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Indie Memphis opens Thursday

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.

For more info in Indie Memphis, see the Memphis Flyer article here and The Commercial Appeal's story here.

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.



How to rock Memphis

Memphis Rocks! campaign (Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club) is now a category in the 14th Annual On Location Memphis International Film & Music Festival taking place April 25-27, 2013. The Memphis Rocks category is a chance for you to spotlight your perspective on what makes Memphis great and the amazing work you and your company, organization, or school are doing in the community. We will have different sub-categories for individuals, schools, nonprofits, and corporations, along with a viewer’s choice award.

Here is a short video with details:

Films must be 5 minutes or less and submission info is available at The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013, so grab your camera and let’s show the world why Memphis Rocks!


Indie Memphis volunteers needed

From Indie Memphis:

The 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off in just over a week -- it is already our biggest yet, and we need your help to make it our best.

Volunteers working 4 hours or more from Tuesday Oct. 30 - Sunday, Nov. 4 receive a 2012 Festival Crew shirt; work 8 hours or more and get a limited edition Indie Memphis 1998-2012 commemorative poster designed by Ben Couvillion at Combustion -- both courtesy of our friends at Duncan-Williams, Inc., and enjoy other fun benefits. Hooray!

There are still primo shifts available for your choosing, and with our handy-dandy Shiftboard volunteer scheduling system, it is easier than ever to browse available opportunities and find one that's right for your schedule. Sign up today and scope it out.

For more info, go here.


Theatre Ops

Assist Venue Manager with ticket taking, ushering, distributing ballots and counting attendees at festival venues, including the Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Studio on the Square and the Brooks Museum of Art. This is a great team for folks who want to interact with festival attendees. During the must-see screenings, this is where the action is.

Cafe Assistant

Help work the Festival Cafe, home to the Filmmaker Lounge, Film Conversations and numerous Festival Parties and Receptions.

Merchandise Sales

The Merchandise Sales team mans tables at the Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse, and Studio on the Square during the festival weekend, selling merchandise (shirts, hats, posters, etc.) to patrons and attendees. If you have worked retail, or are just a people person who like to help sell things, this is a great team to work with.

Box Office

Man the Indie Memphis box office and help sell festival tickets and passes at the Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, or the Studio on the Square.

Go to and register or login.



'Daylight' and 'Romance' next Thursday

The Booksellers at Laurelwood is hosting "Memphis Filmmakers Day" on Thursday, Oct. 18th for the DVD release of Daylight Fades and The Romance of Loneliness.  That evening at 8 p.m. we are also screening the final cut of Daylight Fades at Studio on the Square.  Free admission with purchase of our DVD.

For more information, go here


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