Today, Indie Memphis released a portion of the lineup for its 13th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, which will screen films over four days at three Midtown locations starting Thursday, October 21st.
In addition to announcing the full competition slate for non-local docs and features, Indie Memphis announced what are essentially the tentpole screenings for the festival's first three nights.
The Grace Card was directed by Memphis optometrist David Evans and co-stars Louis Gossett Jr. The film was recently acquired by Sony Pictures, which has scheduled a February 25th theatrical release for next year.
Open Five, which screens at 9 p.m., also at Playhouse, follows Audley and Rabinbach (playing fictional variations on themselves) as they accompany two out-of-town visitors — both NYC girls and potential love interests — across the city for a weekend. I wrote about the film's production here.
Jim Jarmusch's classic made-in-Memphis film Mystery Train (which I wrote about earlier this year) will screen at 7 p.m., sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises (and co-presented by the Levitt Shell and The Memphis Flyer). The second half of the double feature will be John Landis' widely loved comedy The Blues Brothers, with Stax stalwarts Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper in the band. The Blues Brothers will screen at 9 p.m., sponsored by the Memphis Music Foundation and presented by visiting critic and radio/television host Elvis Mitchell.
And on Saturday night, Indie Memphis builds its program around what might be the hottest ticket at the festival, a 10th anniversary screening of a refurbished cut of Craig Brewer's career-launching Memphis feature The Poor & Hungry, which shows 7 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square. Brewer, currently in Georgia shooting Footloose, is scheduled to return to town for the screening.
Audrey the Trainwreck, directed by Frank V. Ross
Bicycle Lane, directed by Jeffery Ruggles
Blackmail Boys, directed by Bernard Shumanski & Richard Shumanski
The Colonel's Bride, directed by Brent Stewart
Drones, directed by Amber Benson & Adam Busch
Earthwork, directed by Chris Ordal
Exit 117, directed by Kevin James McMullin
Gabi on the Roof in July, directed by Lawrence Levine
Mars, directed by Geoff Marslett
The New Year, directed by Brett Haley
Passenger Pigeons, directed by Martha Stephens
American Jihadist, directed by Mark Claywell
Being the Diablo, directed by Rod Murphy
Beijing Punk, directed by Shaun Jefford
General Orders No. 9, directed by Bob Persons
Gerrymandering, directed by Jeff Reichert
The Last Survivor, directed by Michael Kleiman & Michael Pertnoy
Queen of the Sun, directed by Taggart Siegel
Roll Out, Cowboy, directed by Elizabeth Lawrence
Thunder Soul, directed by Mark Landsman
Other showcase screenings — which will likely include several films that have screened to good notices at high-profile festivals such as Sundance, Slamdance, and SXSW — will be announced at a later date.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon on Wednesday, October 13th at www.indiememphis.com. Tickets to the screenings of The Grace Card and The Poor & Hungry are $15 each. Open Five and all other regular festival screenings are $10 each. The Levitt Shell screenings are free. Indie Memphis members may purchase their tickets at a $2 discount beginning at noon on Friday, October 8.
For more information see indiememphis.com.