Indie Memphis gets kudos from MovieMaker; Brewer heads festival board
For the second consecutive year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival has been named to MovieMaker magazine’s 2014 list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” This comes on the heels of the magazine naming Memphis as one of the Ten Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker -- repeating an honor bestowed four times previously thanks in large part to the effectiveness of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
The full list of the Top 50 Film Festivals will appear in its spring issue on newsstands April 22. The magazine will reveal the list in installments on moviemaker.com during the next few weeks.
Indie Memphis has also been included as one on the magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009.
The 17th annual festival runs from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, 2014.
Meanwhile, Memphis screenwriter and film director Craig Brewer, whose movie “Hustle & Flow” attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, has been elected president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career. Brewer’s term as president is for two years. This is his third year on the board.
Other newly elected officers of the board are Kerry Hayes, vice-president; Erin Freeman, secretary; and Les Edwards, treasurer. Iddo Patt remains on the board as immediate past president. The board also includes Mark Furr, Adam Hohenberg, Dorothy Kirsch, Gary Lendermon, Kevin Mireles, Jason Wexler, Pat Mitchell Worley. Two new board members are Ward Archer and Alison England.
Craig Brewer photo by Jamie Harmon