Indie Memphis officials announced today that the popular free Concert Film Series will return again this summer with the first event to be held Saturday, July 21.
This summer's program will be the series second season at the Levitt Shell and will be sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Red Wax Music, Modern Production Concepts, Rock 103, and the Memphis Flyer.
The films will begin at dusk and admission is free to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The series will open with two screenings hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union: Stop Making Sense on Saturday, July 21, and a special screening celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop festival on Saturday, July 28.
Stop Making Sense is the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film by filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), called the "greatest concert movie of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine. The Monterey Pop screening features Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's full performances from the famed 1967 festival, as documented by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker in Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey.
"Orion is excited to team with Indie Memphis to continue our support of the arts in Memphis. And what better way to do it than under the stars at one of our most legendary musical landmarks," said Daniel Weickenand, CEO of Orion Federal Credit Union."
On Saturday, August 4 the series continues with Elvis On Tour, hosted by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in anticipation of Elvis Week, which is August 10-18. The Golden Globe Best Documentary winner chronicles Elvis Presley's whirlwind 15-city, 15-night 1972 tour.
"Elvis Week 2012 is the 35th Anniversary and will be the largest gathering of Elvis fans from around the world that we've ever seen," said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. "This screening will be a great way for those of us in Elvis' hometown to come together and commemorate his remarkable career."
The series will continue through the remaining Saturday nights in August, with additional titles to be announced soon. Memphians will be able to help fund the final shows of the season with their contributions.