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Thursday, October 30
 

6:30pm

THE 78 PROJECT
Directed by Alex Steyermark / 96 min.

Lavinia Jones Wright and director Alex Steyermark are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

The 78 Project is on a journey across America to make one-of-a-kind 78rpm records with musicians in their hometowns using a 1930s Presto direct-to-disc recorder. With one microphone. With one blank disc. In one 3-minute take. Along the way, a kaleidoscope of technologists, historians and craftsmen from every facet of field recording – Grammy-winning producers, 78 collectors, curators from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian – provide insights and history. In Tennessee, Mississippi, California, Louisiana, the folk singers, punk rockers, Gospel and Cajun singers in the film share their lives through intimate performances, and find in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy. Featured Memphis performers include The Bo-Keys with Percy Wiggins and John Paul Keith.

Preceded by Lomax (dir. Jesse Kreitzer / 12 min.) - In 1941, folklorist Alan Lomax was sent from the Library of Congress to the Mississippi Delta to record an oral history of the Blues. Hauling 500 pounds of recording equipment powered by his car battery, Lomax ventured across nameless roads to discover the most beautiful and harrowing songs ever sung. 

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Thursday October 30, 2014 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

7:00pm

THROUGH A LENSE DARKLY: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Directed by Thomas Allen Harris / 92 min.

Director Thomas Allen Harris is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

The first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten and lost. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos shot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into lives, experiences and perspectives of black families that is absent from the traditional historical canon. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and society and its founding ideals. Inspired by Deborah Willis's book Reflections in Black and featuring the works of Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh and many others, Through a Lens Darkly introduces the viewer to a diverse yet focused community of storytellers who transform singular experiences into a communal journey of discovery – and a call to action.

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Thursday October 30, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

9:15pm

WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING THE MOVIE
Directed by Cody Dickinson / 58 min.

World Boogie is Coming the Movie was recorded at Minglewood Hall in Memphis during North Mississippi Allstars' annual Thanksgiving reunion show.  It is an inclusive experience where the audience is part of the show.  This performance art piece features many recurring characters from the band's music videos, including Sharde Thomas, Kenny Brown, Alvin Youngbood Hart, Duwayne Burnside, Stud, the Norman sisters, plus the wonderful people of Memphis, Tennessee.

Preceded by Jim Dickinson: The Man Behind the Console (dir. Robert Allen Parker & Nan Hackman / 15 min.) - Jim Dickinson (1941-2009) is a legendary American record producer and Memphis-based musician. In this short film, which features two of his last recorded interviews, Jim discusses how watching the Rolling Stones record 'Sticky Fingers' influenced his role as a future producer, how he taught his sons, Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars, about the world of music, and how he values his work as a producer with Alex Chilton on Big Star's underground classic 'Third' album. Also Memphis musicians such as Amy Lavere, William Lee Ellis, and Jimmy Crosthwait discuss the impact of Jim's presence as a record producer. One of Jim's last performances at Otherlands Coffee Bar in Memphis from April of 2008 is featured throughout the short film.

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Thursday October 30, 2014 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

9:30pm

PHARAOHS OF MEMPHIS
Directed by Phoebe Driscoll / 45 min. / Hometowner

Jookin' is a form of dance that originated in Memphis in the 1980s. Originally a way to keep gang warfare at bay, there exists in present-day Memphis a tension between the pioneers of the game and the stars of today's world. Characterized by in-depth interviews and breathtaking dance footage, PHARAOHS OF MEMPHIS reveals the fascinating world of jookin' - how the dancers reconcile the past, thrive in the present, and approach the future.

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Phoebe Driscoll

Student
I'm Phoebe. I'm 22 years old. I'm a senior at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I spend my time biking, filming, going to concerts, and getting lost in new places. I would love to meet Daniel Johnston.


Thursday October 30, 2014 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104
 
Friday, October 31
 

5:00pm

THE NEXT BLACK
Directed by David Dworsky and Victor Kohler / 47 min.

The Next Black is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.

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Friday October 31, 2014 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

6:15pm

THE RISE AND RISE OF BITCOIN
Directed by Nicolas Mross / 96 min.

Daniel is a 35-year-old computer programmer from Pittsburgh who lives a busy life. Along with balancing work, his marriage, and raising his three boys, Daniel spends much of his time actively involved in all things Bitcoin. After discovering Bitcoin in 2011, his love and obsession for the crypto-currency was born, revealing an uncharted world of new possibilities for him to explore. Join us as we take a journey through the rapidly growing world of Bitcoin.

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Friday October 31, 2014 6:15pm - 8:00pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
  • Sponsored by Tamburrino

6:30pm

KEEP ON KEEPING ON
Directed by Alan Hicks / 86 min.

23-year-old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin, who suffers terrible stage fright, finds his way to jazz legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89. When Justin is invited to compete in an elite international competition, Clark’s health takes a turn for the worse. KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON is witness to two friends tackling the toughest challenges of their interwoven lives.

Clark Terry, now 93, was Quincy Jones’ first teacher and mentor to Miles Davis. He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s he broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC - on The Tonight Show.

SPONSORED BY DOROTHY KIRSCH 

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Friday October 31, 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

9:00pm

STRAY DOG
Directed by Debra Granik / 98 min.

A portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a soulful warrior in the heartland of the US. The film chronicles his tireless efforts to stay afloat, brushing up against perilous aspects of contemporary American culture while balancing his commitments to his fellow combat veterans, family, and neighbors.

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Friday October 31, 2014 9:00pm - 10:30pm
Studio on the Square #2 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
 
Saturday, November 1
 

11:00am

THE HIP-HOP FELLOW
Directed by Kenneth Price / 78 min.

The Hip-Hop Fellow follows hip-hop producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia. The film centers on the emerging significance of incorporating hip-hop studies into academic curriculum and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture. Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Premier.
In addition to releasing several solo albums, 9th Wonder has contributed to GRAMMY-winning recordings by artists such as Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper.

Preceded by The Hustler ( dir.Jon Kasbe / 7 min.) - Moses is a hustler. He makes bracelets, hats, bags, and anything else that will sell to survive in Nairobi, where hawking is illegal. 

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Saturday November 1, 2014 11:00am - 12:27pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

11:15am

A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD
A SMALL SECTION OF THE WORLD is an inspirational story about a group of women from a remote farming region in Costa Rica whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing world. After the men of the village left in search of work the women came together to imagine a different future for themselves, their families and their community for themselves, their families, and their community. The film follows the impact of this remarkable story of perseverance as it touches lives around the globe. The movie features the original song, The Morning by Alanis Morissette and Carlos Tapado Vargas.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 11:15am - 12:25pm
Studio on the Square #4 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

1:00pm

IF YOU BUILD IT
Directed by Patrick Creadon / 85 min.

Designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller travel to the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives. Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what's possible.

Preceded by Free Art 4U (dir. Nicole Powell / 8 min.) - One of Atlanta's hidden treasures can be found through the Free Art Ccommunity. Four artists share the process of creation that connects the local community to Atlanta.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 1:00pm - 2:33pm
*Playhouse on the Square 66 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104
  • Sponsored by Henry Turley Company

1:30pm

MAN SHOT DEAD
Directed by Taylor Feltner / 73 min.

Director Taylor Feltner is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening.

A steamy night in Houston, Texas, July 1966. Georgetta Carpenter, a 17-year-old driving home alone, pulls to a stop behind a car driven by a man she’s never met. It is shortly after 10 pm. Within an hour the man, a 35-year-old father-of-three named Glen Wade Dickson, is dead, shot in the chest at point-blank range by Georgetta’s father, Marvin Earl Carpenter. In MAN SHOT DEAD, filmmaker Taylor Feltner takes us back to that haunting night, tracing Glen’s steps in an effort to understand the homicide that has shaped his family for two generations.  

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Saturday November 1, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

3:30pm

ART AND CRAFT
Directed by Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman / 89 min.

Mark Landis and Director Sam Cullman are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. And while the copies could fetch impressive sums on the open market, Landis isn't in it for money. Posing as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently as a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States. But after duping Matthew Leininger, a tenacious registrar who ultimately discovers the decades-long ruse and sets out to expose his philanthropic escapades to the art world, Landis must confront his own legacy and a chorus of museum professionals clamoring for him to stop. ART AND CRAFT starts out as a cat-and-mouse art caper, rooted in questions of authorship and authenticity – but what emerges is an intimate story of obsession and the universal need for community, appreciation, and purpose.

SPONSORED BY DR. JAMES PATTERSON AND DR. RUSHTON PATTERSON, JR. 

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Saturday November 1, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm
*Playhouse on the Square 66 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

3:45pm

EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL
Directed by Darius Clark Monroe / 83 min.

Director Darius Clark Moore is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

How does a 16 year-old evolve into a bank robber? In EVOLUTION OF A CRIMINAL, filmmaker Darius Clark Monroe asks this very question — about himself. After seeing his mother and stepfather struggle to make ends meet while living outside of Houston, Texas, Monroe decided to help them by robbing a bank with two friends. In the film, Monroe interviews his family members, close friends and mentors who recount the stages of his transformation, going from a joyous childhood to the moment he realized the severity of his family’s financial problems, and how their struggles changed his outlook on society and his life as a whole. Returning to his neighborhood several years after the crime, Monroe creates an incredibly intimate and personal journey of reflection and forgiveness while beautifully examining lower class struggles, the desperation of a teen under pressure, and the emotional impact that rippled in the aftermath of that day.

Preceded by dawn. (dir. Ya'Ke Smith / 20 min.) - After several prison stints, Dawn is determined to right her wrongs, but the years locked away may have damaged her.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 3:45pm - 5:25pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

3:45pm

WELL NOW YOU'RE HERE, THERE'S NO WAY BACK
Directed by Regina Russell / 109 min.

Frankie Banali and director Regina Russell are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

An unlikely and surprisingly personal narrative to conquer the loss of a friend emerges from an odyssey about the rise, fall and resurrection of an 80's metal band. The career of Frankie Banali, drummer of Quiet Riot, took a major sideswipe when his singer and best friend Kevin DuBrow died in 2007. In 2010 and at a cross roads in his life, Banali has to forge ahead and make a new life for himself and his daughter. At times both utterly tragic, and downright hilarious, the film follows him going through the emotional feat of trying to fill the void left by Kevin and get the band back together one more time.

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Regina Russell

Director/Producer, Quiet Riot Movie, LLC
I am a film maker and movies are my passion. This is my first feature length film. I spent 20 years on and around film sets watching amazing producers and directors at work, Steven Spielberg, Francis Coppola, Ron Shelton, Alan Greisman, Rob Reiner, Andrew Scheinman, Jack Nicholson... Read More →

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Saturday November 1, 2014 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Studio on the Square #4 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

6:30pm

GLENA
Directed by Allan Luebke / 83 min.

Glena Avila and Producer Ashley Scherman are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

Glena Avila was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, and a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try. And she was good... really good. But Glena's perfect world begins to unravel: impending foreclosure, a career-threatening injury, and a painful custody dispute over her young daughter threaten to derail her fighting dreams. Complicating matters, Glena struggles to rebuild a once-close relationship with her teenage son as she travels across the country to compete in a trilogy of epic matches. GLENA is a real-life Rocky story, a one-in-a-million tale about a woman who risked it all for her shot at the big time.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 6:30pm - 8:10pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

6:45pm

WHO TOOK JOHNNY
Directed by David Beilinson, Suki Hawley, Michael Galinsky / 81 min.

Directors Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky 
are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

Who Took Johnny is an examination into the infamous thirty-year-old cold case behind the disappearance of Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch, the first missing child to appear on a milk carton. The film focuses on the heartbreaking story of Johnny’s mother, Noreen Gosch, and her relentless quest to find the truth about what happened that tragic September morning in Des Moines when Johnny never returned from his paper route. Along the way there have been mysterious sightings, strange clues, bizarre revelations, and a confrontation with a person who claims to have helped abduct Johnny. Who Took Johnny captures the endless intrigue and conspiracy theories surrounding the eye-witness accounts, compelling evidence and emotional discoveries which span three decades of the most spellbinding missing person’s case in U.S. history.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 6:45pm - 8:10pm
Studio on the Square #4 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

7:30pm

LITTLE WHITE LIE
Directed by Lacey Schwartz / 65 min.

Director Lacey Schwartz is scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

What defines our identity, our family of origin or the family that raises us? How do we come to terms with the sins and mistakes of our parents? Lacey discovers that answering those questions means understanding her parents’ own stories as well as her own. She pieces together her family history and the story of her dual identity using home videos, archival footage, interviews, and episodes from her own life. Little White Lie is a personal documentary about the legacy of family secrets, denial, and redemption.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

9:15pm

HAPPY VALLEY
Directed by Amir Bar-Lev / 98 min.

The town of State College, the home of Penn State University, lies at the heart of an area long known as Happy Valley. Its iconic figure for more than 40 years was Joe Paterno, the head coach of the school's storied football team, who took on mythic national stature as 'Saint Joe.' But then, in November 2011, everything came crashing down. Former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Filmed over the course of the year after Sandusky's arrest, Happy Valley chronicles the ensuing firestorm of accusations about who failed to protect Happy Valley's children.

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Saturday November 1, 2014 9:15pm - 10:55pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104
 
Sunday, November 2
 

12:00pm

TRUE SON
Directed by Kevin Gordon / 72 min.

True Son follows 22-year old Stanford graduate Michael Tubbs’ campaign for Stockton, CA city council in a year of impending bankruptcy and record homicides. For Michael Tubbs, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. In a remarkable election campaign, Michael rallied hundreds of young Stockton residents between the ages of 14-21 to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton. 

Preceded by Leadway (dir. Robbie Fisher & Dudley Percy Olsson / 10 min.) - Set in a small town in the rural Mississippi Delta, this short film by two women directors traces the emotional journey of Cindi Quong Lofton, a Chinese American woman, as she deals with the violent death of her father, an iconic figure in the community known simply by the name of his store -- Leadway. Though devastated by his death, Cindi responds in a way that shows both courage and resilience, and binds her even more closely to her struggling community.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 12:00pm - 1:25pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

12:15pm

A WILL FOR THE WOODS
Directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson / 93 min.

Musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma, determined that his last act will be a gift to the planet. Boldly facing his mortality, the spirited Clark and his partner Jane have joined with a compassionate local cemeterian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. Documenting one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement, A Will For The Woods follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, and environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.

Preceded by The Time You Died (dir. Robert Machoian / 11 min.) - A documentary about the filmmaker's mother and her thoughts on death.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

2:30pm

THE HOMESTRETCH
Directed by Kirsten Kelly & Anne de Mare / 90 min.

Three homeless teenagers brave Chicago winters, the pressures of high school, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

2:45pm

AMERICAN CHEERLEADER
Directed by David Barba & James Pellerito / 89 min.

Set in the competitive world of cheerleading, AMERICAN CHEERLEADER follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted National High School Cheerleading Championship title. Overcoming challenges through discipline, dedication and teamwork, twelve girls from New Jersey and twelve girls from Kentucky redefine what it means to be an American cheerleader.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 2:45pm - 4:15pm
*Playhouse on the Square 66 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

3:00pm

OFF THE FLOOR
Directed by Katie & Matthew Celia / 81 min.

What would you do to share your passion and vision with the world? Off the Floor is a feature length documentary about the emerging art of contemporary pole dance and how it has evolved into a movement of feminine empowerment and self-expression. Through the personal journey of one dancer, Jessica Anderson-Gwin, and her visionary dance company, Jagged, the film explores what it takes to share your artistic vision with the world and bring your dreams to life. Off the Floor is the timeless story of how passion and vision can change the world, one performance at a time.

Preceded by Globe Trot (dir. Mitchell Rose / 5 min) - An international crowd-sourced dance-film project, as 54 filmmakers on all seven continents each contribute two seconds of movement by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Circuit Playhouse 51 S Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

3:00pm

GLENA
Directed by Allan Luebke / 83 min.

Glena Avila and Producer Ashley Scherman are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

Glena Avila was living the American Dream: successful career, two happy children, long-term relationship, and a beautiful family home. Then one day, with no background or training, she decided to give cage fighting a try. And she was good... really good. But Glena's perfect world begins to unravel: impending foreclosure, a career-threatening injury, and a painful custody dispute over her young daughter threaten to derail her fighting dreams. Complicating matters, Glena struggles to rebuild a once-close relationship with her teenage son as she travels across the country to compete in a trilogy of epic matches. GLENA is a real-life Rocky story, a one-in-a-million tale about a woman who risked it all for her shot at the big time.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 3:00pm - 4:40pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

5:00pm

HOOP DREAMS (1994) - 20th Anniversary Screening
Directed by Steve James / 170 minutes

Arthur Agee, William Gates, Sheila Gates and producer / cinematographer Peter Gilbert are scheduled to attend and participate in a Q&A after the screening. 

Indie Memphis is proud to host this special 20th anniversary screening of HOOP DREAMS, an epic chronicle of hope and faith which follows two ordinary inner-city kids who dare to dream the impossible — professional basketball glory. Filmed over a five-year period, the film follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets.


Wildly regarded as one of the best documentaries of all time, HOOP DREAMS won the Audience Award when it premiered at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival. It went on to receive awards from the Producer’s Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, the National Arts Club and the National Society of Film Critics, to name just a few.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 5:00pm - 7:45pm
Hattiloo - Auditorium 37 S Cooper St, Memphis, 38104

8:30pm

STRAY DOG
Directed by Debra Granik / 98 min.

A portrait of Ron “Stray Dog” Hall, a soulful warrior in the heartland of the US. The film chronicles his tireless efforts to stay afloat, brushing up against perilous aspects of contemporary American culture while balancing his commitments to his fellow combat veterans, family, and neighbors.

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Sunday November 2, 2014 8:30pm - 10:00pm
Studio on the Square #3 2105 Court Ave, Memphis, TN 38104