Thursday, October 28, 2010

Daylight Fades Appearing for One Week

The locally shot feature film Daylight Fades will be making a one week run at the Malco Paradiso theater starting this Friday, October 29.  There will be four daily screenings of the film (1:05pm, 4:35pm, 7:25pm and 10:05pm) and tickets can be purchased in advance through the Malco theater website.

If you haven't had the chance to see this Memphis production, you don't know what you are missing; besides being a great film with high production value, this is a chance to see the work of local cast and crew in action.  Support the local film scene by catching a screening of this movie; Malco has been instrumental in providing local filmmakers the opportunity to screen their works in a major theater and we all need for this trend to continue!

Check out the trailer for the film:

Here's producer Ryan Watt discussing the film on Film Memphis TV:

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Indie Memphis Film Festival 13 - Preview

If you haven't purchased your pass yet for this year's installment of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, you better get on the ball!  There's plenty of screenings to watch and events to attend.  As is usually the case with film festivals, there's a lot going on, so we wanted to give you ten reasons to go purchase your tickets to this year's event!

1.  Network opportunities.  What do you do when you're waiting for a movie to start?  You network.  How about when you're having a drink at Studio on the Square between screenings?  You network.  It's one of the main reasons we go to festivals and there's plenty of it at Indie Memphis.

2.  Support local film.  Besides the fact that Indie Memphis is a local institution, there will be lots of work showcased within the program by Memphis filmmakers.  Just check out the screenings of Open Five, The Grace Card and Craig Brewer's The Poor & Hungry.

3.  Learn more about your craft.  While you're networking, you will also be learning what's going on in the Memphis film scene, who is shooting what, etc.  You can also attend a presentation by Kodak to get that definitive comparison of film vs. HD and to learn more about the medium.

4.  Go Hollywood.  Besides the opportunity to attend mixers, you can attend the Awards Ceremony to see who takes home the Indie Memphis version of the Oscars!

5.  Catch some classics.  It's well and good to see some of the hot, new movies coming from the independent film world, but it's always nice to see great, past films as well.  During this year's fest, such screenings include Mystery Train, The Blues Brothers and Ed Wood.

6.  Pitch your own project!  Indie Memphis will be offering a pitch session at the Brooks Museum of Art.  This is your chance to pitch your film idea to a seasoned group of reviewers.

7.  Cutting edge cinema.  See the edgy side of the independent film scene by catching screenings of Steven Soderberg's And Everything is Going Fine, Geoff Marslett's Mars and Aaron Katz's Cold Weather.

8.  Meet your peers.  With two 'Hometowner' programs being presented at the Brooks Museum of Art, the festival is a great way to meet others shooting movies around Memphis.

9.  Expand your documentary horizons.  The festival isn't just about narrative films; documentaries are showcased as well.  Catch screenings of The Last Survivor, American Jihadist and the Documentaries in Action program.

10.  It doesn't cost you a lot!  You can buy individual tickets, but with everything that's going on, consider becoming an Indie Memphis member and/or purchasing a festival pass.  All of this can be done at the Indie Memphis website.

See you all next week!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

1st Annual Winter Pitch Fest

Have you ever wanted to stand in front of a room full of producers to pitch your film script, treatment, trailer, idea, etc.?  Well, now you will get your chance!  The Memphis Film Society will be hosting the 1st Annual Winter Pitch Fest this November in lieu of our normal mixer/speaker.  The event will be held at Raffe's Deli and Beergarden (date to be announced soon). 

There will be three local judges on hand who will critique your pitch (on paper, for your eyes only) and ask follow-up questions about your pitch.  Here are the guidelines for your pitch:

1.  Pitches are limited to two minutes.  In the industry, this is sometimes called the 'elevator pitch,' meaning you can actually get your entire pitch out to a producer while riding in an elevator!  There will be a timer, so practice getting your pitch in at two minutes.

2.  Pitchers are limited to two pitches.  After you have pitched your first project, you will go back into the queue and get to do your second pitch when your turn comes back around.  Beyond two pitches, no guarantees.  If time permits, there may be the possibility for a third.

3.  Pitchers are allowed three follow-up questions from the judges.  Be prepared to answer additional questions about your plot, characters, etc.

4.  Pitchers are allowed to use props within reason.  By this, I mean you can use 'posters' or dress as a character, etc.  No audio or video is allowed to assist you with your pitch, so no jamboxes, computers, televisions, etc.

5.  You must own your idea, script, etc.  You cannot pitch a 'spin-off' or sequel to a film, television program, comic book, etc. that you do not hold the copyright to.

Once the pitches are over, the event will continue as one of our normal mixers--something you should take advantage of so you can judge the strength of your project ideas, your pitching technique and to (possibly) get your project rolling!  Since we will NOT be holding an October mixer (the Indie Memphis Film Festival will be in full swing during the period we would normally host a mixer) this will be the next Memphis Film Society event.

More details (date, judges, etc.) will be posted soon here and on our Facebook page.