Indie Memphis to Screen Three Films As Part of Memphis Fashion Week

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, March 5, 2014 – Indie Memphis, the organization that presents the Indie Memphis Film Festival each fall, will help celebrate Memphis Fashion Week by screening three fashion-industry-related films on three consecutive Tuesday evenings in March.

The trio of films, which focus on three different aspects of the fashion industry – modeling, design and photography – are:

March 11Girl Model. Followed by a Q&A with AMAX Talent agents and models.

March 18Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston.

March 25Bill Cunningham New York.

All three films will be shown at 7 pm at Malco’s Studio on the Square.

Memphis Fashion Week, which will run from March 24 to March 29, was established to provide an outlet for Memphis and national designers to present their spring and summer collections at venues that showcase Memphis’ character and charm. The week will include kick off parties, boutique events and runway shows.

The ticket price for each film is $7 with a special three-film package available for $15. There will be no admission charge for Indie Memphis members or for Fashion Week ticket holders.

The film Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a13-year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. After Ashley’s initial discovery of Nadya, the two rarely meet again, but their stories are inextricably bound. As Nadya’s optimism contrasted against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.

Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is an exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston.  Using archival footage of and interviews about fashion designer and icon Halston (1932-1990), Whitney Smith looks at the 1970s in Manhattan. Smith is interested in the parties and the excess, which contrast with Halston's minimalist lines. There is a rough chronology for Halston: from milliner to couture to an unsuccessful attempt to bring his designs to the customers of J.C. Penney. The principal focus is on the world of Studio 54 and Halston's part in it.

Bill Cunningham New York concerns the 80-plus New York Times photographer. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist who inventively chronicled fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown and downtown eccentrics and everyone in between, Cunningham’s enormous body of work is more reliable than any catwalk as an expression of time, place and individual flair.

Indie Memphis will hold its 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival on Halloween weekend -- October 30 through November 2.  The event will enlarge its presence 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.


About Memphis Fashion Week

Memphis Fashion Week is about cultivating and celebrating local and regional fashion through designers, photographers, models and boutiques. Proceeds from official events benefit The Memphis Fashion Fund and The Emerging Memphis Designer Project. MFW is the only event in Memphis bringing together stylists, designers, photographers and models to showcase local talent.

The Memphis Fashion Fund is a grant program created to support and cultivate local designers and artists in the fashion industry.  The Memphis Fashion Fund is responsible for the Emerging Memphis Designer Project and works with local organizations to create opportunities and training for these designers.