For several years, one of the hottest tickets at the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival has been Live From Memphis' Music Video Showcase, which rounded up music videos made by local filmmakers.
The Music Video Showcase was missing at Indie Memphis last fall but returns this week as an expanded, stand-alone weekend festival.
"The previous showcases had always sold out, and we had to add screens, so we really wanted to make it a bigger thing," says local filmmaker Edward Valibus Phillips (of the Corduroy Wednesday crew), who has taken on festival director duties. "That's why we decided to make it its own event."
By removing the Music Video Showcase from the busy Indie Memphis calendar, Live From Memphis is not only giving it more space and attention, it's also giving local filmmakers more time to polish their work, according to Phillips.
"With the Indie Memphis deadline, a lot of local filmmakers were focused on [bigger] projects, and it became a rush. So we wanted to give them more time to focus on the music videos," Phillips says.
Another change is that the festival has opened submissions up to non-local entries, though 32 of the 49 videos in this year's program, according to Phillips, are either from local filmmakers, local bands, or, in most cases, both. These include a black-and-white clip from local filmmaker Parker Hays for rapper Cities Aviv's "Float On," a colorful effects-driven video for the River City Tanlines' "Looking for a Line" from local film stalwart Mike McCarthy, and an Earnestine & Hazel's-set bacchanalia for Bosco Delrey's "Space Junky Baby," from out-of-town filmmaker ZFCL.
Jury awards — with actress Claire Grant, rapper Al Kapone, and visiting industry expert Martin Atkins making the call — will be given to the Best of Fest and Best Song of Fest, as well as locals-only version of those awards. There also will be an audience choice award.
In addition to the Saturday events listed below, there is a free opening party, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday night at Vini (423 N. Watkins) and a free panel with Atkins — sponsored by the Memphis Music Foundation — at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the foundation's South Main office.
Screenings: Studio on the Square. Three separate screenings at 6:15, 7:45, and 9:15 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per screening or $25 for a full pass.
Panels: Memphis College of Art. "Meet Topspin — Marketing Practices for Filmmakers and Musicians" at 12:30 p.m. "The Antenna Tapes" at 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
After-Party/Awards Presentation: Hi-Tone Café. Featuring Pezz, Parts and Labor, Cities Aviv, and others. 9 p.m. $10 or free with showcase ticket.
See livefromemphis.com for more details.