Indie Memphis Unveils New Festival Lineup

By Andy Meek

The lineup for this year’s 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival is set.

During a preview party at the new Hi-Tone Café Thursday night, director Craig Brewer lifted the curtain on the slate of films being shown at this year’s festival, which kicks off on Halloween. The four-day event runs from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 and includes more than 45 feature films that will be shown on five screens in the Overton Square district.

Duncan-Williams Inc. is again the festival’s presenting sponsor, and $6,000 in cash awards and prizes will be given out along with award sculptures designed by local artist Yvonne Bobo.

Special guests scheduled to appear include actor Harry Lennix, who can be seen on NBC’s current show “The Blacklist” as well as horror film director Ti West. And films will be screened at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse and at Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square.

The full list of movies is available at indiememphis.com. Among the highlights and films already with plenty of buzz, courtesy of Indie Memphis:

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

6:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 - Playhouse on the Square

Directed by John Wells, starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewen McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Lewis, and Sam Shepard.

SHORT TERM 12

6:15 pm Saturday, Nov. 2 - Playhouse on the Square

Writer/director Destin Cretton and actor Keith Stanfield are scheduled to attend and participate in a question and answer session after the screening, along with along with representatives from Youth Villages.

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

4 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 - Playhouse on the Square

DRINKING BUDDIES

9:15 pm Friday, Nov. 1 - Circuit Playhouse

Writer/director Joe Swanberg is scheduled to attend and participate in a question and answer session after the screening.

TOUCHY FEELY

7:15 pm Thursday, Oct. 31 - Circuit Playhouse

Written and directed by Lynn Shelton.

GOOD OL’ FREDA

12:45 pm Sunday, Nov. 3 - Studio on the Square

Directed by Ryan White.