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Indie Memphis Wednesdays 2017 Film Schedule

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Indie Memphis, recently named among the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee in 2017” by MovieMaker Magazine, 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.

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Upcoming films:

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).

Photo: Breezy Lucia

Photo: Breezy Lucia

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 with Indie Memphis:

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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