Tonight at Studio On The Square, The Ballad of Shirley Collins. It would be hard to imagine what contemporary music would look like without the invaluable folk and blues archives of Alan Lomax. The songs he and his partner Shirley Collins collected on their epic road trip across the US in 1959 provided the basis for a couple of generations of music. Collins gets her due in this documentary, presented by Indie Memphis, that follows her through those years and into a successful career as singer of traditional English songs, before losing her voice in mysterious circumstances. Tickets available at Indie Memphis.
Wednesday night, what's sure to be the best shorts program of the year happens at Crosstown Arts: The Indie Memphis Award Winners Encore. Films include "Black 14," an exquisitely edited, all-archival documentary film about a 1969 anti-racism protest by black college football players in Wyoming, and Narrative Short Film winner "Magic Bullet" by Amanda Lovejoy Street. The Hometowner short award winners include narrative short "Bonfire" by Kevin Brooks; Music Video Award winner "I'm Yours" by Faith Evans Ruch, directed by Melissa Anderson Sweazy; "Minority" by Will Robbins, and the experimental documentary "Windows" by Jason Allen Lee. More details at the Indie Memphis website.