Film Clips: That Evening Sun returns, Found Footage Fest scheduled, and more.



A round-up of news and notes relating to the local film scene:

Ray McKinnon
  • Ray McKinnon
That Evening Sun starts week-long run: Most Memphians would probably recognize Ray McKinnon for his broad performance as Michael Oher's high-school football coach in the Memphis-set blockbuster The Blind Side, but the actor and filmmaker, who won an Oscar in 2002 for his short film The Accountant, gave a more highly regarded performance in a lesser-known 2009 film. McKinnon plays Lonzo Choat — a troubled working-class man who has moved his family into a large farm house owned by aging Abner Meecham (Hal Holbrook), but rented out by Meecham's son against the father's will — in the Tennessee-set indie That Evening Sun.

That Evening Sun was an opening night film at last fall's Indie Memphis Film Festival and went on to win the festival's award for best narrative film, as well as similar awards at several other festivals. Later, That Evening Sun was named the year's best Southern-themed film by the Southeastern Film Critics Association. (Full disclosure: I had That Evening Sun second on my ballot for that award, after Goodbye Solo.) Starting today, That Evening Sun returns to town for a full theatrical run at Malco's Ridgeway Four, and McKinnon — also a producer on the film — will be on hand for tonight's 7:10 p.m. screening, conducting a Q&A after the screening. The event with McKinnon is being hosted by Indie Memphis. You can read more about That Evening Sun from our Indie Memphis fest coverage here and here.

The film's theatrical trailer:

Cigarette Girl and The Conversion share a screen: That Evening Sun isn't the only recent Indie Memphis winner returning to local screens this week. The Conversion, an initially web-based serialized feature from local filmmaking crew Corduroy Wednesday and its director Edward Valibus Phillips, won the "hometowner" award for best local narrative feature at last year's Indie Memphis festival. It returns today for a week-long run at Studio on the Square, where it will share a screen with Memphis filmmaker Mike McCarthy's dystopian noir Cigarette Girl, which also debuted last fall. The two films will share one screen at Studio, alternating show times. Check the schedule at to see when each film is screening. For more on The Conversion, go here. And to read our feature on Cigarette Girl from last year, go here.

The Conversion preview:

Cigarette Girl trailer:

"Reel Art" at Marshall Arts: On Location: Memphis, whose annual festival is April 22-25 at Ridgeway Four, hosts a film-themed art show and auction at Marshall Arts (639 Marshall Avenue) tonight. Film-themed or —inspired work from local artists will be showcased and included in a silent auction. Start time is 7 p.m. Admission is free and entertainment will be provided by local band Giant Bear. Local films will also be screened during the event. For more info, go here.

Found Footage Fest on the way: The well-regarded Found Footage Festival will make its Memphis debut next month. A mix of found footage from discarded video tapes mixed with live comedy. Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett scavenge footage from videos found at garage sales, thrift stores, etc. and present them with live commentary. Among the material promised in the 2010 program: home movies from a 1985 heavy metal festival, exercise videos featuring the likes of Milton Berle and Dolph Lundgren, and "the worst Saturday morning cartoons ever." The Found Footage Festival hits Memphis Wednesday, April 14th, at Studio on the Square. We'll have more on this closer to the date. But you can get more infor and order advance tickets at

The trailer for the 2010 "Found Footage Festival" program:

Found Footage Festival Vol. 4 Trailer

Found Footage Festival | MySpace Video

FuelFilm Script Workshop:
Local not-for-profit film group FuelFilm will host a screenwriting workshop Saturday at the University of Memphis. Titled "It Starts With the Script, the workshop will feature guest speakers and facilitators including entertainment attorneys, screenwriting professors, and professional screenwriters, according to a press release from organization co-founder Matt Beickert. The workshop is 1 p.m. at the University Center. Registration is $10. For more info, see


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