Free screening of THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT -- 7:15 pm Thursday, March 24 @ Malco Summer Drive-In

Indie Memphis and ArtsMemphis are thrilled to bring Cory McAbee's acclaimed musical space western, The American Astronaut, back to Memphis for an encore screening at Malco Theatre's Summer Drive-In -- on glorious 35mm film!

Open to the public, the free drive-in screening is part of the ArtsMemphis Bravo membership season.

Load up your car with friends on Thursday, March 24th, and join us at the Drive-In. Arrive early to mix, mingle and make new friends. The film begins at 7:15 pm and the concession stand will be open. If the weather's nice, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to... enjoy indie film al fresco.

"Nothing short of phenomenal," said the New York Times of The American Astronaut. Entertainment Weekly described it as "a Laurel & Hardy skit directed by Salvador Dali," and Filmmaker Magazine called it "Something virtually unique in American independent film."

What: The American Astronaut

When: 7:15 pm Thursday, March 24

Where: Malco Summer Drive-In
(5310 Summer Ave.)

Admission: FREE! (Make sure to tell the ticket booth attendant you are with Indie Memphis / Bravo Memphis for free entry.)

As a Mosaic grant recipient, Indie Memphis is the only area film organization that receives annual funding from ArtsMemphis. Presenting a broad range of dynamic and engaging film programs throughout the year, the nonprofit organization received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help produce last year's Indie Memphis Film Festival, which was named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009 and drew a record-setting crowd of 7,800 attendees in 2010. The 14th edition of the annual film festival is set for November 3-6, 2011, and will take place at Playhouse on the Square, Studio on the Square and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

Since 1963, ArtsMemphis has raised funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone. In FY10, ArtsMemphis allocated more than 95 percent of its annual campaign, in addition to enhancement funds from the historic Memphis for the Arts campaign, to award $4.3 million to the Memphis arts community. Funds from ArtsMemphis are used to give stable operating and project support for 26 performing and visual arts organizations, to support 40+ community projects with an arts focus, to administer our Arts for Children & Teachers (ACT) arts education program in Memphis City and Shelby County Schools and to provide student ticket subsidies to an estimated 60,000 school children in West Tennessee.