Pssst...Festival Freebies:



Indie Memphis will take over most of Midtown for the weekend, with plenty of quality work to peruse. But I wanted to let you guys in on the free stuff the festival has to offer - with everything from films to discussions to video installations, here's how to do Indie Memphis on the cheap.

The opening reception for Indie 13: ArtSpace is tonight, featuring video installations by Natalie Hoffmann, Christopher Miner, Brooke White, Colin Kidder, Jill Wissmiller, and Dwayne Butcher. The work will be shown at Playhouse on the Square from 5:00-6:30 p.m.



Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train will screen at the Levitt Shell at 7:00 p.m., followed by another screening of The Blues Brothers at 9:00. Both great films, both free.

Filmwise, you can catch two compilation screenings for free. The Best of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival is a collection of 10 shorts from the festival, screening together at the Brooks Museum of Art at 10:30 a.m., and the Southern Teen Filmmaking Showcase, featuring music videos and shorts from young filmmakers in Memphis, along with top films from the youth division of Arkansas' Ozark Foothills FilmFest, will screen at Playhouse on the Square at 11:15 a.m.

Two free panel discussions are also being offered on Saturday. The first is Documentaries in Action, in which filmmaker Peter Gilbert (Hoop Dreams) and writer/director Morgan Jon Fox (OMG/HaHaHa) will talk about grassroots documentary filmmaking. You can catch that at 1:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square. In the second, Script to Screen, screenwriters Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) and Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) with talk about the translation of concepts to actual films. It's also at Playhouse on the Square, and it starts at 3:00 p.m.

Two more panels - first, What We Have, What We Need, a discussion sponsored by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on the state of film incentive programs and how to bring more productions to Memphis. Playhouse on the Square, 1:00 p.m. And later, Highs and Lows, in which Scott Mosier will talk about making Clerks, which was his first feature film, and how the industry has changed since. strong>Playhouse on the Square, 4:00 p.m.

At the National Civil Rights Museum, the final installation of Indie Memphis' Freedom Series is a screening of Banished: Nelson Mandela, From Helen Suzman's Story, and I Am a Man. The screening is sponsored by the Gandhi-King Peacemaking Conference, and it starts at 3 p.m.

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