Venerable local arts/film/music organization Live From Memphis will celebrate its 11th birthday this Friday night (01/13) at 7 p.m. with an open-house party at company headquarters (1 S. Main).
Founder Christopher Reyes spoke to the Flyer this afternoon via telephone about the past, present, and future of LFM.
Flyer: What does it mean to you to be celebrating 11 years of Live From Memphis? Did you ever think you'd make it this far?
Reyes: Oh, no. I never thought we'd get to 10. Now I'm thinking about if we can make it to 20.
How has what LFM changed over the years?
How we work hasn't changed very much. But the kinds of things we do has. We started out just recording local bands and posting it on the internet. Now we maintain a creative directory, a comprehensive arts calendar, a film festival, and all sorts of projects.
We also have a lot more help now - Sarah Fleming, Edward Phillips, (occasional Flyer contributer) Chris McCoy, and I are the core. But we have lots of people pass through the Live From Memphis doors looking to contribute and/or learn something.
How do you find the drive/energy to continually update and add new projects to LFM?
The fact is that we're also artists, and we want to try new things and out-do ourselves. We're always looking for new outside-the-box ideas. I don't think that will ever stop - it's what keeps us going.
What new LFM project are you most excited about?
The Mobile Music Machine is by far the most fun for me. It combines two things I'm very passionate about - creative arts and healthier living.
What will LFM be working on in 2012?
We're working on several projects that I'm excited about, but our main focus now is the Music Video Showcase. It's really coming together to be something big this year. The event has gone from a single screening at Indie Memphis to an independent 4-day festival. I'm really proud of it. I probably shouldn't even say this, but there will be a surprise this year.
Is there anything else you can say about it?
It is something that people have pushed us towards in the past, but I didn't feel we were ready. Now I do. Let's just say we have something up our sleeves that has never been done in Memphis before.