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Indie Memphis is Cool – Now everyone knows

July 28, 2009

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Erik Jambor joined Indie Memphis last year and already the fest, now in its 12th year is getting some much needed national recognition.

The new issue of MovieMaker, a bimonthly magazine that covers “the art and business of making movies,” has named Indie Memphis as one of the world’s “25 Coolest Film Festivals.”

The New York-based publication, which has a circulation of 165,000, cites Indie Memphis’ “unique creative landscape that is the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock ‘n roll.” The magazine says “cool” cinema “takes us beyond the expected, captures the zeitgeist and changes the way we view the films that come along for us afterward.”

The annual Memphis event, which will mark its 12th year in October, presents a program of feature films, documentaries, short films, animation and student work, highlighting regional filmmaking from all corners of the country and providing a showcase for Southern films and filmmakers.

MovieMaker reported it compiled its list “with the help of hundreds of independent moviemakers, festival directors and fest attendees. We scoured the world to identify more than two dozen fests that are creating a truly unique film festival experience.”

Erik Jambor, executive director of Indie Memphis, said, “We are thrilled to be recognized on a national level for the work we’re doing here in Memphis. It is truly humbling to be included on a list that includes so many amazing film festivals.”

Jambor told the magazine that Indie Memphis “offers a relaxed atmosphere of intimate accessibility, allowing filmmakers to ‘chill’ as they connect, collaborate, and converse. Memphis’ vibrant music scene, which was recently in the national spotlight through writer/director Craig Brewer’s “$5 Cover” web series, is infused through all aspects of the festival. Live music is not just featured at the parties and receptions, but is performed in the Festival Cafe and inside the theaters themselves.”

Among the more noted festivals on the list are South By Southwest in Austin; Roger Ebert’s Film Festival in Chicago; and Switzerland’s Locarno International Film Festival, which is 62 years old and draws about 180,00 (including 1,100 journalists) during its 11 days in August.

This year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival will be held October 8 through 15 at Malco Theatres’ Studio on the Square.

Past attendees and special guests have included former New York Times film critic & renowned interviewer Elvis Mitchell, Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow”), John Sayles (“Honeydripper”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Do The Right Thing”), Ira Sachs (“Forty Shades of Blue”), Peter Gilbert (“Hoop Dreams”), Albert Maysles (“Grey Gardens”), Bob Mondello (National Public Radio) and Joey Lauren Adams (“Come Early Morning”).

For more information, visit www.indiememphis.com

(Note: Information from Indie Memphis press release)

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