Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Indie Memphis Film Festival has unveiled its beautifully redesigned Web site (complete with mockingbird mascot) — and revealed most of its lineup of more than 40 narrative and documentary features and a score or more shorts.
New Indie Memphis director Erik Jambor, a veteran festival organizer, has assembled an impressive roster of film professionals to serve as jurors in the Features, Documentaries, Shorts and Hometowner categories. (“Hometowner” awards are given to movies with a definitive Shelby County connection.) Judges include Elvis Mitchell, the former New York Times film critic who has become a celebrity in his own right, thanks to his regular reviews on NPR and his hosting duties on “Independent Focus” on the Independent Film Channel and “Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence” on Turner Classic Movies; Peter Gilbert, a producer on the acclaimed documentary “Hoop Dreams”; and Alison Bagnall Standefer, co-writer of Vincent Gallo’s “Buffalo ’66.”
Native Memphians Morgan Jon Fox (“omg/HAHAHA”), Brett Hanover (“Bunnyland”) and Brittany Blockman (“Bi the Way”) will be among the filmmakers represented. Films that sound promising include “Chasing the White Dragon,” a violent drama about small town crystal meth addicts; Alex Karpovsky’s “Woodpecker,” a faux documentary about the obsessive search for the ivory-billed woodpecker in Arkansas; the actual documentary, “Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie”; and the documentary ” ’Bama Girl,” about a black woman’s quest to become homecoming queen at the University of Alabama. “Midnight movies” will include “Interplanetary,” about ancient monsters on Mars, and “Dance of the Dead,” in which zombies (what else?) battle dateless nerds at a high-school senior prom.
Returning from last year’s festival will be the Global Lens series, a collection of 10 international films.
The festival takes place Oct. 10-16 at Malco’s Studio on the Square, which will dedicate all five screens to Indie Memphis for the event’s opening weekend.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Standing 5-foot-3 and weighing 90 pounds, Germantown's Cody Hanford, 13, is small for his age.
He's smaller still in "Hounddog," the controversial film with Dakota Fanning that was shot in North Carolina in 2006, before Cody's recent 6-inch growth spurt.
Cody's size belies his show business experience and what casting directors say is his big acting talent -- a talent that in the past few years has put him in movies, taken him to Broadway and placed him alongside Radio City Music Hall's famous Rockettes.
Memphians who have missed Cody's many local stage appearances can see him Friday, when "Hounddog" opens at Malco's Ridgeway Four.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Drew Whitmire is casting the female lead for “Sapphire,” a locally produced dramatic feature film scheduled to shoot in and around Memphis in late November/early December. The film centers around an eccentric, mentally unstable woman dealing with the death of her mother amidst a backdrop of characters gathered for the wake. Ages 35-55 preferred. Improvisational skills a plus. Please send headshot/resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, September 15, 2008
improv troupe and Comedy, Tennessee comedy club are
presenting Improv Workshops for Beginners. This six week course to
teach improvisational skills will meet through
12/13 (off 11/29) f rom . at Comedy, Tennessee,
6102 Macon Road. The classes will be taught by award-winning
improvisor and stand-up comic Joe Leibovich with guests including
Comedy, Tennessee owner/comic John Marks and improvisor/comic/writer
Andy Fleming. A showcase performance for students will take place
12/17 at Comedy, Tennessee. Classes are $150 for the series. In
addition to the classes and performance, all students will receive two
tickets to . show at Comedy, Tennessee on
class nights (except for 12/6, which is a special show) and will
receive a portion of the proceeds from the 12/17 showcase. Enrollment
For more information, see www.wiseguysimprov.com, email
email@example.com, or call or .
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
And, of course, to check the buzz and meet beautiful people at the afterparty and tell you all about it.
All of you Red West fans will like what I've got up there already, so go....