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By Updated: May 11, 2019 4:00 AM CT | Published: May 10, 2019 6:34 PM CT
  • Indie Memphis announces black filmmaker residency, screenwriting fellowship winners
  • Malco Theaters announces dates for 2019 Kids Summer Film Festival
  • Dîner en Blanc announces date for Memphis event

Indie Memphis announces black filmmaker residency, screenwriting fellowship winners

Indie Memphis has unveiled the 2019 winners of its black filmmaker residency and fellowship for screenwriting, both of which were picked by Academy Award-winning director Barry Jenkins.

The 2019 Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting recipient, chosen solely from applicants who do not reside in the Memphis area, is Raven Jackson.

Jackson, a Clarksville native, will receive a two-month residency, including travel and housing, in Memphis and a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant to develop her screenplay “all dirt roads taste of salt.”

Finalists for the residency are Sephora Woldu, Zuff Idries and Syd Stewart.

The inaugural Black Filmmaker Fellowship for Screenwriting recipient, chosen solely from applicants residing in the Memphis area, is Jamey Hatley.

Hatley will receive a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant and a two-month fellowship in Memphis to develop her screenplay, “The Eureka Hotel.”

Finalists for the fellowship are Munirah Safiyah Jones and Nubia Yasin.

Jenkins funded the fellowship.

"As an artist, I've always admired Memphis and what it's meant to black artistry across many forms and genres,” Barry Jenkins said, in a statement. “To partner with Indie Memphis in supporting Jamey Hatley and Raven Jackson in taking the next steps in their quest to creatively engage and contribute to the diaspora is an honor most high. In their work, I find resounding proof that Memphis both raises talent from within (Ms. Hatley, a native Memphian) and inspires it from abroad (Ms. Jackson)."

The 2019 Black Creators Forum will take place October 31 – November 1 during the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The forum is a two-day symposium of workshops and invited speakers, led by black filmmakers and critics.

-Elle Perry


Malco Theaters announces dates for 2019 Kids Summer Film Festival

Malco Theaters announced Thursday the dates for its 2019 Kids Summer Film Festival.

The festival, which will offer G and PG rated movies at a specially discounted price, will be held each Tuesday and Wednesday from June 4 through July 31 at participating Malco Theaters locations, according to a release. 

Over the years, the festival has raised thousands of dollars for various children’s charities.

This year’s beneficiaries include Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Norton Children’s Hospital, Monroe E. Carroll Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Batson Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Shows for the festival start 10 a.m. each day, and all ages are welcome to attend. For full schedules and participating Malco locations, visit Malco’s website.

-Natalie Martin


Dîner en Blanc announces date for Memphis event

Dîner en Blanc will return to Memphis August 31, 2019. The event announced its the date on Instagram Thursday afternoon and sent emails to those who attended last year.

The event began in Paris, but travels around the world. Guests dress in all white and can bring their own food for an elaborate pop-up picnic experience.

The location is a surprise, and guests are taken by a bus to the event. Last year's Memphis event was hosted at Memphis Park Downtown.

Last year, Memphis was the first city in Tennessee to host the event.

Guests who attended last year will be able to get tickets and sponsor a friend before people can register to be placed on a wait-list. 

-Abigail Warren

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