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Indie Memphis changes

October 8, 2009


This is my second year heading to Indie Memphis and I am quite looking forward to it. Although the fest technically kicked off last night with an art reception for photographer Robert King – a documentary about his coverage of several wars plays tonight along with Scott Teem’s beautiful southern tale “That Evening Sun” which I loved at Sidewalk two weeks ago.  “Shooting Robert King” which I saw at SXSW when it was titled “Blood Trail,” also will open the fest. I am curious to hear why the title changed although it does fit much better. Both films play twice tonight, so no excuse to miss either.

Last year former Sidewalk and Bend Film Festival director Erik Jambor took over as the paid Executive Director of Indie Memphis and the fest quickly flourished (noting that I hadn’t been to the fest before he started). I am honored this year that Jambor asked me to help judge the Hometowner category along with some other great folks (can read about them here) so you won’t be hearing much from me on any local films – at least not on here – but expect to hear from me on some of the other screenings.

This year, the line up proves to be even more impressive than the last. But with any fest – there are always last minute changes…so to update you below:

Indie Memphis sent out this notice today.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Saturday’s free Savage County Sneak has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and disappointment, but we are working to reschedule a much larger Savage County event for sometime after the festival. Please stay tuned for updates…”

Although the notice didn’t mention why, it could have something to do with the technical problems filmmaker (And Indie Memphis judge this year) David Harris tweeted out all this week:

@holycowboy Dead logic board. I wish this genius bar served drinks instead of just bad news.

@holycowboy Just fixed a 2-day Final Cut issue. Hit restart… The Laptop dies. Savage County is cursed. Who wants to get drunk?

But good news is that Craig Brewer scored a midnight screening of Paranormal Activity for Friday Night which was announced a couple of days ago. Horror guru Scott Weinberg said when he saw it at Slamdance that it “is one of the best haunted house flicks I’ve seen in quite some time — and what makes it even cooler is that the movie was clearly made with a lot more creativity than money.”

Full schedule is up at or in the Memphis Flyer. The fest has been attracting a lot of buzz this year on the social networks and I expect to see much larger crowds than last year.

I’ve previously reviewed a few films playing the fest – so check out the Indie Memphis category (to your right) to read about out some of the films.

Oh and full disclosure – as  a judge I do get my hotel room paid for but will be blogging about the films at the fest separately from those duties…so if anyone from the FTC is reading this, hi!

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