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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.”

LensRentals.com 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.”

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 www.indiememphis.com.

Indie Memphis Film Festival Sets 2014 Dates, Announces New Venue and Sponsorship Extension

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which has been nationally-ranked by MovieMaker magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and one the "25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee," has set October 30 - November 2 as the dates for this year’s event, which will add a new venue and see its presenting sponsor extend its support for a fourth year.

 Artist rendering of the new Hattiloo Theatre, designed by Archamania. The building is currently under construction on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper, just north of The Circuit Playhouse.

Artist rendering of the new Hattiloo Theatre, designed by Archamania. The building is currently under construction on the northwest corner of Monroe and Cooper, just north of The Circuit Playhouse.

The festival, which will hold its 17th 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.

Erik Jambor, Indie Memphis Executive Director said, “We’re thrilled to have Hattiloo Theatre join us as an Indie Memphis venue. The Hattiloo will help to grow and diversity the festival audience while also increasing the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood atmosphere of the event.”

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment firm headquartered in Memphis, has extended its support as presenting sponsor through the 2014 festival. The firm has been the festival’s presenting sponsor since 2011.

In announcing Duncan-Williams’ decision to continue its role as presenting sponsor, Gary Lendermon, the firm’s marketing director, said, “The Indie Memphis Film Festival brings Memphians together to celebrate and showcase our great city’s creativity in a style and flavor no other city can match. Since we began our partnership in 2011, the festival has continued to expand its professional recognition and influence among the movie industry. The local and national spotlight edition on Halloween weekend, will increase its presence shown on the festival has proven to be very positive for our brand.”

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 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. Highlights from last year’s film festival included area premieres of Nebraska, August: Osage County, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom presented by the National Civil Rights Museum – all of which have received nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards.

Sponsorships are now available for this year’s film festival. 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 details, visit www.indiememphis.com

Indie Memphis Names Director of Operations

Mandy McBroom, who has been involved as a film festival professional since 2000, has been selected by Indie Memphis as its Director of Operations. 

McBroom, who attended Watkins Film School in Nashville until 2000, will be the first full-time staff member to hold the position at Indie Memphis. 

McBroom joins the organization after serving as Festival Director of the Nashville Jewish Film Festival from 2009-2011 and working at the Nashville Film Festival for eight years (2000-2009), where her responsibilities included Office / Membership Manager, Festival Coordinator, Shorts Programmer, Print Traffic Coordinator and Box Office Manager. She has also worked seasonally at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. 

Indie Memphis will hold its 15th annual film festival November 1 to 4, presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc.

Indie Memphis Concert Film Series adds The Who and Led Zeppelin to its August schedule

The Who in Texas, 1975. Courtesy of the Shelley Archives.

Indie Memphis, which opens its popular free Concert Film Series at the Levitt Shell on Saturday, July 21 with Stop Making Sense, announced today that its August screenings will include rare performances by The Who and Led Zeppelin, both from the Shelley Archives.

The Who Live in Texas 1975, screening on Saturday, August 11, captures the group at the height of their musical powers in the mid-1970s in Houston, Texas, and includes “Baba O’Reilly,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again” as well as selections from Tommy and Quadraphenia. It is one of the last great Who concerts with the late Keith Moon.

Led Zeppelin in Concert: Rare Films 1968-1980, screening on Saturday, August 18, includes some of the most complete and rare performance footage of Led Zeppelin from television, concert tour, and in-studio films. The show includes “Whole Lotta Love,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Black Dog,” Misty Mountain Hop,” “Kashmir,” “Moby Dick,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”

Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, 1977. Courtesy of the Shelley Archives.

All the films in the summer series will begin at dusk, and are free to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This summer’s program is the series’ second season and is sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Red Wax Music, Modern Production Concepts, Rock 103 and the Memphis Flyer.

Saturday’s film, Stop Making Sense, hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union, is the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film by filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), called the “greatest concert movie of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine.

The July 28 event, also hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union, is a special screening celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop festival with Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding’s full performances from the famed 1967 festival, as documented by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker in Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey.

On August 4 the series continues with Elvis On Tour, hosted by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in anticipation of Elvis Week, which is August 10-18. The Golden Globe Best Documentary winner chronicles Presley’s whirlwind 15-city, 15-night 1972 tour.

Indie Memphis Concert Film Series returns to the Levitt Shell on Saturday, July 21 with 'Stop Making Sense'

Indie Memphis officials announced today that the popular free Concert Film Series will return again this summer with the first event to be held Saturday, July 21.

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This summer's program will be the series second season at the Levitt Shell and will be sponsored by Orion Federal Credit Union, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., Red Wax Music, Modern Production Concepts, Rock 103, and the Memphis Flyer.

The films will begin at dusk and admission is free to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The series will open with two screenings hosted by Orion Federal Credit Union: Stop Making Sense on Saturday, July 21, and a special screening celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop festival on Saturday, July 28. 

Stop Making Sense is the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film by filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), called the "greatest concert movie of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine. The Monterey Pop screening features Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's full performances from the famed 1967 festival, as documented by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker in Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey.

"Orion is excited to team with Indie Memphis to continue our support of the arts in Memphis. And what better way to do it than under the stars at one of our most legendary musical landmarks," said Daniel Weickenand, CEO of Orion Federal Credit Union."

On Saturday, August 4 the series continues with Elvis On Tour, hosted by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. in anticipation of Elvis Week, which is August 10-18. The Golden Globe Best Documentary winner chronicles Elvis Presley's whirlwind 15-city, 15-night 1972 tour.

"Elvis Week 2012 is the 35th Anniversary and will be the largest gathering of Elvis fans from around the world that we've ever seen," said Scott Williams, Vice President of Marketing for Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. "This screening will be a great way for those of us in Elvis' hometown to come together and commemorate his remarkable career."

The series will continue through the remaining Saturday nights in August, with additional titles to be announced soon. Memphians will be able to help fund the final shows of the season with their contributions. 

2012 Global Lens Film Series kicks off June 7 at the Brooks

This summer, Indie Memphis continues its year-round collaboration with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art by presenting the 2012 Global Lens Film Series, a ten-film program which showcases award-winning narrative feature films from Albania, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco, Rwanda and Turkey. The series is sponsored by the Global Film Initiative and the Memphis Flyer. Screenings will take place at the Brooks' Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium; admission is $8, $6 for members of the Brooks, and free for Indie Memphis members.

The lineup this year is really going to surprise audiences,” says Susan Weeks Coulter, Board Chair of the Global Film Initiative. “The cinematics are strong, the tone is fresh and the stories are thought-provoking and unlike anything we’ve seen before.

The series opens on Thursday, June 7 with a 7 pm screening of Amnesty (Official Albania Submission, 84th Academy Awards), Bujar Alimani’s sensitive chronicle of life and love in the Albanian prison system. The series runs through July and August, concluding on Friday, August 31 with a 2 pm screening of Tolga Karaçelik’s acclaimed Turkish “everyman” story, Toll Booth.

The 2012 Global Lens Film Series features numerous festival heavyweights, including Iranian newcomer Morteza Farshbaf’s darkly comic road trip, Mourning (FIPRESCI Prize and New Currents Award, 2011 Pusan IFF), Paula Markovitch’s picturesque and beautifully acted Argentine political drama, The Prize (Silver Bear, 2011 Berlin IFF and Best Film, 2011 Morelia IFF), and Pegasus (Golden Stallion, 2011 FESPACO and Best Cinematographer, 2010 Dubai IFF), Mohamed Mouftakir’s atmospheric psychological thriller about tribes and tradition in present-day Morocco.

The series also features four critically acclaimed films by first-time directors, including Gustavo Pizzi’s colorful rendering of artistic angst and ego in Rio de Janeiro, Craft (Best Actress, 2010 Rio de Janeiro IFF), Carlos Osuna’s charming Colombian rotoscope, Fat, Bald, Short Man (Official Selection, 2011 Chicago IFF), and Grey Matter (Best Actor and Special Jury Mention, 2011 Tribeca FF), the first feature-length narrative film from Rwanda to be directed by a native Rwandan (dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza).

The 2012 lineup is rounded out by Oday Rasheed’s moody Baghdad portrait of an assassin and his relationship with a troubled family, Qarantina (Official Selection, 2010 Abu Dhabi FF), and Sergio Teubal’s offbeat yet true-to-life fable of small town politics and finger-pointing, The Finger (Best First Feature Film, 2011 Guadalajara IFF).

Thursday, June 7 | 7 pm and Friday, June 15 | 2 pm
AMNESTY (AMNISTIA)
Director: Bujar Alimani
Albania | 2011 | 83 minutes
A new law allowing conjugal visits in Albanian prisons presents the opportunity for a sympathetic affair between a man and woman visiting their incarcerated spouses—until a prisoner amnesty threatens their fragile new bond.

Thursday, June 21 | 7 pm and Friday, June 29 | 2 pm
CRAFT (RISCADO)
Director: Gustavo Pizzi
Brazil | 2010 | 85 minutes
A struggling actress and celebrity impersonator lands an audition and what may be her “big break” after an inspired director recasts his film around her socially marginalized life as an underrated artist in Rio.

Thursday, July 5 | 7 pm and Friday, July 13 | 2 pm
GREY MATTER (MATIÈRE GRISE)
Director: Kivu Ruhorahoza
Rwanda | 2011 | 110 minutes
After government officials decline to support his project, a determined filmmaker enlists the support of a loan shark to finance his trenchant drama about the aftermath and impact of genocide on a brother and sister.

Saturday, July 14 | 2 pm and Friday, July 20 | 2 pm
THE FINGER (EL DEDO)
Director: Sergio Teubal
Argentina | 2011 | 93 minutes
In the face of electoral fraud and intimidation, the severed finger of a respected local leader points the way forward for independent-minded citizens and their town’s quest for democracy after dictatorship.

Thursday, July 19 | 7 pm and Friday, July 27 | 2 pm
FAT, BALD, SHORT MAN (GORDO, CALVO Y BAJITO)
Director: Carlos Osuna
Colombia | 2011 | 91 minutes
In this animated film, the prospects for a lonely middle-aged notary unexpectedly change after he joins a self-improvement group and his charismatic new boss—and strangely affable doppelgänger—takes an interest in his life.

Saturday, July 28 | 2 pm and Friday, August 3 | 2 pm
MOURNING (SOOG)
Director: Morteza Farshbaf
Iran | 2011 | 85 minutes
In the wake of his parents’ disappearance, a young boy is placed in the care of his deaf aunt and uncle who, during a road trip to Tehran, engage in a silent but apparently not-so-secret debate about the child’s future.

Saturday, August 4 | 2 pm and Friday, August 10 | 2 pm
PEGASUS (PEGASE)
Director: Mohamed Mouftakir
Morocco | 2010 | 104 minutes
A young woman, traumatized by her dictatorial father’s insistence she be raised as a boy, finds herself the unwitting patient of a psychiatrist intent on learning the truth behind the girl’s story.

Saturday, August 11 | 2 pm and Friday, August 17 | 2 pm
THE PRIZE (EL PREMIO)
Director: Paula Markovitch
Argentina/Mexico | 2011 | 115 minutes
A political activist’s life-in-hiding on an isolated stretch of Argentina’s coastline is jeopardized after her seven-year-old daughter is selected to participate in a local school’s patriotic essay contest.

Saturday, August 18 | 2 pm and Friday, August 24 | 2 pm
QARANTINA
Director: Oday Rasheed
Iraq | 2010 | 90 minutes
A sullen assassin, living above a dysfunctional family in Baghdad, captures the attention of the household’s unhappy mother, setting a dangerous stage for confrontation with the family’s lecherous father.

Thursday, August 30 | 7 pm and Saturday, September 15 | 2 pm
TOLL BOOTH (GISE MEMURU)
Director: Tolga Karaçelik
Turkey | 2010 | 96 minutes
An aging toll booth attendant, straining under the weight of a domineering father and suffocating work routine, finally begins to crack when faced with the emotional pressure of an unexpected romance.

Dates set for 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival; The Circuit Playhouse added as festival venue

Indie Memphis has set the dates for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, nationally-ranked as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” and “25 Best Film Festival Investments” by MovieMaker magazine. This year’s festival will take place November 1 - November 4 in four venues in midtown Memphis.

Indie Memphis, which will mark the festival’s 15th anniversary this year, has added The Circuit Playhouse to its list of festival venues that also includes Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square, and the Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 South Cooper, directly across the street from Playhouse on the Square and just two blocks south of the Studio on the Square.

 “We’re thrilled that the schedules of The Circuit Playhouse and Playhouse on the Square were able to align to make both venues available during our festival weekend,” said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. “The addition of Circuit will provide attendees with a more exciting, pedestrian-friendly community experience, and further integrate the festival’s growth with the development plans for Overton Square.”

The 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival was the most successful in its fifteen-year history, setting a new attendance record of 8,000 attendees, welcoming Duncan-Williams, Inc. as its presenting sponsor, winning its second $10,000 festival grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and having two of its award-winning films capture Oscar nominations for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards. The two films currently in contention for an Academy Award are Undefeated, which won the festival’s Audience Award for Documentary Feature, and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, whose filmmakers were awarded the festival’s “Power of Film” award for their work with the Paradise Lost trilogy.

Special guests at last year’s festival included Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three, filmmaker Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose), actress Tanya Wright (HBO’s True Blood), screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers), producer Mike Ryan (Junebug, Losers Take All), and actor Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), who hosted the festival’s closing night Award Show.

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis that has offices in ten states and provides financial advisory services, returns as presenting sponsor of the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival. 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, transforming the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences.

Festival sponsorships are now available. Those interested in joining Duncan-Williams, Inc. and other corporate sponsors, partners and patrons in supporting the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival should contact Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor by email at [email protected] or by calling (901) 214-5171.

MemFeast 3 is ''Indie''

Indie Memphis is thrilled to be partnering with Crosstown Arts for MemFeast 3 this April! Please see the below letter from Crosstown Arts' Chris Miner and Todd Richardson for details and to buy tickets, or to learn how to submit your project for consideration.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Hi Friends,

We're excited to announce the next MemFeast which will be on Thursday, April 5th, at 7 pm on top of the Sears parking garage. Crosstown Arts is collaborating with Indie Memphis, our co-presenter, to seek proposals for short films based on the theme of 'neighborhood.' Filmmakers and/or artists at any point in their career are welcome to submit proposals.

A panel of judges will select the finalists who will present their ideas at the MemFeast dinner. The artist who receives the most votes for their proposal from the dinner guests will receive $5,000 to produce their film, which will premiere at the Indie Memphis Preview Party in October and be included in competition at the 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

By focusing on local neighborhoods as film subjects, we hope to inspire creative dialogue about and among the diverse and vibrant areas of Memphis.

Space is limited, so tickets to the dinner must be purchased in advance via EventBrite. Click here to purchase tickets. For a more detailed description of MemFeast and the 'neighborhood' theme, as well as guidelines to submit a short film proposal, click here.

Hope to see you all there...if not before then,

For questions, please contact Emily at 901-507-8033 or [email protected]

Indie Memphis receives 2nd grant from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Indie Memphis, which held the most successful film festival in its history earlier this month, has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that holds the Academy Awards.

The amount was the maximum that could be awarded to Indie Memphis. It was the second grant the Oscar organization’s educational and cultural committee has given to Indie Memphis. The Academy awarded a similar grant to Indie Memphis in 2009 for it’s 2010 festival.

Indie Memphis’ 14th annual film festival was held November 3 to 6 and drew a record or more than 8,000, with special guests including Chris Parnell (30 Rock), Tanya Wright (True Blood) and Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory).  The festival was presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc. and in addition to breaking attendance figures, proved to be the organization’s most financially successful.

“We are thrilled to be among the organizations to receive funding from the Academy for 2012,” said Erik Jambor, Executive Director of Indie Memphis. “Their recognition further solidifies our place on the festival circuit and will help us continue to connect filmmakers and audiences here in the Mid-South.”

In making the announcement, the Academy says the grants are awarded for a variety of festival programs; organizers are encouraged to submit proposals intended to make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between filmmakers and the general public.

A total of $455,000 was presented by the Academy to 25 U.S. film festivals for the 2012 calendar year. Since its establishment in 1999, the Academy's Festival Grants Program has distributed 277 grants totaling $4.85 million in funding.

Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said the funds would be used to “to strengthen relationships between participating filmmakers and build new connections between those filmmakers and the greater Memphis community.”

Duncan-Williams, Inc. Becomes Presenting Sponsor of the Indie Memphis Film Festival through 2013

Duncan-Williams, Inc., an investment banking firm headquartered in Memphis, will be the presenting sponsor of the Indie Memphis Film Festival for the next three years, beginning with the 14th annual festival to be held on November 3 to 6.

The three-year agreement positions the financial institution as presenting sponsor of the annual event through its 16th year in 2013. This year's event will be held at the Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.

"The Indie Memphis Film Festival is a jewel of Memphis that showcases our great city to the world," said Duncan Williams, president of the firm that bears his name. "We are extremely proud to be the title sponsor and look forward to working with the Indie Memphis Film Festival and with the entire Memphis community to help the Indie Memphis grow into the future."

Williams’ firm is an investment banking firm that has offices in ten states and provides financial advisory services.

"We are thrilled to have Duncan-Williams on board as the first presenting sponsor for the next three years," said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. "Duncan-William's support helps guarantee the long-term sustainability and continued growth of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, and ensures that Memphians will continue to have a world-class film festival in their community."

Twice ranked by the national publication MovieMaker Magazine -- both as one of the "25 Best Film Festival Investments" in 2011 and as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009 -- the Indie Memphis Film Festival has seen a more than 100 percent attendance increase since 2007, to more than 7,800 attendees in 2010.

The festival transforms the city best known as "the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences, bringing a broad range of new, dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country, and providing a showcase for new work by local filmmakers.

"Movies and music are two mediums that really bring communities together. Memphis is fortunate to have such a storied history and future in both industries," said Gary Lendermon, Director, Marketing & Communications at Duncan-Williams. "Our firm recognizes how significant it is to the city's future to have a thriving film and music industry."

Through diverse year-round programming, its world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film. Indie Memphis is one of the city's core arts institutions and is the only Memphis film organization that receives annual funding from ArtsMemphis. The organization also received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to produce its 2010 film festival.


Filmmaking seminar with FATHER OF THE BRIDE producer Howard Rosenman -- Sunday, Sept. 18 @ Memphis College of Art

Famed film and television producer Howard Rosenman (Father of the Bride, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Oscar-winning Common Threads) will bring his seminar "The Hollywood Sell," an inside look at producing for the screen, to Memphis as a part of a weekend of events spotlighting his legendary career in show business.

Presented by Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission / Memphis ED and sponsored by the Memphis College of Art and the Peabody Hotel, Rosenman's producing seminar is open to the public on Sunday, September 18, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art’s Callicott Auditorium (Rust Hall in Overton Park), from 11 am to 2:30 pm.

The seminar covers "how to get a movie on," focusing on the skills of pitching, packaging and virtually every step in the life of a movie project. Rosenman will give attendees a true inside look at the realities of producing for the big screen, and audience members will even have a chance to pitch to him and get a live critique during the seminar.

When crafting this seminar, Rosenman draws on his vast teaching experiences including his current post as an Adjunct Professor at USC's Stark Producing Program and his past producing workshops at the American Film Institute, UCLA, Columbia, Brandeis, Yale, NYU, Emerson, Tel Aviv University and his alma mater Brooklyn College. He will give some inside scoop on his current slate including the upcoming remake of his first film SPARKLE by Sony Pictures.

"This seminar is perfect for up-and-coming filmmakers, students or anyone who loves film and TV and wants to know the next step in how to take their ideas and develop films from them," says Rosenman, who has brought "The Hollywood Sell" already to Omaha, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Los Angeles with upcoming engagements in Denver, Austin, San Francisco, Johannesburg & Capetown, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel.

Sunday, September 18
11 am - 2:30 pm

Memphis College of Art - Callicott Auditorium
(Rust Hall in Overton Park)

TICKETS
$35 - Full Price (Register by 9/9/11 and save $5 with code: EARLYBIRD)
$25 - Friends and members of Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission (Code: MEMFILM)
$15 - Students with ID (Code: STUDENT)

Two screenings of Howard Rosenman's films next week in Memphis

PARAGRAPH 175
Thursday, Sept. 15 @ 6:30 pm
Presented by MGLCC's Outflix Film Festival
Ridgeway Four (5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy)
Visit outflixfestival.org for tickets and festival info.

FATHER OF THE BRIDE
Sunday, Sept. 18 @ 7:30 pm
Evergreen Theater (1705 Poplar Avenue)
Presented by Indie Memphis for seminar participants
$5 suggested donation at the door.

Q&A with Howard Rosenman to follow both screenings.

• Call-For-Artists Deadline Extended to August 30th

Indie Memphis has extended its Call-For-Artists deadline to August 30th for art to be exhibited at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Artists may submit existing work or propose new work: installation, sculpture, performance...

Primary locations include Playhouse on the Square and Studio on the Square. Proposals for engaging the sidewalk and outdoor space connecting the two venues are strongly encouraged, as well as proposals for "photo scenes" where festival-goers will pose and collect memories. While there is no financial compensation available, the artist's work will be seen by the film festival attendees, which last year numbered over 7,500. In addition, artists and works will be included in the printed program, and the exhibition will be promoted through press releases, announcements and signage.

An opening reception for the artwork will be part of the festival's opening night events, and participating artists will be given passes to enjoy the film festival. Sculptures and installations must be silent, family-friendly, able to stand alone (there isn't much wallspace) and respectful of the space in which they are installed. If the installation is outdoors, it must be weatherproof. Artists must supply all materials needed for the completion and installation of their piece. Performance artists as well as artist groups or collaborations are encouraged to submit.

WHO CAN ENTER: Open to all. $5 entry fee per submission. **

HOW TO ENTER: Submit 5-10 JPGS of previous work, a 1-3 paragraph explanation of your piece and how it will be installed (keep in mind the lack of wallspace) and a sketch of your proposed installation.

Artists may submit multiple ideas for different spaces. In your 1-3 paragraph proposal, be sure to address the themes of the work, and how the piece will contribute to the festival atmosphere.

Along with your submission, please include a sheet with your contact information: your name, the best phone number to reach you, and your email address.

Submit photos via email to [email protected] or deliver images on CD along with entry fee to:

ART at Indie Memphis
1910 Madison Ave #632
Memphis, TN 38104

** Please be SURE to write the name of the proposal on the check
to ensure entry fee is properly credited and your entry not delayed

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: August 30th, 2011

QUESTIONS? Please contact Natalie Hoffmann at 417-818-4119 or by email at [email protected].


• Bowie wins! ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS set to screen August 12 @ Levitt Shell

D A Pennebaker's ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS has won the Audience Choice vote for the final Concert Film Series screening of the season.

The screening will take place on Friday, August 12 at the historic Levitt Shell in Overton Park. Admission is free and open to the public. Newcastle Brown Ale, and other beverages and snacks will be available for purchase beginning at 8 pm. The film will begin at dusk, approximately 8:19 pm.

Presented by Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell, the inaugural Concert Film Series is made possible through a First Tennessee Foundation Award for Innovation in the Arts. The series is sponsored by the Newcastle Brown Ale and the Memphis Flyer.

David Bowie's final electrifying performance as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 at London's Hammersmith Odeon Theater. The feature length film captures the aura surrounding one of the most unusual stars of the contemporary music scene.

Framed by a smattering of behind-the-scenes footage, the bulk of the film concerns the actual concert, notable as the final time that Bowie would perform under the Ziggy Stardust persona, an announcement that, at the time, led many fans to mistakenly believe Bowie was retiring altogether.

Features numerous songs from Ziggy Stardust, Hunky Dory, Aladdin Sane and other Bowie albums, including "Ziggy Stardust," "Moonage Daydream," "Changes," and "Space Oddity," as well as a cover of the Velvet Underground's "White Light/White Heat." Though a shortened version of the film was broadcast on television in 1974, the film did not receive a full theatrical release until 1983.


Call-For-Artists -- Seeking art for exhibition at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

Indie Memphis is seeking art for exhibition at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Artists may submit existing work or propose new work: installation, sculpture, performance...



Primary locations include Playhouse on the Square and Studio on the Square. Proposals for engaging the sidewalk and outdoor space connecting the two venues are strongly encouraged, as well as proposals for "photo scenes" where festival-goers will pose and collect memories. While there is no financial compensation available, the artist's work will be seen by the film festival attendees, which last year numbered over 7,500. In addition, artists and works will be included in the printed program, and the exhibition will be promoted through press releases, announcements and signage.



An opening reception for the artwork will be part of the festival's opening night events, and participating artists will be given passes to enjoy the film festival. Sculptures and installations must be silent, family-friendly, able to stand alone (there isn't much wallspace) and respectful of the space in which they are installed. If the installation is outdoors, it must be weatherproof. Artists must supply all materials needed for the completion and installation of their piece. Performance artists as well as artist groups or collaborations are encouraged to submit.



WHO CAN ENTER: Open to all. $5 entry fee per submission. **



HOW TO ENTER: Submit 5-10 JPGS of previous work, a 1-3 paragraph explanation of your piece and how it will be installed (keep in mind the lack of wallspace) and a sketch of your proposed installation.



Artists may submit multiple ideas for different spaces. In your 1-3 paragraph proposal, be sure to address the themes of the work, and how the piece will contribute to the festival atmosphere.



Along with your submission, please include a sheet with your contact information: your name, the best phone number to reach you, and your email address.



Submit photos via email to [email protected] or deliver images on CD along with entry fee to:



ART at Indie Memphis
1910 Madison Ave #632
Memphis, TN 38104



** Please be SURE to write the name of the proposal on the check
to ensure entry fee is properly credited and your entry not delayed



DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: August 15th, 2011



QUESTIONS? Please contact Natalie Hoffmann at 417-818-4119 or by email at [email protected].




U2, Radiohead, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and more July 1 - August 12 @ Levitt Shell

Bob Dylan, Radiohead, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Muddy Waters, U2, and the Rolling Stones are among the artists whose classic performances will be featured in a free outdoor film series being presented at the Levitt Shell in Midtown Memphis' Overton Park.



Presented by Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell, the Concert Film Series is made possible through a First Tennessee Foundation Award for Innovation in the Arts and is sponsored by the Newcastle Brown Ale and the Memphis Flyer.



Films will begin at dusk on Friday evenings from July 1 through August 12. Admission is free and open to the public. Newcastle Brown Ale, and other beverages and snacks will be available for purchase beginning at 8 pm.



The series beings with Martin Scorcese's The Last Waltz (July 1), which documents the 1976 farewell concert of The Band and features performances by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Neil Diamond, Muddy Waters; Radiohead: Live in Prague (July 8), captured and edited by fans in 2009 during Radiohead's acclaimed In Rainbows tour; Albert and David Maysles' Gimme Shelter (July 15), chronicling the Rolling Stones' chaotic 1969 American tour; and Rattle and Hum (July 22), which follows U2 during the US leg of their 1987 Joshua Tree tour, including a recording session at Sun Studios and a pilgrimage to Graceland.



The night before Bob Dylan and Leon Russell play live at the Mud Island Amphitheater, Memphians will have an opportunity to see the two in The Concert for Bangladesh (July 29), which was organized by The Beatles' George Harrison along with this friend and mentor Ravi Shankar in 1971 to raise funds for UNICEF's relief efforts for victims of war and flooding in Bangladesh. Dylan performs "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall," "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry," "Blowin' In The Wind" and "Just Like A Woman" with Leon Russell on bass. Russell also performs a medley of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Young Blood." Also featuring classic performance by George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar, The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind, bringing together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause, and setting the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher cause.



The following week will celebrate the Blues with Lightning In a Bottle (August 5), which captures a 2003 concert at Radio City Music Hall that brought together legendary performers from roots, rock, jazz and rap for a once-in-a-lifetime "Salute To The Blues," including B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler, Macy Gray, Buddy Guy, Chuck D., Jimmie Vaughan and Alison Krauss.



On August 12, the series will close with a concert film to be determined by an online poll, which will open on July 1.




Global Lens returns to Memphis for Summer Screenings @ The Brooks

Presented by Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art, the 2011 Global Lens Film Series is sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, the Memphis Flyer and the Global Film Initiative. The series features nine award-winning narrative feature films from around the world, which will screen at The Brooks from June 16 – August 26.



Tickets are $7 per film and admission is free for Indie Memphis members or with a Brooks VIP Film Pass. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling (901) 544-6208.



Promoting cross-cultural understanding through cinema, the Global Lens Film Series was launched by the Global Film Initiative in 2004 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live. In recent times, no medium has been as effective at communicating the range and diversity of the world’s cultures as the cinematic arts.



A fixture of the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival since 2007, Indie Memphis' presentation of the Global Lens Film Series grew into a stand-alone three-month summer program at the Brooks through the support of the First Tennessee Foundation, giving more people the opportunity to experience some - or all – of the films in the series.



The 2011 Global Lens Film Series premieres a number of festival-headliners, including Federico Veiroj's homage to Uruguayan cinephile culture, A Useful Live, Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof's visually arresting cultural mythology, The White Meadows, and Zhang Lu's brooding and timely portrait of Chinese-Korean border politics, Dooman River. The series also features the U.S. premiere of Diego Lerman's dystopian portrait of sexual psyche in mid-80s Argentina, The Invisible Eye, veteran Kyrgyz director Aktan Arym Kubat's entrepreneurial charmer, The Light Thief, and Belvedere -- Ahmed Imamovic's picturesque image of post-war life in a Bosnian refugee town, and follow-up to his controversial first feature, Go West. Rounding out the series is Georgian newcomer Levan Koguashvili's ironical tale of daily life and drug addiction in Tbilisi, Street Days, Sergio Bianchi's noir-like visage of urban tension in a Sao Paulo suburb, The Tenants, and Sidharth Srinivasan's fiercely independent chronicle of caste and class in rural India, Soul of Sand.



Lineup and Schedule:










































THE LIGHT THIEF (SVET-AKE) **
dir. Aktan Arym Kubat, Kyrgyzstan
7 pm Thursday 6/16 and 2 pm Friday 6/24


A humble electrician intent on enlivening his windswept valley with electricity unwittingly strikes a deal with a rich politician whose corrupt ambitions threaten to upend the electrician’s dream to build windmills in his village. FIPRESCI Award, Eurasia International Film Festival.

STREET DAYS (QUCHIS DGEEBI) **
dir. Levan Koguashvili, Georgia
2 pm Sunday 6/26 and 2 pm Friday 7/1


A well-meaning heroin addict whose life and status seem to worsen by the day, finds himself caught between serving a prison sentence and selling out the son of his former classmate. VPRO Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam.

THE INVISIBLE EYE (LA MIRADA INVISIBLE) *
dir. Diego Lerman, Argentina
7 pm Thursday 6/30 and 2 pm Friday 7/8


Against the backdrop of Argentina’s mid-80s military regime, an overzealous young teacher develops an unusual obsession with one of her students after she is asked to keep a watchful “eye” over the happenings at an elite Buenos Aires private school. Directors' Fortnight, Cannes International Film Festival.

THE WHITE MEADOWS (KESHTZAR HAYE SEPID)
dir. Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran
2 pm Sunday 7/10 and 2 pm Friday 7/15


Rowing through the salty waters of a vast marsh, a boatman quietly collects and combines the tears and confessions of nearby island residents into a dreamlike mythology of modern Iran. Special Jury Award, Dubai International Film Festival.

BELVEDERE *
dir. Ahmed Imamović, Bosnia-Herzegovina
2 pm Sunday 7/24 and 2 pm Friday 7/29


Fifteen years after the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims during the Balkan conflict, a determined widow searching for the remains of her husband and son quietly attempts to rebuild her life by caring for her troubled extended family.

SOUL OF SAND (PAIRON TALLE) *
dir. Sidharth Srinivasan, India
7 pm Thursday 7/28 and 2 pm Friday 8/5


A watchman at an abandoned mine is drawn into a bizarre triangle after a wealthy landlord’s daughter and her lower- caste lover seek refuge from a masked killer wreaking havoc across the Indian countryside. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.

THE TENANTS (OS INQUILINOS)
dir. Sérgio Bianchi, Brazil
7 pm Thursday 8/11 and 2 pm Friday 8/19


After three mysterious men move into a smoky São Paulo suburb, a neighboring couple becomes obsessed with the men’s clandestine activities and the ozone of violence that descends upon their once-tranquil neighborhood. Best Script, Rio De Janeiro International Film Festival.

DOOMAN RIVER
dir. Zhang Lu, China
2 pm Friday 8/12 and 7 pm Thursday 8/25


Two boys on opposite sides of the Chinese-Korean border strike a playful friendship that comes under scrutiny and strain after a series of thefts in a nearby town lead Chinese residents to cast suspicion on North Korean refugees. NETPAC Award, Pusan International Film Festival.


A USEFUL LIFE (LA VIDA ÚTIL) **
dir. Federico Veiroj, Uruguay
2 pm Sunday 8/21 and 2 pm Friday 8/26


After financial troubles and a dwindling audience force an art-house cinema to shut its doors permanently, its most devoted employee is suddenly left without a "home" and forced to adjust to life outside of the theater. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival.




Click here for additional details.



* indicates U.S. premiere
** indicates U.S. premiere and official submission to Foreign Language category of 2011 Academy Awards




Indie Memphis co-presenting GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN with the Brooks Museum of Art -- 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursday, June 9 @ The Brooks

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art will welcome artist/musician/filmmaker Brent Green and his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, the moving true story of a Kentucky hardware clerk, Leonard Wood, who built a crazy quilt house for his wife, Mary -- a sort of healing tower to the heavens-- to appeal to God to save her from cancer. Shot entirely on the full-scale town he built in his backyard, Green combines animation, stop-motion and live-action in an ethereal opus to lovers and tinkerers everywhere.



Since its 2010 debut, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then has screened for sold-out audiences at MoMA, the Getty, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center, as well as at the Sundance Film Festival. In its January 2011 issue, Art in America heralded that "Green keeps the boundary between physical reality and emotional truth fluid, and the constellation of work that results exudes authenticity and a raw, visceral power."



Green comes to Memphis with musician Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and indie-cabaret group The Bitter Tears, who will provide a live soundtrack for the screening at the Brooks -- a dynamic folk-punk score, inventive sound effects, and endearing narration -- via Theremin, cello, horn, and foley sound effects.



Indie Memphis and the Brooks will present two performances (at 7 pm and 9 pm) of the 75-minute film on June 9th. Limited seating is available. Between screenings, attendees will be able to enjoy a cash bar and free samples of Community Coffee in the Rotunda.



Advance tickets are available from the Brooks box office for $12 each / $10 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks. At the door, tickets will be $15 each / $12 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks.








Winners announced for inaugural Indie Memphis Student Shorts

The first Indie Memphis Student Shorts showcase screened Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium to a crowd of more than 150 attendees, featuring the work of Memphis-area students from Overton High School, St. Agnes Academy, the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. The showcase gives students an opportunity to meet and network with fellow students from other area institutions, and provides them with a "training wheels" experience for the festival circuit, offering a bit of friendly competition and a greater chance of public exposure.



Of the more than 100 films submitted, 24 were selected to screen at the competitive showcase. A jury of industry professionals (William Bearden, DeAara Lewis and Edward Valibus Phillips) deliberated and the audience voted, with the following awards presented:










BEST IN SHOW
The Notorious Jesse James
by Eric Huber
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGHER EDUCATION
San Diego
by Whitney Howard, Jesse Hearn, Nathan Ball, Ben Cummings
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGH SCHOOL
(untitled)
by Jenna-Lee Geranios
[St. Agnes Academy]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGHER EDUCATION
Maxed Out
by Andrew Lebowitz
[Memphis College of Art]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGH SCHOOL
Nothing Less Than An Enemy
by Benny Balderrama, Jayelon Carr, Tiara Dickerson, Ashley Dillard,
Angelica Figures, Keenan Hall, Joshua Lee, Marktavius Littles,
Tasheena Mabry, Teairra McGaughy, Akili Mickens, Cierra Paige,
Erica Ross, Jessika Shields, Sarai Vaughn
[Overton High School]



HONORABLE MENTION - NARRATIVE SHORT
C'est Un Mime
by Jessica Biggs
[Memphis College of Art]



HONORABLE MENTION - DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Interview With Paul Eade
by Patrick Churvis
[University of Memphis]



HONORABLE MENTION - ANIMATED FILM
Survival of the Sweetest
by Michael Shaw
[Memphis College of Art]







 




 



 

 






Each winning film receives an automatic slot in the nationally-recognized Indie Memphis Film Festival (November 3-6), a 1-year Indie Memphis student membership with an incuded IFP community membership, a 1-year print subscription to MovieMaker Magazine, and an showcase award or certificate. Each winning film also received a pair of passes to a Malco Theatres film, with the exception of the BEST IN SHOW winner who received a $100 cash prize.



Indie Memphis Student Shorts is made possible with the support of the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission.





WILLIAM SHATNER'S GONZO BALLET to headline Indie Memphis Dance Films -- May 23-25 @ Evergreen Theatre

Memphis in May

William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival, will make its Memphis debut as part of an Indie Memphis series of dance films screening at the Evergreen Theatre in collaboration with Project: Motion.



The film series, which also features Rumba and NY Export: Opus Jazz, will take place from Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25, between weekend performances of Project: Motion's Frame-by-Frame, where choreographers will draw inspiration from favorite films to create one-of-a-kind dance performances.



A selection of award-winning short films by Mitchell Rose will precede each evening’s feature, including Advance(winner of the "Best Animated or Experimental Award" at the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival) and Modern Daydreams, a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life.



Admission to Rumba and NY Export: Opus Jazz are $7 at the door for the general public / $5 for Indie Memphis members and Frame-by-Frame ticket-holders. Tickets for William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet are $10 at the door the general public / $8 for Indie Memphis members and Frame-by-Frame ticket-holders. Advance tickets are available online here at www.indiememphis.com for a $1 discount, plus service fees. Doors open one hour before showtime.
















Rumba

Memphis in May

Screening as part of Indie Memphis' four-film series of Belgian cinema with the Memphis in May International Festival

Rumba
7 pm Monday, May 23 @ Evergreen Theatre

Told with little music or dialogue to deflect from its clever slapstick, Rumba (77 min) tells the story of Fiona and Dom, a happy couple who teach in a rural school and have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. Leaning heavily on the comedic styles of Jacques Tati, the film pursues the eternal question of whether two people can be eternally happy through deliberate and staunch cheerfulness.



"Like an episode of Sesame Street scripted by Luis Bunuel and helmed by Jacques Tati, Rumba turns dark tragedy into deadpan comedy through a series of surreal G-rated gags," wrote Variety.



The Guardian called Rumba "an old-fashioned, sweet-natured dance-based comedy debut to remember."



Rumba is preceded by Mitchell Rose's Modern Daydreams (16 min), a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer.







NY Export: Opus Jazz


NY Export: Opus Jazz
7 pm Tuesday, May 24 @ Evergreen Theatre

A "ballet in sneakers" by the legendary Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), NY Export: Opus Jazz was a smash hit in 1958 when it was broadcast on the Ed Sullivan Show. Set to a rousing jazz score by Robert Prince, the ballet portrayed the experiences of urban youth through movements that blended ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing to create a contemporary and powerfully expressive style. This 46-minute modern-day adaptation takes the ballet off the stage and back to the streets that inspired it, with the ensemble cast of disaffected youth played entirely by dancers from the New York City Ballet. Shot on location all over New York City on anamorphic 35mm, the film takes advantage of some of New York City's rarest and most stunning locations. The stylized cinematography captures the majestic landscape of New York City as well as the subtle beauty and sensuality of the dance piece.



New York Magazine called NY Export: Opus Jazz "just about the purest, sexiest thing going in ballet," and The New York Times said the film "may prove classic."



"All the stagy, perfected boredom one might feel towards ballet is cast aside and rendered fresh in NY Export: Opus Jazz," wrote FilmThreat. "The film is just awesome to watch and simply made me happy to have seen it. I can't recommend it highly enough."



Following the screening of NY Export: Opus Jazz is a 15-minute documentary that recounts the history and summarizes the enduring significance and appeal of Opus Jazz. Choreographer (and original West Side Story dancer) Eliot Feld and Sondra Lee (one of Robbins' original Opus dancers), along with other Robbins' friends and colleagues, join the current cast of dancers to contextualize the cultural and historical importance of Mr. Robbins' career and NY Export: Opus Jazz.



The Opus Jazz program is preceded by Mitchell Rose's Modern Daydreams (16 min), a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer.







William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet

William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
7 pm Wednesday, May 25 @ Evergreen Theatre



William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (51 min) is a documentary about legendary choreographer Margo Sappington's quest to create a ballet set to the music of William Shatner's critically acclaimed album Has Been (produced and co-written with Ben Folds). The film shows Sappington's finished ballet, called Common People, in its entirety, as well as Shatner himself speaking candidly about his artistic endeavors and life choices. The film also features interviews with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Margo Sappington, and members of the Milwaukee Ballet.



"When the lights went up, there were cheers," said indieWIRE. "Shatner comes across as a true original."



Nashville Scene wrote, "The best part is Shatner himself, who reveals a heartfelt soul. It feels like this is the genuine man behind the myth."



"Every dance number they do... shows the heart and soul of the dancer thrown into every move, every lift, and every turn," said the San Diego Film Festival of William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet. "I recommend that everyone who appreciates creativity in all mediums see this movie."



William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet is preceded by a program of short films by award-winning filmmaker Mitchell Rose:



Advance (3 min) - One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Winner of the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival jury award for Best Animated or Experimental Film.



Modern Daydreams (16 min) - A suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer. "Inventive and conceptual crossbreeding of comedy and cutting edge dance." - FilmThreat.



Elevator World (4 min) - A computer-animated essay on the spatial politics of elevator riding. "A computer masterpiece" - CBS Evening News.