One of the most unheralded and, frankly, surprising success stories in the Memphis arts scene celebrates a milestone next week when the 50th Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club screening takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at The Power House at 45 G.E. Patterson, just west of Central Station.
Micro Cinema Club #50: Gold Celebration 7:30 pm Wednesday, April 8 @ Power House Memphis Admission is free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.
A special evening of short films programed by Micro Cinema Club founder Will O’Loughlen to celebrate the series’ 50th show.
The lineup includes:
At the Quinte Hotel by Bruce Alcock A rollicking interpretation of the well-known poem by Al Purdy, using almost every animation technique in the book.
Traveling in Circles by Kate Hetland Some travel to leave. Some travel to arrive. Some people travel to get their feet of the ground, and some to never have to put them down.
Mr. Freeway by Kenneth Hughes An original version of Carmina Burana sung in Latin with acoustic guitar sets the musical backdrop for a visual poem about a man running on the freeways of Los Angeles in search of his other.
I F***ing Hate You by Zak Forsman A raw, compelling glimpse into a young man's charmingly ill-conceived scheme to redeem himself in the eyes of his ex-girlfriend.
Big Mistake by Dan Turner One mistake can cost you everything.
Detroit Not For Wimps by Leigh Richert Wedgies, bullies, spitballs, and monsters! It's tough being a pair of kid brothers in Detroit during the late 70's. Especially when you hate each other.
Dinner Table by Song E. Kim On an ordinary day, a couple is having dinner. The girl casually asks him how the food is. He briefly answers. While the conversation at the dinner table remains ordinary and mundane, the animated images jump back and forth between the dinner table and her mind's eye.
A Painful Glimpse Into My Writing Process by Chel White A dark and humorous stream-of-conscious look at the writing process, told with animated images straight from the subconscious.
Beijing Haze by J.P. Chan A new Chinese immigrant smokes her last cigarette from home, evoking memories of her last day in Beijing.
Complete Winners Jury Award"CottonBallLand" Audience Award"CottonBallLand" Best Cinematography"Journeymen" Best Editing"Chuck, from Craigslist" Best Directing "El Regalo (The Gift)" Best Use of Theme"Just the Facts, Ma'am" Best Use of Special Ingredient "The Last Casualty" Best Acting honorable mention"CottonBallLand"
Indie Memphis has opened the Call-For-Entries for its 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, set for October 8 - 15, 2009.
The festival highlights regional filmmaking from all corners of the country, while continuing its twelve-year tradition of showcasing Southern films and filmmakers. Feature films, documentaries and short films completed after December 2007, and which will not have been publicly screened in Memphis prior to the 2009 festival dates, are eligible to submit.
Deadlines and Entry Fees
Earlybird Deadline:April 1 - $30 for features / $20 for shorts
Regular Deadline:May 15 - $40 for features / $30 for shorts
Late Deadline:June 15 - $50 for features / $40 for shorts
($5 discount for student filmmakers - Proof of student status required.)
Local Production Waiver
Filmmakers that shot at least 50% of their film in Memphis or Shelby County,
Tennessee may take a waiver on their first submission to the festival.
Indie Memphis is proud to team up with the Brooks Museum of Art to present an exclusive engagement of CHE, Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed epic about Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, in two parts on consecutive Sundays. Benicio del Toro (Best Actor, 2008 Cannes Film Festival) stars in an award-winning performance as the legendary revolutionary.
Doors and cash bar at 4 pm. Film starts at 5 pm. Order your tickets online or call 901-544-6208. Stay and discuss the films afterward over tapas at the Brushmark. (Reservations are recommended.)
"Truly epic... Bold." ~Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A great movie. 'Che' is a thing to be experienced. ~J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Nothing if not the movie of the year." ~Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
"A work of grand ambition. An experience you won't forget. Benicio Del Toro gives a magnificent performance." ~Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"A spectacular achievement. The best executed and most intriguing work of Steven Soderbergh's career. Benicio Del Toro provides a marvelous physical and emotional performance." ~Andrew O'Hehir, Salon
Part 1, 'The Argentine' shows how Che proved to be an indispensable fighter, along with Fidel Castro, in the overthrow of the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. As he throws himself into the struggle, Che is embraced by his comrades and the Cuban people. Che rises to prominence in the Cuban Revolution, from doctor to commander to revolutionary hero.
Part 2, 'The Guerilla' (screening on March 8th) shows Che at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. The story of the Bolivian campaign is a tale of tenacity, sacrifice, idealism, and of guerrilla warfare that ultimately fails, bringing Che to his death. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.
THE POOL 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 26 @ Brooks Museum of Art
Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art present the narrative feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE, THE YES MEN), about a young man trying to make a living in the wealthy hills of Panjim, Goa in India. Daydreaming about one day getting an education, Venkatesh works as a "room boy" in a hotel and sells plastic bags on the side with his young friend, Jhangir, to make ends meet. When he becomes enchanted by a sublime residential pool, Vankatesh gets entangled with the mysterious family that inhabits the home. His relationship with the rich father and his cynical, sophisticated daughter disrupt his fixed ideas and unexpectedly alters his destiny. Special Jury Award, 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
"Gorgeous... Glowing luminescence." ~Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Critics' Pick. A triumph, this! (A) gentle, muted drama. Genuine old-school humanism." ~Time Out NY
"A truly independent gem of a feature. Informed by incisive observations about the class divide but more interested in the mysteries of the human heart, this gentle variation on neorealism is a delight on every level. Uplifting without a drop of sap." ~Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"Sensitive to the culture, not only of India, but to those people who must work menial jobs to survive and dream of something bigger, Smith has crafted a quietly beautiful movie that honors both." ~Anthony Kaufman, IndieWIRE
Film Festival Favorite: MOMMA'S MAN 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 19 @ Brooks Museum of Art
"This is independent film defined."
"An extraordinary movie in every way."
"Momma's Man sneaks up on you -- small in scale, constructed from deeply personal material -- you'd never guess how deeply it cuts into a universal experience: the terror of becoming an adult."
"This deceptively simple, marvelously filmed and profoundly affecting movie is first and foremost a love letter from director Jacobs to his parents... it's a film of acute perceptions, great sadness and wordless, ecstatic joy, and the one unforgettable narrative film I saw at this year's [Sundance Film Festival]."
Thursday, February 12 @ 7:30 pm IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS
From the producer of Before Sunset and Dazed and Confused, this award-winning feature is a rollicking comic ride and tender journey though love, sex, and modern romance in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve. Grand Jury Award, 2008 Florida Film Festival.
"Utterly amazing. A highly emotional journey." ~Film Threat
Thursday, February 19 @ 7:30 pm MOMMA'S MAN
From the producers of HALF NELSON and MARIA FULL OF GRACE, this feature film chronicles the increasingly anxious dilemma of a young man who stops off at his parents' loft and finds himself emotionally unable to leave. Official Selection, 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
"An extraordinary movie in every way." ~Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 26 @ 7:30 pm THE POOL
The narrative feature debut of acclaimed documentary filmmaker Chris Smith (AMERICAN MOVIE), this film tells the tale of a hotel worker obsessed with a swimming pool in the opulent hills of Goa, India. His life gets turned upside down when he attempts to meet the mysterious family that arrives at the house. Special Jury Award, 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
"Gorgeous... Glowing luminescence." ~New York Times
Sunday, March 1 @ 5 pm CHE, PART 1 (THE ARGENTINE)
Indie Memphis teams up with The Brooks to present an exclusive engagement of CHE, Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed epic about Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, in two parts on consecutive Sundays. The Argentine shows how Che proved to be an indispensable fighter, along with Fidel Castro, in the overthrow of the corrupt dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.
"Nothing if not the movie of the year." ~LA Weekly
Sunday, March 8 @ 5 pm CHE, PART 2 (THE GUERILLA)
The second half of Steven Soderbergh's CHE, The Guerilla shows Che at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution.
"A great movie. 'Che' is a thing to be experienced." ~Village Voice