The countdown to this October's 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival begins with a special screening of the last year's Grand Jury Award-winner for Best Feature, Tom Quinn's acclaimed THE NEW YEAR PARADE.
What: THE NEW YEAR PARADE
When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22nd
Where: Malco's Studio on the Square
Admission: $5 / FREE for Indie Memphis members
THE NEW YEAR PARADE follows Jack and Kat McMonagle over the course of a year as their parents separate, struggle with their decisions, and eventually divorce. As past indiscretions are exposed, Jack and Kat question their own identities while struggling to build meaningful relationships. The family breakdown is set against the backdrop of Philadelphia's Mummery, one of the oldest American folk traditions.
Since pre-revolutionary times, the working-class of South Philadelphia have paraded on New Year's Day. In 1901, the merriment was organized into a city-sponsored event: The first annual Mummer's Parade. Today, nearly 15,000 members, many third and fourth generation, work 364 days a year and spend up to 100,000 dollars for a chance at bragging rights in the neighborhood and a continuing sense of tradition.
"A stunning debut... Altman-esque!"