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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:

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).

Japanese Shorts – NYJCF Tour – June 7, 2017

  • Cost: Pay-What-You Can
  • Information: A selection of shorts from the 2016 New York Japanese CineFest presented by Memphis resi-dent Yukiko Maguire.
  • Location: Microcinema @ Crosstown Arts

A Stray – June 14, 2017

  • Cost: Pay-What-You Can
  • Information: Desperate to outrun his bad luck, a young Muslim refugee seems like he just might make it, until he crosses paths with a stray dog. WINNER – 2016 Indie Memphis Festival Special Jury Prize.  Directed by Musa Syeed
  • Location: Crosstown Arts

Urania Descending: presented by Tav Falco – June 21, 2017

  • Cost: Tickets $10 – Available here.
  • Information: Cult icon Tav Falco (Panther Burns) returns to Memphis to present his latest film described as “The Incarnation of Subversion. The Insolence of Deception. The Exultation of Vengence.”  Directed by Tav Falco.
  • Location: Malco Studio on the Square

Kedi – June 28, 2017

  • Cost: Tickets $10 – Available here.
  • Information: Presented by Memphis Animal Services and sponsored by Mark Jones, explore the ancient city of Istanbul and its people, seen through the eyes of their beloved cats. Kedi is directed by Ceyda Torun. Preceded by short film “Cat Yoga”, directed by Memphian Edward Valibus.
  • Location: Malco Ridgeway

The Transfiguration – July 5, 2017

  • Cost: Tickets $10 – Available here.
  • Information: A troubled teen with a vampire fascination forms a romantic bond that blurs his fantasy into reali-ty. (Cannes and SXSW premiere) Directed by Michael O’Shea
  • Location: Malco Studio on the Square

Sundance Shorts – July 12, 2017

  • Cost: Pay-What-You Can
  • Information: The 2017 program offers audiences a taste of Sundance, from laugh-out-loud comedy to contemplative reflections of the world we live in.
  • Location: Microcinema @ Crosstown Arts

Abacus: Small Enough To Jail – July 19, 2017

  • Cost: Tickets $10 – Available here.
  • Information: The latest by Steve James (Hoop Dreams) explores a Chinese family-owned bank, the only com-pany criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.  Directed by Steve James
  • Location: Malco Ridgeway

Shake ‘Em On Down – July 26, 2017

  • Cost: Pay-What-You Can
  • Information: The story of Mississippi Fred McDowell, the godfather of the North Mississippi style of blues. Q&A with filmmakers Joe York and Scott Barretta attending. Directed by Joe York
  • Location: Crosstown Arts

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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