Indie Memphis

Indie Memphis

Rooted in our city’s unique creative legacy, Indie Memphis — through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences — connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.

The 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set for November 3-6, 2011, in Midtown Memphis at the Playhouse on the Square, the Studio on the Square and the Brook Museum of Art. MovieMaker Magazine named the festival one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in Summer 2009 and one of “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in Spring 2011.

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 from across the country, 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, artists and audiences.

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 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. 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.

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), 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). Other past attendees and special guests include Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), John Sayles (Matewan, Lone Star), Giancarlo Esposito (Do The Right Thing, Breaking Bad), Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter), Joey Lauren Adams (Come Early Morning) and Bob Mondello (National Public Radio).

Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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