Indie Memphis is rounding out its year’s programming with the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers.
Sponsored by the Sponsored by The Department of Communication at The University of Memphis and presented by Indie Memphis, the series will present six independent feature and documentary films from September through April – each with the filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening conversation with the audience about the film and their work.
All screenings in the series will begin at 7:30 pm at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square.
Tickets are $8 each, with a $2 discount available for seniors. Admission is free for Indie Memphis members and for students with valid ID.
The first film in the series is Morgan Nichols’ How to Make Movies at Home, to be shown Wednesday, September 18. The story involves Jonah and her band of DIY filmmakers who are threatened when a Hollywood production comes to establish their hometown of Hillport, Maine as a location for a big TV show. With practical lessons on cinema craft woven throughout, How to Make Movies at Home is a wild, infectious celebration of the DIY world and a proud instigator for a new value system in the world of movies.
Morgan Nichols’ first feature, Jesus Freak, premiered at The Los Angeles Film Festival in 2003, and won Best Southwest Film at the Santa Fe Film Festival. The Little Death followed in 2006, premiering at the Atlanta Film Festival and winning awards for best actor, best actress, best screenplay and best cinematography as it traveled the festival circuit.
In addition to his large body of work as a true independent filmmaker, Nichols has worked for various subsidiaries of Viacom, Warner Bros. and Disney. He holds an MFA in Cinema from The University of Southern California and a BA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University.
Other film in the series include:
October 16 – Birth of the Living Dead (Rob Kuhns & Esther Cassidy, filmmakers) tells the story of a young college drop-out who in 1968 directed a low-budget horror film that shocked the world and became an icon of the counterculture – Night of the Living Dead, which spawned a billion-dollar zombie industry that continues to this day.
November 20 – GMO OMG (Jeremy Seifert, filmmaker). Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory-assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere.
February 12 – The Iran Job (Till Schauder & Sara Nodjoumi, filmmakers) follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran. With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics, only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran. Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women.
March 5 – Finding Hillywood (Leah Warshawski, filmmaker). Set in the hills of Rwanda, Finding Hillywood chronicles one man’s road to forgiveness, his effort to heal his country, and the realization that we all must one day face our past. A unique and endearing film that explores the beginning of Rwanda’s film industry, and the pioneers who bring local films to rural communities.
April 16 – The New Public (Jyllian Gunther, filmmaker). In 2006, a former DJ & point-guard turned first-time principal opened a small public high school in an area in Brooklyn, New York where one third of the residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40 percent. Filmed over four years, the film goes in and out of the classroom to follow the journey of students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality. Through the prism of one inner-city school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.
For complete series information, or to buy online tickets, visit www.indiememphis.com/southerncircuit.
About The Department of Communication at the University of Memphis: The Department of Communication at the University of Memphis has the longest standing film production program in the Mid-South, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with an emphasis in Film and Video Production.
About The Southern Circuit Tour: The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. www.southarts.org