Filmmaker Craig Brewer elected president of Indie Memphis board

Filmmaker Craig Brewer. Photo by Jamie Harmon.

Memphis screenwriter and film director Craig Brewer, whose movie Hustle & Flow attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, has been elected president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career.

Brewer’s term as president is for two years. This is his third year on the board.

“The Indie Memphis Film Festival is where my career began. More importantly, it’s where I’ve met all of my closest friends,” Brewer said. “Over the years, that close circle of movie lovers and filmmakers has grown into one of the most engaging and entertaining events of the year. I am honored to be president of a organization that has been my passion for more than a decade.”

Indie Memphis is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which offers diverse year-round programming highlighted by its annual film festival. The 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., will be held October 30 to November 2.

Other newly elected officers of the board are Kerry Hayes, vice-president; Erin Freeman, secretary; and Les Edwards, treasurer. Iddo Patt remains on the board as immediate past president.  The board also includes Mark Furr, Adam Hohenberg, Dorothy Kirsch, Gary Lendermon, Kevin Mireles, Jason Wexler, Pat Mitchell Worley.  Two new board members are Ward Archer and Alison England.

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 Indie Memphis Film 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.

Festival sponsorships are now available. 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 additional information, or for details about Indie Memphis membership, please visit