For the second straight year, On Location: MEMPHIS has commissioned a visual artist from the city to create an original piece that represents the festival. This year Sir Walt and Marino Joyner-Wilson joined forces to create the 2016 OL:M Reel Art exhibit. Sir Walt and Marino will unveil the work at Art Village Gallery (410 South Main Street) on the evening of Friday, August 12. This Reel Art piece will hang in the gallery with the 2015 painting by Lonnie Robinson for thirty days after the unveiling. The event will occur during the 17th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival, taking place from August 11 – 14.
Also during the event the three winners of the On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival will run in the gallery’s screening room. During each of the first three Tuesdays in July, a Hard Rock Cafe audience chose the winner from among short films that screened in the categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentary shorts.
The winners and synopses are as follows:
How I Got Made – In 1981, young Gaby learns lessons about loyalty, the movies and family. She puts these new skills to work in a unique way as she helps her younger brother defeat the school bully after watching The Godfather with their dad. Directed by Tracy Facelli.
Natural Attraction – This short film showcases a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life.The interplay between sky and earth remind us of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements. Directed by Marc Zimmerman.
Floatin Down South – In September 2015 three artists, two from The Netherlands and one from Seale, Alabama, built a pirate raft with found and salvaged materials on the base of an old pontoon boat. They floated southward on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. It took them eight days. A fourth friend, a filmmaker from the Netherlands, directed this ‘river movie.’ Directed by Gideon Elings.