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Clayborn Temple & On Location: Memphis Host “The 15” Film Series

Photo: Amanda Hill

The Clayborn Reborn project at Clayborn Temple is partnering with On Location: Memphis this summer to bring The 15 Film Series to Clayborn Temple every Thursday, from June 15th through September.

The film series features three themes: Memphis history, art, and social justice. Screenings will take place each Thursday beginning June 15 at 8:30pm and will kick off with an outdoor block party at 6pm featuring local vendors, food trucks and a DJ. Memphis musicians will be featured on a night of music video screenings.

Each block party and screening will be free, open to the public and include discussions led by an expert curator. The series has been made possible by an ArtsFirst grant from First Tennessee Foundation and ArtsMemphis, and is supported by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. After several months of working with partners to present events and programs in the space, the series also represents Clayborn Reborn’s first in-house program.

  • The 15 Film SeriesWhen: Starting June 15th at 6pm and continuing every Thursday through September
  • Where: Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando St.
  • Cost: Free and open to the public 

Confirmed films:

  • June 15: Fruitvale Station
    • The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008.
  • June 22: Verge Memphis Documentary
    • A Memphis Made Film highlighting the journeys of 7 Indie Memphis Artists building their careers on the back drop of the music scene in the legendary city of Rock and Soul.
  • June 29: The Invaders
    • Inspired by militant black leaders like Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael, a new, radicalized generation of civil rights activists made up of young college students, Vietnam vets, musicians, and intellectuals emerged in Memphis in 1967. The Invaders espoused Black Power and, when pushed, did not limit themselves to non-violence. Prichard Smith uncovers the history and significance of the often overlooked group, detailing their surprising behind-the-scenes involvement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the pivotal days leading up to his assassination.
  • July 6: Hallelujah
    • Filmed in Tennessee and Arkansas and chronicling the troubled quest of a sharecropper, Zeke Johnson (Haynes), and his relationship with the seductive Chick (McKinney), Hallelujah was one of the first all-black films by a major studio. It was intended for a general audience and was considered so risky a venture by MGM that they required King Vidor to invest his own salary in the production. Vidor expressed an interest in “showing the Southern Negro as he is” and attempted to present a relatively non-stereotyped view of African-American life.
  • July 13: Orange Mound, Tennessee: America’s Community
    • The film celebrates Orange Mound, a centrally located historical community in Memphis, TN. Orange Mound is the first community established by African Americans where they could build and own property.

**Volunteers are needed at each event to take tickets, sell concessions, and coordinate with vendors. Email Lauren Kirk to get more info and show up Thursday at 5pm to help with the block party and 7pm to help with the film screening!**

Memphis filmmakers are invited to submit their work via for consideration to be featured later in the series. Filmmakers interested in submitting their work can go here for more info.

Vendors interested in getting involved with The 15 Film Series block parties should contact Deondra Henderson, Events Coordinator of Clayborn Reborn,

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