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Indie Memphis Wednesdays 2017 Film Schedule

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Indie Memphis is bringing a weekly film series to the Memphis movie circuit every Wednesday of 2017.

This movie series, called Indie Wednesday, will be mirrored to the Indie Memphis Festival in many ways, showing a variety of new narrative and documentary feature films, classics, festival encores and short film programs. Furthermore, Indie Wednesday is an expansion opportunity with foreign movies and classics on 35mm that Indie Memphis did not have room for during the festival. And most importantly, Indie Memphis is finally bringing the top indie films to Memphis that release throughout the year.

Upcoming films:

Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour


  • Date: March 8, 7pm-9pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts – 430 Cleveland St, 38104
  • Films:
    • NEITHER GOD NOR SANTA MARIA Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón (Madrid, Spain, 2015) – In the daily life of a woman the magic of her tales begin to materialize as night falls. Night is the time when travel is possible. 12 min.
    • BISONHEAD  Elizabeth Lo (Los Angeles, CA, 2015 ) – A family of Ponderai Native Americans embark on a controversial journey from northern Montana to Yellowstone to take part in the federal culling of 900 wild bison. 10 min.
    • THE MESS  Peter Burr (Brooklyn, NY, 2015) – In this game-like computer animation we take a journey to the threshold of a Utopian labyrinth. Following the perspective of a solitary female figure whose job is to clean up the mess it inadvertently spawned, we end up in a seemingly endless hall of mirrors. 14 min.
    • THE PERPETUAL MOTION OF MY LOVE FOR YOU  Karen Yasinsky (Baltimore, MD, 2016) – A collage film slipping between narrative starts of images and sounds: May Sarton’s snapshots, a resplendent Liz Taylor, internal and external awkwardnesses, a short respite of peace and a dogged, deeply sad positivism. If this movie was a person it would be the awkward girl, but she will never gain grace and confidence in her intelligence when older. She will forever remain in 8th grade with her frustrations and ambiguities. 8 min.
    • LOVE UNDER WILL OF THE HAGS LONG TOOTH  Mica O’Herlihy (Westby, WI, 2015) – A psychotronic genderfucked pagan meditation on the animal in us all. 4 min.
    • FUNDIR Allison Cekala (Boston, MA, 2015) – A biography of a material—the processing and importation of Boston’s road salt from one of its main sources in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile to the ice-covered streets of Boston. 23 min.
    • THE RESONANCE Mateusz Sadowski (2013, Poznan, Poland) – Rezonans was made using stop motion animation. The artist split the recorded footage into separate frames which were printed and rephotographed. The process underlined the characteristics of two contrary realities – photography and video. Providing the viewer with an insight into its own making, Sadowski’s video is both a reflection on scientific theories about the structure of the world and an attempt to create an alternative reality. Winner, Best Animated Film. 6 min.
    • BABA DANA TALKS TO THE WOLVES Ralitsa Doncheva (Bulgaria/Canada, 2015) –  An impressionistic portrait of Baba Dana and her solitary existence in one of the oldest monasteries in Bulgaria, Zelenikovsky Monastery. Winner, The Eileen Maitland Award for Women’s Voice. 11 min.
    • not even nothing can be free of ghosts Rainer Kohlberger (Vienna, Austria, 2016) –  An Algorithmic work generated entirely from computer-generated code; where “the intentional overload of the human perception apparatus leads to visual impressions that appear exclusively in the literal ‘eye of the beholder.’ These ‘ghosts’ appear from ‘nothing’ and are ‘nothing’; they are mere hallucinations evoked by the imperfect human-biological data processing system” – Norbert Pfaffenbichler. 11 min.

The Russian Woodpecker

  • Date: March 15, 7pm-9pm
  • Where: Malco Ridgeway, 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, 38120

THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER is a conspiracy thriller investigating the Chernobyl disaster through the mind of an eccentric artist and hinting at what Putin has in mind next. Sundance Grand Jury winner.This documentary is a thrilling, award winning investigation into the ghosts of the Soviet Union and the mind of an irradiated Ukrainian artist on a quest to discover the “criminal” behind the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Unforgettably eccentric artist Fedor Alexandrovich begins his quest by revealing to the world an enormous secret Soviet weapon that stands in the shadow of Chernobyl, and which Kremlinologists in the 1980s thought was a giant mind-control device. But what Fedor discovers is much more sinister. While his theory that Chernobyl was an inside job may seem mad, the audience too starts to question reality when secret police appear and one of the crew members is shot by a sniper, as revolution, paranoia and terror engulf the crew. This Sundance Grand Jury winner and darling of critics worldwide pushes the boundaries of the documentary form while telling a crucial story about the deadly dance between Ukraine and Russia, and hinting at what Putin has in mind next. In Gracia’s documentary/conspiracy thriller, Alexandrovich returns to the ghost towns in the radioactive Exclusion Zone to try to find answers – and to decide whether to risk his life by revealing them, amid growing clouds of Ukraine’s revolution and war.

Trivia Night

  • When: March 22, 6pm-9pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St, 38104

Trivia Night – Preceded by pre-show trivia competition at 6pm. This event is a Q&A skype with director Robert Gregson. An underground trivia legend in NYC faces an unbeaten game show from his past to reclaim the greatness he once had.


  • When: March 29, 7pm-9pm
  • Where: Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave, 38104)

This event  will feature a Q&A call-in scheduled with director Irving Franco. The plot of the movie Cheerleader is based around Mickey seeking calculated revenge on her ex by turning her attention to an unlikely boy in this visually striking discovery evoking Election, Clueless and Heathers.

Ottawa Animated Shorts (MicroCinema)

  • When: Wednesday, April 5, 7pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St, 38104

Pay-What-You-Can screening presented with partner Crosstown Arts. Doors open at 6:30pm. Best of the 2016 Ottawa International short films, from cutting-edge to quirky, the largest animation event in North America.


  • When: Wednesday, April 12, 7pm
  • Where: Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave, 38104)

An encore screening of the JURY WINNER of the “Sounds” Music Films competition at the 2016 Indie Memphis Film Festival. After the juke joint “Gip’s Place” in Alabama is shut down for noise complaints, the community rallies behind him to keep the music, and history, alive.

The 4th

  • When: Wednesday, April 19, 7pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St, 38104
Pay-What-You-Can screening presented with partner Crosstown Arts. Doors open at 6:30pm. Jamie just needs some lighter fluid, but terrible luck fuels a comedy of errors as his Fourth of July party goes awry.

The Red Turtle

  • When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 7:00 PM
  • Where: Malco Ridgeway, 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, 38120

Academy Award Nominee and Cannes Film Festival premiere. Film Sponsors: Ilene Markell and Ben Lewis. A shipwrecked man’s romance with nature. The milestones of life told through another masterpiece from the Japanese animators Studio Ghibli.

The C Word

  • When: Wednesday, May 3, 7pm
  • Where: Malco Ridgeway, 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, 38120

Special premiere screening with panel following the film. Morgan Freeman narrates this bold documentary that will forever change the way you view cancer. Featuring Dr. Scott Morris, the Church Health Center and Memphis cancer survivor Chris Wark.

Hometowner IndieGrant Shorts

  • When: Wednesday, May 10, 7pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St, 38104
Pay-What-You-Can screening presented with partner Crosstown Arts. Doors open at 6:30pm. Q&A with Memphis filmmakers. Encore presentation of Memphis-made short films supported by the IndieGrants program. IndieGrants Sponsors: Mark Jones, Firefly Grip & Electric, LensRentals, Music + Arts Studio. Venue Sponsor: Sullivan Branding
  • Death$ in a $mall Town by Mark Jones
    • A mayor has a unique way to revive the fortunes of his small town that had been losing citizens, businesses and tourist prior to his taking office.
  • Returns by Joseph Carr
    • A team of booksellers seek meaning during a late night shift at their struggling, independent bookstore.
  • On the Sufferings of the World by JEBA
    • A photographer and model experience ennui, obsession, and romance set to a reading of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • Broke Dick Dog by GB Shannon
    • Three newly acquainted brothers track down the absent and unapologetic father whom they’ve never met.
  • Silver Elves by Morgan Jon Fox
    • A 20 y/o Memphis college student leaves his apartment at 7am on a Friday morning, and is never seen again.
  • Dirty Money by Jonas Schubach
    • A poor janitor finds a mysterious bag of money while cleaning a men’s restroom in a mall. When he leaves the scene in panic, another man makes the wrong decision in his place.
  • How To Skin a Cat by Laura Jean Hocking and C Scott McCoy
    • Two couples embark on an ill-advised road trip.
  • Carbike by Sarah Fleming
    • An Asian couple take a journey throughout the city of Memphis in a peculiar vehicle – a carbike. Hiro and Liliko arrive in Memphis to visit friends and tour the city. They discover the carbike in their host’s garage and decide to take a ride, visiting some of Memphis’s hidden landscapes.

Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Memphis in May Cinema)

  • When: Wednesday, May 17, 7pm
  • Where: Crosstown Arts, 430 Cleveland St, 38104
The biography of García Márquez, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, told with the narrative tension of an investigation by an impressive collection of interviews.

Embrace of the Serpent (Memphis in May Cinema)

  • When: Wednesday, May 24, 7pm
  • Where: Malco Ridgeway, 5853 Ridgeway Center Pkwy, 38120

Cannes Film Festival Award Winner and Academy-Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film. A shaman and two scientists search the Amazon over forty years for a sacred healing plant.

The Wind Journeys (Memphis in May Cinema)

  • When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:00 PM
  • Where: Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave, 38104)

A musician travels a great distance across the rugged majesty of the Colombian landscape to return his accordion to his former master. (2009 Cannes Film Festival premiere).

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Malco Studio on the Square

Studio on the Square, Photo: Amanda Hill

Indie Memphis seeks to bring Memphis great entertainment but showcases thought-provoking films that create meaningful conversations in the Memphis community. Indie Memphis’s programs will include emerging local filmmakers to support artists that are making it happen in their backyards. At the same time, Indie Memphis seeks to elevate the offerings available of the best films produced across the world that currently are not coming to Memphis theaters.

Q&A about the series:

C901: How many films can we expect from the series?

Ryan Watt: There will be at least 48 films in the series (48 weeks in the year starting Feb 1st)

C901: How does Indie Memphis contribute to changing the lives of up and coming artists and the Memphis public in General?

Ryan Watt: Indie Memphis supports two essential groups: 1) Audiences and 2) Artists. Memphis does not have an “arthouse” theater like many cities do showing the best independent films that come out of Sundance, Cannes and other festivals all year. Our Indie Wednesday series will help address this by providing a regular forum for us to show some of these top films that do not currently play in Memphis. For local artists, we provide an opportunity for their films to be seen on a big screen in front of an audience, we have our “IndieGrants” program that is providing artists $38,000 of cash and services on an annual basis to make short films. Our monthly “Shoot & Splice” event provides an education and networking opportunity for local filmmakers to meet and learn from each other. The annual film festival brings top industry professionals to Memphis from all over the world. Our second annual Youth Film Fest provides students in grades 7 – 12 a forum to showcase their films and learn from our film community with workshops and mentor support.

C901: What sets Indie Memphis apart and makes it unique?

Ryan Watt: From a global perspective, Indie Memphis is unique because we are in Memphis, a community with a wealth of artistic talent and a history of challenges that produce both conflict and inspiration. Our organization provides more local support than most film festivals while also bringing in groundbreaking films from across the country. Additionally, with a nod to our music heritage and talent, we show a number of films with music subjects and collaborate with our local musicians.

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