by Greg Akers
Indie Memphis runs Thursday, October 31st, to Sunday, November 3rd, featuring more than 45 feature films screening at locations including Malco's Studio on the Square, Playhouse on the Square, and Circuit Playhouse, and many filmmakers and actors will appear in Q&A sessions.
Some of the highlights of the festival include:
Escape from Tomorrow, the opening night film, a horror film that was shot undercover at Disney World and Disneyland. Mickey Mouse will not be pleased, but everyone else should be.
August: Osage County, an adaptation of Tracy Letts renowned family drama. The film, which has serious Oscar aspirations, stars people you've heard of like Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, and Benedict Cumberbatch, among many others.
Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, the Idris Elba's vehicle to stardom. Elba plays the South African civil rights leader.
H4 is Shakespeare's Henry IV updated to L.A. and considering black political struggles. Actor and executive producer Harry Lennix and the film's screenwriter, Ayanna Thompson, will appear at the festival.
The Room, the crowd-pleasingly notorious "worst movie ever," will be the Midnight movie on Friday evening.
Four other features had previously been announced: Nebraska, One Chance, Computer Chess, and Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay.
Hometowner features include the high school reunion film Being Awesome, the high school fairy tale What I Love About Concrete, the music documentaries I Am Soul and Meanwhile in Memphis: The Sound of a Revolution, and doc Orange Mound, Tennessee: America's Community.
For the complete lineup, including screening times and locations, go to Indie Memphis.