Film Fans Rejoice! Indie Memphis Offers Up Global Lens Series & Concert Films For Summer

Jul 11, 2012

Now through August, Indie Memphis continues its year-round collaboration with The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art by presenting the 2012 Global Lens Film Series, a program which showcases award-winning narrative feature films from Argentina, Columbia, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Morocco and Turkey.

The series features numerous festival heavyweights, including Iranian newcomer Morteza Farshbaf's darkly comic road trip, Mourning, and Pegasus, Mohamed Mouftakir's atmospheric psychological thriller about tribes and tradition in present-day Morocco. 

Three critically acclaimed films by first-time directors will be screened:  Gustavo Pizzi's colorful rendering of artistic angst and ego in Rio de Janeiro, Craft, and Carlos  Osuna's charming Columbian rotoscope, Fat, Bald, Short Man.

The 2012 lineup is rounded out by Oday Rasheed's moody Baghdad portrait of an assassin and his relationship with a troubled family, Qarantina, and Sergio Teubal's offbeat yet true-to-life fable of small town politics and finger-pointing, The Finger.

Screenings will take place at the Brooks' Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium; admission is $8, $6 for members of the Brooks, and free for Indie Memphis members.

After last year's success, Indie Memphis will re-team with The Levitt Shell to offer a Free Concert Film Series starting Saturday, July 21.  The series will open with Jonathan Demme's Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed Talking Heads concert film called the "greatest concert movie of all time" by Rolling Stone magazine.

July 28 features a special double feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Monterey Pop festival.  Shot by D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back), Jimi Plays Monterey and Shake! Otis at Monterey feature Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding's full performances from the famed 1967 festival.

On Saturday, August 4 the series continues with Elvis on Tour in anticipation of Elvis Week, which is August 10 - 18.  The Golden Globe Best Documentary winner chronicles Elvis Presley's  whirlwind 15-city, 15-night 1972 tour.

The series will continue through the remaining Saturday nights in August, with additional titles to be announced soon.  Memphians will be able to help fund the final shows of the season with their contributions.

I talked with Erik Jambor, the executive director of Indie Memphis, about the two distinct film series offered this summer as well as the Indie Memphis Film Festival slated for the first weekend in November.

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