Walk the Line Returns: Twentieth Century Fox and the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission are partnering to pay tribute to the Memphis filming of the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, as part of the studio's 75th anniversary. The studio is conducting a "Hometown Hollywood" series, where they are screening films in the cities where they were shot. There will be an invite-only ceremony dedicating the Orpheum Theatre as an official location for Walk the Line at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 2nd. Later that night, at 7:30 p.m., there will be a public screening of the film at Paradiso.
Indie Memphis Expands: The Indie Memphis Film Festival is scaling back its length this year, its 13th festival running over a long weekend October 21st-24th. But it's expanding its geographic footprint. In addition to its central home at Studio on the Square and satellite location at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Indie Memphis recently announced it would be adding festival programming at the new Playhouse on the Square at Union and Cooper, within the same few-block radius of Studio and the Brooks. The Playhouse's 348-seat auditorium will be used for screenings and the venue will also be used for festival workshops, panels, and the "Festival Café," which will host live music throughout the festival. The combination of the compressed weekend schedule and expanded but very manageable festival layout (especially if the Hi-Tone Café remains as a post-screening party site) should make Indie Memphis an even livelier affair than it already is.
The festival schedule is yet to be announced, but, unofficially, a few local items likely to show up include: a refurbished and remastered print of Craig Brewer's debut film The Poor & Hungry (longtime Brewer associate Erin Hagee and filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox have been working on this), the local debut of Open Five, a collaboration between filmmaker Kentucker Audley and musician Jake Rabinbach (with behind-the-scenes work from indie notable Joe Swanberg), and a segment of C. Scott McCoy's work-in-progress Antenna Club documentary.
Terriers Debuts: As Craig Brewer gets ready to begin shooting on his Footloose remake in Georgia — with Andie MacDowell recently joining the cast — his pilot episode for Terriers, an FX television series starring Donal Logue and Michael Raymond-James as low-rent SoCal private eyes, debuts Wednesday, September 8th, at 9 p.m.
Romance of Loneliness Seeks Funds: Following other local filmmakers before them, Sarah Ledbetter and Matteo Servente have taken to the Internet to raise money to help produce their feature film debut, The Romance of Loneliness, which will star, among others, former $5 Cover roommates Amy LaVere and Valerie June. Find out more at indiegogo.com/The-Romance-of-Loneliness.