The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is presenting, along with Indie Memphis, two Showcase Screenings at the Indie Memphis Film Festival next month.
"Undefeated" shows at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 3, and "Losers Take All" at 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 5.
Both films are clients of the Film Commission, and "Losers Take All" is a participant in The Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission/MemphisED Production Training Program. The innovative program, created by Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, offers a refund of local wages to the production company in exchange for on-the-job training of local crew.
"Undefeated" is a documentary centering on three underprivileged student-athletes from Memphis' Manassas High School and the inspiration they need to not only overcome their bleak surroundings, but also to win the first playoff game in the school’s 110-year history.
"Losers Take All," directed by Alex Steyermark, is an indie rock comedy set in Memphis, circa 1986. The film follows The Fingers, who are formed when two average punks recruit two reluctant metal heads into their band. After a discouraging start, they attract the services of an oily and inept but well-meaning band manager/furniture salesman who sees The Fingers as his ticket out of his own humdrum existence. "LTA" is a comedy about friends making music, as well as an unprecedented love letter to a seminal period of American indie rock.
“This year’s Indie Memphis is truly a celebration of the work of the Film Commission — with two outstanding client films premiering there: the documentary, 'Undefeated' and the independent feature, 'Losers Take All,'” said Film Commissioner Sitler. “We can’t wait to see all the filmmakers again and have them show Memphis their films.”
Advance tickets for "Undefeated" and "Losers Take All" are available online for $15 each, plus service fees, beginning at 10 am on Monday, October 10 at Indie Memphis. Indie Memphis members may purchase their first ticket at a $3 discount. For complete details about festival tickets and passes, please visit www.indiememphis.com.
Additional Showcase Screenings at the 14th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival can be found here.
For more information, here is John Beifuss' story in his Bloodshot Eye blog for The Commercial Appeal.