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Indie Memphis Makes Beifuss' "Second Ten" of 2008

Indie Memphis docs: Okay, maybe I’m cheating, but this year’s improved Indie Memphis Film Festival screened so many excellent documentaries it would be unfair to name just one. The standouts were Margaret Brown’s intimate behind-the-scenes look at the racially segregated Mobile, Ala., Mardi Gras, “The Order of Myths”; Greg Kohs’ tragic/comic tale of a Milwaukee Neil Diamond impersonator, “Song Sung Blue”; and Memphian Brett Hanover’s unclassifiable, unforgettable in-depth character study of a self-styled Indian chief and possible pet rabbit slaughterer, “Bunnyland.”


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Micro Cinema Club #47 - CRAWFORD, Jan. 14 @ Malco's Studio on the Square

CRAWFORD

Studio on the SquareWednesday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 pmAdmission is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.

In 1999, then Governor George W. Bush bought a ranch in the one-stoplight town of Crawford, Texas, calling it “home” just in time to set his sights on the White House. Having invented Bush’s “folksy image,” the campaign’s victory thrusts Crawford onto the world stage and an insular community of barely 700 explodes overnight.

While the high school band plays the inauguration and the Baptist pastor declares a miracle, Crawfordites sell souvenirs hand over fist, finding themselves nearly trampled under the heels of the international press corps, patriotic tourists and boomtown opportunists. Then, four-and-a-half years into Bush’s tenure, Cindy Sheehan and her peace movement arrive at the doorstep of the “Western White House.” Crawford takes center stage.

As 20,000 impassioned protesters and counter-protesters battle on Crawford’s tiny streets, the symbol of the “small town” begins to change. Exacerbated tensions place pressure on the community as well as on the liberties Americans take for granted. And after seven years of this political stagecraft, a President’s and a community’s choices have an even graver human impact. Left to deal with the aftermath, the real people of Crawford are changed forever.



Crawford: a documentary from Crawford: The Movie on Vimeo.


Indie Memphis Alumni in Competition at Sundance

Hangin at Indie Memphis 2008: Ben Kasulke, Lynn Shelton, Ted Speaker Hangin' at Indie Memphis 2008: Ben Kasulke, Lynn Shelton, Ted Speaker

HUMPDAYLynn SheltonMY EFFORTLESS BRILLIANCE
HUMPDAY (writer/director, Lynn Shelton) - a bromantic comedy about straight male bonding gone a little too far. Cast: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton, Trina Willard.

Ben KasulkeTed SpeakerMusic Video Showcase

VarietyIndieWIREThe Sundance non-competitive lineup (including Premieres, Spectrum, Midnight and New Frontiers) will be announced on Friday, Dec. 4.

Indie Memphis Alumni Receive 'Spirit Awards' Nominations

Film Independent2009 Spirit Awards

Lynn SheltonAcura Someone to Watch Award

Barry JenkinsBest First FeatureAcura Someone to Watch Award

Margaret BrownBest DocumentaryLacoste Truer Than Fiction Award.

Heather ReaBest Feature Piaget Producers Award Courtney HuntBest Director Best First ScreenplayBest Female LeadBest Supporting Female Best Supporting Male

Hats off to them all!


IndieWIRE Awards Watch '08"River," "Rachel," "Ballast" Lead Spirit Award Nominations
John Beifuss' The Bloodshot EyePark the Parka at Home

Micro Cinema Club #45 - Wednesday Night

PLAGUES & PLEASURES ON THE SALTON SEA


Studio on the Square
Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

"A heartbreaking, sidesplitting parade of humanity."
~ Village Voice


Don't miss this special Micro Cinema Club at Malco's Studio on the Square and presented in collaboration with the Sierra Club Chickasaw Group. Filmmaker Chris Metzler will be on hand to introduce the film and participate in a Q&A after the screening.



OMG/HaHaHa opens Friday at Studio on the Square

OMG/HaHaHaMalco TheatresStudio On The Square

A tender and impressionistic film structured as a series of video blog entries and stream-of-consciousness vignettes about families, friends, lovers and loners in Midtown Memphis, the essentially no-budget but beautifully photographed OMG/HaHaHa was named best feature in the festival’s "Hometowner" category, devoted to films produced by residents of Memphis and Shelby County.

The festival jury also decided to award a "Special Jury Prize for Directing" to Fox, and a "Special Jury Prize for Acting" to two of the film's young stars, Jake Casey and Ed Porter. The jury also gave OMG/HaHaHa a "Special Recognition" award in the Narrative Feature category (in which it competed with fims produced outside of Memphis).

OMG/HaHaHa also won the new "Special Achievement in Editing by a Memphis Filmmaker" award, sponsored by the technology company, Avid. The sweet prize for that victory: Avid Media Composer software, worth about $2,500.

Juror Elvis Mitchell, former film critic for The New York Times and host of the "Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence" program on the Turner Classic Movies channel, said OMG/HaHaHa ... is "both playful and innovative."

Said Mitchell: "It feels like something that really is the next step - a film that could play just as well on a laptop or a cell phone as in a theater. Moviemakers have been reaching to capture that for several years now, and this achieves that feeling."

Audience Award Winners Announced

AUDIENCE AWARDS


ADVENTURES OF POWER


THIS IS NOT A ROBBERY


FANTAISIE IN BUBBLEWRAP


THE WAY I SEE THINGS


THE MUSIC

previously announced jury and special awards...

SPECIAL AWARDS


GOSPEL HILL


MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE

NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY AWARDS(Jury: Alison Dickey, Amy Dotson, Elvis Mitchell)


THE NEW YEAR PARADE


OMG/HAHAHA

DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS(Jury: donnie betts, Peter Gilbert)


NESHOBA


‘BAMA GIRL


PIP & ZASTROW: AN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP


SONG SUNG BLUE


THROW DOWN YOUR HEART

SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS(Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Dan Krovich)


ADDRESS TO SILAS ON THE OCCASION OF THE RETREAT AT LOS ANGELES COUNTY


THE CAVE


I KNOW YOU


DONE IN ONE


THE KEY

HOMETOWNER JURY AWARDS(Jury: Alison Bagnall, Matt Parker)


OMG/HAHAHA


BUNNYLAND


GINGER SAND


OMG/HAHAHA


OMG/HAHAHA
OMG/HAHAHA


OMG/HAHAHA


COOL AUNT


THE ORPHAN