On the morning of November 6, 2005, Sarah Fleming and Christopher Reyes of the Web site LiveFromMemphis.com, got up before dawn to film the implosion of Baptist Memorial Hospital on Union. And when they had the footage, they thought, Now what? So they spent the rest of the day making a short film that incorporated the implosion. They had so much fun, they decided to invite others to make their own short films working around the theme of the implosion and to have a film festival to screen the results. The first Lil' Film Fest is this Saturday and features 14 five-minute films. The winner of the festival will receive $100 and a spot in the next Memphis Indie Film Festival. (Pictured at left is a scene from Contents Under Pressure and above is from Heatwave.)
The idea, says Fleming, is to help make filmmaking pressure-free, with the theme and the running time providing the structure. Fleming and Reyes are planning to make the festival a quarterly event and will announce the next theme in April. According to Fleming, the films that will be screened at this first fest vary widely. One was shot on a home-video camera, another on a high-definition camera. Most are funny, and there is one documentary. The implosion of the hospital ties them all together. Says Fleming, "There are no surprise endings in any of the films."
Live From Memphis Lil' Film Fest, 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25th, at MeDia Co-op at First Congregational Church, free