Sept. 17--"Nebraska," the new movie by Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne ("The Descendants," "About Schmidt"), and Andrew Bujalski's "Computer Chess," perhaps the year's most critically acclaimed independent American film, are among the early features announced for the 16th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, to be held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at the Playhouse on the Square, the Circuit Playhouse and the Malco Studio on the Square.
Festival passes went on sale this week at various price ranges, starting at the annual membership level of $50. Members are admitted not only to festival screenings but to such other Indie Memphis events as the "Southern Circuit Film Series" that begins Wednesday at the Studio on the Square; a screening of the Lon Chaney silent masterpiece "He Who Gets Slapped" (1924), with live accompaniment by the Alloy Orchestra, set for 8 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Paradiso; and "Craig Brewer's Indie Memphis Peep Show," a festival preview event hosted by the "Hustle & Flow" director at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Hi-Tone, 412 N. Cleveland.
The festival feature "Nebraska," with Bruce Dern, is already touted as a likely Best Actor Oscar candidate for his portrayal of a cantankerous alcoholic on a road trip with his son (Will Forte). "Computer Chess," set at a 1980 computer programming tournament, was dubbed "the funniest, headiest, most playfully eccentric American indie of the year" by the Village Voice. The other features announced are "One Chance," a comedy by David Frankel ("The Devil Wears Prada"), based on the true story of Paul Potts, a bullied shop worker and amateur opera singer who became a reality TV superstar in Britain; and "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," a documentary about the actor-magician.
Passes are available at indiememphis.com.
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