King photo exhibit kicks off Indie Memphis

ROBERT KING (center, back to camera) speaks with guests at the opening of his photo exhibit on Wednesday night at Marshall Arts, which served as the official beginning to this year's Indie Memphis Film Festival.  (Photo by Nicki Newburger.)


Last night's opening art exhibit of "Shooting Robert King," a bold collection of photojournalism by the Memphis native, offered a preview of what's to come Thursday night as a documentary by the same name takes the screen.

Early arrivals to this year's festival included critic ELVIS MITCHELL and "The River, the Mountain and the Road" director MICHAEL HARRING.  We'll have more photos of last night's event here soon; meantime, go to our Flickr stream here.

There are two showings of "Shooting Robert King" tonight.  See the schedule for show times and to purchase tickets.

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Craig Brewer to host Midnight Screening of 'Paranormal Activity' at Indie Memphis on Friday, Oct. 9th -- Don't see it alone.

Paranormal Activity Paranormal Activity

Craig Brewer has reeled in a last-minute addition to the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, set to open this Thursday with That Evening Sun and Shooting Robert King.

On Friday night, October 9, Craig will host a special midnight screening of Paranormal Activity, a terrifying supernatural thriller featuring shocking footage of a demonic haunting. Don't miss it -- and don't see it alone!

What: Paranormal Activity

When: Friday, Oct. 9 @ Midnight

Where: Malco's Studio on the Square

Admission: $6 general public
/ Only $4 for Indie Memphis members
Buy your tickets online before they sell out!

Click here to see Craig announce the screening on his YouTube channel, MyBrewTube and follow him on Twitter here.

"A POTENT FRIGHTFEST That will fry your nerves and CREEP YOU OUT"
~Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"SO SCARY! Just when you thought it was safe to close your eyes... GOOD LUCK GOING TO SLEEP!"
~Harry Knowles, Ait't It Cool News

'Paranormal Activity' is FREAKY & TERRIFYING
~Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Hands down, one of the BEST HORROR FILMS OF THE YEAR"
~San Francisco Examiner

Click here for details about Paranormal Activity, to buy tickets, add the film to your personal calendar and explore the rest of the more than 150 films screening at Indie Memphis -- like Bruce MacDonald's Pontypool, Saturday's Midnight Movie, and David Hunt's Living Dark: The Story of Ted the Caver.

The Dude abides -- See 'The Big Lebowski' for Free at the Levitt Shell on Oct. 9th

The Big Lebowski The Big Lebowski

The Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski has won our Late-night Movie Contest with 38 percent of the vote, besting Shaun of the Dead (22 percent), Dazed and Confused (17 percent), and Monty Python & the Holy Grail (17 percent) and Caddyshack (6 percent).

Lebowski will screen for free at the Levitt Shell as part of the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival on Friday, October 9th at 10 pm -- but be sure to get there early!

The evening kicks off at 7 pm when Elvis returns to the site of his historic 1954 performance in the Elvis: '68 Special concert film, presented by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc., the Levitt Shell and the Memphis Flyer.

Then, at 8:45 pm, Memphis Music @ SXSW makes its big-screen debut, featuring the likes of North Mississippi Allstars, Amy LaVere, The Bo-Keys, The Tennessee Boltsmokers and Snowglobe, to name few, during their showcase at the 2008 South By Southwest music festival.

The Indie Memphis Film Festival runs for a full 8 days of film, so be sure to explore the full festival schedule to see what else is playing -- you might just find your next favorite film!

Indie Memphis to host first-ever exhibition of the photographs of Robert King, opening at Marshall Arts on Oct. 7th

Robert King Robert King

Join Indie Memphis at Marshall Arts for the Opening Reception of the first-ever exhibition of Robert King's photographs, free and open to the public with live music by Jonathan Kirkscey.

Time: 5 - 7 pm
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7th
Location: Marshall Arts (639 Marshall Ave.)
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Memphis native Robert King is an award-winning photojournalist with over a decade and a half of experience covering wars and political unrest in hot spots around the globe. King is widely recognized for his work and is regularly published in Time Magazine, Newsweek, Paris Match, Stern, Figaro, Forbes and many other leading global media outlets.

Exhibition continues: Noon - 5 pm on Saturday Oct. 10, Sunday Oct. 11 and Saturday Oct. 17.

Shooting Robert King, the acclaimed documentary film which follows Robert King over 15 years and 3 wars, will make its Regional Premiere as the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival's Opening Night Documentary on Thursday Oct. 8 at 7:15 pm.

Click here to buy tickets for Shooting Robert King and explore the Indie Memphis schedule.

Cast your vote for our Latenight Movie at the Levitt Shell on Oct. 9th

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Singer/Songwriter Robyn Hitchcock to help close 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Fest on Oct. 15th

Robyn Hitchcock

In what will be an unusual venue for him, Robyn Hitchcock, internationally renowned singer and songwriter, will perform an intimate solo acoustic concert at Malco's Studio on the Square during the final evening of October's Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Presented by the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy, "An Evening with Robyn Hitchcock: Songs and Storytelling" will begin at 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 15, at Malco’s Studio on the Square. Doors will open at 6 pm.

Tickets for the concert are $20 each and go on sale to the public on Friday 9/25 at Indie Memphis and Recording Academy members can get their tickets now. (Limit 2 per.) Not already an Indie Memphis member? Join today!

Additionally, Sebastian Gutierrez’ feature film "Women in Trouble," which features a musical score by Robyn Hitchcock, will screen at the festival on 9 pm Wednesday, Oct. 14. The film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March and is scheduled for a November theatrical release by Screen Media Films.

Robyn Hitchcock's remarkable body of recordings span more than three decades, beginning with his highly regarded late-'70s work with post-punk psychedelicists the Soft Boys and continuing with a series of highly regarded albums under his own name as well as with his backup outfit The Egyptians and, more recently, the Venue 3 (featuring REM's Peter Buck on guitar, Minus 5/REM'er Scott McCaughey on bass and Minsitry/REM vet Bill Rieflin on drums).

Released earlier this year, "Goodnight Oslo" is Hitchcock's second full-length effort with the Venus 3 and features contributions from The Decemberists' Colin Meloy, Hitchcock's former Soft Boys band mate Morris Windsor, and Harvey Danger front man Sean Nelson (who also starred in Lynn Shelton's 2008 Indie Memphis feature, "My Effortless Brilliance").

Recent months have also seen Hitchcock engaging in a broad array of multimedia excursions and creative collaborations. He is the subject of a pair of films directed by John Edginton for the Sundance Channel: the documentary profile "Sex, Food, Death... and Insects" and a concert film documenting the New York stop on his November 2008 tour in which Hitchcock presented his classic 1984 album I Often Dream of Trains in its entirety. That film, "I Often Dream of Trains in New York," will be released with a companion CD on Yep Roc Records in November. Hitchcock also performs two songs in Jonathan Demme's acclaimed film "Rachel Getting Married." Longtime fan Demme previously directed Hitchcock in the unconventional concert film "Storefront Hitchcock" and the political thriller, "The Manchurian Candidate," in which he played a villainous supporting role.

Click here to access the Indie Memphis member / passholder box offce.

Click here to access Recording Academy member ticketing. Promo code available from the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy.

Craig Brewer at the Symphony for ''Music as Muse: An Artist’s Inspiration'' on October 3rd

Craig BrewerMemphis filmmaker and Indie Memphis alum Craig Brewer is most famous for HUSTLE AND FLOW and BLACK SNAKE MOAN, movies about rap music and the Blues respectively. But his musical tastes span the gamut of musical genres, and his first film, THE POOR AND HUNGRY, centers on the career of a classical cellist.

Classical music played a critical role in Craig's artistic development. From an early age, his father introduced him to the great symphonic pillars of the classical repertoire. As a high school student, he started each day with Bernstein before heading off to sing in one of the competitive chamber choirs in his area.

Memphis Symphony Orchestra

At 8 pm on Saturday, October 3rd at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, the Memphis Symphony will perform a concert of some of the works that inspired Craig and shaped his creative voice -- "Music as Muse: An Artist's Inspiration." During the course of the evening, he will lead the audience on a musical journey through some of the greatest works ever written for orchestra with personal stories and humorous anecdotes. The Memphis Symphony Chorus will join the Orchestra for an evening of grandeur, Hollywood style.

Indie Memphis fans can purchase tickets to the performance at a discount in the spirit of $5 COVER -- $5 off the regular ticket pricesPlease use the promo code "$5 Brewer" to purchase your tickets with the $5 discount.

Indie Memphis members can go one step further and purchase special "Film Fans" seating. Indie Memphis members should use the promo code "Indie Memphis" to purchase these special tickets.Click here to join today

Click here to buy tickets online

Alloy Orchestra Returns to Indie Memphis for THE GENERAL and MAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA

Alloy Orchestra: Roger C. Miller, Ken Winokur, Terry Donahue Alloy Orchestra: Roger C. Miller, Ken Winokur, Terry Donahue

The Alloy Orchestra, a hit on their first appearance at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2006 with "The Phantom of the Opera", will return next month for the 12th annual fest.

Called "the best in the world at accompanying silent films" by noted film critic Roger Ebert, the Alloy Orchestra will perform their original scores to Buster Keaton's 1926 film, "The General," and Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera," made in 1929. The films, accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, will be presented on 35mm film at Malco's Studio on the Square on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 pm and 8 pm respectively.

Tickets are $15 for each performance and will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Indie Memphis members may purchase their tickets for $12 each beginning on Monday, Sept. 14.

Buster Keaton in The General Buster Keaton in "The General"

The performances are made possible through the support of Dorothy Kirsch, and are being co-presented by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

"The General," directed by Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman, is considered one of the greatest films of the silent era. The film runs 79 minutes and will be backed by the Alloy Orchestra's newest score. The performance will feature a stunning new 35mm print, derived from the original camera negative in the Rohauer Collection.

"Man with a Movie Camera" was directed by Dziga Vertov and is often cited as the Alloy Orchestra's best score. Written by the Alloy Orchestra in 1995 with the assistance of Vertov's own composer notes and with the help of film scholars Yuri Tsavian and Paolo Cherchi Usai, the film returns to Alloy's touring repertoire after for more than a decade with a gorgeous new 35mm print from the Moscow Film Archive, Gosfilmofond. Banned in the Soviet Union on its original release, the 69-minute film has since become one of the most celebrated and influential films of all time.

Dziga Vertovs Man with a Movie Camera Dziga Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera"

The Alloy Orchestra is a three-man musical ensemble, which writes and performs live accompaniment to classic silent films. Working with an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects, they thrash and grind soulful music from unlikely sources. Performing at prestigious film festivals and cultural centers in the US and abroad (The Telluride Film Festival, The Louvre, Lincoln Center, The Academy of Motion Pictures, the National Gallery of Art and others), Alloy has helped revive some of the great masterpieces of the silent era. Alloy collaborates with some of the world's best archives and to present audiences with the very best available prints of some of history's greatest film.

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.

Click here for more on CIGARETTE GIRL...

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


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,

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.

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."


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

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

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

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

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

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

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."

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."

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."

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

Tomas Soderberg | Portland, OR | 7 min.
"Buddy is a homeless man in Portland, Oregon who makes a living returning cans and bottles."


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

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


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.


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.

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."

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

~Filmmaker Magazine