Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Flix @ the Brooks

Indie Memphis & the Brooks Present Local Films in the Month of August
All films are scheduled to screen at 7:30 pm
$5 for members, $7 for non-members
Purchase your tickets online | Purchase by phone: 544.6208

This Thursday, August 23
Best of Indie Memphis Shorts: Part II

(total running time 81 minutes)

The second part of the award-winning shorts series will feature:

Resolutions of the Complacent Man directed by Craig Brewer
Doppelganger directed by Ognian Bozikov
Central Garden directed by Kaleo Quenzer
The Morning Ritual directed by J. Lazarus
Elvis Meets the Beatles by John Michael McCarthy

Next Thursday, August 30
“Auteur from Arkansas”
A Selection of Films by Phil Chambliss
(total running time 56 minutes)

Join us for an evening of three folk-art films by the internationally celebrated,
self-taught Arkansas auteur Phil Chambliss. Shadows of the Hatchet Man,
The Devil’s Helper, and The Mr. Visit Show will be screened.

If you've never seen his work before, you don't want to miss this!

Thinking Dinner and a Movie? Dine at the Brushmark
Weekly specials by Chef Wally Joe
Reservations recommended. Seating from 6-9 pm.
Please call 901.544.6225.

Exhibitions on view include:
Perspectives: Regional Contemporary Art
Soul Food: African American Cooking and Creativity
Thomas Hart Benton:Train Wrecks and Hillbilly Songs
Elvis is in the Building

Friday, August 10, 2007

From Kentucker Audley

My previous short film, 'Bright Sunny South' is playing this Thursday, August 16th at 7:30 at the Brooks museum in Memphis as part of 'The Best of Indie Memphis Shorts' series. Tickets are $7 for non-members, $5 for members. Also screening: 'This Must be my Lucky Day" by Tommy Foster, and '17 Inch Cobras' by Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury. Come check them out and see real people in person, like me.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Filled bikinis needed!

Sarah Fleming and Christopher Reyes (Live From Memphis) are shooting a short film this Sunday for Li'l Film Fest 7!

We are looking for 2 Females:
Ages 18-30.
Must be in excellent shape and willing to wear a bikini.
Must be available this Sunday (Aug. 12) from 1-6p.

(No, its NOT pornographic)

Please email full body photo and resume to us at:


Li'l Film Fest official site

Monday, August 06, 2007

Delta Axis this month

Please join us for our contemporary art and film programs this month.

Wednesday, August 8
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #32
7:30 p.m.
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson, between Main & Front Streets
Admission is free, donations are recommended

hi/lo film festival 2006 touring program
Originally organized in 1997 by the San Francisco production company and comedy collective Killing my Lobster the hi/lo film festival (high concept, low budget) has evolved into a major West Coat showcase for independent low-budget filmmakers. The hi/lo film festival continues to prove that big imaginations are more important than fat wallets.

The program features:
Pretty Things “Straight for a Minute” - Michael Lucid
For those times when gay guys need to go under cover it’s handy to have this instructional music video. 3 min.
Backseat Bingo - Liz Blazer
This illustrated documentary throws the spotlight on an array of aging horn dogs grappling with the crisis of mortality. 6 min.
Bartholomew's Song - Allison Welch, Lowell Frank and Destin Cretton
In a low-rent dystopia life has been reduced to the mindless stamping out of luxury items of the most useless sort. But in the spirit of Brazil and a Brave New World one automaton begins to sing his own song to heart breaking, if predictable, effect. 11min.
Honeycut “Tough Kid” – Arno Salters
Cardboard cityscapes and really dizzy rockers go for a spin in this revolutionary music video. 2 min. music video
A Bad Hair Day - Meesoo Lee
Echoing the Fresh Prince's pronouncement that parents just don't understand, a filmmaker visits his parents in Seoul for a week and fights a perennial battle pitting his own scruffy-doo against his father's perm. 7 min.
Lift Off - Terri Timely
An interstellar flipbook adventure takes off and travels the universe without ever leaving a restaurant counter. 50 seconds.
Fumi and the Bad Luck Foot – David Chai
A crash course in how to make lemonade out of lemons, or in this case, how to repurpose clumsiness for good and not evil. 7 min. animation
Let's Start Again - Charlie Tweed
If the Unabomber had a British sense of humor he might look like this...of course he'd also have to be about 16 and a lot more creative. Animals of the forests beware! 7 min.
Sprout and the Bean – Terri Timley
By matching the infectious and mercurial sounds made entirely from Ns. Newsom's voice and her harp to swirling and stunningly imaginative imagery the Terri Timely crews have done for Nevada City’s Joanna Newsom what Chris Cunningham had done for Bjork, (with a much smaller budget of course!). 3 min. music video
Tales of mere existence – Lev
San Francisco cartoonist and satirist Lev returns to hilo with 2 new episodes in his life-long chronicle of the socially awkward, the perpetually uncoordinated, and the sympathetically perplexed. 7 min. animation
Snakeman – John Inglis
A grizzly Australian snake-owner and the world’s sissiest cameraman square off in what could be the world’s worst idea for a short film. This is the film the folks at Animal Planet don’t want you to even think about. 7 min.
Under The Roller Coaster – Lila Place
Documentaries are successful because of a compelling character and the brassy, beer-swilling, chain-smoking woman at the center of this one is as riveting as they come. The fact that she lived most of her life in a house underneath a Coney Island rollercoaster is just gravy. 16 min.
The V Party – Michelle Dean
The nation’s foremost political consultants Warren Dinkly and Suzanne Agby present their can’t miss pitch to get apathetic voters pumped and ready for the party. 5 min.

Due to the variety of subject matter, which sometimes includes adult themes, some works may not be suitable for children; consequently, parents are asked to use their own discretion. For more information on the hi/lo film festival please visit www.hilofilmfestival.com.

Saturday, August 18
Agents of Timbre
Closing reception 6-9 p.m.
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Avenue
Exhibition Dates: June 29-August 18, 2007
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-5 p.m. or by appointment
494-6543 or 679-6837

The mission of Delta Axis is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with global artistic communities.
Delta Axis receives generous support for Indie Memphis programs from the Greater Memphis Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission, the Memphis/Shelby County Film & Television Commission, the Tennessee Film Commission, the Goshorn Fund, and the Hohenberg Foundation.

Support for Power House and Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Hyde Family Foundations, Greater Memphis Arts Council, and Tennessee Arts Commission

Support Delta Axis – become a member!
Members receive free admission to our monthly Artist Studio Visit, a free ticket to a screening at the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2007, and invitations to special parties and events. Membership is $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. For more information call 901.494.6543 or email info@deltaaxis.org.
Presenting contemporary art and film to link Memphis with global artistic communities.

Support Delta Axis - become a member!

Tracy Lauritzen Wright
Executive Director
Delta Axis
P.O. Box 11527
Memphis, TN 38111
901.525.0805 fax

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Video art

Who do you know in the region that works in this discipline? Not filmmaking so much, although the line is not always easily drawn. But art using video as the medium. Let me know.

Casting for local indie

I had written about doing a series a while back and we are getting ready to film a short to get some more interest (money) behind it.

However, there are only three speaking parts available and we will know about extras as we story board. I need to let you know this on the front end. This is not a paying gig and the tape will be used in everything from a couple of contests as well to show investors to put up the money. You will get your own custom set of vampire fangs and something for your reel out of it (Except fangs for the yuppie). If the pitch is successful, then there might be a longer-term part out of it. This is not a full pilot episode, but may result in one.

Character: Roman
Ages: 35-45
Ethnicity/Race/ Gender: White Male
Size: Medium
Notes: Would prefer someone with darker hair and must have a really good
speaking voice as there are some voiceovers.

Character: Yuppie
Ages: 25-35
Ethnicity/Race/ Gender: Doesn’t Matter, you will be the victim.
Size: Doesn’t matter
Notes: This is a fodder part.

Character: Adam
Ages: 18-22
Ethnicity/Race/ Gender: White Male
Size: Slender
Notes: Need to know if you are allergic to any makeup.

Character: Beck
Ages: 25-35
Ethnicity/Race/ Gender: White Male
Size: Large/Overweight
Notes: Overweight is a must

Primary time of shoots: Night in mid to late August, Dates TBD

We will also need to know if you are allergic to water-based lubricant, food coloring, corn syrup, makeup, any adhesives, and latex. If you are interested, please e-mail me back at cbyerly@sbcglobal.net with your contact information, a headshot, and a reel if you have one. Please use “The Dead of Night” as the subject line, if not it will go to my spam box. There will
be a call back for a screen test.

Sorry, but we are not accepting any children’s information at this time. I know this one seems like slim pickings, but the full ensemble will be more diverse if this gets off the ground.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Rockett's acting workshop

The workshop is at Germantown Community Theatre Aug 13(Mon), 14(Tues), 15(Wed).
Space is available for adults and kids. Details are here.

G. Rockett Phillips

Thursday, August 02, 2007

LTTM for August (hosted by Joseph B. Smith)

Episode 15 of LTTM's Shorts Fest on WYPL TV-18. Our host for this month is Joe Smith a.k.a. "Pooch".

The Films:

The Live From Memphis Collection- several short films from various themes of the Li'l Film Fest:

Wilacious Jackson- directed by Tammy Marqueerious.

What's Brewin' Craig?- directed by Donald Meyers.

Why Baptist Moved East- directed by Ken Armstrong

Dream One: The Box- directed by Sarah Fleming.

Plus a behind the scenes documentary look at Rusted Sun Film's feature film, Divine Manipulation of the Threads. The cast and crew describe the trials and tribulations of making a no budget feature film.

Music for ending credits:

"All I Want Is You" performed by Scott Sudbury from the Get the Picture album.

Bonus Film:

A Bloodthirsty Lovers music video by Live From Memphis- The Mods Go Mad

The Times:

Sunday- midnight
Thursday- 2a.m.
Thursday- 10:30 PM
Saturday- 1:30a.m.
Saturday- 11pm

For more info or to enter a film, go to www.LastTraintoMemphis.com
Check with the Library Channel website or our website for scheduling info. This is a weekly schedule that will begin August 1st!

Justin Gullett -- go, man, go

In today's CA:

Justin Gullett, 26, of Germantown has been chosen as one of the nine finalists for the online "Movie Making Challenge," part of the Fox TV show "On the Lot." The American Idol-esque reality show, produced by three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg and reality TV pioneer Mark Burnett, is in the midst of its first season. The show, which airs Tuesdays on WHBQ-TV Channel 13 at 7 p.m., features a dwindling group of filmmakers competing for a development deal.

Gullet is not a contestant on the TV show; rather, he is participating in the at-home competition that allowed anyone to enter his or her own videos online through TheLot.com.

His short film, "Distortion," won week five -- horror week -- of the online challenge in which anyone could submit a two- to three-minute film for that week's genre or theme.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

'Divine Manipulation ...' -- a review

It's nice to get a review, even if the reviewer didn't quite get it....

"... this film is oddly endearing. ... It's a lot like neurosurgery. I don't know how it works, but I know it does."

Of course, if you want to be a reviewer, you should know how it works. That aside, it's an overall positive review.

Hey kids, let's make a movie...

Indie Memphis is looking for filmmakers 18 and younger to participate in its Southern Film Festival Youth Showcase.

Films should be 20 minutes or less and must have been completed in the past two years. There's no application fee.

Selected films will be shown at Studio on the Square during the Southern Film Festival, Indie Memphis' annual event highlighting movies with a distinct Southern flavor. The festival is October 19th-25th.

Deadline for submissions for the Youth Showcase is September 15th.

For more information, go to IndieMemphis.com.