Indie Memphis and Memphis & Shelby County Film and TV Commission are thrilled to announce Bluff City Law’s Caitlin McGee as the headline speaker at this year’s Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest.
The 4th Annual Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest is an all-day event showcasing short films from Memphis youth and across the country. The FREE event includes several presentations and workshops hosted by professional filmmakers. Open to students in grades 7 – 12 and 2019 high school graduates in the Memphis metropolitan area, this year’s event will take place Saturday, September 7 at The Halloran Centre at The Orpheum.
The fest will kickoff with a conversation with Caitlin McGee, star of Bluff City Law, the made-in-Memphis legal drama debuting September 23 on NBC. This special opening event of the Youth Film Fest is presented with the Memphis & Shelby County Film and TV Commission.
McGee will also be seen in Amazon’s upcoming anthology series “Modern Love,” where she will co-star opposite Dev Patel, Julia Garner and Gary Carr. On the big screen, McGee has appeared in “Plus One,” “Stan” and “Falling Down,” with the latter two premiering at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. “Plus One” received the Audience Award at the festival and RJLE Films is set to release the film in June. Previous television credits include “Chicago Med,” “You’re the Worst,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.”
Other featured workshops at this year’s Youth Film Fest include:
Grant support for the Indie Memphis Youth Film Program is provided by Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, GiVE 365 at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, ArtsMemphis, Hyde Family Foundation, Monogram Loves Kids Foundation, Lichterman-Loewenberg Foundation, and Cinereach. Sponsors include Memphis Brand Initiative, Brett Robbs, Lynne and Henry Turley, Downtown Memphis Commission, Mark Jones, and VIA Productions. Partners include Cloud901, Halloran Centre, and VandyInk.
Of the 48 short films to be screened this year, 39 were created by Memphis area youth filmmakers (grades 7-12), selected from a record number of submissions: 19 selected for competition; 9 films produced as part of the “CrewUP Youth Filmmaker Mentorship” initiative; and 11 films selected for a showcase screening.
Additionally, 9 films were selected from youth submissions from across the country.
Memphis Youth Competition Screening
19 films created by Memphis youth in Grades 7 - 12 presented for competition. Attendees will vote on their favorite to win the $500 audience award. The grand jury prize winner will receive a $5,000 production package by VIA Productions and a $500 cash prize for their next film. Award Show to immediately follow the screening.
Screening is free to all students with a Youth Fest pass. All other attendees can purchase $10 tickets at HERE.
A Message to Women - Reyna Katko (Germantown)
Alone - Darius Dennis (Whitehaven)
Always Watching - Mischa White (Hutchison)
Blood//Water - Tina Quarles (Arlington)
Bodies: Everybody Has One - Kyla Killion (East)
Cinta Diri - Ryan Garcia (Millington Central)
Common Interest - Callie Oehmler (Hutchison)
Dear Parker - Sara Kate Burnett (Hutchison)
Edith - Callie Hollis (St. George's)
In Her Dreams - Nadifah Rasheed (White Station)
Kinfolk - Janay Kelley (White Station)
Monday Mourning - Marc Anthony Marconi (St. Benedict)
My Summers - Paul Coffield (Crosstown)
Outsider - William McKinney (White Station)
Prom Works Out - Graham Brewer (Homeschool)
Success - Alexander Drown (Germantown)
The Demons - Ethan Torres (St. Benedict)
The Secret - Jordaan Davis (Middle College)
Unavailable - Cameron Boyd (Ridgeway)
CrewUp Mentorship Screening
World Premiere of nine short films produced in the 2019 CrewUP Youth Filmmaker Mentorship Initiative in partnership with the Grizzlies Foundation and Cloud901.
Each team is comprised of three students supported by a filmmaker mentor.
Constitution - Caroline Couch (Hutchison), Kira Cunningham (Homeschool), Sage Scott (Central High) Mentored by Myron Swift
Cut - Julian Brown (Cordova High), Ryleigh Deeley (St. Francis), Zoe Goolsby (W.E.B. Dubois) Mentored by Jyo "Six" Carolino
Grounded - Gordon Brode (White Station), Ian McMillan (White Station), Graham Ross (White Station) Mentored by Arnold Edwards
On Edge - Grant Carrasco (Houston High), Lily Cloud (Arlington High), Emily Coates (Homeschool) Mentored by Jessica Chaney
Something Familiar Behind You - Victor Gasior (Bartlett High), Markell Singer (East High) Mentored by Kyle Taubken
Sugar - Nadifah Abdur-Rasheed (White Station), Tya Arnold (White Station), Janay Kelley (White Station) Mentored by Martina Boothes
The Little Red Book - Evelyn Allen (Homeschool), Quentin Allen (Homeschool), Megan Archer (Homeschool) Mentored by Sean Winfrey
We're Fine - Callie Hollis (St. George’s), Sammy Lee (Northpoint Christian), Ethan Monroe (Christian Brothers) Mentored by Brett Hanover
Weird Times To Be Alive - Cameron Boyd (East High), Donovan Wilson (East High), Kyla Killion (East High) Mentored by John Hamilton
Memphis Youth Showcase Screening
A showcase of short films from student filmmakers from all across the Mid-South. These films are not in competition for jury prizes, but are eligible for audience awards.
Boys will be Boys - Kyla Killion (East High)
Bringing up Soul - Gabriell Banks (Stax Academy)
I Pledge - Emily Coates (Home School)
Life with ADHD - Joey Hopper (Home School)
Old Town Road - Cameron Boyd (Ridgeway)
Power Thru - Eliza Kamara (Hutchison)
Sex Ed 901 - Jordaan Davis (Middle College High)
The Grade Fixers - Alexander Williams (Overton High)
The Snack Thief - Victor Gasior (Bartlett High)
Unsolved - Paige Patteson (Hutchison)
Why I Create - Andrew Cunningham (Bartlett High)
National Youth Shorts Screening
A lineup of short films by student filmmakers from across the country.
Bless You - Omri Dayan
Cardboard Castles - Isabelle Leonard
Civil Discourse - Hunter Wanger
Contention - John Li
Haven - Ben Dreblow
La Lluvia Habla (The Rain Talks) - Jacqueline Benavides
Masked - Felix Guiltieri
Prism - Ilina Bhatin
Your American Brother - Aamuro Kanda
How Students Can Apply
All students between grades 7 & 12 and 2019 graduates are invited to attend the 2019 Indie Memphis Youth Film Fest for FREE by signing up HERE.