Last weekend, the second annual Indie Memphis Youth Film Festival took over the Orpheum Theatre's Halloran Centre. 7th to 12th grade students from all over the Memphis area came together for workshops on everything from writing to acting to audio recording to editing. Director Tom Shadyac, who recently announced his new film Brian Banks will be shot in Memphis, gave the keynote address and Craig Brewer, who is currently writing and directing for the smash Fox TV series Empire, hosted the awards ceremony.
Among the award winners from the student film competition was MVM alumnae Galen Hicks, Sam King, and Michael Price for trillcloud's "No Diamonds". The Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award went to director Vivian Gray's music video for "Steps" by Epps. The video features compelling black and white cinematography and a love of creepy layering effects. It's got a big cast and crew, so be sure to stay to the end for the full credits, where you will see the names of the next generation of Memphis filmmakers.
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