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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 erik@indiememphis.com 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 erik@indiememphis.com 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

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Indie Memphis Film Festival Sets 2014 Dates, Announces New Venue and Sponsorship Extension

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has been nationally-ranked by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and one the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," has set October 30 - November 2 as the dates for this year’s event, which will add a new venue and see its presenting sponsor extend its support for a fourth year.

Artist rendering of the new Hattiloo Theatre, designed by Archamania. The building is currently under construction on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper, just north of The Circuit Playhouse.

Artist rendering of the new Hattiloo Theatre, designed by Archamania. The building is currently under construction on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper, just north of The Circuit Playhouse.

The festival, which will hold its 17th 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.

Erik Jambor, Indie Memphis Executive Director said, “We’re thrilled to have Hattiloo Theatre join us as an Indie Memphis venue. The Hattiloo will help to grow and diversity the festival audience while also increasing the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the event.”

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Memphis, has extended its support as presenting sponsor through the 2014 festival. The firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

In announcing Duncan-Williams’ decision to continue its role as presenting sponsor, Gary Lendermon, the firm’s marketing director, said, “The Indie Memphis Film Festival brings Memphians together to celebrate and showcase our great city’s creativity in a style and flavor no other city can match. Since we began our partnership in 2011, the festival has continued to expand its professional recognition and influence among the movie industry. The local and national spotlight edition on Halloween weekend, will increase its presence shown on the festival has proven to be very positive for our brand.”

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 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. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom presented by the National Civil Rights Museum – all of which have received nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Sponsorships are now available for this year’s film festival. 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 erik@indiememphis.com 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 details, visit www.indiememphis.com

Indie Memphis Film Festival Again Breaks 10,000 Mark

For the second consecutive year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event as this year’s attendance totaled 10,035 according to final figures released today.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the continued growth and popularity of the event,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis.  “It is exciting to watch our grown match the impressive evolution of Overton Square. With the completion of the new Hattiloo Theater next year, 2014 should be even better.”

Nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, this year’s 16th annual edition screened about 140 features, shorts and documentaries.

 “We were delighted with the turnout for the film and music programs this year,” said Iddo Patt, president, board of directors of Indie Memphis. “There were more venues at, near (and sometimes over) capacity than ever before. It was a real thrill to see the community respond so eagerly to the terrific programming Erik pulled together.”

Part of the appeal of the festival is that attendees have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers and special guests following many of the showings and panel discussions. Among the large number of special guests were actor Harry Lennix (Man of Steel, NBC’s The Black List) and noted horror film director Ti West (The Sacrament, The House of the Devil).

The event, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis, again offered Innovation Conversations, a programming segment that focused on innovation.

This year’s Innovation Conversations segment focused on “The Art and Science of Storytelling,” and was integrated into the regular programming of the festival, complementing the independent and creative spirit of the established Memphis festival.

One of Innovation’s biggest draws was Mike McAvoy, president of multimedia news organization Onion Inc., who discussed The Onion’s varied and complimentary channels of satire, entertainment news via The AV Club, and branded content.  The entire Innovation program was free to the public.

The 2012 festival drew 11,028 attendees, shattering the previous attendance record of 8,000 set in 2011. With this year’s Innovation Conversations more closely integrated into festival programming, audience capacity was reduced and caused a slight dip in overall festival attendance.

New this year was a night of free movies – a Friday evening double-feature shown outdoors in Overton Square’s new Tower Courtyard, which drew a large audience despite heavy rains which brought an early end to the evening.

Cash awards totaling $6,000 and other prizes were presented at Sunday’s award ceremony that wrapped up the festival.  A trio of women filmmakers captured two of the top awards as Eliza Hittman won the jury award for Best Narrative Feature with It Felt Like Love and directors Katherine Dohan and Alanna Stewart won the Special Jury Award for Emerging Artist Award with their debut feature, What I Love About Concrete.

Click here for a complete list of award-winners.

 

Feature Film Lineup for 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival revealed at Craig Brewer's Indie Memphis Peep Show

HUSTLE & FLOW filmmaker Craig Brewer this evening lifted the curtain and revealed the entire feature film lineup for this year's 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival that kicks off on Halloween night.

The noted Memphis film director and screenwriter, whose rise to international stardom began at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented this year’s lineup during his second annual Indie Memphis Peep Show preview party at the new Hi-Tone Café on North Cleveland. The program for the four-day event will include more than 45 feature films to be shown on five screens in Midtown’s Overton Square area.

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 festival, which begins October 31 and runs through November 3, will again be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in 10 states and presenting sponsor since 2011.

$6,000 in cash awards and prizes will be awarded along with award sculptures designed by Memphis artist Yvonne Bobo.

Attendees at the festival will have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers and special guests following many of the showings and panel discussions. Among the special guests already scheduled are actor Harry Lennix (MAN OF STEEL, NBC’s THE BLACK LIST) and noted horror film director Ti West (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL). 

This year’s films of special note include:

ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW – Opening Night film, 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 31 at Playhouse on the Square.

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

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Friday Gala Screening, 6:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 at Playhouse on the Square.

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

SHORT TERM 12 – Saturday Gala Screening, 6:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 at  Playhouse on the Square.

A 20-something supervising staff member of a foster care facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. Written and directed by Destin Cretton, who, along with actors Kaitlyn Dever and Keith Stanfield, is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q and A after the screening, along with representatives from Youth Villages, a national leader in helping at-risk former foster youth live successfully. 

H4 – Saturday Spotlight Screening, 9 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 at Playhouse on the Square.

Shakespeare’s Henry IV set in contemporary Los Angeles to explore political struggles in the black community. Actor and executive producer Harry Lennix and screenwriter Ayanna Thompson are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q and A after the screening. Sponsored by The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment and the African American Studies and Film Studies programs at Rhodes College, and the African and African American Studies program at the University of Memphis. Presented in collaboration with Hattiloo Theatre.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM – Sunday Gala Screening, 4 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 at Playhouse on the Square.

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

THE SACRAMENT – Closing Night Film, 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 at Studio on the Square. 

Two journalists set out to document their friend's search to find his missing sister.  Written and directed by Ti West, who, along with actors AJ Bowen, Gene Jones, and Joe Swanberg, is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q and A after the screening.

 Films will be screened at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and at Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square.  Additionally, a Halloween evening screening of the 1931 film Frankenstein will be held at the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

“This party is a fun way to start getting our community excited about the upcoming festival and build the Indie Memphis membership base at the same time,” says Brewer. “Indie Memphis has been a huge factor in my career and I want to play a role in its fantastic growth.”

The complete list of festival features is available here

 

Indie Memphis Concert Film Series Returning to Levitt Shell With Six Dates That Include Big Star, Paul McCartney, The Stones

Indie Memphis announced today that its popular free Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell will return again this summer with six screenings, the first to be held Thursday, July 18.

The series’ third season, which will conclude with a 1994 Big Star reunion concert, offers a lineup that includes classic performances by Queen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney & Wings, The Doors, John Lennon, The Who, Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros among others.

The films will begin at dusk and admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The schedule:

Thursday, July 18 – Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live In Budapest. Queen’s momentous 1986 concert movie has been re-mastered in high definition for the big screen. Performed in front of 80,000, the concert set includes favorites such as “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,”  “I Want To Break Free” and “We Are The Champions.”

Saturday, July 27 – The Doors Live At The Bowl ’68.  The concert is widely held as The Door’s best performance ever captured on film. The concert has been carefully restored from the original camera negatives to include the lost performances of “Hello I Love You,” “Texas Radio,” “Big Beat,” and “Spanish Caravan.” 

Saturday, August 3 – Big Easy Express. Three bands, six cities, one train, and thousands of miles of track.  In 2011, Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed Mumford & Sons, climbed aboard a beautiful vintage train in California, setting out for New Orleans, Louisiana, on a “tour of dreams.” Part road movie and part concert film, Big Easy Express bears witness to the birth of a new musical era. 

Saturday, August 10 – The Rolling Stones: Rock 'n' Roll Circus / Some Girls, Live in Texas '78.  Long considered the "Holy Grail" of rock films, The Rolling Stones: Rock 'n' Roll Circus (1968) features circus fire-eaters, acrobats and clowns alongside extraordinary live performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, The Dirty Mac Band (John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell & Keith Richards), Yoko Ono and The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones: Some Girls, Live in Texas '78 captures the Stones in 1978 at the height of their musical career. Shot on 16mm in Fort Worth, Texas, the film has been upgraded to high definition.  Featuring many Stones classics including: “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin Jack Flash,”  “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.”

Saturday, August 17 – Paul McCartney & Wings: Rockshow. In 1975 and 1976 Paul McCartney and Wings undertook the epic Wings over the World tour, the largest scale tour they would ever undertake as a band. From this tour came both the legendary Wings over America triple live album and the concert film Rockshow, which has been fully restored from the original 35mm film with re-mastered sound. 

Saturday, August 24 – Big Star: Live in Memphis. Two decades after their break-up, the reunited Big Star play a thrilling homecoming concert. Big Star: Live in Memphis (1994) captures the band’s first Memphis performance in twenty years. Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens revel in the intimate New Daisy Theater among family and friends, backed by members of the Posies. They tear through “September Gurls,” elevate Chris Bell’s “I Am the Cosmos,” and romp through some of Chilton’s favorite cover songs.

For additional information about the Concert Film Series, please click here or visit the Levitt Shell at  www.levittshell.org

 

'MovieMaker' Magazine Names Indie Memphis to Its Top 50

MovieMaker, Spring 2013

MovieMaker, Spring 2013

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which will mark its 16th anniversary this fall, has been named to MovieMaker magazine’s 2013 list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.”

The list is featured in its current issue and can be found both in print and on the website

For more than 10 years, 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. This 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 was previously included as one on the magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009.

This year’s film festival will be held October 31 through November 3 and again be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. Films will be shown at three venues in Midtown’s Overton Square area: Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and on three screens at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square. Additional festival events will be held at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

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 to present Double Feature on April 30: Room 237 and Antiviral at the Studio on the Square

Indie Memphis is bringing back the double feature.

Remember double features?   Older moviegoers will recall being able to watch two movies at one seating, but for the past decade or so they've become as rare as a cartoon before the main feature.

However, on Tuesday, April 30, Indie Memphis will present a double feature at Malco Theatres' Studio on the Square, with two new releases from IFC Films.

At 7 pm, Room 237 will be shown, followed at 9:15 pm by AntiviralRoom 237 explores the hidden meanings within Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. Antiviral marked the feature film debut of Brandon Cronenberg, son of director David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method). 

Tickets for the double feature are $15 -- or $10 per film -- and are available in advance at www.indiememphis.com/ifc or at the venue beginning at 6 pm the night of the screening. A $2 discount is available for Indie Memphis members. Both films will be projected in the DCP digital format.

About the films:

Room 237 (2012, directed by Rodney Ascher) – An official Selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. In 1980 Stanley Kubrick released his classic horror film, The Shining. Over 30 years later, viewers are still struggling to understand its hidden meanings. Loved and hated by equal numbers, the film is considered a genre standard by many loyalists, while other viewers dismiss it as the lazy result of a legendary director working far below his talent level. In between these two poles, however, live the theories of ardent fans who are convinced they have decoded The Shining's secret messages regarding genocide, government conspiracy, and the nightmare that we call history. Room 237 fuses fact and fiction through interviews with the fans and scholars who espouse these theories. Ideas of five devotees of the film with wildly different ideas about its true meaning are braided together in a kaleidoscopic deconstruction of the horror classic. 

Antiviral (2012, directed by Brandon Cronenberg) – An official Selection of the 2012 AFI Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. Starring Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis), and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Time After Time).

Indie Memphis to Offer Four Classic and Contemporary Swedish Films in Celebration of Memphis in May

Indie Memphis will offer four acclaimed Swedish films next month as part of Memphis in May’s Salute to Sweden.

The series, named "Sweden @ 24 FPS" in reference to the 24 frames-per-second speed at which 35mm film is projected, will be held during four consecutive Wednesdays in May at Malco’s Theatre's Studio on the Square. All films in the series will be presented from 35mm film prints.

Ingmar Bergman's 1957 classic, The Seventh Seal, will open the series, on Wednesday, May 8, followed by Wild Strawberries on Wednesday, May 15. Sweden's 2011 Academy Award nominee, Beyond, starring Naomi Rapace who played the title role in the Swedish-language The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, screens on Wednesday, May 22. The 2010 absurdist comedy Sound of Noise closes the series on Wednesday, May 29. 

Each film will be shown twice, at 7 pm and 9:15 pm.  Tickets are $8 each and are available in advance at indiememphis.com/sweden. Indie Memphis members will have free admission with their Indie Memphis membership card, as seating permits.

All four films will be presented in Swedish with English subtitles.

During the last seven years, Indie Memphis has partnered with Memphis in May to bring World Cinema to Memphis as part of its international celebration. Last year, the series featured films from Belgium, at the Studio on the Square, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and the Evergreen Theatre.


About the “Sweden @ 24 FPS” films:

The Seventh Seal (1957, directed by Ingmar Bergman) – Disillusioned and exhausted after a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight (Max von Sydow) encounters Death on a desolate beach and challenges him to a fateful game of chess. Much studied, imitated, even parodied, but never outdone, Bergman's stunning allegory of man's search for meaning, The Seventh Seal, was one of the benchmark foreign imports of America's 1950s art-house heyday, pushing cinema's boundaries and ushering in a new era of moviegoing.

Wild Strawberries (1957, directed by Ingmar Bergman) – The film that catapulted Bergman to the forefront of world cinema is the director's richest, most humane movie. Traveling to receive an honorary degree, Professor Isak Borg is forced to face his past, come to terms with his faults, and accept the inevitability of his approaching death. Through flashbacks and fantasies, dreams and nightmares, Wild Strawberries captures a startling voyage of self-discovery and renewed belief in mankind.

Beyond (2010, directed by Pernilla August) – Loosely based on Susanna Alakoski's award-winning novel of the same name, Beyond is set in the southern Swedish town of Ystad in the 1970s. Starring Noomi Rapace of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus, the film is a gripping story of a woman's confrontation with memories from her troubled childhood.

Sound of Noise (2010, directed by Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjarne Nilsson) – In this award-winning comedy, a tone-deaf, music-hating detective is faced with the worst case of his career when six activist drummers decide to attack the city with their music, performed on anything but ordinary instruments. Sound of Noise is a musical comedy about love, lunacy and loud drumming.

About Indie Memphis:

One of the city’s core arts institutions, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that connects indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. 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 enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. In addition to its annual film festival, Indie Memphis presents year-round screenings and special events. For additional information, or for details about membership, visit www.indiememphis.com.

About Memphis In May:

Memphis in May International Festival, Inc. is a 501-C (3) not-for-profit, community-based organization that contributes to the economic growth of the community, fosters civic pride, promotes awareness of Memphis heritage and builds international understanding through education. In addition to the extensive education and international programs, Memphis in May also produces the city’s largest and most dynamic consumer events including The Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony. More information can be found on the Festival’s website at www.memphisinmay.org.