Friday, March 28, 2008

MIFF: Day 2

One day down and I'm still stoked! Yesterday was the premier of Delta Rising and I enjoyed it very much. As a pure documentary, I wanted a little more from it, but as an ode to Clarksdale it was right on the money. The afterparty at Ground Zero was great as well. Good music, good booze. Looks like GZ will be pretty much like its Clarksdale counterpart once it gets up and running for the general public.

So today is Day 2 and I'm up and on schedule. I made an effort not to get too wiped out on the first day at the party and it has paid off. After all, I'm still recovering from SXSW in Austin. I'll be hitting Young Ave Deli for a warmup before catching everything on my slate. Since the rest of the festival is pretty much in Midtown, I'll be setting up shop in Otherlands to do work on my lappy, getting my food fix at Soulfish, and grabbing the occasional pint at Celtic Crossing. It's all about the lay of the land...

Posted by: Rich Newman

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Memphis International Film Festival is Here!

It's been a while...a long while actually...since I was able to focus on Memphis, the local film scene, and (of course) the Memphis Film Society. Those days of lounging are no more, however. After long last, the various paper-based intricacies of setting up a non-profit have been resolved and now I can actually DO SOMETHING. Alas, it all happened too late for MFS to get involved with this year's Memphis International Film Festival, but that's okay. It looks like this year's slate is going to rock!

That said, here's my schedule and picks for this year's festival. You'll note that I don't have films listed for every time slot--this is so I can 'play the field' a bit on choices and leave a little slack in my schedule for glad-handing and networking.

7:30pm Delta Rising. The first of my documentary picks. Looks to be a good one, too.
Party at the new Ground Zero Blues Club. Never pass up the chance to network...

6:00pm Panel: Visual FX. An interesting subject and the only panel not about 'making it.'
6:30pm Shorts Program. Always love watching shorts.
Party at Ernestine's and Hazel's.

10:00am Panel: Making it in Hollywood. Hmm...
11:30am Panel: Making it in Tennessee. More relevant...
2:00pm Panel: Making it With Your Friends. Most doable...
2:45pm Beyond the Call. More documentary.
5:00pm Before the Music Dies. Last documentary for me--an Austin fave film.
Party at Bridges
9:50 Lynch Part 1. Glad to see 'ole Dave is being featured so prominently at this year's fest.

5:30 Shorts Program.
8:00pm Lynch Part 2/Inland Empire. My only gripe for this festival: Why schedule two Lynch-based films at the same time? Now fans have to choose between seeing the second half of the doc they started on Saturday, or watching a truly indy-made feature (all shot using $1000 Sony PD-150 DV cameras) by a living legend.

There it is. Let the festival begin. I'll be reading your reviews and blogs on the Memphis International Film Festival site. If you have a blog kicking, let me know about it at If nothing else, we can grab a beer and do some networking...

Posted by: Rich Newman