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'Stingray Sam' Returns to Memphis for South Main Trolley Night — Friday, August 27th

Winner of the 2009 Indie Memphis Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Innovative Filmmaking , STINGRAY SAM is returning to Memphis on Friday, August 27 as part of the South Main Arts District's Trolley Night.

Scheduled to begin at 9 pm, the free outdoor screening will take place across from Delphinium Boutique (107 G.E Patterson Avenue).



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"STINGRAY SAM leaves one begging for more..."
- Dennis Harvey, Variety


A dangerous mission reunites STINGRAY SAM with his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid. Follow these two space-convicts as they earn their freedom in exchange for the rescue of a young girl who is being held captive by the genetically designed figurehead of a very wealthy planet.



What: STINGRAY SAM


When: 9 pm Friday, Aug. 27


Where: Across from Delphinium Boutique
(107 G.E Patterson Ave.)


Admission: Free!



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"McAbee's incredibly engaging story, not to mention the beautiful black and white photography,
makes it just about the most fun you'll have in the independent theater this year."
- Jeremy Kirk, We are Movie Geeks


"Few films have me chuckling from beginning till end, but this one managed to do it.
Well, except when I was laughing. STINGRAY SAM is a cleverly made loving tribute to
the serials of old and a darn funny one too."
- Ard Vijn, Twitch


"Either way you slice it, STINGRAY SAM is timeless... 'timeless' because
that's what you're supposed to call pieces of art that touch you."
- Bob Doto, Quiet Earth













Audience Awards announced for the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

Audience Awards



Audience Award - Feature
Lovely By Surprise
Directed by Kirt Gunn



Audience Award - Documentary
Wheedle's Groove
Directed by Jennifer Maas



Audience Award - Short
Woke Up Ugly
Directed by Ryan Parker



Audience Award - Hometowner
I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life
Directed by Jonathan Epstein



Indie Memphis Film Festival awards previously announced on October 11th are...


Special Festival Awards

Southern Soul of Independent Film Award
Ghost Bird
Directed by Scott Crocker



Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award
Shooting Robert King
Directed by Richard Parry



Narrative Feature Jury Awards
(Jury: Steven Beckman, Elvis Mitchell, Heidi Van Lier)



Best Narrative Feature
That Evening Sun
Directed by Scott Teems



Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast
Easier With Practice
Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez



Special Jury Award for Innovative Filmmaking
Stingray Sam
Directed by Cory McAbee



Special Jury Award for Emotional Storytelling
Children of Invention
Directed by Tze Chun



Documentary Feature Jury Awards
(Jury: Peter Gilbert, Toby Leonard, Gabe Wardell)



Best Documentary Feature
Luckey
Directed by Laura Longsworth



Special Jury Award for Direction
Invisible Girlfriend
Directed by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin



Short Film Jury Awards
(Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Christopher Holland)



Best Short Film
The Ballad of Friday and June
Directed by Tate English



Best Animated or Experimental Film
Near the Egress
Directed by Antonio Martinez



Special Jury Award
Adelaide
Directed by Liliana Greenfield-Sanders



Special Jury Award for Documentary Short
Jennifer
Directed by Stewart Copeland



Jambor Award for Meritorious Jamboriousness
I Am So Proud of You
Directed by Don Hertfeldt



Hometowner Jury Awards
(Jury: Melanie Addington, Paula Martinez, Steve Montal)



Best Hometowner Feature
The Conversion
Directed by Edward Valibus Phillips



Special Jury Award
Memphis Movement - Jookin': The Urban Ballet
Directed by Ellis Fowler



Best Hometowner Short
Woke Up Ugly
Directed by Ryan Parker



Special Jury Award for Visual Storytelling
Iwa
Directed by Kenneth Coker



Special Jury Award for Someone to Watch
The Non-Invasion
Directed by B. Siler



Special Jury Award for Portrayal of Living History
I Am A Man: From Memphis, A Lesson In Life
Directed by Jonathan Epstein



Music Video Showcase
(Jury: Michael Harring, Jennifer Maas, Augusta Palmer)



Best Music Video
America
8 Ball
Directed by 8-Ball & Joe Gotti



Runner Up
Sun Never Goes
The Perfect Vessels
Directed by Graham Burks



Audience Choice Award
Love
Snowglobe
Directed by Christopher Reyes



Li'l Film Fest 11: Musical Horror
(Jury: Craig Brewer, Cory McAbee, Joe Swanberg)



Grand Jury Award
Spacestation 2010
Directed by HG Ray



Audience Choice Award
Frankenstein vs. Dracula: The Opera!
Directed by Adam Remsen



$5 Cover 'Amplified' docs -- special screening today at 3 p.m.





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Come to a screening of the acclaimed documentaries made in association with Craig Brewer's "$5 Cover Memphis" show, first aired this summer on MTV.



Directed by Alan Spearman, these 12 short pieces provide an intimate, penetrating look at today's Memphis music scene. See Amy LaVere, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Valerie June, Muck Sticky, Al Kapone, Brad Postlethwaite, Paul Taylor, Jason Freeman, Kate Crowder of Two-Way Radio, Jack "Oblivian" Yarber, Alicja Trout and Harlan T Bobo.



Also playing today in a surprise showing: three new short films by Robert Gordon exploring Mississippi's blues legacy, being produced for a new interactive Mississippi Blues Trail project.



The screening is at 3 p.m. at the Brooks Museum of Art.

Joe Swanberg's "Amateur Hour" workshop today





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Acclaimed Chicago-based director Joe Swanberg (right) will begin a panel at 1 p.m. today, sharing his personal experiences and opinions on the appeal of working with untrained actors, as well as challenges and potential problems.



He'll also discuss the different ways that nonprofessionals can be used most effectively, such as building characters around the actor and putting them in comfortable situations. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions about their own projects, as well.



The event is free.

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Memphis premiere of Mike McCarthy's CIGARETTE GIRL set for September 10th

Cigarette Girl posterDon't miss the Memphis premiere of Mike McCarthy's CIGARETTE GIRL, presented in partnership with Indie Memphis and On Location: Memphis, Thursday, Sept. 10th at Malco's Studio on the Square. Tickets are $12 each and include admission to the after-party at Nocturnal.



Online ticket sales for the Memphis premiere of CIGARETTE GIRL have closed. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door beginning at 6 pm the night of the screening.



It's 2035 and smokers are demonized for their dirty habits, forced into a ghetto known simply as the Smoking Section where mainstream non-smoking society hopes its nicotine addicted inhabitants will simply vanish. Put simply: it's not the place you want to be walking through at night. In this Smoking Section, Cigarette Girl - a classic noir McCarthy lead, all curves, loaded with ammo, and va-va-voom - spends her days selling smokes at under market much to the chagrin of the Vice Lord who runs the Smoking Section. Then Cigarette Girl's grandmother contracts emphysema and Cigarette Girl decides to kick the habit. After three days of cold turkey Cigarette Girl has to kill for a smoke - or be killed in the Smoking Section.



Pure "smokesploitation," CIGARETTE GIRL mixes misfit social commentary with beautiful babes and bad boys, guns and glamour, and lots of cigarettes, all shot with the feel of a classic drive-in grindhouse roughie. McCarthy's works include the crowd pleasing SORE LOSERS and TEENAGE TUPELO, regarded as a classic of the underground-into-indie film scene of the '90s. CIGARETTE GIRL looks like it will be his biggest film to date.



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Indie Memphis announces 'members-only' screening of Lynn Shelton's HUMPDAY on August 31st

HUMPDAY

Indie Memphis will present Magnolia Pictures' acclaimed Sundance Film Festival comedy, HUMPDAY, as a special "members-only" screening on Monday, August 31st at Malco's Studio on the Square.



Associate producer Ted Speaker is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.


HUMPDAY was written and directed by Lynn Shelton, who screened her last feature, MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE, at the 2008 Indie Memphis Film Festival. While in Memphis last October, Shelton (along with HUMPDAY associate producer Ted Speaker and director of photography Benjamin Kasulke), served on the jury and presented awards for Live From Memphis’ Music Video Showcase, which screens as part of the festival. After HUMPDAY’s Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, Shelton was tapped to write and direct the second season of Craig Brewer’s MTV web-series, $5 COVER, which is currently in production in Seattle.



Admission to the screening is free for Indie Memphis members as a "thank you" for helping the 501(c)(3) non-profit successfully meet its ArtsMemphis challenge grant. Those wishing to attend who are not already Indie Memphis members can join online or at the door the night of the screening.



Individual Indie Memphis memberships are available for $50 each ($30 for full-time students; $40 for filmmakers with at least two production credits), and provide year-round benefits, including special discounts at the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, set for October 8-15, 2009.



What: Indie Memphis "members-only" screening of HUMPDAY

When: 7:30 pm, Monday, August 31st

Where: Malco’s Studio on the Square

Admission: Free for Indie Memphis members.
Memberships available online or at the door the night of the screening.



About the film:



It has been a decade since Ben (Mark Duplass, THE PUFFY CHAIR) and Andrew (Joshua Leonard, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT) were the bad boys of their college campus. Ben has settled down and found a job, wife, and home. Andrew took the alternate route as a vagabond artist, skipping the globe from Chiapas to Cambodia. When Andrew shows up unannounced on Ben's doorstep, they easily fall back into their old dynamic of macho one-upmanship. Late into the night at a wild party, the two find themselves locked in a mutual dare: to enter an amateur porn contest together. But what kind of boundary-breaking, envelope pushing porn can two straight dudes make? After the booze and "big talk" run out, only one idea remains -- they will have sex together... on camera. It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's art. But how exactly will it work? And more importantly, who will tell Anna, Ben's wife?



Writer/director Lynn Shelton, director of MY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE and recipient of the "Someone to Watch Award" at the 2009 Independent Spirit Awards, expertly mines the biggest ironies of the male ego to hilarious effect. HUMPDAY is a buddy movie gone wild.



"More full of story, laughs and genuine human emotion than a dozen studio movies."
~ David Carr, New York Times



"A fresh, funny and highly perceptive picture that blends dudely comedy and adult
relationship drama. Director Shelton is a major arrival on the independent scene."
~ Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com



Click here to view the HUMPDAY trailer.



Indie Memphis and The Brooks bring ART & COPY to Memphis on August 27th

Art & Copy

On Thursday, August 27th, Indie Memphis and The Brooks team up again to present ART & COPY, the Sundance Film Festival favorite about advertising and inspiration.



Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), ART & COPY reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time -- people who've profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising's "creative revolution" of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where's the Beef?," "Got Milk," "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.



What: ART & COPY
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, August 27th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $7 / $5 for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks.



The Brushmark Restaurant will be open for dinner. Please call 901-544-6225 for reservations



Indie Memphis '08 Audience Award-winner for Narrative Feature, ADVENTURES OF POWER, returns to Memphis on August 26th

Adventures of Power

The countdown to this October's 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival continues with a special screening of the last year's Audience Award-winner for Narrative Feature, Ari Gold's ADVENTURE OF POWER.



What: ADVENTURES OF POWER
When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 26th
Where: Malco's Studio on the Square
Admission: $5 / FREE for Indie Memphis members



March to the beat of your own drum. Even if you don't have one.



ADVENTURES OF POWER is an epic comedy about a mine-worker named Power whose love of drums and lack of musical skill has turned him into the ridiculed "air drummer" of his small town. But when Power's union-leader father calls a strike at the mine, Power discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers who just might hold the key to changing the world. Power's journey across America brings him face-to-face with his town's greatest enemy, and allows him to discover the beat within his own heart.



Starring Ari Gold, Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, and Adrian Grenier, the film premiered to widespread acclaim at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and features classic songs by Rush, Judas Priest, Phil Collins, Dazz Band, Loverboy, Bow Wow Wow, Woodie Guthrie and original songs by Ethan Gold.



"ADVENTURES OF POWER is a crazy, hilarious, bizarre, insane movie.
And all in the best ways possible."

~Ain't It Cool



"Rowdy response to POWER's midnight unspooling at Sundance
establishes the pic's cult-movie cred... Gold's a gifted comedian."

~Variety



Micro Cinema Club #54: "The Best of the 35th Northwest Film & Video Festival"

For the 54th edition of its monthly Micro Cinema Club program, Indie Memphis will present “The Best of the 35th Northwest Film & Video Festival,” a touring program from the Northwest Film Center showcasing a carefully selected cross-section of the state of filmmaking in the Northwest.



Sponsored by the Center City Commission, the screening is free and open to the public and will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, August 12 at Power House Memphis (45 G.E. Patterson Avenue).



What: Micro Cinema Club #54: "The Best of the 35th Northwest Film & Video Festival"
When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 12
Where: Power House Memphis
Admission: FREE and open to the public.



Seating capacity is limited; attendees should plan to arrive early for seating. Some films in this program may not be appropriate for younger audiences.



"The Best of the 35th Northwest Film & Video Festival" features:



Career Opportunities In Poetry

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN POETRY
Andrew Smith, Courtney Sanders | Missoula, MT | 19 min.
"Pity the poor poet working in the dumbed-down world of modern marketing."



NOVEMBER LIGHT
Cheryl Lohrmann | Portland, OR | 2 min.
"This elegiac poem to a least favorite time of year reminds us that summer will always end. Forever."



PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN 1947-2007
Margot Quan Knight | Seattle, WA | 2 min.
"A woman, well documented by home snapshots — Kodachrome to digital — ages before our eyes."



WE THREE
Laura di Trapani | Portland, OR | 3 min.
"An animated Busby Berkley leg show set in a Dali-esque dreamscape."



SMILE
Julia Kwan | Vancouver, BC | 19 min.
"A Chinese family in 1980‘s Vancouver, prepares to take a family photo."



TO REMEMBER THAT OUR SKIES ARE THE SAME SKIES
Chris Lael Larson | Portland, OR | 3 min.
To Remember That Our Skies Are The Same Skies"Andy London has been haunted by the events of his 18th birthday for years. In this short animated film set in the early 90's, he writes a letter to Colleen in an attempt to put his demons to rest."



THE PULL
Andrew Blubaugh | Portland, OR | 9 min.
"Before Andy and John made the transition from friends to boyfriends, they decided the exact date that they would break up."



COOKIES FOR SALE
Wes Kim | Seattle, WA | 4 min.
"Playing like a Warner Brothers Looney Tune, this live action cartoon pits a persistent Girl Scout against a grumpy tightwad."



HOLLERINGS / THREE STORIES IN WOOD
Lara Gallagher, Andrew Ellmaker | Portland, OR | 5 min.
"Three stories of the quiet revelations and anxieties inhabit a faceless, motionless world."



NICKEL AND DIMIN’ IT WITH BUDDY
Tomas Soderberg | Portland, OR | 7 min.
"Buddy is a homeless man in Portland, Oregon who makes a living returning cans and bottles."



Hirsute

HIRSUTE
A.J. Bond | Vancouver, BC | 14 min.
"A time traveler is visited by an arrogant and hairless future version of himself."



WIND
Chel White | Portland, OR | 5 min.
"This allegorical perspective on climate change offers a haunting and ultimately empowering view of our planet. Narrated by Alec Baldwin with piano accompaniment by Thomas Lauderdale."

Indie Memphis receives ArtsMemphis project support

ArtsMemphis

Indie Memphis is thrilled to be one of 16 area arts organizations to receive project support from Arts Memphis during this funding cycle. The funding will help support Indie Memphis' monthly film screenings and the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Thanks ArtsMemphis!



95% of funds raised through ArtsMemphis memberships go directly back to the Memphis arts community, so become an ArtsMemphis member today and help them keep our diverse and thriving arts community strong and accessible to all.



Click here to check out the Commercial Appeal's coverage.

Indie Memphis named one of "25 Coolest Film Festivals"

MovieMaker Magazine, Summer 2009

The new issue of MovieMaker Magazine, has named Indie Memphis as one of the world's "25 Coolest Film Festivals."



MovieMaker reported it compiled its list "with the help of hundreds of independent moviemakers, festival directors and fest attendees. We scoured the world to identify more than two dozen fests that are creating a truly unique film festival experience."



The magazine says that the twenty-five film festivals on the list take us "beyond the expected, captures the zeitgeist and changes the way we view the films that come along for us afterward."



In addition to Indie Memphis, the list includes South By Southwest in Austin, Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Chicago, the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Locarno International Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland, as well as the Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, which was co-founded by Indie Memphis executive director, Erik Jambor.



Click here to read the full article online.



This 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is scheduled for October 8 - 15, at Malco Theatres' Studio on the Square.

Memphis' Morgan Jon Fox named one of Filmmaker Magazine's 2009 ''25 New Faces of Independent Film''

Morgan Jon Fox

Morgan Jon Fox, whose OMG/HaHaHa won 6 awards at the 2008 Indie Memphis Film Festival, has joined follow Memphians and Indie Memphis alumni Kentucker Audley (2007) and Craig Brewer (2002) as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film."



Indie Memphis alumni from other parts of the country to be included on the list have included Barry Jenkins (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY), Craig Zobel (THE GREAT WORLD OF SOUND) and Tom Quinn, who's THE NEW YEAR PARADE returns to Memphis tonight to kick off the countdown to the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival (click here for details).



Click here to read John Beiffus' writeup on his blog, The Bloodshot Eye.



Click here to see Morgan in Filmmaker Magazine's online article -- or pickup a copy at your favorite bookstore.

Li'l Film Fest 11: "Musical Horror" set to take place with a live jury during the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival


Be afraid... be very afraid... Live From Memphis' next Li'l Film Fest will screen as part of the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this October 8-15 -- with a live jury of industry professionals determining the ''Grand Jury Award'' winner, which will be announced at the Indie Memphis Awards Celebration, along with the ''Audience Choice'' winner.


Theme: Musical Horror
Special Ingredient: Orange
Duration: 5 minutes or less
Entry Deadline: Postmarked Aug 28, 2009
(in hand by Monday, Aug 31st)


Once again, the ''Grand Jury Award'' will be accompanied by a customized, thematic trophy and $500 in cash prizes presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and Indie Memphis. The ''Audience Choice Award'' will come with a trophy and the prize money is the cash from the door, so the more people that come to the festival the bigger the pot!



Congrats to Jason Rawlings and Jason Davenport for taking home both the Grand Jury and Audience Choice awards for their films ''Downer'' at Li'l Film Fest 10!



Click here for complete Li'l Film Fest details.

Don't miss the Film Commission's Saturday and Sunday "Indie Heaven" with film producer Mike Ryan & Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins

Don't miss the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's "Indie Heaven," presented in coordination with the local economic development initiative, MemphisED. Additional sponsors include Malco Theatres, Inc., FedEx and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.



Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY) and producer Mike Ryan (FAY GRIM / JUNEBUG / CHOKE) are coming to Memphis on Saturday, July 18th and Sunday, July 19th to screen their work, answer questions and lead workshops for emerging screenwriters.



Ryan, eager to return to Memphis where he produced the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, FORTY SHADES OF BLUE, hopes the weekend will especially be a draw to "...emerging screenwriters with vision and non-traditional stories...those who wouldn't feel at home at a pre-packaged, high-price, up-tight screenwriters conference."



Ryan, known in independent film circles for his outspoken, sometimes gruff manner, continues: "We are reaching out to the entire community; the suburbs are welcome, but, hey, Barry and I are independent filmmakers. We want real people and real treatments. You know, texture...gritty stuff."



On Saturday, July 18th at 10 am, writer/director Barry Jenkins will be on hand to screen MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY, a triple nominee of Film Independent's 2009 Spirit Awards and a 2008 Indie Memphis Film Festival favorite. On Sunday, July 19th at 10 am, Mike Ryan will present Hal Hartley's acclaimed 2006 feature, FAY GRIM. Both screenings will take place at the Malco Paradiso (584 S. Mendenhall Road), with Q&A sessions session following each.



The screenwriting workshops with Ryan and Jenkins will take place in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday -- with the location announced after each screening. Those interested in having their treatments reviewed should pre-submit to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission at [email protected]



Click here for complete "Indie Heaven" details and for examples of the desired format for treatment submissions.



Click here to read John Beifuss' writeup in Go Memphis.



MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY trailer



FAY GRIM trailer

Indie Memphis '08 Grand Jury Award-winner for Best Feature, THE NEW YEAR PARADE, returns to Memphis on July 22nd

The countdown to this October's 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival begins with a special screening of the last year's Grand Jury Award-winner for Best Feature, Tom Quinn's acclaimed THE NEW YEAR PARADE.



What: THE NEW YEAR PARADE
When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22nd
Where: Malco's Studio on the Square
Admission: $5 / FREE for Indie Memphis members



THE NEW YEAR PARADE follows Jack and Kat McMonagle over the course of a year as their parents separate, struggle with their decisions, and eventually divorce. As past indiscretions are exposed, Jack and Kat question their own identities while struggling to build meaningful relationships. The family breakdown is set against the backdrop of Philadelphia's Mummery, one of the oldest American folk traditions.



Since pre-revolutionary times, the working-class of South Philadelphia have paraded on New Year's Day. In 1901, the merriment was organized into a city-sponsored event: The first annual Mummer's Parade. Today, nearly 15,000 members, many third and fourth generation, work 364 days a year and spend up to 100,000 dollars for a chance at bragging rights in the neighborhood and a continuing sense of tradition.



"Truly unforgettable."
~Variety



"A stunning debut... Altman-esque!"
~IndieWire



"Magnificent!"
~Filmmaker Magazine



Free Weekend Workshops for Emerging Screenwriters -- Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins & producer Mike Ryan coming to Memphis for for two days of "Indie Heaven"

Thanks to the public-private partnership of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, MemphisED and Malco Theatres, producer Mike Ryan (FAY GRIM / JUNEBUG / CHOKE / FORTY SHADES OF BLUE) and Indie Memphis '08 alum Barry Jenkins (MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY) are coming to Memphis for for two days of ''Indie Heaven.''



On Saturday, July 18th at 10 am, writer/director Barry Jenkins be on hand to screen MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY. On Sunday, July 19th at 10 am, Mike Ryan will present Hal Hartley's FAY GRIM. Both screenings will take place at the Malco Paradiso (584 S. Mendenhall Road), with Q&A sessions session following each.



Saturday and Sunday, afternoon workshops -- beginning at 2:30 pm each day -- will offer the rare opportunity for aspiring screenwriters to have their script treatments reviewed by Jenkins and Ryan. Treatments must be submitted in advance. Due to time constraints, not all treatments submitted will able to be discussed.



The screenings and workshops are free -- but pre-registration is required for admission to all of the weekend events and registration is open only to Memphis or Shelby County residents.



Visit the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's website at www.memphisfilmcomm.org for complete details, to download a registration form and for samples of the requested treatment format.



Click here to read John Beifuss' writeup in Go Memphis.



MEDICINE FOR MELANCHOLY trailer



FAY GRIM trailer

Zach Galifianakis in 'VISIONEERS' @ The Brooks on July 16th

On Thursday, July 16th, Indie Memphis and The Brooks continue their year-round collaboration with the Memphis premiere of VISIONEERS, a quirky black comedy set in the near-future concerning a curious spike in cases of spontaneous human combustion.





What: VISIONEERS
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, July 16th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $5 / FREE for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks.



The Brushmark Restaurant will be open for dinner. Please call 901-544-6225 for reservations



The Jeffers Corporation is the largest business in the history of mankind, and they got that way thanks to their strict philosophy of happiness through mindless productivity. But when people begin literally exploding due, Jeffers Corporation Level Three TUNT George Washington Winsterhammerman (Zach Galifianakis) begins to fear that his time will come sooner rather than later.



''This tender Orwellian satire proves unexpectedly moving''
~Hollywood Reporter



''insightful, intelligent, and melancholically funny''
~Cinematical