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Dates set for 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival; The Circuit Playhouse added as festival venue

Indie Memphis has set the dates for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and “25 Best Film Festival Investments” by MovieMaker magazine. This year’s festival will take place November 1 - November 4 in four venues in midtown Memphis.

Indie Memphis, which will mark the festival’s 15th anniversary this year, has added The Circuit Playhouse to its list of festival venues that also includes Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square, and the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 South Cooper, directly across the street from Playhouse on the Square and just two blocks south of the Studio on the Square.

 “We’re thrilled that the schedules of The Circuit Playhouse and Playhouse on the Square were able to align to make both venues available during our festival weekend,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. “The addition of Circuit will provide attendees with a more exciting, pedestrian-friendly community experience, and further integrate the festival’s growth with the development plans for Overton Square.”

The 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival was the most successful in its fifteen-year history, setting a new attendance record of 8,000 attendees, welcoming Duncan-Williams, Inc. as its presenting sponsor, winning its second $10,000 festival grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and having two of its award-winning films capture Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. The two films currently in contention for an Academy Award are Undefeated, which won the festival’s Audience Award for Documentary Feature, and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, whose filmmakers were awarded the festival’s “Power of Film” award for their work with the Paradise Lost trilogy.

Special guests at last year’s festival included Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three, filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose), actress Tanya Wright (HBO’s True Blood), screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers), producer Mike Ryan (Junebug, Losers Take All), and actor Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), who hosted the festival’s closing night Award Show.

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis that has offices in ten states and provides financial advisory services, returns as presenting sponsor of the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival. 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 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected] or by calling (901) 214-5171.