The Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is a sponsor of the 15th annual event, as it has been for previous festivals.
The opening night gala screening is the premiere of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me at 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square. Tickets are $15, or $25 (includes admission to after-party at Ardent Studios). Here's John Beifuss' story on the Big Star documentary.
The festival is offering 38 features, many with Memphis connections. The Commission has worked with filmmakers who have projects in the festival, including Memphian Ira Sachs who is having the local premiere of the critically acclaimed Keep the Lights On; the documentary Antenna, by C. Scott McCoy and Laura Jean Hocking, about the Madison Avenue punk rock nightclub; and Kentucker Audley's Open Five 2 (Audley is also appearing in Sun Don't Shine). Also, Memphis' Paper Moon Productions was producer of Pilgrim Song.
Also being screened are 70 shorts, and there is a lineup of panels, afterparties, live music and other events.
For more information on the festival, visit Indie Memphis.