The Orpheum Theatre’s new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education will be one of the stops for the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The series, hosted previously through Indie Memphis, will show six screenings beginning September 9th at 7pm with I Will Dance and concluding in April of 2016.
“We are very excited to take on this important series, the first of which will be the Halloran Centre’s inaugural public event,” says Alice Roberts, Vice President of Programming and Education. “Indie Memphis was instrumental in helping us transition the tour to the Centre, and we look forward to welcoming local movie-goers and Southern Circuit filmmakers to our new facility.”
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Each screening will be accompanied by a post-show Q&A session with the filmmaker to fulfill the goal of transforming watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern US. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers and turns watching independent films from a solitary moment into a group experience.
Tickets are $10 per person, per film, and admission includes the post-show Q&A session.
- I Will Dance – September 9, 2015- 7pm
This inspirational documentary follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma, Alabama as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics, and share their stories.
- 1971 – October 21, 2015- 7pm
On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA and removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence, including an illegal surveillance program overseen by Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now.
- Imba Means Sing – November 11, 2015- 7pm
This film presents a character‐driven heartfelt story of resilience and the impact of education. The film follows Angel, Moses, and Nina from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through a world tour with the Grammy‐nominated African Children’s Choir.
- Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning – February 24, 2016- 7pm
Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself. Lange’s enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, World War II Japanese Internment camps, and early environmentalism. Yet few know the story, struggles, and profound body of work of the woman behind the camera.
- American Made Movie – March 9, 2016 – 7pm
This film looks back on the glory days of U.S. manufacturing when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America, as well as overseas.
- Althea – April 6, 2016 – 7pm
Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950’s. No player overcame more obstacles to become a champion, the first African‐American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before the great Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the Tennis Establishment.
Check out the Halloran Centre for yourself on Sat, September 12th at the free community event. There will be performances from local artists and arts organizations, food trucks on the Halloran Centre plaza, arts and crafts for the entire family, and more.