The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has been nationally-ranked by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and one the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," has set October 30 - November 2 as the dates for this year’s event, which will add a new venue and see its presenting sponsor extend its support for a fourth year.
The festival, which will hold its 17th in Midtown’s Overton Square district by including the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, scheduled to open in mid-summer. The Hattiloo will join other Overton Square theaters, including Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square, as venues for films shown during the festival.
Erik Jambor, Indie Memphis Executive Director said, “We’re thrilled to have Hattiloo Theatre join us as an Indie Memphis venue. The Hattiloo will help to grow and diversity the festival audience while also increasing the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the event.”
Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Memphis, has extended its support as presenting sponsor through the 2014 festival. The firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.
In announcing Duncan-Williams’ decision to continue its role as presenting sponsor, Gary Lendermon, the firm’s marketing director, said, “The Indie Memphis Film Festival brings Memphians together to celebrate and showcase our great city’s creativity in a style and flavor no other city can match. Since we began our partnership in 2011, the festival has continued to expand its professional recognition and influence among the movie industry. The local and national spotlight edition on Halloween weekend, will increase its presence shown on the festival has proven to be very positive for our brand.”
Last year’s festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event for the second consecutive year with a total of 10,035.
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. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom presented by the National Civil Rights Museum – all of which have received nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.
Sponsorships are now available for this year’s film festival. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2014 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected] or by calling (901) 888-4128.
About Indie Memphis
Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and on-going efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis supported 501(c)3 non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. For details, visit www.indiememphis.com