Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts Join Forces to Offer New Filmmaking Forum and Re-Launch of Screening Series

Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts next month will provide new opportunities for the Memphis-area filmmakers and film lovers by offering two programs – one new and the other a revival of another.

Both programs will be held at Crosstown Arts, 430 North Cleveland.

Shoot & Splice is a new monthly filmmaking forum exploring a variety of technical and creative topics related to film production. The first will be offered Tuesday, April 8. 

The forum will also provide networking opportunities among attendees and speakers.

The initial program will be presented by Erik Morrison of LensRentals, one of the largest and most successful equipment rental services in the country. Morrison will present “Choosing the Right Equipment for Any Job” and will include hands-on equipment demonstrations. The event is free and open to the public. 

The program will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for networking.

MicroCinema Club, a revival of a monthly short film screening series offered by Indie Memphis from 2004 to 2009, makes its return thanks in part to support provided by ArtsFirst, the First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis. The first screening, Burning Bungalows, will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24.  Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door. 

Burning Bungalows brings new and unseen experimental film and animation from Los Angeles. Filmmakers Abby Banks, Alee Peoples, and Cosmo Segurson will present. With a handmade mix of animation and live action on video, super 8, 16mm and 35mm slides the filmmakers covered all the bases for an eclectic hour and 15 minutes. 

MicroCinema Club was a monthly screening series which, for five years, brought short films from around the world to Memphis. With the August 2009 closing of Power House Memphis, the series was put on hold.

Future screenings will include the “Rural Route Film Festival Tour.” was founded in 2006 by a Memphis- based anesthesiologist, as a hobby, so he could try out camera equipment before he bought it. During the next eight years,  LensRentals has become one of the largest and most successful online rental houses with more than 50 employees fulfilling thousands of orders every week.

Morrison has been a video technician at LensRentals for four years. His days are filled with testing video gear, helping people figure out what they need for their shoot, and answering any questions they might have.

Future topics will include “After Effects” and “Digital Media Production for Live Events.”