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20TH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL FILMS ANNOUNCED

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 IndieMemphis.com. 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:

 OPENING NIGHT SELECTION

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.

 

CLOSING NIGHT SELECTION

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.

 

NARRATIVE FEATURES COMPETITION

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.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES COMPETITION

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.

 

FOR AHKEEM

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.

 

SOUNDS COMPETITION

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.

  

DEPARTURES COMPETITION

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.

 

HOMETOWNER COMPETITION

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?”

 

FURRY LEWIS & THE BOTTLENECK GUITAR STORY    World Premiere

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.

 

MR. HANDY’S BLUES

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.

 

TRANS*CEND: A JOURNEY FROM GENDER TO SELF   World Premiere

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.

 

SPOTLIGHT

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.

 

KING: A FILMED RECORD… FROM MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS (1970)

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.

 

ABEL FERRARA: ALIVE IN MEMPHIS

25th Anniversary Reunion Presentation
BAD LIEUTENANT (1992)

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
THE BLACKOUT (1997)

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
44 PAGES

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
SUSPIRIA (1977)

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

THANK YOU, FRIENDS: BIG STAR’S THIRD LIVE… AND MORE

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

WEAPONS (2007) DIRECTOR’S CUT

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

THE YOU LOOK LIKE SHOW

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

GRIZZLIES FEMALE FAN EXPERIENCE (TRT: 33MIN)

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

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

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

SOUNDS LIKE HOME
Director: Phoebe Driscoll, Running Time: 5:10min

STEPHANIE LOVES THE GRIZZLIES
Director: Melissa Sweazy, Running Time: 3:57min

THE LAST FAN
Director: Laura Jean Hocking, Running Time: 4:59min

WHAT’S INSIDE THE CAGE
(2015 Winner - Best Hometowner Documentary Short)
Director: Suzannah Herbert, Running Time: 6:25min

 

SAUDI FILMS: DESERT TO DELTA

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.

IS SOMYIATY GOING TO HELL?
Director: Meshal Aljaser, Running Time: 24min

OUD
Director: Abdulaziz Al Shelahy, Running Time: 35min

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION (TRT: 91min)

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

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

MADE TO ORDER
Director: Alanna Murray, Running Time: 13:54min

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

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

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

 

NARRATIVE SHORTS SPOTLIGHT (TRT: 84min)

FRY DAY
Director: Laura Moss, Running Time: 16min

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

I LIVE HERE
Director: Shane Watson, Running Time: 17:46min

LAST CALL LENNY
Director: Julien Lasseur, Running Time: 12:30min

MRS DRAKE
Director: Caitlin FitzGerald, Running Time: 15min

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

 

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS COMPETITION (TRT: 87min)

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

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

GAYS FOR TRUMP?
Director: Aaron Paul Lovett, Running Time: 16:44min

ISIS HAIR SALON
Director: Nicholas Coles, Running Time: 4:52min

JESSZILLA
Director: Emily Sheskin, Running Time: 7min

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

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

REBUILDING IN MINIATURE
Director: Veena Rao, Running Time: 7:12min

SILO: EDGE OF THE REAL WORLD
Director: Marshall Burnette, Running Time: 10:43min

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

 

DEPARTURES SHORTS COMPETITION (TRT: 96min)

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

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

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

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

EVOCATION OF A NIGHTMARE
Director: Wally Chung, Running Time: 1:20min

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

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

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

MOLASSES & LEMON
Director: Robert Sickels, Running Time: 4:06min

OK, CALL ME BACK
Director: Emily Ann Hoffman, Running Time: 4:47min

PATTERN FOR SURVIVAL
Director: Kelly Sears, Running Time: 6:30min

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

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

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

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

THIS IS YATES
Director: Josh Yates, Running Time: 12:10min

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

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

 

AFTER DARK SHORTS (TRT: 92min)

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

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

DON’T EVER CHANGE
Director: Don Swaynos, Running Time: 9:49min

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

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

HIGH & TIGHT
Director: Luis Servera, Running Time: 15:13min

LIKE THE DINOSAURS
Director: Emilie Rosas, Running Time: 16:20min

 

MLK50 HOMETOWNER SHORTS (TRT: 87min)

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

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

GET OFF THE BUS
Category: Documentary Short
Director: Robert Rowan, Running Time: 6min

GIRLS LIKE ME: A SELF/LOVE STORY
Category: Experimental Short
Director: Aisha Raison, Running Time: 7:03min

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLM BRIDGE PROTEST: ONE YEAR LATER
Category: Documentary Short
Director: Yalonda M. James, Running Time: 7:16min

 

HOMETOWNER NARRATIVE SHORTS COMPETITION (TRT: 95min)

DO NOT DISTURB
Director: Ellen Burns, Running Time: 20:22min

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

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

MUDDY WATER
Director: Nathan Ross Murphy, Running Time: 15m

TAKING BACK THE FUTURE
Director: Matthew Aaron Taylor and Mark Rzepka, Running Time: 15:09min

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

WE GO ON
Director: Matteo Servente, Running Time: 12:42min

 

HOMETOWNER NARRATIVE SHORTS SHOWCASE (TRT: 85min)

BIG AND TALL
Director: Clint Till, Running Time: 15:02min

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

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

JUST ONE DATE
Director: Rachel Hinson, Running Time: 10:52min

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

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

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

 

HOMETOWNER RISING FILMMAKERS (TRT: 92min)

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

FOUL BALL
Director: Christie Caldwell, Running Time: 1min

GIRL IN THE PHOTO
Director: Keegon Schuett, Running Time: 8:17min

LOVE YOU, CALL ME BACK
Director: Klari Farzley, Running Time: 2:33min

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

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

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

THE PREACHER
Director: Jaron Lockridge, Running Time: 15min

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

TICK-TOCK
Director: Jake Hall, Running Time: 5:34min

WHERE ARE WE?
Director: Vic Matthews, Running Time: 7:05min

 

HOMETOWNER AFTER DARK SHORTS (TRT: 102min)

A GOOD MAN
Director: Christopher Smith, Running Time: 8:36min

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

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

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

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

GAUNTLET RUN: ORIGINS
Director: Garrett Atkinson, Running Time: 7:41min

H.I.D.
Director: Chad Allen Barton, Running Time: 25m

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

 

HOMETOWNER DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (TRT: 79min)

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

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

BRICK IN THE WALL
Director: Jordan Danelz, Running Time: 18:04m

CAT/YOGA
Director: Edward Valibus, Running Time: 2:40min

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

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

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

THE LITTLE MAN PROJECT
Director: Kierra Turner, Running Time: 5:46min

VOICEMAILS FROM HOME
Director: Blair Fisher, Running Time: 3:07min

 

HOMETOWNER MUSIC VIDEOS (TRT: 101min)

"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

 

SOUNDS MUSIC VIDEOS(TRT: 75min)

"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

"STARDUST" by NEXT is BEST
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

 

HOMETOWNER YOUTH FEST WINNERS (TRT: 60min)

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

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

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

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

MOMENTS
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

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

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

SQUIRM
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

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

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

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

 

SHORTS BEFORE FEATURES

COMMON CARRIER (Departures Competition)

Preceded by:

LANCE LIZARDI

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:

MIDWINTER

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:

I TURN TO JELLO

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.

 

SUPER DARK TIMES (Spotlight)

Preceded by:

A MIDNIGHT SERVICE - HOME INVASION

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:

DRIVE SLOW

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:

INTERIOR TERESA

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.

 

MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND (Spotlight)

Preceded by:

TRUE BLUE

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:

MÖBIUS

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:

THE PRIVATES

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:

SUNDAYS WITH RIKI

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:

FAMILY REWRITTEN

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.

 

FURRY LEWIS & THE BOTTLENECK GUITAR STORY (Hometowners Competition)

Preceded by:

THE MAN IS THE MUSIC

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:

ABBY, THE SPOON LADY

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:

THE RETURN OF THE FLESH EATING FILM REELS

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:

TWO BIRDS

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:

STAND UP GUYS

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:

MADE IN MARIANNA: THE LEGEND OF SUPER WOLFE

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 IndieMemphis.com 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 grizzlies.com. For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).

ABOUT INDIE MEMPHIS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

indiememphis.com/youthfilmfest

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

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

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

About Indie Memphis 

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

Amazon Studios joins Indie Memphis as Marquee Sponsor

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

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

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

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

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

About Indie Memphis:

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

Amazon Studios joins Malco Theatres Inc. as Marquee sponsors.

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

   

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHEDULE & VENUES

Tue. Nov 1       Halloran Centre (Opening Night)

Wed. Nov 2     Halloran Centre

                         Malco Ridgeway

Thu. Nov 3       Halloran Centre

   Malco Ridgeway

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

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

   Malco Towne Cinema in Collierville

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

Mon. Nov 7       Halloran Centre (Closing Night)

INDIE GRANTS

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

 Two $500 (Cash) production grants

*In-Kind Vendor Sponsors*

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

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

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

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

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

Indie Memphis Builds on Success in Planning 2016 Festival

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starz Digital joins Indie Memphis as Spotlight Sponsor

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

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

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

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

About Starz Digital:

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

About Indie Memphis:

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

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

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

FERAL by Morgan Jon Fox: Sneak Peek

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

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

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

- Supported by ArtsFirst: First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis -

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

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

Indie Memphis members receive a $2 discount code by email

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

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

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

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

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

Variety of Subjects Net Awards at Indie Memphis Film Festival

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

The four-day film festival concludes Sunday evening.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indie Memphis Joins Film Festival Collective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This summer’s complete schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MovieMaker Magazine Again Names Indie Memphis to Its Top 50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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