Don't miss the Film Commission's Saturday and Sunday "Indie Heaven" with film producer Mike Ryan & Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins

Don't miss the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's "Indie Heaven," presented in coordination with the local economic development initiative, MemphisED. Additional sponsors include Malco Theatres, Inc., FedEx and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY) and producer Mike Ryan (FAY GRIM / JUNEBUG / CHOKE) are coming to Memphis on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th to screen their work, answer questions and lead workshops for emerging screenwriters.

Ryan, eager to return to Memphis where he produced the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, hopes the weekend will especially be a draw to "...emerging screenwriters with vision and non-traditional stories...those who wouldn't feel at home at a pre-packaged, high-price, up-tight screenwriters conference."

Ryan, known in independent film circles for his outspoken, sometimes gruff manner, continues: "We are reaching out to the entire community; the suburbs are welcome, but, hey, Barry and I are independent filmmakers. We want real people and real treatments. You know, texture...gritty stuff."

On Saturday, July 18th at 10 am, writer/director Barry Jenkins will be on hand to screen MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, a triple nominee of Film Independent's 2009 Spirit Awards and a 2008 Indie Memphis Film Festival favorite. On Sunday, July 19th at 10 am, Mike Ryan will present Hal Hartley's acclaimed 2006 feature, FAY GRIM. Both screenings will take place at the Malco Paradiso (584 S. Mendenhall Road), with Q&A sessions session following each.

The screenwriting workshops with Ryan and Jenkins will take place in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday -- with the location announced after each screening. Those interested in having their treatments reviewed should pre-submit to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission at [email protected]

Click here for complete "Indie Heaven" details and for examples of the desired format for treatment submissions.

Click here to read John Beifuss' writeup in Go Memphis.


FAY GRIM trailer