Some news and notes from around the world of local film:
Winter's Bone Sticks Around: A lot of the time platform release films — indies, docs, foreign flicks, etc. — come and go so fast for their local runs that it can be hard for some interested filmgoers to find the time to see them. Not so Winter's Bone, the Ozarks-set 2010 Sundance winner that opened at Malco's Ridgeway Four on Friday, July 16th and begins the seventh week of its run today. Winter's Bone might be my favorite film of 2010 so far, an appreciation that comes through in my initial review of the film. I'm thrilled it's stuck around so long, but the run can't last much longer, so if you haven't seen it yet, do yourself a favor this week.
Here's the film's trailer:
Indie Memphis News: The Indie Memphis Film Festival is scaling back its length this year, its 13th festival running over a long weekend October 21st-24th. But it's expanding its geographic footprint. In addition to its central home at Studio on the Square and satellite location at the Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis recently announced it would be adding festival programming at the new Playhouse on the Square, within the same few-block radius of Studio and the Brooks, at Union and Cooper. The Playhouse's 348-seat auditorium will be used for screenings and the venue will also be used for festival workshops, panels, and the "Festival Café," which will host live music throughout the festival. The combination of the compressed weekend schedule and expanded but very manageable festival layout (especially if the Hi-Tone Café remains as a post-screening party site) should make Indie Memphis an even livelier affair than it already is.
The festival schedule is yet to be announced, but, unofficially, a few local items likely to show up include: a refurbished and remastered print of Craig Brewer's debut film The Poor & Hungry (longtime Brewer associate Erin Hagee and filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox have been working on this), the local debut of Open Five, a collaboration between filmmaker Kentucker Audley and musician Jake Rabinbach (with behind-the-scenes work from indie notable Joe Swanberg), and a segment of C. Scott McCoy's work-in-progress Antenna Club documentary.
Walk the Line Returns: Twentieth Century Fox and the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission are partnering to pay tribute to the Memphis filming of 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, as part of the studio's 75th anniversary. The studio is conducting a "Hometown Hollywood" series, where they are doing screenings of films in the cities where they were shot. There will be an invite-only ceremony dedicating the Orpheum Theatre as an official location for Walk the Line at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 2nd. Later that night, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a public screening of the film at Paradiso. You can check out my initial review of the film here.
Brooks Museum September Film Guide: The Brooks Museum of Art continues to impress with its varied film bookings, and this continues with a strong September slate: Local author/filmmaker Robert Gordon's documentary Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story will screen on September 9th, with Gordon also hosting one of the museum's Reel to Real screenings on September 12th. On September 18th, the Brooks will screen Wade in the Water, a documentary made by 8th graders in the first New Orleans school to open after Hurricane Katrina. The month will finish up with a serious of foreign-film screenings: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (September 19th) and I Am Love (September 23rd) are encore screenings of films with recent local theatrical runs, and The Maid (September 30th) will be the local debut of a Chilean drama that played at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Footloose/Terriers Update: As Craig Brewer gets ready to begin shooting on his Footloose remake in Georgia — with Andie McDowell recently joining the cast — his pilot episode for Terriers, an FX television series starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as low-rent SoCal private eyes, debuts Wednesday, September 8th at 9 p.m.
Romance of Loneliness Fundraising: Following other local filmmakers before them, Sarah Ledbetter and Matteo Servente have taken to the internet to raise money to help produce their feature film debut, The Romance of Loneliness, which will star, among others, former $5 Cover roommates Amy LaVere and Valerie June. Find out more here.