A diverse assortment of subjects that range from Abraham Lincoln's childhood to an account of a legendary art forger are included on the list of films announced tonight for this year’s 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival to be held October 30 through November 2 at four different venues in the Overton Square area.
The announcement of the headline features and local films to be shown was made by noted Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer during Indie Memphis’ third annual preview party, which this year was held at High Cotton Brewing Company.
The festival’s official Opening Night Film on October 30 will be Gabriel, the story of a troubled young man, played by Rory Culkin, who searches obsessively for his first love, risking everything in an increasingly desperate pursuit. The film is directed by Lou Howe, who is scheduled to attend along with Cuklin.
The festival's Closing Night Film on November 2 is Low Down, a look at the life of pianist Joe Albany as he contends with his drug addiction during the 1960s and '70s jazz scene. The film stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Taryn Manning, Glenn Close.
A special Halloween event will be a midnight screening of a newly restored and re-mastered classic, Halloween, John Carpenter’s landmark with Jamie Lee Curtis in her debut role. Anyone who's ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story by Michael Myers.
Also of special interest will be a gala screening of Heathers. It will be the 25th anniversary screening of the 1988 dark comedy starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Director Michael Lehmann and writer Daniel Waters are scheduled to attend and participate in a question and answer session following the screening.
The festival lineup includes more than 45 narrative features and documentaries currently on the festival circuit. Click here for the complete list. This year’s festival again will be presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. The Memphis-based investment firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.
Another film of note is Art & Craft which tells the story of Mark Landis, one of the most prolific art forgers in US history, as he is exposed and must confront the legacy of his 30-year career. Landis is scheduled to attend the screening and participate in a question and answer session after the screening.
The film about Lincoln’s childhood is The Better Angels. It tells of Lincoln's childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality. It is directed by A.J. Edwards and produced by Terrence Malick.
The acclaimed 1994 basketball documentary Hoop Dreams will be screened as part of a special 20th anniversary screening. The film’s producer and cinematographer Peter Gilbert will be in attendance with two of the films’ subjects: Arthur Agee and his mother Sheila Agee, who is featured prominently in the film. The screening will take place on Sunday, November 2 at the new Hattiloo Theatre.
Other highlights include The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game; and Sony Picture Classics' Whiplash.
The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch, who was in Sherlock and last year’s Indie Memphis’ widely discussed August: Osage County. Cumberbatch plays English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Whiplash stars Miles Teller (Divergent and Brewer's Footloose) as a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.
The preview party was produced by Memphis writer, producer and actress Savannah Bearden (The Break-up Show). Brewer, whose movie Hustle & Flow attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, is president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career.
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, creating a hub of cross-pollination for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – all of which received Academy Award nominations.