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Indie Memphis Teams up with FedEx and Microsoft to add Technology and Innovation to Festival

The 15th Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., has added new innovation and technology events this year on topics ranging from design trends and digital storytelling to data management and the innovation economy, in addition to screening independent films and showcasing musical acts.

The speakers for these new events come from top companies such as FedEx, Microsoft, Google, BBDO and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, among others.

The new innovation events complement the independent and creative spirit of the established Memphis festival, which takes place November 1-4th. Memphis has an entrepreneurial spirit that goes back to the beginnings of FedEx, Holiday Inn and even Elvis’ rock n’ roll. That melding of art and new ideas is part of the festival’s plans this year.

“With the digital convergence of film, music and interactive media, it has been part of our long-term plan to add an Innovation/Technology component to the Indie Memphis festival,” says Iddo Patt, Indie Memphis board president. “So when Kevin Mireles of FedEx approached us this summer with an idea for how to get it done in time for this year's festival, we jumped at the chance. With the help of FedEx, Microsoft and LaunchYourCity, we've been able to put together a concentrated program that would be the envy of any media and technology conference and will be a springboard to engaging the entire community in the creativity and innovation that are part of the soul of Memphis.”

The highlights of the innovation/technology events include:

  • Thursday, November 1: Microsoft Experience Center and Windows 8 Boot Camp with hands-on opportunities with some of their newest technologies and products
  • Friday, November 2nd: Creative Conversations: a series of panels focused on innovation, digital storytelling, innovation economy with FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner; Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and BBDO Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, David Lubars. Also a session on Inclusive Innovation: finding new ways to make a difference and ensure everyone is able to participate in the innovation economy, with speakers Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code), and FedEx’s Sherry Aaholm; Microsoft’s John Daly on big data. And more…
  • Friday, November 1-4: LaunchMemphis 48 Hour Hack where developers and diverse professionals can work with Windows 8 App to build apps, video games and web tools over the course of a single weekend

The festival will take place in Overton Square, with sessions held at theaters in the area including Playhouse on the Square, Studio on the Square and Circuit Playhouse. 

Festival and Patron Passes include admission to Thursday and Friday’s innovation events, as well as film screenings and music activities throughout the weekend. The film schedule will be available October 5. Last year’s festival attracted a record-setting crowd of more than 8,000 attendees with high-profile screenings including Oscar-winner Undefeated and Oscar-nominee Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.