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Indie Memphis: More Than A Film Festival

Francis Ford Coppola at The Brooks Francis Ford Coppola at The Brooks

Indie Memphis is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in the Summer '09 issue of MovieMaker Magazine, but our programs and collaborations inspire, encourage and promote independent films and filmmaking in Memphis throughout the year!



A few non-festival highlights from this past year included:



-- A live Q&A session via internet with Francis Ford Coppola (which included special appearance by Sophia Coppola) after a screening of his latest feature, Tetro, at the Brooks Museum of Art. Presented in collaboration with The Brooks, the event was sponsored by the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission / Memphis ED.



-- David Lynch presents Interview Project with a live performance by musician Stoll Vaughan at the Brooks Museum of Art, presented in collaboration with The Brooks.



Bill Plympton at the Memphis College of Art Bill Plympton at the Memphis College of Art

-- Screenings of animator Bill Plympton's feature films Hair High and Idiots and Angels, presented in collaboration with the Memphis College of Art at Malco's Studio on the Square. Plympton was in attendance for the screening of Idiots and Angels and held a free lecture at the Memphis College of Art about his work and career.



-- Essential Art House Cinema screenings presented in collaboration with the Brooks Museum of Art, bringing restored high-definition transfers of Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1962), Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957) and Fellini’s La Strada (1954) to The Brooks and a new, restored 35mm print of Kurosawa's Rashomon (1950) to Malco's Studio on the Square.



-- Screenings of short films from Chile and the award-winning Chilean feature Machuca, presented with the Memphis In May International Festival, continuing the three-year collaboration between our organizations.



$5 Cover World Premiere poster

-- World Premiere of Craig Brewer's $5 Cover at the Malco Paradiso, co-presented by Malco and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. The event drew a crowd of more than 1,100 attendees and served as Indie Memphis' Spring fundraiser and the launch platform for our new membership program.



Please make an end-of-year donation to Indie Memphis or become a member, if you're not one already -- and help continue our programs in the 2010! Click here to download a membership/donation form.



All the best to you and your's in the New Year,









Erik Jambor
Executive Director

Les Edwards
Board President