Writer/director/actor Jim Cummings and Kendal Farr in Thunder Road
The movie week starts off with a bang tonight, as Indie Memphis presents the Grand Jury Prize winner from this year's South By Southwest film festival. Thunder Road is an expansion of an acclaimed short film by writer/director Jim Cummings about parenthood in the wake of loss. It's at Malco Ridgeway tonight, and you can buy tickets here.
Ouflix season officially begins tonight with a preview party at Crosstown Arts' 430 N. Cleveland space. They'll be previewing this year's lineup and presenting three works for their new short film competition. One of the shorts, "Conway Pride", is by filmmaker Stephen Stanley, who made his first films in Memphis before embarking on a career that has taken him to Hollywood and, currently, France. He made "Conway Pride" while teaching film at the University of Central Arkansas. It tells the history of a colorful LBGT couple who organized the first gay pride march in the rural college town, and the fight to save their house after they passed away. The free party begins at 6:30 PM tonight, but bring your dollars to buy passes for the main Outflix festival September 7-13.
On Wednesday, Indie Memphis screens a second South By Southwest winner, this time in the documentary category. The Work takes audiences inside Folsom Prison, where inmates in a group therapy session delve deeply into their past. This moving documentary is sponsored by Just City Memphis, and will include a Q&A with Memphis activist Josh Spickler. Tix here.
Wednesday at the Paradiso, an anime comedy take on After Hours. Director Masaaki Yuasa's Night Is Short, Walk On Girl is a romantic farce centered around an epic night on the town in Kyoto, Japan. Check out this amazing trailer:
In case you didn't get your fill last Saturday at the Time Warp Drive-In, Thursday night offers a so-bad-it's-good film experience. Krull dropped in 1982, during the height of the post-Star Wars sci fi fantasy boom. It's got some really fantastic pre-CGI effects, and...well, the effects are nice. And the production design is kinda interesting in places. Then there's the scene with the giant spiders, which is pretty cool...
OK, fine. It's awful. A total crap pageant. The point is, the Rifftrax guys are going to tear Krull a new Glaive-hole, 7 PM at the Paradiso.
Also, it's usually a bad idea to revisit obscure sci fi fantasy movies you liked as a kid, unless you enjoy disappointment.