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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



Micro Cinema Club #53: 'THE BEST OF OTTAWA 2008' @ Power House Memphis on July 8th

For the 53nd edition of its monthly Micro Cinema Club program, Indie Memphis will present "The Best of Ottawa 2008," a special program of highlights from the 2008 Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest festival of its kind in North America.



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, July 8 at Power House Memphis (45 G.E. Patterson Avenue).



What: Micro Cinema Club #53: ''The Best of Ottawa 2008''
When: 7:30 pm, Wednesday, July 8
Where: Power House Memphis
Admission: FREE and open to the public.*



* Please bring a canned food donation for the Mid-South Food Bank.



Seating capacity is limited; attendees should plan to arrive early for seating. Please note: this program contains films not appropriate for younger audiences.



Program lineup:



OIAF 08 Signal Film by Ian Lagarde
Fake Studio | Canada | 1:35 | 2008
Ink on paper, 2D Computer, 3D Computer
"When the Ottawa International Animation Festival comes around each year, the entire world is turned upside-down."



It's Always the Same Story by Joris Clerte & Anne Morin
Senso Films & Doncvoilà | France | 5:00 | 2007
2D Computer
"At the age of 16, Jean-Luc went to the cinema and saw a movie that would forever change how he looked at his father."



Cattle Call by Mike Maryniuk & Matt Rankin
Canada | 3:11 | 2008
Cut-outs, Photocopies, Pixilation, Puppets, Open exposure painting
with light, Hole punching & Letracet on 35mm

"A pixellated documentary about cattle auctioneers and their hypnotic verbal mathe'magic'."



I Slept With Cookie Monster by Kara Nasdor-Jones
Massachusetts College of Art | USA | 3:27 | 2008
Flash, Ink on paper, Pastel on paper, Rotoscope & Painted
tissue paper

"Detailing a woman's struggle with and triumph over domestic violence."



The Comic That Frenches Your Mind by Bruce Bickford
USA | 5:28 | 2008
Pencil on paper
"A drug-muddled mind tries to think back to its origins and is helped along the way by a mysterious lighthouse and childhood icons."



A Letter To Colleen by Andy London & Carolyn London
London Squared Productions | USA | 8:36 | 2007
Rotoscope
"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 Mixy Tapes by David Seitz & Mike Wray
National Film Board of Canada | Canada | 6:00 | 2007
Animated Objects, Cut-outs, Pencil on paper & Pixilation
"Musician MIXYLODIAN (Mike Wray) and filmmaker David Seitz team up to tell the story of their collaborative effort to produce a film. As the duo navigates an imagined world of visual metaphors in search of the perfect idea, realities of production and problems of communication render the film increasingly problematic."



Ultimo 'Spong Ice' by Bolos Quentes Design (Duarte Amorim, Albino Tavares, Miguel Marinheiro & Sergio Couto)
Bolos Quentes Design | Portugal | 3:02 | 2008
Ink on 16mm film
"Ultimo is the last painter. The painter also makes music. The Bolos filmed and they are designers. The designers also paint."



The Control Master by Run Wrake
Sclah Films | UK | 6:45 | 2008
2D Computer & Cut-outs
"In peaceful Halftone City, a mysterious heroine and a brave ally face the ultimate threat."



Chainsaw by Dennis Tupicoff
Jungle Pictures | Australia | 25:10 | 2007
2D Computer, 3D Computer, Pencil on paper & Rotoscope
"Frank and Ava Gardner live out in the country, amongst the kookaburras and the cattle. Their jobs are menial, but they are true romantics at heart. Moving between fact and fiction, Hollywood and Spain, past and present, 'Chainsaw' is a chain of stories about romance and celebrity, machismo and chainsaws, fantasy and death. And how the natural world endures."

Become an Indie Memphis Member this weekend and get a free pass to Wednesday night's sneak of AWAY WE GO at the Malco Paradiso

Sign up for an Indie Memphis membership by the end of Father's Day weekend (Sunday, June 21), and on Monday we'll mail you a pass for two to Wednesday night's sneak preview of AWAY WE GO at the Malco Paradiso, directed by Sam Mendes, written by Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida, and starring John Krasinski & Maya Rudolph.



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Even better, your membership will provide Indie Memphis with a dollar for dollar match, thanks to a challenge grant from ArtsMemphis through an anonymous donor, which doubles the impact of new memberships & donations made through the end of the month -- so now is the perfect time to join!



Click here to learn more about Indie Memphis memberships and to become an Indie Memphis member today.

RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO Screens Thursday Night at The Brooks -- Free admission for members!

Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art present RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO, the acclaimed documentary film about copyright and remix culture by web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor.



Featuring mash-up musician Girl Talk and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, the film explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.



"About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you'll get
into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age."
~ Montreal Gazette



What: RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $5 / Free for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks





To learn about the new Indie Memphis membership program, please click here.



To purchase advance tickets, or for more about films at The Brooks, please visit www.brooksmuseum.org/films or call (901) 544-6208.

LI'L FILM FEST rescheduled for Saturday, June 27 at The Brooks

Due to last week's power outage, the 10th edition of Live From Memphis' LI'L FILM FEST has been rescheduled for 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 27 at the Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets are available for $5 at the door.



The 11 short films, all running 5 minutes or less, were produced with the LI'L FILM FEST theme, "Family," and must also include the secret ingredient, "Heat."



Program lineup:



-- "Dinner at the Olson's" directed by Don Meyers



-- "Downer" directed by Jason Rawlings and Jason Davenport



-- "Family Heat!" directed by Andy Strong



-- "Meet the Grotz" directed by Rich Kimball



-- "Reunion" directed by Pandora



-- "Some People's Families" directed by Jessica Sprenkle



-- "Son of . . ." directed by J. Lazarus Hawk



-- "Sunday" directed by Val Overstreet



-- "Until Death Do Us Part" directed by Carl E. Walters



-- "Wes' Hypothesis" directed by Daniel Felts



-- "Monday" directed by Eric Swartz



The out-of-town jury of industry professionals has been assembled by Indie Memphis to determine the "Grand Jury Award": Joanne Feinberg, Director of Programming for the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon; Ted Speaker, Associate Producer of HUMPDAY (opening in theaters this July) and juror for the 2008 LFM Music Video Showcase; and Gabe Wardell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival.



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



All films submitted to the LI'L FILM FEST will automatically be placed into consideration for the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, and any and all submission fees will be waived. (LI'L FILM FEST winners are guaranteed an automatic slot in the festival as part of their prize package).



For more information about the LI'L FILM FEST, please visit www.livefrommemphis.com/lilfilmfest

Program Lineup and Jury Announced for LI'L FILM FEST 10: FAMILY this Saturday

The 10th edition of Live From Memphis' LI'L FILM FEST takes place at 2:00 pm this Saturday (June 13th) at the Brooks Museum of Art. Tickets are available for $5 at the door.



The 11 short films, all running 5 minutes or less, were produced with the LI'L FILM FEST theme, "Family," and must also include the secret ingredient, "Heat."



Saturday's program lineup:



-- "Dinner at the Olson's" directed by Don Meyers



-- "Downer" directed by Jason Rawlings and Jason Davenport



-- "Family Heat!" directed by Andy Strong



-- "Meet the Grotz" directed by Rich Kimball



-- "Reunion" directed by Pandora



-- "Some People's Families" directed by Jessica Sprenkle



-- "Son of . . ." directed by J. Lazarus Hawk



-- "Sunday" directed by Val Overstreet



-- "Until Death Do Us Part" directed by Carl E. Walters



-- "Wes' Hypothesis" directed by Daniel Felts



-- "Monday" directed by Eric Swartz



The out-of-town jury of industry professionals has been assembled by Indie Memphis to determine the "Grand Jury Award": Joanne Feinberg, Director of Programming for the Ashland Independent Film Festival in Ashland, Oregon; Ted Speaker, Associate Producer of HUMPDAY (opening in theaters this July) and juror for the 2008 LFM Music Video Showcase; and Gabe Wardell, Executive Director of the Atlanta Film Festival.



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



All films submitted to the LI'L FILM FEST will automatically be placed into consideration for the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, and any and all submission fees will be waived. (LI'L FILM FEST winners are guaranteed an automatic slot in the festival as part of their prize package).



Read what John Beifuss and Chris Herrington had to say about the program, here and here.



For more information about the LI'L FILM FEST, please visit www.livefrommemphis.com/lilfilmfest

LI'L FILM FEST 10: FAMILY this Saturday @ The Brooks

Get in on the fun and see eleven short films created by local filmmakers for Live From Memphis' Li'l Film Fest 10: Family, presented in partnership with the Memphis Tourism Foundation.



What: Li'l Film Fest 10: Family

When: 2:00 pm, Saturday, June 13

Where: Brooks Museum of Art

Admission: $5 / Tickets available at the door.



Find out who takes home the Jury Award ($500 in cash, presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and Indie Memphis) and cast your vote to determine the Audience Choice award-winner, who will walk away with the event's ticket sales!



For details, click here.


Revised Program for Wednesday's Micro Cinema Club #52: "An Evening of the World's Best Shorts"

For the 52nd edition of its monthly Micro Cinema Club program, Indie Memphis will present Asbury Shorts New York's "An Evening of the World's Best Short Films."



Now in their 29th year, Asbury Shorts New York is New York City's longest-running annual short film exhibition, mixing classic shorts films with current festival award-winners. Since 2000, their program has toured thirteen U.S. and three European cities.



Free and open to the public, the screening will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10 at Power House Memphis (45 G.E. Patterson Avenue). Seating capacity is limited; attendees should plan to arrive early for seating. Please note: this program is not appropriate for younger audiences.



"An Evening of the World's Best Short Films" features an eclectic program of comedy, drama and animation. (Please note the revised program lineup.)



New! "Spin" by Jamin Winans

2005 / 8 min. / Colorado

A mysterious DJ is sent to a city block to mend a series of chain reactions.



New! "Dog Years" by Richard Penfold & Samuel Hearn

2005 / 4 min. / England

Ever wonder what your dog is thinking?




Perpetual Motion

New! "Perpetual Motion" by Kimberly Miner

2003 / 2 min. / California

Student Academy Award winner

A device for perpetual motion is discovered by the combination of two popular maxims in this animated short.



New! "Lunch" by Matthew Ehlers

2001 / 4 min. / California

The epic story of a white collar slob and his obscene meal.



"Carmichael & Shane" by Alex Weinress and Rob Carlton

2006 / 6 min. / Australia

A single father has a unique approach to raising his two-year-old twin boys: pick a favorite.



"Regarding Sarah" by Michelle Porter

2006 / 13 min. / Canada

The Bloody OliveAn elderly woman desperately tries to record her life before she forgets it.



"The Bloody Olive" by Vincent Bal

1996 / 5 min. / Belgium

The classic Christmas short film noir with its inevitable twists and turns.



"While the Widow is Away" by Adam Reid

2005 / 20 min. / New York

A building superintendent makes himself at home in the posh Manhattan apartment of a bitter, lonely widow.



"Father & Daughter" by Michale Dudok deWit

2000 / 8 min. / Netherlands / Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

A young daughter longs for her absent father.


The Quality of Mercy

"Consent" by Jason Reitman (director of "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking")

2004 / 6 min. / California

A couple of college kids discuss a sexual consent form back at the dorm room.



Join Indie Memphis Today and Double Your Impact

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Indie Memphis has launched a major fundraising campaign, fueled by a Challenge Grant from ArtsMemphis through an anonymous donor, which doubles the impact of new memberships & donations made through the end of the month.



Please help Indie Memphis reach its goals by signing up today as an Indie Memphis member.



Members receive an official membership card, enjoy exciting year-round benefits, discounts and free admission opportunities, and help Indie Memphis programs run all year long.



This is an outstanding opportunity for the community to get behind one of the most powerful artistic forces in our city: the Memphis independent film industry. Indie Memphis masters the art of film by capturing the Memphis vibe in a very unique way. The spirit of Indie Memphis is a young, energetic one that gives our emerging leaders an outlet for expression and a reason to call Memphis home.''

~ Susan Schadt, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis




Click here to learn more about Indie Memphis memberships
and to become an Indie Memphis member today.



Indie Memphis is the most taken-for-granted institution in Memphis. It provides a respectful and entertaining program to Memphians as well as a greatly needed opportunity for local artists to hone their craft. I am a working professional because of the numerous opportunities Indie Memphis' festival afforded me over the years.''

~ Craig Brewer, writer/director HUSTLE & FLOW, $5 COVER



Member benefits include:



  • Member discounts and free admission opportunities at select screenings and special events throughout the year.
    Click here for a complete list of current member discounts and free admission opportunities.


  • Discounts on Indie Memphis Film Festival tickets, passes and merchandise.

  • Opportunity to purchase Indie Memphis Film Festival tickets and passes before they go on sale to the general public.

  • Tickets for two screenings at the 2009 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

  • Gold members also receive two VIP Passes to the 2009 Indie Memphis Film Festival.

  • 1-year subscription to MovieMaker Magazine (6 issues).

  • Indie Memphis membership card.

Indie Memphis and The Brooks partner to bring "Hunger" and "RIP: A Remix Manifesto" to Memphis in June

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 4th at the Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis and The Brooks present HUNGER, the award-winning debut feature from Turner Prize-winning artist Steve McQueen. HUNGER tells the 1981 story of two inmates in Belfast's infamous Maze Prison who refuse to eat until the British government acknowledges the IRA as a legitimate political organization.


"HUNGER is a mesmerizing 96 minutes of cinema,
one of the truly extraordinary filmmaking debuts of recent years."
~ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com.


What: HUNGER
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 4th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $7 / $5 for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks





At 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 25th at the Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis and The Brooks present RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO, the acclaimed documentary film about copyright and remix culture by web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor. Featuring mash-up musician Girl Talk and Creative Commons founder Lawrence Lessig, the film explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.



"So good man, seriously amazing!"
~ Girl Talk


"Fantastic - truly brilliant!"
~ Lawrence Lessig


"About as edgy and fascinating a glimpse you'll get
into one of the more pressing issues of our Internet Age."
~ Montreal Gazette



What: RIP: A REMIX MANIFESTO
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, June 25th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $5 / Free for Indie Memphis members and members of The Brooks





To learn about the new Indie Memphis membership program, please click here.



To purchase advance tickets, or for more about films at The Brooks, please visit www.brooksmuseum.org/films or call (901) 544-6208.

Indie Memphis' Micro Cinema Club #52: An Evening of the World's Best Short Films

For the 52nd edition of its monthly Micro Cinema Club program, Indie Memphis will present Asbury Shorts New York's "An Evening of the World's Best Short Films."



Now in their 29th year, Asbury Shorts New York is New York City's longest-running annual short film exhibition, mixing classic shorts films with current festival award-winners. Since 2000, their program has toured thirteen U.S. and three European cities.



Free and open to the public, the screening will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 10 at Power House Memphis (45 G.E. Patterson Avenue). Seating capacity is limited; attendees should plan to arrive early for seating. Please note: this program is not appropriate for younger audiences.



"An Evening of the World's Best Short Films" features an eclectic program of comedy, drama and animation:



"Gulp" by Jason Reitman (director of "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking")

2001 / 8 min. / California / Sundance Film Festival – Jury Award Winner

Milton is a Sh**bagThe story of one man’s quest to save his fish.



"Carmichael & Shane" by Alex Weinress and Rob Carlton

2006 / 6 min. / Australia

A single father has a unique approach to raising his two-year-old twin boys: pick a favorite.



"Regarding Sarah" by Michelle Porter

2006 / 13 min. / Canada

The Bloody OliveAn elderly woman desperately tries to record her life before she forgets it.



"The Bloody Olive" by Vincent Bal

1996 / 5 min. / Belgium

The classic Christmas short film noir with its inevitable twists and turns.



"While the Widow is Away" by Adam Reid

2005 / 20 min. / New York

A building superintendent makes himself at home in the posh Manhattan apartment of a bitter, lonely widow.



"Father & Daughter" by Michale Dudok deWit

2000 / 8 min. / Animation / Netherlands / Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film

A young daughter longs for her absent father.


The Quality of Mercy

"Consent" by Jason Reitman

2004 / 6 min. / California

A couple of college kids discuss a sexual consent form back at the dorm room.



Indie Memphis and Memphis in May salute Chile with special screenings starting Thursday, May 7th

Indie Memphis and Memphis in May present “Cinema of Chile” as part of Memphis in May’s Salute to Chile.



At 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 7th at the Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis and Memphis in May present “Short Films from Chile,” an evening of award-winning Chilean short films representing the best in Chilean cinema as selected by the Santiago International Film Festival. In Spanish with English subtitles.



What: "Short Films from Chile"
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, May 7th
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $5 / Free for Indie Memphis members




At 7:00 pm on Thursday, May 14th and Thursday, May 21st at Malco’s Studio on the Square, Indie Memphis and Memphis in May present the acclaimed Chilean feature “Machuca” on 35mm film. Recognized as one of the best Chilean films in history, “Machuca” tells the story of a young boy thrust from his poverty-stricken home to an elite private school and a privileged life-style. The complicated contrasts between the two worlds unfold as the boy befriends his well-to-do classmates – all in the background of a politically turbulent 1973 Chile. In Spanish with English subtitles.



What: "Machuca"
When: 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 14th and Thursday, May 21st
Where: Malco’s Studio on the Square
Admission: $5 / Free for Indie Memphis members





www.memphisinmay.org/salutetochile

More $5 COVER happenings announced for next week: FLIPSIDE MEMPHIS on Monday and $5 COVER AMPLIFIED on Tuesday

In collaboration with Indie Memphis, $5 COVER's two documentary teams will premiere their work next week at Malco's Studio on the Square, offering the first look at the real-life stories powering Craig Brewer's forthcoming MTV series, which premieres April 30th at the Malco Paradiso.



On Monday, April 27th, FLIPSIDE MEMPHIS, a collection of mini-documentaries from Live From Memphis and the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, will have its premiere at 7:00 pm, portraying the people and places that make Memphis unique. Get down with the jookin' dancers from U-Dig Dance Academy. Smell the burning rubber of the Memphis Roller Derby. Chill with Scott Bomar at Electraphonic Recording. Experience the "Flipside" of Memphis!



On Tuesday, April 28th, $5 COVER AMPLIFIED, twelve intimate documentaries exploring the lives and passions of the musicians in $5 COVER, will have its premiere at 7:00 pm. Directed by Alan Spearman of The Commercial Appeal and NOBODY, the short films feature everything from singer/songwriter Amy LaVere taking target practice in Texas and rapper Al Kapone giving life lessons to his son AJ, to a sunset motorcycle ride with Lucero's Ben Nichols through Arkansas and a puppet-driven lesson in love and biology from Harlan T. Bobo.



Tickets for the Monday and Tuesday screenings are $5 each, benefiting Indie Memphis, and will be available at the Studio on the Square beginning at 3:00 pm the day of the screening. (Unfortunately, we are not able to accept credit cards, but there is an ATM in the lobby if you need one.)