Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New Program from MFS: Movie Nite!

The Memphis Film Society is proud to roll out our newest ongoing program: Movie Nite!  So what is Movie Nite!?  We're glad you asked!

Each month we will feature a locally produced feature film in an atmosphere where you, the movie-goer, can watch the movie, socialize with others in the Memphis film scene, and enjoy food and drinks with your entertainment!  And since the movies will always be locally produced films, you will also get the chance to enjoy a Q&A with local filmmakers to ask about the production, get advice for your own film project, and even (at times) purchase the actual movie.  All of this is done in a casual environment that supports watching the film, as well as provides an area for those who are more interested in socializing with others in the film scene--and, best of all, the event is completely FREE!

For filmmakers with a finished project, Movie Nite! means even more.  It means having a venue to screen your finished movie for a local audience (not to mention your cast and crew), as well as an opportunity to use the occasion as a 'test screening' to gather useful information about your film prior to the final edit.  Doing this will prevent jeopardizing the precious 'premier status' of the movie, as well as give you the opportunity to tweak some changes in the edit prior to sending your movie out to film festivals.  Anyone interested in featuring their film for a screening can contact us at

Our first ever Movie Nite! is happening this month and will feature the locally produced movie At Stake: Vampire Solutions.  Producer/director Jim Weter will be on hand for the screening, along with other key production personnel, and he will also be talking about the upcoming sequel to the movie (which will be casting very soon), as well as the ongoing Cellardoor Cinema screenplay competition that will be kicking off in the near future.  This event is sponsored by Sky Grille, a new locally owned venue that offers two floors of fun, great music, and even better food and drink.  You can RSVP for this free event and get more information on our Facebook page for this event.

So come on out to support this Memphis-made movie (who doesn't like vampire flicks?), to gain valuable insights into shooting a movie in Memphis, as well as to enjoy wonderful food and drinks at the awesome Sky Grille.  See you all there!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Indie Memphis Film Festival - Preview

So tomorrow kicks off the 14th round of the Indie Memphis Film Festival and (as always) we are excited!  This year's event will feature an array of new and celebrated feature films (some of them locally produced), informative panels, and a series of shorts programs that will appeal to everyone. 

After perusing the schedule for the festival, I thought it would be worth the time to note the daily highlights that we will be tuning into--and hopefully illustrate to all of you why you, too, need to hit this year's event!

Thursday, November 3:

7:00 pm, These Amazing Shadows.  This documentary takes a closer look at what makes the cut for film at the Library of Congress.  It's a fascinating subject that's highlighted with interviews with people like John Waters and John Singleton.

9:15 pm, Taxi Driver.  If you've never seen this Robert DeNiro classic on the big screen, you haven't seen it.  Thanks to Indie Memphis this is your chance!

Friday, November 4:

11:00 am, The Interrupters.  This documentary focuses on ex-gang members in Chicago who actively stop crimes from happening--at the moment they are about to happen!  Interesting and edgy, this is a great flick to catch at the Brooks Museum of Art.

7:00 pm, This is What Love in Action Looks Like.  This locally produced documentary has already been tearing up the festival circuit.  Catch this movie with the filmmaker in attendance.

9:30 pm, Short Films #2:  Hometowner.  Support local filmmakers' efforts by seeing their short films on the big screen.  Hey, it could be your movie next year! 

Saturday, November 5:

11:30 am, Eleanor's Secret.  This French animated feature is already a festival favorite and has even garnered Oscar attention. 

12:45 pm, Screenwriting Panel.  Learn the art of screenwriting and get advice from local luminary Craig Brewer and acclaimed screenwriter Daniel Waters (Heathers, Batman Returns).

4:45 pm, Jeff, Who Lives at Home.  Catch the newest film from Mumblecore pioneers the Duplass Brothers (The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus).  It's sure to be a highlight of the day.

7:00 pm, Losers Take All.  Another locally produced movie--this one is a comedy that surrounds the fictitious band The Fingers.  Filmmakers will be in attendance.

10:00 pm, Better Than Something:  Jay Reatard.  This documentary follows the life of the local rock legend and is sure to make you want to hit the Hi Tone this weekend.

Sunday, November 6:

12:00 pm, Melancholia.  The latest from auteur Lars von Trier, this film is sure to keep you guessing and writhing in your seat since it features a frayed family waiting for the end of the world!  This looks to be an early favorite for best film in the festival.

3:00 pm, Documentary Filmmaking.  This conversation features Bruce Sinofsky (the documentarian who has been following the Memphis Three) and Robert Gordon.  Listen in and learn the ins-and-outs of this form of filmmaking.

Of course, there are also numerous other screenings, conversations, and even parties to take part in as well during the festival.  So visit the Indie Memphis website and snag your festival pass now (while you can) and we'll see you at the theatre!