Indie Memphis Adds Craig Brewer, Gary Lendermon to Board

Filmmaker Craig Brewer and Duncan-Williams, Inc. marketing and communications vice president Gary Lendermon, have accepted invitations to join the board of directors of Indie Memphis, the ArtsMemphis supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization which runs the Indie Memphis Film Festival and other year-round programs.

The 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival – set to take place November 1-4 at the Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, the Studio on the Square, and the Brooks Museum of Art – is a two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant recipient, nationally ranked by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and “25 Best Film Festival Investments.”

“We are thrilled to have Craig Brewer and Gary Lendermon join our board of directors,” said executive director Erik Jambor of Indie Memphis. “Their experience and expertise will help our organization continue its growth and better serve the Memphis community.”

Other Indie Memphis board members include Les Edwards, Erin Hagee, Kerry Hayes, Adam Hohenberg, John Hubbell, Dorothy Kirsch, Pat Mitchell Worley, Susan Murrmann, Iddo Patt and Jason Wexler.

Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer

Craig Brewer wrote and directed the critically acclaimed, Hustle & Flow, which won the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and the Academy Award for best song for "Hard Out Here For A Pimp." He moved on to direct Black Snake Moan with Samuel L. Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake. His remake of Footloose, starring newcomers Kenny Wormald and Julianne Hough, was released in theaters in October 2011. Born in Virginia, Craig moved to Northern California and spent his childhood summers in Memphis. He grew up writing and directing plays in school, ultimately landing at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco before moving back and settling in Memphis with his wife, Jodi. After his father's untimely death, Craig used the small inheritance to make his first feature, shot on digital video, The Poor & Hungry, which became a hit on the festival circuit. Currently, he is writing Tarzan for Warner Brothers. 

Gary Lendermon

Gary Lendermon

Gary W. Lendermon joined the firm in 2005 to oversee all facets of the growing regional firm’s internal and external communications and marketing efforts.  He has more than 30 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, having served as a divisional president for Archer Malmo, a Memphis, Tenn.-based AAAA advertising agency. He began his career in advertising with an international marketing services firm in New York and graduated at the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s of science degree. 

Film submissions are now being accepted from filmmakers who wish to hold their Memphis premiere at the Indie Memphis Film Festival this November. The festival’s “earlybird” deadline is Wednesday, March 7 with entry fees of $35 for feature films and $25 for short films; the final deadline is Wednesday, June 20 with entry fees of $70 for feature films and $60 for short films. Films made by Memphis-area filmmakers may submit their work in the Hometowner category at special discounted rates. Submissions are accepted through, with full details available at on the Indie Mephis website at

Awards include $25,000 in color grading and finishing services from Nice Shoes in NYC, a $1,000 cash prize for the winner of the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award, and more to be announced.  Travel and lodging is provided for competition feature filmmakers participating in the festival’s “Filmmakers Asking Questions” program, funding by the Academy of Motion Art and Sciences.

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 currently 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.