Tuesday, May 1, 2018

This Week At The Cinema: Barack Obama and Live From Memphis

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 4:00 PM

It's a busy week in Memphis film land.
click to enlarge The Final Year
  • The Final Year
Everybody's turning out for Avengers: Infinity War, but if you're in the mood for something more serious, check out The Final Year at Studio on the Square. In 2016, director Greg Barker got unprecedented access to Barack Obama and his foreign policy team. Maybe they calculated that it would be an uneventful time, so a camera wouldn't capture much, but they calculated wrong. Check out the trailer for this unique political documentary.

Across Midtown, the Indie Memphis Shoot & Splice series moves to a new space: the Crosstown Arts atrium. There, Memphis's own LensRentals.com will give a demonstration of some of their newest gear. The demo begins at 7 PM, and there's free beverages!

Wednesday at Crosstown Arts, Indie Memphis' Microcinema series presents a retrospective of the pioneering web video work by Live From Memphis. For eleven years, LFM, based at 1 S. Main in Downtown Memphis, was devoted to the arts, music, film, and culture of the Bluff City. During that time, Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming and many other Memphis artistic types produced hundreds of hours of video of all kinds. This retrospective program, which will see LFM's principle creators giving behind the scenes stories of a decade of Memphis creative life, will be a pay what you can affair with all proceeds going to the legal defense fund to help Reyes and Fleming fight eviction from 1 S. Main by the Aparium Hotel Group, owners of the Madison Hotel. For more details on that ongoing fight, see the Memphis Flyer's coverage here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Here's just one Live From Memphis video: New Orleans musical wizards Quintron and Miss Pussycat tear the roof off GonerFest 5.

See you at the movies!

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