Memphis, TN – Nominated for inclusion as one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “25 Coolest Film Festivals,” the 15th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest returns in 2014 with some of the world’s best independent filmmaking – whether it’s from around the Bluff City or from around the globe. This year’s festival is presented by MVP3 Entertainment Group and will once again be made up of five categories- Features, Documentaries, Animation, Shorts, and Music Videos.
This year’s opening night program is In Between Engagements, a comedy starring Armand Assante, written and directed by Dominik Sedlar and produced by Johnny Arreola. It is described as “a recipe for a perfect cocktail party mix – a dose of four dysfunctional couples, one splash of wedding anxiety, and a twist of pure insanity.” The film kicks off the festival on Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso.
On Friday, April 25th, the venue shifts to Malco Studio on the Square in Midtown Memphis, where films of every genre are scheduled through Sunday, April 27th. Among the highlights slated for the weekend are: a thirty-year anniversary screening of The Old Forest, an ambitious period piece set in 1937 Memphis and directed by current University of Memphis professor, Stephen Ross; Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club’s Memphis Rocks! program showcasing the best of the Bluff City; Memphis native Dawn Higginbotham’s The Usual, a short paralleling today’s economic climate to the Great Depression; OL:M alumni Tiffany and Jayce Bartok’s Fall to Rise, which focuses on a dancer’s struggles with injury and motherhood in New York; Gideon’s Army, a documentary thattells the tale of three young, idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the criminal justice system as we know it; short films exploring Memphis and American culture by the artist Tav Falco; the winners of last year’s Louisiana Film Prize competition; and four separate screenings of the always-popular Live Action Shorts.
Of course, a film and music festival in Memphis wouldn’t be complete without several music-related films, and this year’s event has something for every musical taste. The Prisonaires is a documentary that chronicles five African-American singers in the 1950s who were also inmates of the state of Tennessee, while Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles celebrates the current garage scene of Austin. Legends of Ska: Cool and Copasetic looks at the music of Jamaica fifty years ago and examines its relationship to reggae, Banjo Romantika introduces Czech musicians who play a unique bluegrass hybrid, and the American premiere Vann “Piano Man: Walls The Spirit of R&B traces the life and career of the rhythm and blues pioneer. These are just a sampling, however, as many films feature music-related topics.
Being the international film festival in town, this year’s OL:M will showcase a number of films from around the world as well, including works from India, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom and a host of other countries. Among the international films is Hou De Jarasa Ushir, which made it to the Reminder List of films eligible for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.
Many filmmakers will be in attendance at the screenings of their films throughout the weekend and are eager to participate in question and answer sessions with attendees. Several panels on topics of interest in the film industry are also scheduled throughout the festival.
Meanwhile, this year’s Music Showcases, featuring bands and artists across all genres, will take place on from Thursday, April 24th through Saturday, April 26th at the Midtown Blue Monkey, Le Chardonnay, Otherlands, Newby’s, 1884 Lounge, and Java Cabana. Other musical acts will be playing at locations near the festival as well.
Tickets for individual films, including opening night, are $10, while film day passes are $20. For an even better value, entire festival passes are just $65 and include entrance to all Music Showcases. Tickets and passes are available at http://onlocationmemphis.
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