Friday, October 9, 2009

Indie Memphis: Weekend Preview


It's Day 2 of the festival and things are rolling in high gear. Yesterday opened with two great movies, followed by a chance to mix it up at an afterparty at The Vine. Predictably, all of these events were packed! If you are planning to see any screenings at the 2009 Indie Memphis Film Festival, go online and get your tickets now! I saw quite a few folks being turned away due to sold out shows (BTW, the film Paranormal Activity is long sold out, so don't bother with this one at all).

That said, there are plenty of good films going on between now and Wednesday, so check out the program and get your tickets now. Okay, so what are the 'must sees' for this weekend? Here is a preview of the Fri/Sat schedules, along with my picks (when I say 'picks,' I mean the events/films I will attend--not necessarily the best films).

Friday, Oct 9
3:45pm Kentucker Audley Film, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
5:00pm VIP Happy Hour, Festival Cafe (My Pick)
5:30pm Flipside Memphis, Studio on the Square
5:45pm The Mountain, The River, and The Road, Studio on the Square
5:45pm Naturally Obsessed, Studio on the Square
7:00pm Elvis '68 Special, Levitt Shell (Free Outdoor Screening)
7:15pm Luckey, Studio on the Square
7:45pm Alexander the Last, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
7:45pm Stingray Sam, Studio on the Square
9:30pm Living Dark, Studio on the Square
10:00pm A Plus D, Studio on the Square
10:00pm Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Studio on the Square
10:00pm The Big Lebowski, Levitt Shell (Free Outdoor Screening)
11:59pm Paranormal Activity, Studio on the Square (My Pick)

Saturday, October 10
10:00am Filmmaker Breakfast, Festival Cafe (My Pick)
11:00am Southern Teen Filmmaking Showcase, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
11:00am Indie Kids, Brooks Museum (Free Event)
11:30am Scarred Justice, Studio on the Square
12:00pm It Was Great, But I Was Ready to Come Home, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
12:00pm The Festival Circuit, Festival Cafe (Free Event)
12:30pm Zombie Girl, Studio on the Square
1:00pm Shorts Program #1, Brooks Museum
1:00pm When Critics Converse, Festival Cafe (Free Event) (My Pick)
2:00pm Billy was a Deaf Kid, Studio on the Square
2:15pm Shorts Program #2, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
3:00pm Invisible Girlfriend, Studio on the Square
3:00pm Indie Film Q&A, Festival Cafe
3:15pm Memphis Music at SXSW, Brooks Museum (Free Event)
4:00pm VIP Happy Hour, Festival Cafe (My Pick)
4:30pm Strongman, Studio on the Square
4:45pm All In: The Poker Movie, Studio on the Square
5:15pm Wheedle's Groove, Studio on the Square
7:15pm Dear Lemon Lima, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
7:30pm Music Video Showcase, Studio on the Square
9:30pm The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia, Studio on the Square
9:45pm Shorts Program #3, Studio on the Square
10:00pm American Astronaut, Studio on the Square (My Pick)
10:00pm Music Video Afterparty, The Warehouse
11:59pm Pontypool, Studio on the Square (My Pick)

Remember, you can purchase a festival pass and see all the screenings you want (pending ticket availability) and attend all the VIP events.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Follow Indie Memphis with MFS!


As all of you know, the 2009 Indie Memphis Film Festival is kicking off this evening with a free exhibition and reception at the Marshall Arts center (5pm). The event features the war photography of Robert King, the music of Jonathan Kirkscey and serves as a preview for this year's opening night documentary, Shooting Robert King (screening Thu, Oct 8 at 7:15pm and 9:45pm).

If you aren't sure about attending this year's festival, come out for this event (it's free!) and be convinced! This year's festival features great screenings, unique networking opportunities and the chance to learn about film direction from mumblecore luminary Joe Swanberg (you can also catch one of Swanberg's newest films, Alexander the Last, at the festival)!

Other key screenings at this year's festival include the recently added Paranormal Activity (can you say, 'Thank you, Craig Brewer?'), a work-in-progress screening of Kentucky Audley's new film (as well as the trailer for his upcoming movie Open Five) and That Evening Sun (the opening night narrative feature). That said, here's a preview of the opening day of the festival on Thursday, Oct 8:

5pm Opening Night Reception at the Festival Cafe
7pm That Evening Sun screening at Studio on the Square
7:15pm Shooting Robert King screening at Studio on the Square
9pm Opening Night Afterparty at the Vine
9:45pm Shooting Robert King screening at Studio on the Square
10pm That Evening Sun screening at Studio on the Square

For more information, and to get your 2009 Indie Memphis festival passes, go to their official website. Stay up to date on festival happening, reviews and previews by tuning in to this webpage each day, as well as signing up for our newsletter (button on right of page).

See you at the festival!