The Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) has named The Descendants the Best Film of 2011.
The association’s 20th annual awards saw ballots from 47 members, all film journalists working in print, radio and on-line media in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
I was among the voters for these awards, but will hold off on my own picks for our annual year-end film lists, which will run in the December 29th print edition of the Flyer, and for my annual pre-Oscar back-and-forth with colleague Greg Akers here on Sing All Kinds. I will say that I voted for four of the films on the SEFCA Top Ten, The Descendants — an "honorable mention" for me — not among them.
The SEFCA winners:
TOP TEN FILMS
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
FIlmmaker Ira Sachs is headed back to Sundance. Sachs, a native Memphian and Central High graduate who lives in New York wrote and directed Forty Shades of Blue, the festival's 2005 Grand Jury Prize winner. He returns to Park City with Keep the Lights On, a just-completed drama about a long-term relationship between two men that's rocked by secrets and addiction.
Though shot in New York Keep the Lights On is tangentially related to Forty Shades as it's a fictionalized account of events in the filmmaker's life that occurred while he was in Memphis shooting the film.
111 feature films were selected from more than 4000 submissions to screen at Sundance, 2012. Keep the Lights On It's is one of 16 films selected in the U.S. dramatic feature category.
Memphians Adam Hohenberg (also a producer of Forty Shades of Blue) and Iddo Patt are among the producers.
"The film is about relationships as they actually are with all their complexities and contradictions, instead of how they are usually depicted in most mainstream Hollywood movies," says Hohenberg who hopes the film will premiere in Memphis next fall.
In news that is shocking to exactly no one, the current incarnation of Guns N' Roses — which includes only one original member, singer Axl Rose — have canceled their scheduled December 5th show at the Desoto Civic Center.
The venue released the following statement:
Due to production issues, the DeSoto Civic Center is unable to host the scheduled concert for Guns N Roses set to take place on Monday, December 5, 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience to ticket purchasers.
Ticket refunds are available at all points of purchase, including all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the DeSoto Civic Center Box Office or by phone at
Memphis MC Don Trip appeared on the New York's "Sway in the Morning" radio show, taking an emotional call from a fan and then busting out an acapella freestyle in the presence of rap royalty Russell Simmons: