Memphis connected films score at Sundance
John Beifuss, in his blog The Bloodshot Eye (thebloodshoteye.com), writes that “ ‘Love Is Strange,’ the fifth feature film from Memphis-born writer-director Ira Sachs, was acquired (Thursday, Jan. 23) for theatrical distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.” The film was acquired after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival for about $1 million.
Sachs’ films that have been clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission include “Forty Shades of Blue” and “The Delta.”
Beifuss also reports that “The other Memphis-connected feature film at Sundance, simply titled ‘Memphis,’ premiered Jan. 17 and had its last festival screening Jan. 23.” Variety reports that the film directed by Tim Sutton was bought by the Sundance Channel and will premiere in the spring.
Beifuss quotes associate producer Morgan Jon Fox that the Sundance screenings had sold out. Fox, a Memphis filmmaker, said: “The Sundance audiences really appreciated it and I can't wait for Memphis audiences to see it, because it's 100 percent a Memphis movie in terms of what you see on the screen."
“Memphis” is also a Commission-assisted project.
Beifuss’ blog entry is here.
The Variety story is here.
Pictured: "Memphis" director Tim Sutton.