Indie Memphis Announces Concert Film Series

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After experimenting with bringing movies back to Overton Park during the past two Indie Memphis Film Festivals, Indie Memphis and the Levitt Shell are partnering for a summer “concert film” series that will kick off on July 1st.

The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s star-laden 1978 documentary on the Band’s final concert, which also features performances from Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Neil Young, and Muddy Waters, among others, will lead off the series, which will run for seven consecutive Friday nights, culminating in an “audience choice” screening on August 12th.

In between, selections will include Radiohead: Live in Prague (7/8), the seminal Altamont-era Rolling Stones doc Gimme Shelter (7/15), the partly Memphis-filmed U2 tour diary Rattle & Hum (7/22), the George Harrison-organized ’70s classic Concert for Bangladesh (7/29), and the all-star blues concert film Lightning in a Bottle (8/5).

Indie Memphis has had designs on doing a concert films in the park series for a couple of years but needed to find the proper funding, something made possible this year by a First Tennessee Foundation Award for Innovation in the Arts.

The films are being shown on a big screen off DVD or Blu-Ray editions and will start at dusk each night (roughly 8:30 p.m., though times will vary). The screenings are free and open to the public. Information on the “audience choice” voting — with Woodstock, Neil Young: Heart of Gold, and Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same among the likely contenders — should be available soon.

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