time: 2:44min

Director: Martina Boothes (Memphis Filmmaker), Running Time: 9:30min

Director: Sissy Denkova (Memphis Filmmaker), Running Time: 2:15min

Director: Tom Varisco, Running Time: 1:42min

Director: Josh Yates, Running Time: 12:10min

Director: Nikita Diakur, Running Time: 11:54min

Director: Sarah El Bakkouri and Cross Li, Running Time: 6:08min



Director: Christopher Sferrazza, Running Time: 19:53min

Director: Julia Jones, Running Time: 13:30min

Director: Don Swaynos, Running Time: 9:49min

Director: Chris Keller, Running Time: 9:50min

Director: Robin Comisar, Running Time: 07:21min

Director: Luis Servera, Running Time: 15:13min

Director: Emilie Rosas, Running Time: 16:20min



Category: Documentary Short
Director: Matteo Servente, Running Time: 6min

Category: Narrative Short
Director: Katori Hall, Running Time: 14:27min

Category: Documentary Short
Director: Robert Rowan, Running Time: 6min

Category: Experimental Short
Director: Aisha Raison, Running Time: 7:03min

Category: Experimental Short
Director: Jairus B Burks, Running Time: 5min

Category: Narrative Short
Director: Mark Goshorn Jones, Running Time: 7:29min

Category: Narrative Short
Director: Kevin Brooks, Running Time: 7:35min

Category: Documentary Short
Director: Jordan Danelz, Running Time: 11:30min

Category: Documentary Short
Director: Sarah Fleming and Joann Self Selvidge, Running Time: 7:48min

Category: Documentary Short
Director: Kathy O. Lofton, Running Time: 7:08min

Category: Documentary Short
Director: Yalonda M. James, Running Time: 7:16min



Director: Ellen Burns, Running Time: 20:22min

Director: Will Robbins, Running Time: 10:59min

Director: Kevin Brooks, Running Time: 8:50min

Director: Nathan Ross Murphy, Running Time: 15m

Director: Matthew Aaron Taylor and Mark Rzepka, Running Time: 15:09min

Director: Kyle Taubken, Running Time: 12:02min

Director: Matteo Servente, Running Time: 12:42min



Director: Clint Till, Running Time: 15:02min

Director: Tracy S. Facelli, Running Time: 17:24min

Director: Jacqueline Quintanar, Running Time: 2:56min

Director: Rachel Hinson, Running Time: 10:52min

Director: Sean Moore, Running Time: 18:21min

Director: Christian Walker, Running Time: 6:44min

Director: Mark Goshorn Jones, Running Time: 13:15min



Director: Juliet Mace, Running Time: 4:20min

Director: Christie Caldwell, Running Time: 1min

Director: Keegon Schuett, Running Time: 8:17min

Director: Klari Farzley, Running Time: 2:33min

Director: Andrew Manning, Running Time: 6:26min

Director: Jay Lehmann, Running Time: 12:19min

Director: Eyan and Ivon Wuchina, Running Time: 16:30min

Director: Jaron Lockridge, Running Time: 15min

Director: Paul Williams, Running Time: 12:28min

Director: Jake Hall, Running Time: 5:34min

Director: Vic Matthews, Running Time: 7:05min



Director: Christopher Smith, Running Time: 8:36min

Director: B Siler, Running Time: 18:30min

Director: Juan Avella, Running Time: 10:53min

Director: Steven (Rey) Simpson, Running Time: 8:01min

Director: Jyo Carolino and Garrett Atkinson, Running Time: 9:16min

Director: Garrett Atkinson, Running Time: 7:41min

Director: Chad Allen Barton, Running Time: 25m

Director: Robb Rokk, Running Time: 13:32min



Director: Lauren Squires Ready, Running Time: 8:20min

Director: Graham Uhelski, Running Time: 7:29min

Director: Jordan Danelz, Running Time: 18:04m

Director: Edward Valibus, Running Time: 2:40min

Director: Perry Kirkland, Running Time: 3:20min

Director: James Barker, Running Time: 2:52min

Director: Richard A Lester, Running Time: 17:40min

Director: Kierra Turner, Running Time: 5:46min

Director: Blair Fisher, Running Time: 3:07min



"Alternative Facts" by Infinity Stairs
Director: Graham Burks, Running Time: 3:32min

"America's Perverted Gentlemen (Drawls)" by MonoNeon feat. AWFM
Director: IMAKEMADBEATS, Running Time: 1:32min

"Appointments" by Julien Baker
Director: Sophia Peer, Running Time: 4:34min

"Bactine" by NAMAZU
Director: George Hancock, Running Time: 3:29min

"Cake" by Marco Pavé
Director: GB Shannon, Running Time: 3:54min

"Crazy Train" by Brennan Villines
Director: Andrew Trent Fleming, Running Time: 3:53min

"Covered In Flames" by China Gate
Director: Noah Miller, Running Time: 3:47min

"Earth Boys Are Easy" by Letterman Jacket
Director: Isaac and Hanna Erickson, Running Time: 3:46min

"Exits (feat. ZER0)" by XVII TRILL
Director: SHAM, Running Time: 3:15min

"Green Eyes" by Fredd Velvet
Director: Erica Qualy and B Siler, Running Time: 3:19min

"Harbor Hall" by Don Lifted
Director: Lawrence E Matthews III, Running Time: 4:26min

"How Do I Get There" by Don Bryant
Director: Tyler Russell, Running Time: 3:47min

"Humble (PARODY)" by Tutweezy
Director: Lloyd Ambrose Jr., Running Time: 2:45min

"I'M A GOD (내가)" by TELISU
Director: Quintin Lamb, Running Time: 2:52min

"I've Been Wrong So Long/See Why I Love You" by The Love Light Orchestra
Director: Laura Jean Hocking, Running Time: 5:09min

"Kids These Days" by Chris Milam
Director: B Siler and Chris Milam, Running Time: 3:47min

"Mother Sang To Us" by IMAKEMADBEATS
Director: Gift Revolver and Okito Kudakwashe, Running Time: 3:55min

"Moving So Fast" by Me & Leah
Director: Jeff Hulett, Running Time: 3:40min

"Mr. Mystery" by Lisa Mac
Director: Melissa Sweazy, Running Time: 3:26min

"Neon Lift Off" by IMAKEMADBEATS
Director: Noah Glenn, Running Time: 2:18min

"Not of This Earth" by Alyssa Moore
Director: John Pickle, Running Time: 2:58min

"Parasite Inside" by Aquarian Blood
Director: Benjamin Rednour, Running Time: 3:04min

"Regret" by Jolt
Director: Justin Malone, Running Time: 4:26min

"Ruler of the Ball" by Crown Vox
Director: Mitch Martin, Running Time: 4min

"Sweet Love" by Alan Scoop
Director: Katori Hall, Running Time: 3:20min

"Take Control of Me" by Don Lifted
Director: Kevin Brooks, Running Time: 4:11min

"The Real Thing Don't Change" by Porcelan
Director: Blake Heimbach, Running Time: 3:24min

"The Wile" by Aaron James
Director: Aaron James, Running Time: 3:53min

"We Were In Love" by Snowglobe
Director: B Siler, Running Time: 3:01min



"30 Cents" by Eli Raybon
Director: Markus Thorington, Running Time: 3:30min

"Apocs: Hurrican Goddamn!"
Director: Scott Upshur, Running Time: 6min

"Burn The River Down" by Elli Perry
Director: Shawn Engler, Running Time: 3:43min

"BWA" by Soniamiki
Director: Marcin Starzecki, Running Time: 3:30min

"Colour My Love" by Shaela Miller
Director: Laura Combden, Running Time: 4:59min

"Cost Of The Summer" by Night Things
Director: Zach Shields, Running Time: 7:47min

"Famelica" by Basculante
Director: Basculante, Running Time: 4:04min

"Fires" by Life is Better Blonde
Director: Natalie Erika James and Benjamin Morgan, Running Time: 3:29min

"Fourth of Julivar's" by Tomo Nakayama
Director: Tony Fulgham, Running Time: 4:45min

"Heard" by Kaye the Beast
Director: Hope Leigh, Running Time: 4:25min

"High Ideal" by Big Bliss
Director: Nick Ray McCann, Running Time: 5:03min

"Instinct" by Belle Noble
Director: Jessie Oldfield and Adam Murfet, Running Time: 4:07min

"Life is Better Blonde" by Fires
Director: Natalie Erika James and Benjamin Morgan, Running Time: 3:29min

“Mountains” by mac/glidden
Director: Laurie Berenhaus, Running Time: 3:47min

"Oaks & Willows" by Fortunate Ones
Director: Tatjana Green and Nazar Melconian, Running Time: 4min

"Parallels" by I.R.L.
Director: Jack Chapman, Running Time: 3:51min

Director: Etienne Fu-Le Saulnier, Running Time: 4:15min

"Summertime" by Laura Galindo
Director: Carter Tate, Running Time: 3:19min

"Try A Little Tenderness" by Alice Tan Ridley
Director: Roy Wol, Running Time: 3:43min



Director: Haley Parker and Tina Quarles (Center Hill), Running Time: 12:13min
Youth Fest Award: Best Performance - Haley Parker

Director: Chris Sims, Thomas Bongiolatti (Schilling Farms Middle), Running Time: 2:07min
Youth Fest Award: Best Middle School Film

Director: Emi Otsuki (Homeschool), Running Time: 9:07min
Youth Fest Award: Best Drama

Director: Kade Banbury (Central), Running Time: 1:46min
Youth Fest Award: Best Experimental

Director: Stuart Collier (Hutchison), Running Time: 6:03min
Youth Fest Award: Best Editing

“No Diamonds” - trillcloud
Director: Galen Hicks, Michael Price, Sam King (Central), Running Time: 3:20min
Youth Fest Award: Best Original Music Video

Director: Andrew Cunningham (Appling Middle), Running Time: 4:15min
Youth Fest Award: Shangri-La Projects Award for Talent to Watch

Director: Nubia Yasin (Gateway) and Jasmine Watson (East), Running Time: 8:21min
Youth Fest Award: Special Jury Award

Director: Nubia Yasin (Gateway), Jasmine Watson (East), Shanice Wilson (Whitehaven), Mickele Bridges (Overton), Jermey Wilbourne (Melrose), Running Time: 1:46min
Youth Fest Award: Best Sound Design

“Steps” - Epps
Director: Vivian Gray (St. Mary’s), Running Time: 4:31min
Youth Fest Award: Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award

Director: Charles Heiter (Lausanne), Running Time: 1:12min
Youth Fest Award: Best Lighting

Director: Katharine Nowak (Houston High), Running Time: 1:14min
Youth Fest Award: Best Animation

Director: Maggie Lathem (Germantown High), Running Time: 3:38min
Youth Fest Award: Best Documentary



COMMON CARRIER (Departures Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Xander Robin

Country: USA, Running Time: 8:22min

A young man takes his love for lizards to the extreme.


MAYA DARDEL (Spotlight)

Preceded by:


Director: Jake Mahaffy

Country: USA, Running Time: 17min

A pregnant woman returns to her family's empty cabin to spend time alone, only to find her estranged mother already there waiting for her. What begins as a tentative reunion on the shortest day of the year quickly turns dark.


BARRACUDA (Sounds Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Andrew Betzer

Country: USA, Running Time: 12:54min

A short film about a cello player who is horrible at auditioning....and even worse at knowing when to stop auditioning.



Preceded by:


Director: Brett Potter

Country: USA, Running Time: 7:13min

THE MIDNIGHT SERVICE is a scripted true-crime series about the unknown across America. In “HOME INVASION”, a broke Miami comedian's retreat into the Everglades is interrupted by an uninvited visitor.


THE PRICE (Narrative Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Terrence Thompson

Country: USA, Running Time: 13:41min

"Drive Slow" follows a teenager from the South-Side of Chicago attempting to finish his college essays. As he struggles to boil down his complex surroundings in 500 words, his friends' disparate opinions, racist news narratives, and the threat of lingering danger only complicate the process. Based off the pilot script of the same name, "Drive Slow" seeks to challenge certain stigmas surrounding Chicago communities, as well as tell the diverse stories of young people from this great city.


TORMENTING THE HEN (Narrative Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Meredith Alloway

Country: USA, Running Time: 14:27min

Teresa is having strange spiritual visions. When she meets an intriguing boy who’s also stuck on sanctuary cleaning duty, she starts to realize what these visions might mean, and how they’re connected to her unexpected, new friend. Inspired by the true story of Saint Teresa of Avila.



Preceded by:


Director: Chris Osborn

Country: USA, Running Time: 18:49min

A pyramid schemer's dark night of the soul in Atlantic City.


DAYVEON (Spotlight)

Preceded by:


Director: Sam Kuhn

Country: USA, Canada, Running Time: 15min

A moth eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream.


MR. ROOSEVELT (Spotlight)

Preceded by:


Director: Dylan Allen

Country: USA, Running Time: 12min

A band struggles with a radioactive energy in their music they can't control.


95 AND 6 TO GO (Documentary Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Brandon Barr

Country: USA, Running Time: 19:40min

In a documentary that captures the intricacies of mother-daughter relationships, Ivy thinks it is time for her aging mother Riki to enter a new stage in her life, but Riki won't give in that easily.


STUMPED (Documentary Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Yasmin Mistry

Country: USA, Running Time: 13:15min

Despite battling Cystic Fibrosis, Camilla, age 16, identifies as a typical middle-class American teenager until the thread that holds her family together suddenly snaps. Just months before her 18th birthday Camilla finds herself in foster care, but instead of being ashamed, she makes a conscious decision to not let her situation define her.



Preceded by:


Director: Maris Curran

Country: USA, Running Time: 19:07min

This short documentary is an experiential reflection on art as a way of life. The artist and musician Lonnie Holley is a product of the environment in which he was raised – Jim Crow Alabama – and his work reflects the impact of being socially discarded. Through his unique perspective and the process of creating beauty, Lonnie draws us into his captivating world.


LIFE IN WAVES (Sounds Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Justinsuperstar Johnson

Country: USA, Running Time: 10:19min

You’ve never seen anyone play the spoons like this! Asheville-based Abby Roach is one of a few in the world who makes a living clacking a pair of flatware together. Often underestimated, Abby’s incredible life story is anything but dull.

SUSPIRIA (Special Screening)

Preceded by:


Director: John Pickle

Country: USA, Running Time: 8:47min

In 1975 writer director S.S. Wilson (Tremors, Wild Wild West, Short Circuit) unleshed his student film 'Recored live aka Flesh Eating Film Reels. In the 1980's HBO would later begin to screen his short film between feature films to kill time. Unknowingly creeping out an entire generation of 8 year olds (John PIckle) who were lucky enough to witness a man being hunted by an otherwise inanimate object.


TRANS*CEND (Hometowners Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Caitlin Stickels

Country: USA, Running Time: 8:30min

Ellie and Rose like each other. The only problem is that they have never met, even though they both frequent the same coffee shop. The question is - who will make the first move?


THE YOU LOOK LIKE SHOW (Special Screening)

Preceded by:


Director: Alexandra van Milligen and Sammy Anzer

Country: USA, Running Time: 13min

A micro-sitcom from the city that brought you Elvis Presley and violent crime, Stand-Up Guys follows a group of ragtag comedians trying to make it big in Memphis, TN.


A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW (Hometowners Competition)

Preceded by:


Director: Greg D. Hammond

Country: USA, Running Time: 26:46min

In 1956 WDIA transmitted soul music past the Mighty Mississippi; 58 miles away into Marianna, Arkansas. There a 6 year old James E. Wolfe, Jr. listened intently while working with his family in the cotton fields of Lee County. A battery powered transistor radio was the genesis of a desire and a goal for Wolfe.

Indie Memphis Lands on MovieMaker's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017

Photograph by Breezy Lucia

Photograph by Breezy Lucia

Check it out! Our film fest landed on MovieMaker's 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017!

"Indie Memphis keeps evolving. Last year, the fest acquired Amazon Studios as a marquee sponsor, becoming the first festival outside of Sundance, Tribeca and Seattle International Film Festival to receive the honor. 'They cited our commitment to diversity as a key factor,' says Executive Director Ryan Watt, and—after a strong line-up of African-American titles in 2016—civil rights will continue to be a programming focus. Get ready for live music before every film."
-- MovieMaker Magazine

Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis Announce ‘Indie GrizzGrants’

Organizations to Award $15,000 in Grants for Short Film Productions

The Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis will join forces to award five cash grants of $3,000 each for short films to be produced about the female Grizzlies fan experience, with the five winning films to premiere at the 2017 Indie Memphis Film Festival. The initiative is designed to assist filmmakers in getting their short film from the page, into production and onto the screen.

Filmmakers from around the world are eligible to enter by the November 15 application deadline and will be notified of the results on December 16. Projects will be evaluated on their creativity, artistic merit, innovative storytelling and visual ingenuity.  Finalists will be chosen by staff of the Memphis Grizzlies and Indie Memphis.  A three-member jury including accomplished film and media experts Craig Brewer, Rachel Smith and Pat Mitchell Worley, will then decide the winners (Complete bios attached). The winning candidates will also be considered for production of digital content for Grizzlies’ social media and arena promotions.

To be considered, candidates must submit the following:

        - Previous work: one film, clip or reel no longer than 10 minutes

        - Title, logline, synopsis

        - Brief budget summary

        - Personal statement of why your project should be awarded

A complete summary of guidelines for submissions is attached. Filmmakers can go to to submit their application.

The concept for Indie GrizzGrants emerged from the showing of filmmaker Suzannah Herbert's award winning short film "What's Inside the Cage” at the 2015 Indie Memphis Film Festival, which features young dancers aspiring to be Grizz Girls.

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies by purchasing 2016-17 Season Tickets, 12- and 22-Game Packs can do so now by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).


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 or call (901) 214-5171. 

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 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

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:

“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 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 “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

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.


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)


 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. 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:

Filmmakers may submit their completed films to the festival at

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