The headline features and local films to be shown at this year’s 17th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival will be announced during the organization’s preview party on Thursday, October 2.
The party will be hosted by High Cotton Brewing Company at their Monroe Taproom, 598 Monroe Ave., from 7 pm to 9 pm. The party is being produced by Memphis writer, producer and actress Savannah Bearden (“The Break-up Show”) and will have a circus theme showcasing local performers, as well as trailers from the most anticipated festival features.
The festival’s competition lineup, which will include more than 20 narrative features and documentaries currently on the festival circuit, will be announced this month. 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.
Admission to the Preview Party is free for Indie Memphis members. Those wishing to attend can become a member by purchasing a $50 membership which comes with a “Standby Card” to this year’s film festival. Priority Passes and Festival Passes also come with annual Indie Memphis memberships included, and are available at a discount through October 2.
Membership perks include free admission to Southern Circuit Film Series screenings as well as other year-round benefits. Standby Cards, Priority Passes and Festival Passes are available on the festival website at www.IndieMemphis.com and at the Preview Party door.
The Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” by MovieMaker magazine, will increase its presence in Midtown’s Overton Square district by including the new Hattiloo Theatre, home to Memphis’ black repertory theatre company, which celebrated its grand opening this summer.
Hattiloo will join other Overton Square theaters, including Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, and Malco Theatres’ Studio as on the Square, as venues for films shown during the festival.
Last year’s festival drew more than 10,000 movie fans to its four-day event for the second consecutive year, and more than 12,000 are anticipated for this year’s event.
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.