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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filmmaker Craig Brewer elected president of Indie Memphis board

Filmmaker Craig Brewer. Photo by Jamie Harmon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Indie Memphis

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

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

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


Tuesday, March 11

Take Me to the River - documentary film

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

 

Friday, March 14

Memphis Means Music session

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

 

Saturday, March 15

Take Me to the River - second screening

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

 

Saturday, March 15

Take Me to the River - music showcase

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 18Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

March 25Bill Cunningham New York.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

About Memphis Fashion Week

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

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

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

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

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

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

The festival, which will hold its 17th in Midtown’s Overton Square district by including the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, scheduled to open in mid-summer. The Hattiloo will join other Overton Square theaters, including Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square, as venues for films shown during the festival.

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

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

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

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

With a focus on regional filmmaking from all parts of the country, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from across the country, transforming the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom presented by the National Civil Rights Museum – all of which have received nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Sponsorships are now available for this year’s film festival. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at erik@indiememphis.com or by calling (901) 888-4128. 

 

About Indie Memphis

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

Indie Memphis Film Festival Again Breaks 10,000 Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here for a complete list of award-winners.

 

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

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

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

Nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, the festival, which begins October 31 and runs through November 3, will again be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in 10 states and presenting sponsor since 2011.

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

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

This year’s films of special note include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The complete list of festival features is available here

 

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

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

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

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

The schedule:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

'MovieMaker' Magazine Names Indie Memphis to Its Top 50

MovieMaker, Spring 2013

MovieMaker, Spring 2013

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

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

For more than 10 years, MovieMaker has compiled its annual guide for aspiring independent filmmakers who hope to have their work seen by a number of festival audiences while remaining as economical as possible – a process integral to the essence of independent filmmaking. This year the magazine expanded its list from 25 to 50 festivals in “order to encompass a more diverse range of fest locations."

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

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

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

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

Indie Memphis is bringing back the double feature.

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

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

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

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

About the films:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


About the “Sweden @ 24 FPS” films:

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

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

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

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

About Indie Memphis:

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

About Memphis In May:

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

Found Footage Festival returns April 15

After selling out Memphis shows in 2010 and 2011, we're bringing the Found Footage Festival back to the Studio on the Square on Monday, April 15 at 7:30 pm for an all-new showcase of videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country.

Tickets: $12 general admission and in advance / $9 for Indie Memphis members at the door.  ** Admission restricted to those 18 and older. **

Curators Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) will be on hand to host the screening and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. 

From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Since its first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV’s Attack Of The Show, and has been named a critic’s pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle (“Riotous!”), AVClub.com (“Skull-crushingly funny.”), The Stranger, and The Chicago Tribune.

Indie Memphis filmmaker Alan Spearman receives Metropolitan Bank's third annual Emmett O'Ryan Award

2013 Emmett O'Ryan Award nominees: Jared Small, Alan Spearman, Eli Gold, Bill Price

Indie Memphis filmmaker Alan Spearman recently received the third annual Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration, given by Metropolitan Bank to an emerging artist for his or her work that also bears promise for future artistic significance. The honor comes with a $2,000 cash award and Indie Memphis, as the nominating organization, receives $500.

Alan, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist, made his directorial debut in 2007 with the Indie Memphis Film Festival award-winning feature film, Nobody. In 2012, he completed five short films including As I Am, a project recently named by the video-sharing website Vimeo as one of its top 12 videos of 2012. The film follows Chris Dean, the Booker T. Washington High School student who introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. It is a poignant depiction of the battle of everyday life  faced by children who grow up on the streets of South Memphis.  As I Am won both the Audience Award for Hometowner Film and the Jury Award for Best Hometowner Documentary Short at the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival. 

The "Emmett" Award was created is in honor of the late Emmett O’Ryan, a founding board member of Metropolitan Bank. Mr. O’Ryan was an avid art collector and artist. Metropolitan Bank created this award to honor Mr. O’Ryan and his contribution to the community. The winning entry and artist is selected by committee composed of Metropolitan Bank associates, a member of the ArtsMemphis Board or Directors and a member of Mr. O’Ryan’s family.

“Emmett O’Ryan was not only a very influential founding board member of Metropolitan, but he was a friend to many of us,” said Phillip May, Metropolitan’s Memphis President.  “It is important to us that we continue to honor his contribution to both the bank and to the arts.  We are grateful to ArtsMemphis and the nominating organizations for their help in making this event a reality, and we were thrilled once again with the quality of the nominees and the impact they are each having on the city of Memphis.”

Area nonprofit visual arts organizations are eligible to nominate affiliated artists for the Emmett O’Ryan Award. Other artist nominees this year included: Thomasin Durgin, nominated by the UrbanArt Commission; Elisha Gold, nominated by Crosstown Arts; Andrew Meers, nominated by the Metal Museum; Bill Price, nominated by Memphis College of Art; and Jared Small, nominated by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

ArtsMemphis is hosting an exhibition showcasing the works of 12 Emmett nominees and recipients from the past three years. The exhibition is open 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, through March 29 at ArtsMemphis, 575 South Mendenhall. It is free and open to the public.

About Metropolitan Bank:

Metropolitan, the banking subsidiary of Metropolitan BancGroup, Inc., is a $720 million financial institution. After its successful acquisition of Bancsouth Financial Corporation and its subsidiary, Bank of the South, in 2008 and its acquisition of a Tennessee state bank charter, Metropolitan currently operates seven full-service banking offices in Mississippi and Tennessee. Metropolitan offers a full range of financial products and services, including personal and business transaction accounts, online and mobile banking and bill payment, mortgages, home equity lines of credit, construction, commercial and consumer financing, treasury management, Xpress deposit, remote deposit capture and merchant card services. For more information, visit www.themetropolitanbank.com.

About ArtsMemphis:

Since 1963, ArtsMemphis has raised funds to ensure excellence in the arts and to build a vibrant cultural community for everyone. During FY12, ArtsMemphis allocated more than 95 percent of its annual campaign, in addition to enhancement funds from the historic Memphis for the Arts endowment campaign, to distribute $4 million, including more than 100 grants to 60 local arts and culture groups in 10 categories. For more information, visit www.artsmemphis.org. 

Indie Memphis Sets 2013 Festival Dates, Prize List Grows

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society, has set October 31 through November 3 as the date for this year’s event.

The festival, presented again by Duncan-Williams, Inc., will award a total of $6,000 in cash – up from $2,000 in 2012. Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis with offices in ten states has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

Indie Memphis, marking its 16th anniversary, will show films at three venues in Midtown’s Overton Square area, including Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and on three screens at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square.  Additionally, related events will be held at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

The cash awards at this year’s festival include:

  • $1,000 presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. for the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award
  • $2,000 presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission for Best Hometowner Feature ($1,000), Best Hometowner Narrative Short ($500), and Best Hometowner Documentary Short ($500)
  • $1,000 presented by Classic American Hardwoods for Best Documentary Feature
  • $1,000 for Best Narrative Feature
  • $500 for Best Narrative Short
  • $500 for Best Documentary Short

Last year’s film festival attracted 11,028, shattering the record of 8,000 set in 2011 – a 37.5 percent jump in attendance. The 2012 festival was held November 1 through 4.

“From the enthusiastic support of the Memphis business community to the unprecedented increase in attendance, we couldn’t be happier with the continued success of the festival,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis.

Central to the festival’s growth was the new Innovation component, which presented a program of panel discussions and presentations by innovation and technology leaders, including FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner;  Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and Hustle and Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer.

The festival also featured a "48-Hour Hack" presented in collaboration with LaunchMemphis and sponsored by Microsoft, as well as a series of Microsoft education and training opportunities. 

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

Festival sponsorships are now available. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams, Inc. and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at erik@indiememphis.com.

2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival Breaks Attendance Record

The 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival held earlier this month attracted 11,028, shattering the record of 8,000 set in 2011, according to final figures announced today.

Marking its 15th anniversary this year, the festival’s ticket and pass sales grew by more than 60 percent. The new mark for the four-day event represents a 37.5 percent jump in attendance over last year.  The festival, which was presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., was held November 1 through 4.

“From the enthusiastic support of the Memphis business community to the unprecedented increase in attendance, we couldn’t be happier with the success of this year’s festival,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. “We look forward to expanding the festival in 2013, and engaging even more of Memphis in our year-round programs and special events.”

Central to the festival’s growth was the new Innovation component, which presented a program of panel discussions and presentations by innovation and technology leaders, including FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner;  Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and Hustle and Flow filmmaker Craig Brewer.

The festival also featured a "48-Hour Hack" presented in collaboration with LaunchMemphis and sponsored by Microsoft, as well as a series of Microsoft education and training opportunities. 

The 2012 festival, which was named a "Top 20 Event" by the Southeast Tourism Society, included 39 feature films and about 70 shorts at four locations:  Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse, the Malco Studio on the Square and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.  The event has been recognized by MovieMaker magazine as a "Coolest Film Festival" and a "Best Film Festival Investment." 

Also new this year was the festival’s award sculptures, designed and created by Yvonne Bobo and commissioned by Duncan-Williams, Inc.  The awards were presented by a jury of noted filmmakers and industry leaders, including Oscar-winner Dan Lindsay (Undefeated), Oscar-nominee Bruce Sinofsky (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), screenwriter Larry Karaszewski (Man on the Moon, The People vs Larry Flynt), music supervisor Joe Rudge (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Zoetrope All-Story editor Michael Ray. 

Jury award-winners included the United States premiere Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Best Documentary Feature), Alex Karpovsky’s Red Flag (Best Narrative Feature), Sun Don't Shine (Nice Shoes Award), Redlegs (Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award), Throat Song (Best Narrative Short), and Open Five 2 (Best Hometowner Feature). Audience Awards were led by C. Scott McCoy's documentary, Antenna, about the famed Memphis rock club, and Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, Quartet.  For the complete list of winners, visit click here.

Sponsors and supporters of the 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival included Duncan-Williams, Inc., Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, ArtsMemphis, Combustion, Malco Theaters, Microsoft, Modern Production Concepts, Nice Shoes, Nolan AV, Playhouse on the Square, Comcast, Elvis Presley Enterprises, FedEx, Hohenberg Foundation, Launch Memphis, Loeb Properties, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, The Memphis Flyer, SAGIndie, Tennessee Arts Commission and WKNO-FM.

New Events, Noted Films Await Visitors as 4-Day Indie Memphis Film Festival Begins Thursday

A lineup of 40 features and 70 shorts will be screened at four locations beginning Thursday (November 1) at the 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., the four-day festival has added a new innovation and technology program to its usual schedule of independent film screenings and live musical performances. Innovation topics range from digital storytelling and data management to the innovation economy and inclusive innovation.

Venues for this year’s festival are Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse, Malco’s Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. 

For the complete schedule, as well as information concerning tickets, passes, the innovation and technology events, and even the jurors, visit indiememphis.com.

This year’s fest will include the U.S. premiere of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a film about a 1970s Memphis rock band. The film, which will be shown opening night at Playhouse on the Square, had its world premiere in London earlier this month.  Also on Thursday, the 900 minute documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey begins its six-part screenings at the Brooks Museum of Art.

Part One of the gigantic undertaking will be shown at 10:15 am and Part Two at 6:15 pm.  The initial segment will show that ideas and passion have always driven film more than money and marketing. It includes the very first movie stars, close ups and special effects, and creation of the Hollywood myth. 

Part Two includes the Roaring 1920s when Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry with star directors such as Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. But the gloss and fantasy was challenged by movie makers like Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. This was a battle for the soul of cinema. This resulted in some of the greatest movies ever made.                 

Of special interest to Indie Memphis fans will be Craig Brewer’s Indie Origins, a 90-minute program of short films from the early days of the fifteen-year-old festival. Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose) will chronicle the films and filmmakers that inspired him at the beginning of his career.

Indie Memphis’ new innovation and technology events, which complement the independent and creative spirit of the film festival, include topics ranging from design trends and digital storytelling to data management and the innovation economy, in addition to screening independent films and showcasing musical acts. The speakers for these new events come from top companies such as FedEx, Microsoft, IBM, Google, BBDO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.              

Two noted documentary filmmakers, Daniel Lindsay and Bruce Sinofsky, whose films both were nominated for Academy Awards last year after earlier screening at the 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival, will serve as jurors at this year’s festival, which will be held November 1 through 4.            

Lindsay was co-director of Undefeated, which won the 2011 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Sinofsky was co-director of the Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, which also was nominated for best documentary.

In all, 14 jurors will participate in this year in the city’s nationally-ranked film festival, named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine and a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Indie Memphis Teams up with FedEx and Microsoft to add Technology and Innovation to Festival

The 15th Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., has added new innovation and technology events this year on topics ranging from design trends and digital storytelling to data management and the innovation economy, in addition to screening independent films and showcasing musical acts.

The speakers for these new events come from top companies such as FedEx, Microsoft, Google, BBDO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.

The new innovation events complement the independent and creative spirit of the established Memphis festival, which takes place November 1-4th. Memphis has an entrepreneurial spirit that goes back to the beginnings of FedEx, Holiday Inn and even Elvis’ rock n’ roll. That melding of art and new ideas is part of the festival’s plans this year.

“With the digital convergence of film, music and interactive media, it has been part of our long-term plan to add an Innovation/Technology component to the Indie Memphis festival,” says Iddo Patt, Indie Memphis board president. “So when Kevin Mireles of FedEx approached us this summer with an idea for how to get it done in time for this year's festival, we jumped at the chance. With the help of FedEx, Microsoft and LaunchYourCity, we've been able to put together a concentrated program that would be the envy of any media and technology conference and will be a springboard to engaging the entire community in the creativity and innovation that are part of the soul of Memphis.”

The highlights of the innovation/technology events include:

  • Thursday, November 1: Microsoft Experience Center and Windows 8 Boot Camp with hands-on opportunities with some of their newest technologies and products
  • Friday, November 2nd: Creative Conversations: a series of panels focused on innovation, digital storytelling, innovation economy with FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner; Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and BBDO Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, David Lubars. Also a session on Inclusive Innovation: finding new ways to make a difference and ensure everyone is able to participate in the innovation economy, with speakers Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), and FedEx’s Sherry Aaholm; Microsoft’s John Daly on big data. And more…
  • Friday, November 1-4: LaunchMemphis 48 Hour Hack where developers and diverse professionals can work with Windows 8 App to build apps, video games and web tools over the course of a single weekend

The festival will take place in Overton Square, with sessions held at theaters in the area including Playhouse on the Square, Studio on the Square and Circuit Playhouse. 

Festival and Patron Passes include admission to Thursday and Friday’s innovation events, as well as film screenings and music activities throughout the weekend. The film schedule will be available October 5. Last year’s festival attracted a record-setting crowd of more than 8,000 attendees with high-profile screenings including Oscar-winner Undefeated and Oscar-nominee Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.

Alloy Orchestra Returns to Memphis in October For Performance of ‘The Complete METROPOLIS'

The Alloy Orchestra, a hit during their first two appearances at the Indie Memphis Film Festival, will return to Memphis next month, just two weeks before the festival’s 15th annual event.  The acclaimed group will perform its original score to Fritz Lang’s complete Metropolis at 8 pm, Wednesday, October 17 at the Malco Paradiso.

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The performance is being presented by Indie Memphis and is made possible through the support of Dorothy Kirsch. Admission is $15 per person and $12 for Indie Memphis members. “Earlybird tickets” are available at a $2 discount through Thursday, October 4.

Called “the best in the world at accompanying silent films” by noted film critic Roger Ebert, the Alloy Orchestra performed at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2006 and again in 2009.  The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, which writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash andgrind soulful music from unlikely sources.

Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era.

Alloy began their career with their score for Metropolis in 1991.  The group has worked with 4 different versions of the film, including the newest “complete” version, released in 2010.  Alloy was invited in that year to perform their newest reworking of their score, at the TCM Classic Film Festival’s American premiere of the new restoration.  The packed house at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, gave the musicians an enthusiastic standing ovation – a response that has been repeated many times as the group has toured with the magnificent film.

Craig Brewer’s Party to Offer Peek at This Year’s Indie Fest

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Movie fans who can’t wait for the Indie Memphis 15th annual film festival in November can get an advance peek a month earlier along with  live music, great food, movie trailers, door prizes and special screenings at a one-of-a-kind party on Beale Street hosted by filmmaker Craig Brewer.

The noted Memphis film director and screenwriter, whose rise to international stardom began with the Indie Memphis Film Festival, invites members and supporters to “Craig Brewer’s Indie Memphis Peep Show” on Thursday, October 4, from 7 pm to 9 pm at the historic A. Schwab, the 136-year-old store at 165 Beale Street.

The party is a special members-only event, but anyone can purchase a one-year $50 membership that includes a Festival Tripper Ticket, which provides access to non-gala films and panels at this year’s festival. The 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be held November 1 through 4 and presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc.

“My party is actually a way to build membership and have an amazing evening at the same time,” says Brewer. “Indie Memphis has been a huge factor in my career and I want to play a role in its fantastic growth. This is a great way to kick off its 15th anniversary.”

Brewer will preview some of the highlights of the festival for the party guests, and preside over entertainment including live music and the Sock It To Me Burlesque Troupe. In addition, members at the party will have the opportunity to buy specially discounted higher-level pass packages to the festival.