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.