Friday, September 23, 2005

In today's CA

"William Eggleston in the Real World," a documentary of the Memphis artist who shook up the art world with his color photographs, debuts at the upcoming Indie Memphis Film Festival.

John Beifuss reports:

Director Michael Almereyda will attend the Oct. 23 evening screening at Muvico's Peabody Place 22 cinema. Eggleston, 65, also is expected to attend the event, which represents the most significant premiere in the eight-year history of the festival dedicated to "The Soul of Southern Film."

The Eggleston documentary has received almost unanimous acclaim since its debut last month in New York, thanks to its honest and unfiltered portrayal of a significant artist. The documentary is not related to "Stranded in Canton," a 75-minute film "sculpted" by local author and filmmaker Robert Gordon from some 35 hours of video footage shot in the 1970s by Eggleston. "Canton" was screened in April during the Memphis International Film Festival.

Indie Memphis's other notable premiere is Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads," which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The movie features an ensemble cast -- Tess Harper, Bonnie Hunt and Chris Sarandon, among others -- in several overlapping stories set in North Carolina. The film will open the Indie Memphis fest on Oct. 21.

More than 70 features, shorts, documentaries, music videos and animated and experimental films will be screened during the festival, which runs Oct. 21-27 at Peabody Place. Festival passes are $60; individual tickets are $6.

Also in today's CA:

Beifuss on Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

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