This Friday (June 28), Craig Brewer's new documentary Indie Origins will be released with a party at 9 p.m. at Black Lodge Video (831 S. Cooper).
It's all about Memphis film. As John Beifuss puts it:
A memoir, history and anthology, Indie Origins celebrates the nascent, fresh, experimental and unselfconscious Memphis movie scene that spanned the end of one century and the beginning of another, before Memphis' Ira Sachs won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2005 for Forty Shades of Blue or Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar in 2006 for their songwriting contribution to Brewer's Hustle & Flow.
(For Beifuss' complete blog entry with pictures, go here).
Most of the films and filmmakers highlighted in the documentary are clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.
The party is also a celebration of Black Lodge Video, the last video rental store in town which has influenced local filmmakers since it opened in 2000.
Brewer told the Memphis Flyer:
"I want to be able to make movies without the burden of the box office. I'd like to maybe finance movies with very modest production budgets and then give them away. Maybe they are 30-minute or 50-minute features or documentary. I'd still own them, but they'd be released through Black Lodge Video only. And they would be free with other rentals."
(Read Chris Davis' Flyer story here).
The party begins at 9 p.m., and admission is free. The Dead Soldiers will perform.