The On Location: Memphis film festival gets underway full boar on Friday at Malco's Ridgeway Four. The feature attraction on Friday could be Bi the Way, a documentary about the apparent increase in bisexuality among younger generations of Americans in recent years. Bi the Way, which debuted at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival, is co-directed and produced by native Memphian Brittany Blockman, currently a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans.
Blockman and partner Josephine Decker filmed Bi the Way on a cross-country trip that tabbed case studies, sex researchers, and opinion makers (most notably the always-sharp Dan Savage, of the syndicated sex-advice column "Savage Love") from coast-to-coast, including one bisexual woman in Memphis, where a significant portion of the film was shot.
Bi the Way screens at 9:30 p.m. Here's a taste of what to expect:
Some other potential highlights include:
Garrison Keillor: The Man On the Radio in the Red Shoes, a doc profile on the popular public radio personality, which screens at 1 p.m.
A Ripple of Hope, a documentary about a Robert Kennedy campaign stop in an African-American Indianapolis neighborhood in the aftermath of Martin Luther King's assassination, screens at 7 p.m. in conjunction with the Oscar-nominated short film The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306, about the experience of Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles, the only person on the balcony with Dr. King when he was killed. Greg Akers writes about The Witness here.