One of the city’s core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Now entering its 15th year, the 501(c)3 non-profit organization is a two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences grant recipient, receives project support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is the only film organization to receive annual funding from ArtsMemphis.
The year-round organization is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., which transforms the city into a connecting point for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences. Twice ranked by MovieMaker Magazine (as one of “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009), the festival brings a broad range of independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country. Set in Overton Square in Midtown Memphis, the city’s cultural and creative center and home to a plethora of restaurants, bars and clubs, the 2011 festival attracted a record-setting crowd of more than 8,000 attendees with high-profile screenings including Undefeated, which then went on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Academy Awards. Special guests included Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Footloose), Tanya Wright (HBO’sTrue Blood), Jason Baldwin of the West Memphis Three (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory), Daniel Waters (Heathers), Mark Bell (FilmThreat), Mike Ryan (Junebug), Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), and Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), who hosted the festival Award Show.
Other past festival attendees have included former New York Times film critic Elvis Mitchell (KCRW’s The Treatment), Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams), Scott Mosier (Clerks, Chasing Amy), Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, The People vs Larry Flynt), Matt Lopez (Race to Witch Mountain, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), Ira Sachs (Forty Shades of Blue), John Sayles (Matewan), Gary Clark, Jr. (Honeydripper), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Do The Right Thing), Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side, Footloose), Barry Corbin (No Country For Old Men, Northern Exposure), Angela Bassett (What’s Love Got To Do With It), Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy), Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter) and Bob Mondello (National Public Radio).
Full information on the festival’s many outlets including music can be found on the full about page. The Indie Memphis Film Festival runs this year from November 1st to November 4th. For more on this fest check out their webpage and Facebook.