After making an extremely successful return from a rather length hiatus in March, Live From Memphis' Li'l Film Fest is back this Saturday at the Brooks Museum for its 10th installment. Each Li'l Film Fest charges local filmmakers with making short films on a theme, with this weekend's installment on the subject of family.
There are 11 films in the "Family" program, and while I'd echo my complaint from the last fest about the preponderance of hand-me-down horror-flick conceits on display, some of the films find success on this path, such as Reunion from the filmmaker Pandora, a film with a final twist that I didn't see coming but probably should have. The conceptual uniformity helps other kinds of films stand out, such as Downer, from Jason Rawlings and Jason Davenport, with its interesting use of still shots, and Eric Swartz' Monday, which is a simple, well-shot, and, enjoyable glimpse at everyday life.
Li'l Film Fest 10: Family will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brooks Museum. Admission is $5 and the take at the door will serve as the audience prize. There will also be a $500 jury prize voted on by out-of-town filmmakers and sponsored by Indie Memphis and the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission.
The Conversion Debuts
In other local film news, Li'l Film Fest 9 winners Corduroy Wednesday are following local filmmakers Craig Brewer and Mark Jones in debuting an ambitious and intriguing web series called The Conversion, which takes the current analog-to-digital television conversion as an inspiration for what seems to be a conspiracy-/mystery-oriented storyline in the vein of television auteur J.J. Abrams' Alias and Lost.
You can follow The Conversion in multiple spots, from the official web site, to this auxiliary site, to the series' YouTube home, which collects all the material in a neat setup. The first episode, Mayday at Midnight, is up on the official and YouTube sites. Here's a teaser: