Commission's Made-in-Memphis Films Showcased at Orpheum
"Hustle & Flow" leads the pack of films in the Orpheum's first Memphis Film Fest to celebrate the venue's upcoming stage productions. The films all have a strong Memphis connection and most were made with the assistance of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
Here's the lineup. All showtimes are 7:15 p.m.
Friday, July 1: "Hustle & Flow"
Thursday, July 7: "The Firm"
Friday, July 8: "The Last Picture Show"
Thursday, July 14: "The Rainmaker"
Friday, July 15: "The Blind Side"
Thursday, July 21: "Great Balls of Fire"
Friday, July 22: "Memphis Heat"
Friday, July 29: "Walk the Line"
For this Friday's "Hustle & Flow" screening, writer and director Craig Brewer will make a special guest appearance and a brief discussion before the film begins.
"Hustle & Flow" is the 2005 independent drama film produced by John Singleton and starring Terrence Howard in an Oscar-nominated performance as DJay, a pimp with aspirations of grandeur who wants to make it as a rapper. The 2005 Sundance Audience Award winner also won an Oscar for Best Original Song ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp").
The Orpheum's Memphis Film Fest (not to be confused with the long running Memphis Film Festival) features Memphis-themed movies in celebration of The Orpheum’s 2011-2012 Broadway Series. With "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet" set to hit the Orpheum stage, the new series has been appropriately deemed the “Memphis season.” Movies in The Memphis Film Fest will include pre-show talks and special appearances by familiar faces from the Memphis film scene.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the Orpheum box office, Ticketmaster or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood. Doors open at 6 p.m. for pre-movie fun and live music in the lobby.
A 10-ticket pack is available for $50 in advance at the Orpheum box office or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and may be used in any combination for any movie in the series. For more information, call (901) 525-3000 or visit www.orpheum-memphis.com.