Craig Brewer may be more like Elvis than he realizes. Today, Memphis hipsters are buying digital cameras like they bought guitars in the '50s, and between Indie Memphis, the Media Co-Op, LiveFromMemphis.com, and countless artists and would-be artists with work to showcase, hardly a week goes by without some event aimed at the adventurous cinephile. Now the Lakeland-based Visible School, a Christian music and media-arts college, is teaming up with the National Civil Rights Museum and Chronicles of Narnia producer Walden Media to launch the Visible Film Festival, "a cinematic affirmation of inspired creativity, impassioned faith, and imaginative community."
The Visible School's first festival is devoted to "Acts of Faith and Justice: The Abolition of Modern-Day Slavery." It begins on Friday, February 16th, with a VIP preview of Amazing Grace (pictured), a soon-to-be-released feature about 18th-century British abolitionist William Wilberforce. The screening is an RSVP event targeting local church and civic leaders, but the after-party, a "Concert To End Slavery," at 387 South Main, is open to the general public and will feature music from Arma Secreta, Cool Hand Luke, and others, as well as spoken-word performances. On Saturday, selected film entries will be screened at 387 South Main and will be followed by an awards ceremony.
For more information about the Visible Film Festival, call 381-3939 or visit www.visibleschool.com.