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