On Location: MEMPHIS Film & Music Fest
The 15th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest kicks off on Thursday, April 24 and runs through Sunday, April 27.
There are five categories: Features, Documentaries, Animation, Shorts, and Music Videos.
The opening night program is “In Between Engagements,” a comedy starring Armand Assante, written and directed by Dominik Sedlar and produced by Johnny Arreola. It screens Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso.
On Friday, April 25th, the fest moves to Malco Studio on the Square. Highlights include a 30-year anniversary screening of “The Old Forest,” an ambitious period piece set in 1937 Memphis and directed by University of Memphis professor, Stephen Ross; Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club’s Memphis Rocks! program showcasing the best of the Bluff City; Memphis native Dawn Higginbotham’s “The Usual,” a short that parallels today’s economic climate to the Great Depression; OL:M alumni Tiffany and Jayce Bartok’s “Fall to Rise,” which focuses on a dancer’s struggles with injury and motherhood in New York; “Gideon’s Army,” a documentary of three idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the criminal justice system; short films exploring Memphis and American culture by the artist Tav Falco; the winners of last year’s Louisiana Film Prize competition; and four separate screenings of the always-popular Live Action Shorts.
This year’s event has something for every musical taste, including. “The Prisonaires” is a documentary that chronicles five African-American singers in the 1950s who were also inmates of the state of Tennessee, while “Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles” celebrates the garage scene of Austin. “Legends of Ska: Cool and Copasetic” looks at the music of Jamaica fifty years ago and examines its relationship to reggae, “Banjo Romantika” introduces Czech musicians who play a unique bluegrass hybrid, and the American premiere “Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls: The Spirit of R&B” traces the life and career of the rhythm and blues pioneer.
There will be films from India, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries. Among the international films is “Hou De Jarasa Ushir,” which made it to the Reminder List of films eligible for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Many filmmakers will be in attendance at the screenings of their films throughout the weekend. Several panels on topics of interest in the film industry are scheduled throughout the festival.
This year’s Music Showcases, featuring bands and artists across all genres, will take place from Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, April 26th at the Midtown Blue Monkey, Le Chardonnay, Otherlands, Newby’s, 1884 Lounge, and Java Cabana.
Tickets for individual films, including opening night, are $10; film day passes are $20. Entire festival passes are $65 and include entrance to all Music Showcases. Tickets and passes are available online, with individual tickets also available at the door. Shuttle service is scheduled between all venues.
For more information on the festival and to see a full schedule, visit www.onlocationmemphis.org. Also like On Location: MEMPHIS on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OLM_Trailer.