Southern Circuit: BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM (CDT)
Southern Circuit screenings are FREE for Indie Memphis members, and Indie Memphis Film Festival passes priced at $50 and up include a year-round membership! Buy your passes now to save big and take advantage of all the Indie Memphis events leading up to this year's big event, including Craig Brewer's Indie Memphis Peep Show festival lineup announcement party at the Hi Tone (10/3), a special Alloy Orchestra performance at the Paradiso (10/10), and more... 2013indiememphispasses.eventbrite.com
Presented by Indie Memphis and sponsored by The Department of Communication at The University of Memphis, the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will present six 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. 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.
ABOUT THE FILM: In 1968 a young college drop-out named George A. Romero directed a low budget horror film that shocked the world and became an icon of the counterculture - Night of the Living Dead. It spawned a billion dollar zombie industry that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers -- policemen, iron workers, teachers, ad-men, housewives and a roller-rink owner -- to shoot, with a revolutionary guerrilla, run-and-gun style, his seminal film. During that process Romero and his team created an entirely new and horribly chilling monster – one that was undead and feasted upon human flesh.
This documentary also immerses audiences into the singular time in which Night of the Living Dead was shot. Archival footage of the horrors of Vietnam and racial violence at home combined with iconic music from the 60s invites viewers to experience how Romero’s tumultuous film reflected this period in American history. Birth of the Living Dead shows us how this young filmmaker created a world-renowned horror film that was also a profound insight into how our society really works.
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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One of the city's core arts institutions, Indie Memphis connects and inspires indie filmmakers and film-lovers through the unique creative landscape that is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization receives project support from the Tennessee Arts Commission, and is the only film organization to receive annual funding from ArtsMemphis. The year-round organization is best known for its annual Indie Memphis Film Festival presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., next taking place October 30 - November 2, 2014 in and around midtown Memphis' Overton Square entertainment district. Screening venues include the Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse, the new Hattiloo Theatre, and three screens at Malco Theatre’s Studio on the Square – all within just a few blocks of each other, creating an accessible community-friendly atmosphere unlike any other on the festival circuit. Named one of “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in the spring 2014 issue of MovieMaker magazine, the Indie Memphis Film Festival was named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2012. MovieMaker also ranked the festival as “Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and 2013, and as one of their “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009. With a focus on regional filmmaking, the festival brings a broad range of dynamic and engaging independent features, documentaries and short films to Memphis from all corners of the country.
Indie Memphis is an ArtsMemphis funded 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film though diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences. Through diverse year-round programming, a world-class annual festival, and ongoing efforts to include new voices, new media, and new audiences, Indie Memphis enriches, inspires, and connects the Memphis community while cultivating interest in, and development of, independent film.