The Indie Memphis Film Festival has set the date for its 2010 festival, which will be held October 21st through October 24th at Studio on the Square. The big news is that after swelling to more than a week in recent years, the festival is downsizing to a four-day format.
"By focusing our festival into one long weekend, we will create a more exciting and festive event," Indie Memphis director Erik Jambor said in a press release announcing the dates. "Though attendance has grown by 80 percent in the past two years, most of that growth has been during our weekend screenings. The increasing number of out-of-town visitors will find the new schedule much more convenient, and local filmmakers will be pleased to know that their work will screen during the same few days when everyone is here."
One byproduct of the tighter schedule is that the Global Lens Film Series — an annual traveling exhibition that Indie Memphis has presented at their fall festival for the past few years — is now a stand-alone summer film series, held in the screening room of frequent Indie Memphis partner, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Founded in 2004, Global Lens provides exposure for otherwise undistributed films from around the world, with an emphasis on emerging filmmakers and nontraditional film countries.
The 2010 Global Lens series includes 10 films, which will screen one at a time at the Brooks between May 13th and July 29th.
The program opens this week with Masquerades, an Algerian film that was the country's official Oscar-consideration entry for 2009. The film is a "heartfelt comedy" focusing on a gardener's plans to improve his family's status by marrying off his narcoleptic daughter. In Arabic with English subtitles, the film screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13th, and at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 20th.
Also this week is Shirley Adams, a South African film about a single mother struggling to care for her paraplegic son in a rough section of Cape Town. In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles, the film screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 16th, and at 2 p.m. Friday, May 21st.
Admission to films in the Global Lens Film Series is $6 per film or $30 for a series "passport" and is free for Indie Memphis members or with a Brooks VIP Film Pass.