Monday, April 3, 2006

A great week for indies

Lots of good indie work is showing this week -- a nice follow-up to last month's terrific achievements in Memphis film, from Oscar recognition to the International Film Festival to premieres of local productions to the Li'l Film Festival.

Keep it revved up this week by attending any or all of the following:

TONIGHT: "Just the Two of Us" at Malco Studio on the Square. Keenon Nikita's labor of love about the importance of finding yourself through your family.

TONIGHT through THURSDAY: "Divine Manipulation of the Threads" at Malco Studio on the Square. Anthony Howald directed and Bevan Bell wrote and stars in this hilarious heist caper, complete with Debbie Allen-worthy choreography.

WEDNESDAY: 1st Wednesday at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art offers a great mix of art and entertainment. There are gallery tours at 6:30 and 7 of the exhibition "Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe" at 6:30 & 7 p.m. ... And throughout the evening you'll hear live music by singer/songwriter Candice Ivory. ... And film lovers can see "Act One," which recently ended a two week run at Malco Studio, so if you fiddled around and missed it, here's your chance again. The film, you remember won the Hometown Award at the 2005 Indie Memphis Film Fest, and there will be an introduction by director Brad Ellis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. ... And you can dine at the Brushmark from 6 - 8:30 p.m. (Reservations: Ed Tatum, 544.6225).

THURSDAY: The premiere screening of "What Goes Around…" at 9 p.m. at the Malco Studio on the Square. It's a romantic comedy that centers on Talal, a young man with commitment problems. After growing tired of his girlfriend’s worrisome ways, he gets the itch to see what else is out there. But after spending time with an attractive classmate (Angela), he soon realizes that everything that glitters isn’t gold. The movie was filmed entirely in Memphis and was directed by local filmmaker Rod Pitts ( and written by Nazeeh Majeed. A large cast of local talent appears in this feature-length film.

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