Indie Memphis Film Festival line-up announced

Tennessee festival puts Black women to the fore

by Jennie Kermode

Esperance Robert Colom in Mountains
Esperance Robert Colom in Mountains

This year's Indie Memphis Film Festival will open with Raven Jackson's All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, as it commits to new support for BIPOC filmmakers and puts Black women at the centre of its programming. Jackson will introduce her film and participate in a Q&A with the audience, and the festival will include work by women including Jessica Chaney, Lagueria Davis and Ramata-Toulaye Sy. It will also feature its sixth Black Filmmakers Forum, a three day mini-event which will include speeches by inspirational Black filmmakers and workshops for aspiring black filmmakers led by critics, scholars and industry professionals who have already enjoyed success.

The full festival line-up includes Todd Haynes' Memphis-set May December and locally born Princeton James Echols' horror film Queens Rising. Running from 24 to 29 October, it will also provide an opportunity to catch festival hits Mami Wata, Passages and The Taste Of Things.

"This seems to be the first year of films really processing the strange world we are emerging from over the past few years,” said the festival's Artistic Director, Miriam Bale. “I can’t think of a better way to process than collectively, with audiences laughing and crying, or both."

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