By Phoebe Lusk-Hussong
Indie Memphis’ annual Indie Film Fest is coming up Tuesday, November 1. This year’s festival is offering an exciting lineup of films and panels, so be sure to check it out! Read more to learn more about this festival and what it has to offer.
For the 19th consecutive year, Indie Memphis will host its annual Indie Film Festival, a week-long event that showcases local and independent filmmakers. Indie Film Fest partners with Malco Theatres to display short films, documentaries, and independent features from across the country. Along with films, there will also be live music before each showing and panels where filmmakers, artists, and musicians will discuss their work.
Attending the Indie Film Festival is not like going to the movie theater on any other weekend. It is a very special event that showcases local creators that may not ever be recognized nationally. Vivi Gray (11) has volunteered for the event over the past couple years, and she notes that “The festival is really great to be able to see artists talking about their work and being able to discuss that with them. It allows for more community than just strangers sitting together in a movie theater.” The goal of Indie Film Fest is to expose people to local creators and to connect creators to industry professionals. It was made to introduce people to films other than mainstream film.
Most of the festival will take place in Midtown, but there will be a couple of locations in East Memphis, Downtown, and Collierville. There will be films being shown at the Halloran Centre, Ridgeway Theater, Studio On the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Hattiloo Theatre, and Malco Towne Cinema from November 1 through November 7. Craig Brewer, son of seventh grade history teacher Mrs. Brewer, will be talking with Larry Karaszewski, the co-producer and writer of “The People Vs. OJ Simpson” on Saturday, November 5 at the Playhouse On the Square. One of the festival’s most talked about films this year is a documentary called The Invaders. It follows a group of Memphis civil rights activists and their effect on Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination. Passes are available on the Indie Film Fest website, but you can also buy tickets for individual shows at the theater before the showing.