2019 Indie Memphis Film Festival Announces Full Slate

Including Kasi Lemmon’s HARRIET as Opening Night Film, World Premiere Screenings, Special Presentations with Jim Jarmusch in Attendance, and More


MEMPHIS, TN. Indie Memphis Film Festival, presented by Duncan Williams, Inc., is pleased to announce the full slate of films for its 2019 incarnation, spanning from October 30th – November 4th, 2019. This year’s festival promises to be a very exciting and wildly varied one, featuring films ranging from new discoveries to beloved classics, from festival hits to experimental wonders, and everything in-between.

The 2019 festival features work from up-and-coming filmmakers, as well as festival hits such as Agnès Varda’s final film VARDA BY AGNÈS and ​Céline Sciamma​’s PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE. This year’s very exciting Special Presentations includes Jim Jarmusch in attendance for the 30th Anniversary of his now-classic Memphis-set film MYSTERY TRAIN and a screening of his latest THE DEAD DON’T DIE, with Jarmusch in conversation with ​The New Yorker​’s Richard Brody.

Clockwise from top left: Images of Jim Jarmusch, Kasi Lemmons’ HARRIET, Eli Daughdrill’s FAITH, Mati Diop’s ATLANTICS, Brad Ellis & Allen C. Gardner’s COLD FEET, and Paul Duane’s BEST BEFORE DEATH (courtesy Indie Memphis)

In addition, there will be a Halloween screening of the classic BLACULA (on Halloween) and the previously announced Sara Driver Retrospective (and sidebar of Driver’s favorite spooky inspirations) with Driver in attendance, and Memphis native Ira Sachs in attendance for his latest film, FRANKIE.​ ​Many other filmmakers will also be attendance and are detailed below.

The Opening Night film is Kasi Lemmons’ HARRIET, based on the thrilling and inspirational life of iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet Tubman. There will also be a very special, can’t-miss Secret Presentation of a much-buzzed-about upcoming release (we’d love to tell you, but we can’t!). Rounding out the festival slate are the Narrative and Documentary Competition sections, featuring the World Premiere of Eli Daughdrill’s FAITH, Spotlight Narrative and Documentary sections featuring festival favorites, the Departures section featuring experimental/hybrid films that divert from expectations, the music-centric Sounds section, and the Hometowner section, filled with films by Memphis-based artists.

“Our program this year is full of eccentric characters, and I think Memphis audiences are going to show these films some love,” says Indie Memphis Artistic Director Miriam Bale. “Our narrative films, especially, are dominated by stories told by women directors, especially women of color, as it should be.”

The festival continues to feature live music performed in the theaters before every screening and the annual block party on Cooper Street, which this year will include the return of the band Unapologetic, performing to coincide with the release of their new album Stuntarious IV. Acts performing include AWFM, PreauXX, IMAKEMADBEATS, C Major, Kid Maestro, She’Chinah, Aaron James, Cameron Bethany, and special guests.

Additional upcoming announcements will include the Black Creators Forum program, IndieTalks Panels, Workshops, Live Music Lineup, and more.

The 2019 slate was unveiled publicly on the evening of October 1st at the venue Rec Room in Memphis, TN. For more information, please visit Indie Memphis.

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