The final day of the 15th Indie Memphis Film Festival will feature a Big Star encore, a local premiere, perhaps the two highest-profile features of the fest, and the distribution of festival awards. As always, see IndieMemphis.com for a full schedule and ticketing info. But here are some selected highlights from today's schedule:
After an unofficial, unlisted work-in-progress screening at last year's festival, Kentucker Audley's Open Five 2 (Circuit Playhouse, 5:45 p.m.) makes its official Memphis debut. A provocatively personal film that collapses the distance between fiction and documentary and is packed with memorable moments, it's Audley's best film yet. I wrote more about it in this week's Flyer cover story.
Open Five 2 trailer:
The latest film from director David O. Russell, best known for such sharp work as The Fighter, Three Kings, and the oddball I Heart Huckabee's, Silver Linings Playbook (Playhouse on the Square, 11:30 p.m.) gets an Indie Memphis screening today ahead of a full local opening in a few weeks. The film stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence as two troubled souls who find each other. The film was a huge audience hit at the recent Toronto Film Festival.
Sopranos creator David Chase makes his directorial debut with Not Fade Away (Playhouse on the Square, 5:30 p.m.), which is today's Gala Screening. Set in Jersey in the ’60s, it's a coming-of-age story about a Rolling Stones-inspired garage rock band. James Gandolfini plays the father of the bandleader.
Not Fade Away trailer:
There are a couple of documentaries on the schedule today that I haven't seen but I keep hearing great things about.
One is Eating Alabama (Playhouse on the Square, 2:30 p.m.), about a young couple who move back to their native Alabama and try to spend a year eating 100-percent locally, where they discover how difficult that can be and find the project becoming a pathway into learning about their own family history.
More relevant than ever in the wake of Sandy, Chasing Ice (Studio on the Square, 5:15 p.m.) follows a National Geographic photographer across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
Chasing Ice trailer:
Ending the festival is an encore screening of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Circuit Playhouse, 8 p.m.), which sold out at its opening night gala screening.
Concurrently, the festival will hand out hardware with at an awards ceremony that promises to be a good time, with filmed and edited on the fly material from the local Corduroy Wednesday crew that will simultaneously spoof Indie Memphis and the presidential election. Check back here later tonight for a full awards recap.