The final screening of the 2013-2014 season of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, presented by Indie Memphis and sponsored by The Department of Communication at The University of Memphis, which screens independent feature and documentary films from September through April – each with the filmmaker in attendance for a post-screening conversation with the audience about the film and their work. Additional support is provided by ArtsFirst and the First Tennessee Foundation. For more details about the series, visit indiememphis.com/southerncircuit
Tickets are $8 each, with a $2 discount available for seniors. Admission is free at the door for Indie Memphis members and for students with valid ID.
After the screening, filmmaker Jyllian Gunther will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Barbara Prescott, executive director of the PeopleFirst Partnership and chair of the Transition Planning Commission guiding the merger of city-county school districts. The panel also includes Cardell Orrin (the Memphis City Director of Stand for Children), Chris Caldwell (Commissioner and current School Board Member), and Marc Willis (previously ran Stax Academy/Sousville Charter school and then went onto founding Omni Prep Charter School).
ABOUT THE FILM: Public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where a third of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O’Brien and his staff of eight undertake a new and unconventional approach –– emphasizing strong individual support and arts-based nontraditional instruction. Initially, the buzz from the community was that this was a dream come true. But conflicts arise when old realities surfaced. Filmed over four years, The New Public goes in and out of the classroom to follow the journey of students, parents and educators striving to reconcile idealism with reality and make a difference in the futures of young people whose lives are stark representations of our country’s education and opportunity gaps. Through the prism of one inner-city school, we witness complexities faced by urban public schools and communities everywhere.
The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to address the role of the arts in impacting the issues important to our region, and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. www.southarts.org
The Department of Communication at the University of Memphis has the longest standing film production program in the Mid-South, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees with an emphasis in Film and Video Production. www.memphis.edu/communication
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Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.
The organization's 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival with take place this Fall 2015, dates to be announced soon.