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!