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Indie Memphis co-presenting GRAVITY WAS EVERYWHERE BACK THEN with the Brooks Museum of Art -- 7 pm and 9 pm on Thursday, June 9 @ The Brooks

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, Indie Memphis and the Brooks Museum of Art will welcome artist/musician/filmmaker Brent Green and his film Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, the moving true story of a Kentucky hardware clerk, Leonard Wood, who built a crazy quilt house for his wife, Mary -- a sort of healing tower to the heavens-- to appeal to God to save her from cancer. Shot entirely on the full-scale town he built in his backyard, Green combines animation, stop-motion and live-action in an ethereal opus to lovers and tinkerers everywhere.



Since its 2010 debut, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then has screened for sold-out audiences at MoMA, the Getty, the Berkeley Art Museum, and the Walker Art Center, as well as at the Sundance Film Festival. In its January 2011 issue, Art in America heralded that "Green keeps the boundary between physical reality and emotional truth fluid, and the constellation of work that results exudes authenticity and a raw, visceral power."



Green comes to Memphis with musician Brendan Canty (Fugazi) and indie-cabaret group The Bitter Tears, who will provide a live soundtrack for the screening at the Brooks -- a dynamic folk-punk score, inventive sound effects, and endearing narration -- via Theremin, cello, horn, and foley sound effects.



Indie Memphis and the Brooks will present two performances (at 7 pm and 9 pm) of the 75-minute film on June 9th. Limited seating is available. Between screenings, attendees will be able to enjoy a cash bar and free samples of Community Coffee in the Rotunda.



Advance tickets are available from the Brooks box office for $12 each / $10 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks. At the door, tickets will be $15 each / $12 for Indie Memphis members and members of the Brooks.








Winners announced for inaugural Indie Memphis Student Shorts

The first Indie Memphis Student Shorts showcase screened Saturday, May 7, 2011 in the Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium to a crowd of more than 150 attendees, featuring the work of Memphis-area students from Overton High School, St. Agnes Academy, the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. The showcase gives students an opportunity to meet and network with fellow students from other area institutions, and provides them with a "training wheels" experience for the festival circuit, offering a bit of friendly competition and a greater chance of public exposure.



Of the more than 100 films submitted, 24 were selected to screen at the competitive showcase. A jury of industry professionals (William Bearden, DeAara Lewis and Edward Valibus Phillips) deliberated and the audience voted, with the following awards presented:










BEST IN SHOW
The Notorious Jesse James
by Eric Huber
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGHER EDUCATION
San Diego
by Whitney Howard, Jesse Hearn, Nathan Ball, Ben Cummings
[University of Memphis]



AUDIENCE CHOICE - HIGH SCHOOL
(untitled)
by Jenna-Lee Geranios
[St. Agnes Academy]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGHER EDUCATION
Maxed Out
by Andrew Lebowitz
[Memphis College of Art]



BEST IN CLASS - HIGH SCHOOL
Nothing Less Than An Enemy
by Benny Balderrama, Jayelon Carr, Tiara Dickerson, Ashley Dillard,
Angelica Figures, Keenan Hall, Joshua Lee, Marktavius Littles,
Tasheena Mabry, Teairra McGaughy, Akili Mickens, Cierra Paige,
Erica Ross, Jessika Shields, Sarai Vaughn
[Overton High School]



HONORABLE MENTION - NARRATIVE SHORT
C'est Un Mime
by Jessica Biggs
[Memphis College of Art]



HONORABLE MENTION - DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Interview With Paul Eade
by Patrick Churvis
[University of Memphis]



HONORABLE MENTION - ANIMATED FILM
Survival of the Sweetest
by Michael Shaw
[Memphis College of Art]







 




 



 

 






Each winning film receives an automatic slot in the nationally-recognized Indie Memphis Film Festival (November 3-6), a 1-year Indie Memphis student membership with an incuded IFP community membership, a 1-year print subscription to MovieMaker Magazine, and an showcase award or certificate. Each winning film also received a pair of passes to a Malco Theatres film, with the exception of the BEST IN SHOW winner who received a $100 cash prize.



Indie Memphis Student Shorts is made possible with the support of the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission.





WILLIAM SHATNER'S GONZO BALLET to headline Indie Memphis Dance Films -- May 23-25 @ Evergreen Theatre

Memphis in May

William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival, will make its Memphis debut as part of an Indie Memphis series of dance films screening at the Evergreen Theatre in collaboration with Project: Motion.



The film series, which also features Rumba and NY Export: Opus Jazz, will take place from Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25, between weekend performances of Project: Motion's Frame-by-Frame, where choreographers will draw inspiration from favorite films to create one-of-a-kind dance performances.



A selection of award-winning short films by Mitchell Rose will precede each evening’s feature, including Advance(winner of the "Best Animated or Experimental Award" at the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival) and Modern Daydreams, a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life.



Admission to Rumba and NY Export: Opus Jazz are $7 at the door for the general public / $5 for Indie Memphis members and Frame-by-Frame ticket-holders. Tickets for William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet are $10 at the door the general public / $8 for Indie Memphis members and Frame-by-Frame ticket-holders. Advance tickets are available online here at www.indiememphis.com for a $1 discount, plus service fees. Doors open one hour before showtime.
















Rumba

Memphis in May

Screening as part of Indie Memphis' four-film series of Belgian cinema with the Memphis in May International Festival

Rumba
7 pm Monday, May 23 @ Evergreen Theatre

Told with little music or dialogue to deflect from its clever slapstick, Rumba (77 min) tells the story of Fiona and Dom, a happy couple who teach in a rural school and have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. Leaning heavily on the comedic styles of Jacques Tati, the film pursues the eternal question of whether two people can be eternally happy through deliberate and staunch cheerfulness.



"Like an episode of Sesame Street scripted by Luis Bunuel and helmed by Jacques Tati, Rumba turns dark tragedy into deadpan comedy through a series of surreal G-rated gags," wrote Variety.



The Guardian called Rumba "an old-fashioned, sweet-natured dance-based comedy debut to remember."



Rumba is preceded by Mitchell Rose's Modern Daydreams (16 min), a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer.







NY Export: Opus Jazz


NY Export: Opus Jazz
7 pm Tuesday, May 24 @ Evergreen Theatre

A "ballet in sneakers" by the legendary Jerome Robbins (West Side Story), NY Export: Opus Jazz was a smash hit in 1958 when it was broadcast on the Ed Sullivan Show. Set to a rousing jazz score by Robert Prince, the ballet portrayed the experiences of urban youth through movements that blended ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing to create a contemporary and powerfully expressive style. This 46-minute modern-day adaptation takes the ballet off the stage and back to the streets that inspired it, with the ensemble cast of disaffected youth played entirely by dancers from the New York City Ballet. Shot on location all over New York City on anamorphic 35mm, the film takes advantage of some of New York City's rarest and most stunning locations. The stylized cinematography captures the majestic landscape of New York City as well as the subtle beauty and sensuality of the dance piece.



New York Magazine called NY Export: Opus Jazz "just about the purest, sexiest thing going in ballet," and The New York Times said the film "may prove classic."



"All the stagy, perfected boredom one might feel towards ballet is cast aside and rendered fresh in NY Export: Opus Jazz," wrote FilmThreat. "The film is just awesome to watch and simply made me happy to have seen it. I can't recommend it highly enough."



Following the screening of NY Export: Opus Jazz is a 15-minute documentary that recounts the history and summarizes the enduring significance and appeal of Opus Jazz. Choreographer (and original West Side Story dancer) Eliot Feld and Sondra Lee (one of Robbins' original Opus dancers), along with other Robbins' friends and colleagues, join the current cast of dancers to contextualize the cultural and historical importance of Mr. Robbins' career and NY Export: Opus Jazz.



The Opus Jazz program is preceded by Mitchell Rose's Modern Daydreams (16 min), a suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer.







William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet

William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet
7 pm Wednesday, May 25 @ Evergreen Theatre



William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet (51 min) is a documentary about legendary choreographer Margo Sappington's quest to create a ballet set to the music of William Shatner's critically acclaimed album Has Been (produced and co-written with Ben Folds). The film shows Sappington's finished ballet, called Common People, in its entirety, as well as Shatner himself speaking candidly about his artistic endeavors and life choices. The film also features interviews with Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Margo Sappington, and members of the Milwaukee Ballet.



"When the lights went up, there were cheers," said indieWIRE. "Shatner comes across as a true original."



Nashville Scene wrote, "The best part is Shatner himself, who reveals a heartfelt soul. It feels like this is the genuine man behind the myth."



"Every dance number they do... shows the heart and soul of the dancer thrown into every move, every lift, and every turn," said the San Diego Film Festival of William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet. "I recommend that everyone who appreciates creativity in all mediums see this movie."



William Shatner's Gonzo Ballet is preceded by a program of short films by award-winning filmmaker Mitchell Rose:



Advance (3 min) - One dance. Two minutes. Fifty locations. Winner of the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival jury award for Best Animated or Experimental Film.



Modern Daydreams (16 min) - A suite of four Chaplinesque films exploring the theme of movement engendered by day-to-day life. In Treadmill Softly, a man reaches aerobic heart rate at the gym when he falls for a hunkette. In Islands in the Sky, four people weave fifty feet in the air atop four cherry-pickers, aloft and aloof in their ivory towers. In Unleashed, a cubicle-bound Dilbert-ditto gets in touch with his inner puppy. In Deere John, a man and a twenty-two ton John Deere excavator dance a dance of discovery, fulfillment, and eventually, the loss that any diesel-based relationship must suffer. "Inventive and conceptual crossbreeding of comedy and cutting edge dance." - FilmThreat.



Elevator World (4 min) - A computer-animated essay on the spatial politics of elevator riding. "A computer masterpiece" - CBS Evening News.















Indie Memphis Student Shorts -- 4 pm Saturday, May 7 @ Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium

Don't miss the first Indie Memphis Student Shorts (IMSS), sure to become an annual tradition!



Set to take place at 4 pm on Saturday, May 7 at the Memphis College of Art's Callicott Auditorium, the competitive showcase features the work of Memphis-area students from Overton High School, St. Agnes Academy, the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. Admission is free and open to the public.



IMMS gives students an opportunity to meet and network with fellow students from other area institutions, and provides them with a "training wheels" experience for the festival circuit, offering a bit of friendly competition and a greater chance of public exposure.



Audience members will vote for their favorites, and a jury of industry professionals will present awards in multiple categories -- including "Best of Show," which includes a $100 cash prize.



What: Indie Memphis Student Shorts



When: 4 pm Saturday, May 7



Where: Callicott Auditorium @ Memphis College of Art



Admission: FREE and open to the public



All IMSS submissions will be considered for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, and competition winners in each category will be given an automatic slot in the nationally-recognized festival (November 3-6, 2011), receive a Filmmaker Pass, a 1-year Indie Memphis student membership, and a 1-year print subscription to MovieMaker Magazine.



The inaugural Indie Memphis Student Shorts competition is made possible through the support of the Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.



For more information about the Indie Memphis Student Shorts competition, please visit www.indiememphis.com/stu




Indie Memphis celebrates Belgian cinema with Memphis in May - Four films at three venues during the month of May

Memphis in May

Indie Memphis continues its six-year collaboration with the Memphis in May International Festival, presenting four contemporary Belgian films at three venues during the month of May as part of Memphis in May's Salute to Belgium.



The film series features: The Misfortunates (2009), The Over the Hill Band (2009), The Barons (2009), and Rumba (2008), the later of which is being presented as part of a yet-to-be-announced film series at the Evergreen Theatre.

Admission for each film is $7 at the door / $5 for Indie Memphis members. Not already a member or need to renew? Visit indiememphis.com/membership to to take advantage of Indie Memphis discounts and help support our year-round programming.




















The Misfortunates

The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen)
7 pm Wednesday, May 4 @ Studio on the Square

Presented on 35mm film, The Misfortunates tells the story of 13-year-old Gunther Strobbe, who grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life – but can he defy his destiny?

Official Belgian submission for the 2010 Academy Awards

The Over the Hill Band

The Over the Hill Band (Meisjes)
2 pm Saturday, May 7 and 7 pm Thursday, May 19 @ Brooks Museum of Art

The Over the Hill Band is the story of a 70-year-old woman who used to sing in a girls band when she was much, much younger. After the death of her husband, she decides to go on stage again. She asks her rebel son -- down and out R&B musician Sid -- to help her start a new band with two girlfriends from the old days. Sid would rather drown in the North Sea than sharing the stage with mommy dearest, but in the end he agrees. On one condition: it has to be his music.

The Barons

The Barons (Les Barons)
7 pm Thursday, May 12 @ Studio on the Square

Presented on 35mm film, The Barons tells the story of, Hassan, Aziz and Mounir, three friends who lead a life of pleasant apathy in modern-day Brussels. Calling themselves 'The Barons,' they spend their days loafing around in unhurried torpor, bantering between each other and adhering to a curious theory which postulates that the fewer steps one takes in a lifetime, the richer and more satisfying one’s interior life. When real life crashes unpleasantly into their dream world, the three are forced to deal with life, love and the future.

Rumba

Rumba
7 pm Monday, May 23 @ Evergreen Theatre

Told with little music or dialogue to deflect from its clever slapstick, Rumba tells the story of Fiona and Dom, a happy couple who teach in a rural school and have a common passion: Latin Dancing. One night, after a glorious dance competition, they have a car accident and see their lives turn upside down. Leaning heavily on the comedic styles of Jacques Tati, the film pursues the eternal question of whether two people can be eternally happy through deliberate and staunch cheerfulness.




MovieMaker Magazine names Indie Memphis Film Festival one of 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in Spring 2011 issue

MovieMaker Magazine - Spring 2011The new issue of MovieMaker Magazine features the Indie Memphis Film Festival on its annual list of 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee, citing Indie Memphis' combination of the city's two most popular art forms -- film and music -- as part of the success of its annual film festival, which has seen its attendance double since 2007 to 7,800 attendees in 2010. MovieMaker's annual list of the "best festival investments" identifies for filmmakers the festivals most worth their time, money and effort.



Indie Memphis will hold its 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this November 3-6 at the Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, transforming the city best known as "the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences.



The festival screens a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films, highlighting regional filmmaking from all corners of the country and providing a showcase for new work by Memphis filmmakers. Narrative Features will compete for $25,000 in color grading and finishing services from Nice Shoes in New York City, plus a round-trip flight to NYC. Jury awards also include Gorilla Film Production Software.



Indie Memphis connects filmmakers to the live music scene that pulses through the city, providing visiting filmmakers and other festival attendees with an eclectic sampling of Memphis' current music scene and a potential soundtrack for their next project. Last year, Memphis music acts, including Snowglobe, Bluff City Backsliders, Amy LaVere, Nancy Apple, Tonya Dyson, Jason Freeman, Michaela Caitlin, Michael Joyner, Grace Askew, Warble, and Pez performed "in theatre" prior to festival screenings, during Memphis music showcases at the Festival Cafe in the Playhouse on the Square, and at festival parties and receptions at various Memphis locations. In addition to local musicians, past festivals have also included live accompaniments by the acclaimed Alloy Orchestra and a solo acoustic performance by British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock.



Other noted festivals on MovieMaker's list include the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina, the True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the Seattle International Film Festival.



In 2009, the Indie Memphis Film Festival was named by MovieMaker as one of the world's "25 Coolest Film Festivals," alongside the South By Southwest Film Festival, Roger Ebert's Film Festival in Chicago, and Switzerland's 62-year-old Locarno International Film Festival. The organization also received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to produce its 2010 film festival.



Click here for more about the Indie Memphis Film Festival, including photos and highlights from last year's festival.




Indie Memphis and the Brooks bring Spalding Gray back to Memphis with encore screening of Steven Soderbergh's AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE -- 2pm Saturday, April 16 @ The Brooks

Indie Memphis' year-round collaboration with the Brooks Museum of Art continues with an encore presentation of the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival favorite And Everything is Going Fine.



And Everything is Going Fine is an intimate portrait of the late, great master monologist Spalding Gray, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray.



What: And Everything is Going Fine


When: Brooks Museum of Art


Where: 2 pm Saturday, April 16


Admission: $8 for the general public
/ $6 for Indie Memphis members.



Director Steven Soderbergh, who collaborated with Gray on Gray's Anatomy (1996), has sifted through rare and revealing footage to construct a riveting final monologue. There are glimpses of Gray's father, and of his son Forrest (who provides soaring music for the end credits), but mostly this is an inspired one-man show, a bittersweet display of Spalding's playful and embattled intelligence, his gift for tracking universal truths by looking himself squarely in the eye.



Not already a member or need to renew? Visit indiememphis.com/membership for details on how to to take advantage of Indie Memphis discounts and help support our year-round programming.




Indie Memphis partners with the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities to present Italian Film Festival -- Screenings begin Tuesday, March 29 @ University of Memphis

Indie Memphis is thrilled to partner with the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities to help present their 2011 Italian Film Festival, made possible by the Italian Culture Institute of Chicago and UNICO.



All screenings will be shown in the University Center Theater at the University of Memphis and are free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Zach Curlin Parking Garage next to the University Center.





BASILICATA COAST TO COAST
7 pm Tuesday, March 29 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater
Admission: FREE



The directorial debut of Italian actor Rocco Papaleo, Basilicata Coast to Coast is about four small-time musicians -- a professor of mathematics, a tobacco shop owner, a carpenter and an actor -- who set off on a road trip to participate in the Scanzano Jonico musical festival, crossing the region of Basilicata from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea on foot. Their little odyssey is recorded by a reluctant, unhappy journalist played by acclaimed Italian actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno.



HAPPY FAMILY
7 pm Thursday, March 31 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater


Happy Family, directed by Oscar-winning Gabriele Salvatores (Mediterraneo), is an adaption of a successful play by Alessandro Genovesi, itself a modern reworking of Pirandello's classic Six Characters in Search of an Author. An unemployed scriptwriter finds himself clashing with his characters who appear on his computer. At the center of his story are two families forced to meet because of a rash decision by their two 16-year-old children. A simple bicycle accident catapults the scriptwriter into his own story.



18 YEARS LATER
7 pm Tuesday, April 5 @ University of Memphis - University Center Theater


18 Years Later (18 Anni Dopo), Edoardo Leo's first film, won special mention at the Rome Independent Film Festival in 2010. The film tells the story of Mirko and Genziano, two brothers who have not seen nor spoken to each in eighteen years. Genziano now lives in London where he is a successful stock broker. Mirko remained in Rome where he helps their father in his mechanic's garage. The death of their father forces them to reunite. A bittersweet comedy on guilt, family relations, settling accounts and all that happened eighteen years later.

Join Indie Memphis in celebration of Women's History Month with WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS? -- 7 pm Saturday, March 26 @ University of Memphis

For Women's History Month, Indie Memphis partners with the University of Memphis Women and Gender Studies Program to celebrate women artists with the documentary film Who Does She Think She Is? and a panel discussion. Following the discussion will be a dance, music and poetry revue.



What: Who Does She Think She Is?



When: 7 pm Saturday, March 26



Where: University of Memphis - University Center Theater



Admission: FREE



Who Does She Think She Is? focuses on five particularly bold women artists, each radically different in background, race, religious creed and choice of artistic field. But they all share the common challenge of making careers in various art worlds. Simultaneous to their creative existence, they are pulled in different directions as they try to answer the competing demands of artistic fulfillment, marriage, motherhood and economic survival. From Hawaii's Big Island to the suburbs of Ohio, from New York City to the deserts of New Mexico, Who Does She Think She Is? follows five women, ranging in age from 27 to 65, as they each chart a path to create their individual type of art.

Indie Memphis partners with the Brooks, Rhodes College and the Playhouse to celebrate GREY GARDENS; co-director / editor Muffie Meyer to present the documentary at the Brooks and speak at Rhodes -- Events kick-off Thursday, March 24

GREY GARDENS (2009 HBO FILM)
7 pm Thursday, March 24 @ Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $8 / $6 for Indie Memphis members and Members of the Brooks



Indie Memphis partners with the Brooks, Rhodes College and the Playhouse on the Square for this special screening of HBO Films' 2009 dramatization of the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale (Drew Barrymore) and her mother, Edith Ewing Bouvier (Jessica Lange), chronicling their rise as prominent socialites in the 1930s and their later years, lived in squalor and seclusion on their bedraggled East Hampton, NY estate.



The screening will be introduced by Jimmy LeDuc, director of the Playhouse's musical production of Grey Gardens, and preceded by a cocktail party with cash bar at 6 pm. (See below for details on the Playhouse production.)



DECADES OF GREAT DOCUMENTARIES: MUFFIE MEYER AND RONALD BLUMER
3 pm Friday, March 25 @ Rhodes College -- Blount Auditorium
Admission: FREE



Indie Memphis partners with Rhodes College and CODA at Rhodes to help present this very special lecture. With four Emmys, a Writer's Guild Award, a Peabody, and over 100 programs for public television, it is obvious that Muffie Meyer and Ronald Blumer are great filmmakers. But they are also great speakers- with video clips, sharp wit, and great behind-the-scenes stories you won't find in any book. Don't miss the rare opportunity to hear them speak and participate in the Q&A.



Muffie Meyer was born in New York City and raised in Chicago. Meyer co-directed Grey Gardens with the pioneering cinema verite documentarians David and Albert Maysles, and Ellen Hovde. She also co-edited the film with Hovde. Ronald Blumer has written/produced/or co-produced eighty documentary films, including three series with Bill Moyers, Creativity, A Walk Through The Twentieth Century and The U.S. Constitution. His work has received thirty major awards including four EMMY awards and a George Foster Peabody.



GREY GARDENS (1975 DOCUMENTARY FILM)
2 pm Saturday, March 26 @ Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $8 / $6 for Indie Memphis members and Members of the Brooks



GREY GARDENS (2007 MUSICAL)
March 25 - April 17 @ The Circuit Playhouse
Admission: Click here for Playhouse box office info



Rub elbows with Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little Edie," -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' most scandalous relatives! Members of Memphis' famed Beale family, they were once the highest of high society, but now the two have become East Hampton's most notorious recluses, living in a dilapidated mansion with 51 cats for company. Based on the cult classic documentary, Grey Gardens is a hilarious and heartbreaking look at two indomitable women, and winner of three 2007 Tony Awards!


"Grey Gardens is more than a unique and unmissable musical: It's a Gift!"
~ Rolling Stone.

Free screening of THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT -- 7:15 pm Thursday, March 24 @ Malco Summer Drive-In

Indie Memphis and ArtsMemphis are thrilled to bring Cory McAbee's acclaimed musical space western, The American Astronaut, back to Memphis for an encore screening at Malco Theatre's Summer Drive-In -- on glorious 35mm film!



Open to the public, the free drive-in screening is part of the ArtsMemphis Bravo membership season.



Load up your car with friends on Thursday, March 24th, and join us at the Drive-In. Arrive early to mix, mingle and make new friends. The film begins at 7:15 pm and the concession stand will be open. If the weather's nice, bring your lawn chairs and blankets to... enjoy indie film al fresco.



"Nothing short of phenomenal," said the New York Times of The American Astronaut. Entertainment Weekly described it as "a Laurel & Hardy skit directed by Salvador Dali," and Filmmaker Magazine called it "Something virtually unique in American independent film."



What: The American Astronaut



When: 7:15 pm Thursday, March 24



Where: Malco Summer Drive-In
(5310 Summer Ave.)



Admission: FREE! (Make sure to tell the ticket booth attendant you are with Indie Memphis / Bravo Memphis for free entry.)



As a Mosaic grant recipient, Indie Memphis is the only area film organization that receives annual funding from ArtsMemphis. Presenting a broad range of dynamic and engaging film programs throughout the year, the nonprofit organization received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to help produce last year's Indie Memphis Film Festival, which was named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009 and drew a record-setting crowd of 7,800 attendees in 2010. The 14th edition of the annual film festival is set for November 3-6, 2011, and will take place at Playhouse on the Square, Studio on the Square and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.



Since 1963, ArtsMemphis has raised funds to ensure excellence in the arts and build a vibrant cultural community for everyone. In FY10, ArtsMemphis allocated more than 95 percent of its annual campaign, in addition to enhancement funds from the historic Memphis for the Arts campaign, to award $4.3 million to the Memphis arts community. Funds from ArtsMemphis are used to give stable operating and project support for 26 performing and visual arts organizations, to support 40+ community projects with an arts focus, to administer our Arts for Children & Teachers (ACT) arts education program in Memphis City and Shelby County Schools and to provide student ticket subsidies to an estimated 60,000 school children in West Tennessee.

FOUND FOOTAGE FESTIVAL Returns to Memphis -- 8 pm, Sat. April 2 @ Young Avenue Deli

Last year's Found Footage Festival sold out -- so we're bringing Joe and Nick back to Memphis for an all-new show!



VHS may be dead, but the format is gloriously resurrected in this action-packed fifth edition of the Found Footage Festival. Hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) return to Memphis with their most densely-packed lineup of videos to date, complete with bad celebrity career moves, drunk guys mooning Hare Krishnas, and, at long last, cats riding motorcycles.



What: Found Footage Festival


When: 8 pm, Sat. April 2


Where: Young Avenue Deli


Admission: $10 at the door / $8 for Indie Memphis members


Click here to buy advance tickets.


** Please note: The Found Footage Festival is an 18+ event **



The Found Footage Festival began in 1991, when Joe and Nick began collecting found videotapes after stumbling across a training video entitled, "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties" in a McDonald's break room. In the 18 years since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos found in garage sales and thrift stores, and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.



Two rules govern the Found Footage Festival:

1) Footage must be found on physical format. No YouTube.

2) It has to be unintentionally funny. Whatever it’s trying to do, it has to fail miserably at that.



Since its first tour in 2004, the Found Footage Festival has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S., Canada, and the UK, including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV's Attack Of The Show, and has been named a critic's pick in dozens of publications, including The Village Voice, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle ("Riotous!"), AVClub.com ("Skull-crushingly funny."), The Stranger, and The Chicago Tribune.



Indie Memphis announces dates for 2011 Indie Memphis Film Festival, submission deadlines and entry fees

Indie Memphis will hold its 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival this year from November 3 to November 6. Screenings and events will once again take place in the heart of Midtown Memphis at the new Playhouse on the Square, Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.



"We are thrilled to be returning to the Playhouse, the Studio on the Square and the Brooks for our fourteenth edition," said Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis. "Last year, we saw a record number of Memphians come to Midtown Memphis to attend our festival, and the move to early November will serve our community even better. Falling after area schools have returned from Fall Break, the later dates will especially help us to better engage the Memphis student population."



The Indie Memphis Film Festival, which was named one of MovieMaker magazine's "25 Coolest Film Festivals" in 2009, drew a record-setting crowd of 7,800 attendees in 2010. A Mosaic grant recipient receiving annual funding from ArtsMemphis, Indie Memphis is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which also received special support from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to produce last year's event.



With a focus on regional filmmaking, the Indie Memphis Film Festival screens a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films, and provides a showcase for new work by Memphis filmmakers. The festival inspires and connects, transforming the city best known as "the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll" into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists and audiences.



Indie Memphis continues its long track record and proven commitment to connect local and regional filmmakers to nationally renowned and accomplished industry professionals.



Scheduled to attend and serve on the 2011 festival jury are Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures, Fine Line Features), Peter Gilbert ("Hoop Dreams"), Gill Holland ("Loggerheads," "Greg the Bunny"), Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood"), and Scott Mosier ("Clerks"). Other special guests will be announced in the coming months.



A veteran of the film festival circuit since Clerks debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994, Scott Mosier said "Indie Memphis made me enjoy going to festivals again."



Narrative Features will compete for $25,000 in color grading and finishing services from Nice Shoes in New York City, plus a round-trip flight to NYC. Jury awards also include Gorilla Film Production Software.



Deadlines for submission and entry fees for the 2011 festival are:



Earlybird Deadline: April 1 – $35 for features / $25 for shorts



Regular Deadline: May 1– $45 for features / $35 for shorts



Late Deadline: June 1 – $55 for features / $45 for shorts



Special discounts are available for student films and films produced in Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. To be eligible for submission, films must have been completed after November 2009 and not publicly screened in Memphis prior to the 2011 festival dates.



Beginning Friday, March 4th, filmmakers may submit their work by downloading a PDF entry form from the festival's website at www.indiememphis.com or submitting through the online submission service Withoutabox.com.



Last year's Indie Memphis Film Festival celebrated twenty-five years of Memphis filmmaking with the 10th anniversary premiere of Craig Brewer's re-mastered and restored "The Poor and Hungry," a special free outdoor screening of Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" at the Levitt Shell, Kentucker Audley's latest feature, "Open Five," and the Opening Night premiere of David Evans' "The Grace Card."



Indie Memphis also connects filmmakers and festival attendees to the live music scene that pulses through the city. Last year, Memphis musicians, including Snowglobe, Bluff City Backsliders, Artistik Approach, Nancy Apple, Chris Owen, Tonya Dyson, Jason Freeman, Michaela Caitlin, Paul Ray Thomas, Michael Joyner, Grace Askew, Warble, and Pez performed in theatres prior to festival screenings, during Memphis music showcases at the Festival Cafe in the Playhouse on the Square, and at festival parties and receptions in Midtown locations from the Playhouse roof to the P&H Cafe.



Additional highlights from the 2010 festival included free panels discussions, mentor opportunities, and pitch sessions with industry professionals, including former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell (KCRW's "The Treatment"), filmmaker Peter Gilbert ("Hoop Dreams," "With All Deliberate Speed"), producer Scott Mosier ("Clerks," "Chasing Amy"), and screenwriters Matt Lopez ("Race to Witch Mountain," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice") and Larry Karaszewski ("Ed Wood," "The People vs Larry Flynt").



"I've written movies that shot in Memphis and I've written movies that take place in Memphis - it's such an exciting city. There is a real love of film there and the people know how to have a good time," said screenwriter Larry Karaszewski. "There also seems to be an emerging scene of young Memphis filmmakers making small independent films that speak to today's times. Indie Memphis is a great showcase for their art."



Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Other Indie Memphis Film Festival sponsors and supporters include: the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, Malco Theatres, the Playhouse on the Square, the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission / MemphisED, Combustion, Newcastle Brown Ale, Modern Production Concepts, Nice Shoes, Alarum Pictures, Running Pony Productions, the Memphis Flyer, WKNO-FM, Gossett Motor Cars, the Memphis Music Foundation, the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc, the Levitt Shell, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Independent Film Channel, Comcast, Kodak, Jungle Software, Dorothy Kirsch and the Hohenberg Foundation.

Indie Memphis partners with Shady Grove Presbyterian Church to present free screening of 'Hiding' -- Wednesday, Feb. 23 @ Studio on the Square

Indie Memphis is partnering with Shady Grove Presbyterian Church to present a free screening of the documentary film Hiding at 7 pm Wednesday, February 23 at Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square.



Each year, North Koreans flee their country due to human rights abuses, starvation and to reunite with their families, creating an emergency situation that is absent from the public eye. With up to 300,000 North Korean refugees hiding in the border region of China and North Korea, Hiding tells the story of a group of North Korean refugees attempting to find freedom in a modern day underground railroad -- or face being caught and sent back to punishment through hard labor and even execution.



What: Documentary film Hiding with post-screening conversation
When: 7 pm Wednesday, February 23
Where: Studio on the Square (2105 Court Avenue, Memphis TN)
Admission: Free and open to the public



The screening will be followed by a conversation with traveling "nomads" from the group Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), which produced the film as part of their mission to redefine the North Korea crisis through creative storytelling while providing emergency relief to North Korean refugees and pursuing an end to the human rights crisis. LiNK nomads will talk about how their organization is rescuing refugees from hiding, and how audience members can help.



For more information about LiNK and Hiding, visit www.linkglobal.org.


Audience Awards Announced for 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

Indie Memphis is thrilled to announce the Audience Award-winners of the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival...



AUDIENCE AWARDS

Sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale



Audience Award - Feature
Earthwork
directed by Chris Ordal



Audience Award - Documentary
Queen of the Sun
directed by Taggart Siegel



Audience Award - Short
God of Love
directed by Luke Matheny



Audience Award - Hometowner
The Nurse
directed by Craig Leake



Previously announced Jury and Festival awards:



NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY AWARDS
Jury: Aaron Hillis and Elvis Mitchell



Best Narrative Feature: *
Open Five
directed by Kentucker Audley



Nice Shoes Award:
Audrey the Trainwreck
directed by Frank V. Ross



The Nice Shoes award is presented to the director of one of the competition features to help them take their next production to a new level. A $25,000 value, the award includes 8 hours of color grading and 8 hours of finishing services at Nice Shoes, an artist-driven design, animation, VFX and color grading studio in New York City. The award includes a round trip flight to New York, to allow the award-winner to take advantage of their prize, no matter where they are based.



Special Narrative Feature Jury Awards:



James DeForest Parker's performance in
The Colonel's Bride
directed by Brent Stewart



Narrative Ambition for
Mars
directed by Geoff Marslett



For it's combination of genre mix and playful indie spirit
Blackmail Boys
directed by Bernard Shumanski & Richard Shumanski



DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS
Jury: Peter Gilbert and Scott Mosier



Best Documentary Feature: *
Thunder Soul
directed by Mark Landsman



Special Documentary Jury Award:
The Last Survivor
directed by Michael Pertnoy and Michael Kleiman



Best Documentary Short:
Let Your Feet Do the Talking
directed by Stewart Copeland



SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS
Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Paula Martinez and Gabe Wardell



Best Short: *
Daud
directed by Joel Fendelman



Best Animated Short:
Prayers for Peace
directed by Dustin Grella



Best Experimental Short:
Advance
directed by Mitchell Rose



HOMETOWNER JURY AWARDS
Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Paula Martinez and Gabe Wardell



Sponsored by the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission



Best Hometowner Feature: *
Open Five
directed by Kentucker Audley
(Also awarded $1,000 in cash prizes)



Best Hometowner Short: *
Training Wheels
directed by Sarah Fleming



Best Hometowner Animated or Experimental Film: *
Que Sera, Sivad
directed by GB Shannon



* Includes copies of Jungle Software's acclaimed Gorilla Film Production Software and StoryO story organization software.



FESTIVAL AWARDS



Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award:
Gabi on the Roof in July
directed by Lawrence Michael Levine



Soul of Southern Film Award:
General Orders No. 9
directed by Bob Persons

Jury Awards Announced for 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

Jury awards for the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival were announced last night during the festival's awards ceremony at the Playhouse on the Square. Congrats to all!



Select jury award-winner receive copies of Jungle Software's acclaimed Gorilla Film Production Software and StoryO story organization software.



Audience awards will be posted shortly...



NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARDS
Jury: Aaron Hillis and Elvis Mitchell



Best Narrative Feature: Open Five



Nice Shoes Award: Audrey the Trainwreck



The Nice Shoes award is presented to the director of one of the competition features to help them take their next production to a new level. A $25,000 value, the award includes 8 hours of color grading and 8 hours of finishing services at Nice Shoes, an artist-driven design, animation, VFX and color grading studio in New York City. The award includes a round trip flight to New York, to allow the award-winner to take advantage of their prize, no matter where they are based.



Special Jury Awards:
James DeForest Parker's performance in The Colonel's Bride
Narrative Ambition for Mars
For it's combination of genre mix and playful indie spirit, Blackmail Boys





DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS
Jury: Peter Gilbert and Scott Mosier



Best Documentary Feature: Thunder Soul



Special Jury Award: The Last Survivor



Best Documentary Short: Let Your Feet Do the Talking





SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS
Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Paula Martinez and Gabe Wardell



Best Short: Daud



Best Animated Short: Prayers for Peace



Best Experimental Short: Advance





HOMETOWNER JURY AWARDS
Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Paula Martinez and Gabe Wardell



Sponsored by the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission



Best Hometowner Feature: Open Five
(Also awarded $1,000 cash prize)



Best Hometowner Short: Training Wheels



Best Hometowner Animated or Experimental Film: Que Sera, Sivad





SPECIAL FESTIVAL AWARDS



Soul of Southern Film Award: General Orders No. 9



Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award: Gabi on the Roof in July





AUDIENCE AWARDS sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale, to be announced soon...

Indie Memphis Announces a Festival Lineup Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Memphis Filmmaking with 'Mystery Train,' 'The Poor & Hungry,' 'The Grace Card,' 'Open Five' and more!

The Grace CardIndie Memphis Film Festival



The Grace Card

Open Five,Open Five

Hannah Takes the StairsAlexander the Last

Elvis: ‘68 SpecialMystery Train

The Blues Brothers

The Poor & Hungry,





  • Audrey the Trainwreck, directed by Frank V. Ross

  • Bicycle Lane, directed by Jeffery Ruggles

  • Blackmail Boys, directed by Bernard Shumanski & Richard Shumanski

  • The Colonel's Bride, directed by Brent Stewart

  • Drones, directed by Amber Benson & Adam Busch

  • Earthwork, directed by Chris Ordal

  • Exit 117, directed by Kevin James McMullin

  • Gabi on the Roof in July, directed by Lawrence Levine

  • Mars, directed by Geoff Marslett

  • The New Year, directed by Brett Hale

  • Passenger Pigeons, directed by Martha Stephens




  • American Jihadist, directed by Mark Claywell

  • Being the Diablo, directed by Rod Murphy

  • Beijing Punk, directed by Shaun Jefford

  • General Orders No. 9, directed by Bob Persons

  • Gerrymandering, directed by Jeff Reichert

  • The Last Survivor, directed by Michael Kleiman & Michael Pertnoy

  • Queen of the Sun, directed by Taggart Siegel

  • Roll Out, Cowboy, directed by Elizabeth Lawrence

  • Thunder Soul, directed by Mark Landsman


www.indiememphis.comThe Grace CardThe Poor & HungryOpen Five

Indie Memphis memberwww.indiememphis.com

'Savage County' to premiere in Memphis on Sept. 30 as a fundraiser for the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival

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The MTV New Media horror film Savage County will have its premiere at Studio on the Square on Thursday, September 30, as a fundraiser for the 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.



The premiere is being co-presented by Malco Theatres and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, with screenings at 7 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 24 at www.indiememphis.com for $12 each ($10 for Indie Memphis members), plus service fees.



Savage County is an MTV New Media Film and Memphis-based BR2 Production from Executive Producers David Gale and Craig Brewer and producer Erin Hagee. The film stars Jimmy Crosthwait, Ivy McLemore, Patrick Cox, and Jeff Pope, as well as many other talented Memphis actors, and features a haunting score by Jason Freeman. Memphis acts Al Kapone, Lord T and Eloise, El Dorado and the Ruckus, and Jung Shin all contributed tracks, as did Nashville's Those Darlins.



Director David Harris is scheduled to attend the premiere, along with other special guests.



"Indie Memphis has been part of my career as a filmmaker since I've had a career," said Harris, who also was one of the writers of Savage County. "Their festival premiered my first short, gave a prize to my last short, supported $5 Cover (which I was honored to be a part of) and is now giving Memphis a first look at my first 'real' movie.



Harris said Savage County was "taken under the wings of Craig Brewer and Erin Hagee through their BR2 Productions and made in collaboration with some of the most talented and creative filmmakers and crew in Memphis. It was brought to life by a largely Memphis cast. The music and score relies on the talent of Memphis musicians. I'm grateful to Indie Memphis for screening the film, and I'm hoping that bringing Halloween to Memphis a little early this year will help give Indie Memphis a boost before the festival in October."



Dates for this year's Indie Memphis Film Festival are October 21 through 24.


Indie Memphis brings 'Koyaanisqatsi' to downtown Memphis for Curious Pictures

Hosted by UrbanArt and the Center City Commission and made possible with the support of a First Tennessee Award for Innovation in the Arts, Curious Pictures is a downtown installation of film & video work that will take place each Friday evening from September 10 through October 8. Projected onto various buildings in Downtown Memphis, Curious Pictures brings to life our cityscape and demonstrate the possibilities and potential of new media art within the public realm.



Koyaanisqatsi:brLife out of Balance Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance

This Friday night, Indie Memphis will light up the north wall of the Jolly Royal building (122 S. Main) with Godfrey Reggio's acclaimed directorial debut, KOYAANISQATSI, transforming Gayoso Avenue into a walk-up theater.



When: 8 pm Friday, Sept. 17



Where: Jolly Royal building
(122 S. Main)



Admission: Free and open to the public



KOYAANISQATSI is a Hopi Indian word meaning ''life out of balance.'' Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two different worlds -- urban life and technology versus the environment.



''Unique, profound, mesmerizing and thought-provoking'' (Boxoffice), KOYAANISQATSI contrasts the tranquil beauty of nature with the frenzied hum of contemporary urban society. Uniting breathtaking imagery with a hauntingly evocative, award-winning score by Philip Glass, it is ''original and fascinating'' (People) -- one of the ''greatest films of all time'' (Uncut).

'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