In a media contact release, Christine Torres of the Orpheum Threatre in Memphis announces the following.
The Orpheum Theatre’s new Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education will become the new home of the Memphis stop the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The series, hosted previously through Indie Memphis, will consist of six screenings beginning September 9th at 7:00 PM with I Will Dance and concluding in April of 2016.
“We are very excited to take on this important series, the first of which will be the Halloran Centre’s inaugural public event,” says Alice Roberts, Vice President of Programming and Education. “Indie Memphis was instrumental in helping us transition the tour to the Centre, and we look forward to welcoming local movie-goers and Southern Circuit filmmakers to our new facility.”
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Each screening will be accompanied by a post-show question and answer session with the filmmaker to fulfill the goal of transforming watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one.
General admission tickets to the Southern Circuit series will go on sale to the public on Friday, August 14th at 10:00 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online at the official Orpheum Theatre website, the Orpheum Box Office (901) 525-3000), the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood, and all Ticketmaster centers (901)743-ARTS). Tickets are on sale now.
Individual tickets are $10 per person, per film, and admission includes a post-show audience discussion with the filmmaker. The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education is located at 225 S. Main Street, adjacent to the historic Orpheum Theatre.
Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
The 2015-2016 Southern Circuit Independent Film Series at The Halloran Centre:
I Will Dance
September 9, 2015 (7:00 pm)
This inspirational documentary follows young people from an integrated theater program in Selma, Alabama as they journey to New York City to dance their hearts out, defy statistics, and share their stories.
October 21, 2015 (7:00 pm)
On March 8th, 1971, eight ordinary citizens broke into an FBI office in Media, PA and removed every file in the office. Mailed anonymously, the stolen documents started to show up in newsrooms. The heist yielded a trove of damning evidence, including an illegal surveillance program overseen by Bureau director J. Edgar Hoover. Despite one of the largest investigations ever conducted, the FBI was unable to catch the burglars. Those responsible have never revealed their identities. Until now.
Imba Means Sing
November 11, 2015 (7:00 pm)
This film presents a character‐driven heartfelt story of resilience and the impact of education. The film follows Angel, Moses, and Nina from the slums of Kampala, Uganda through a world tour with the Grammy‐nominated African Children’s Choir.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
February 24, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself. Lange’s enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, World War II Japanese Internment camps, and early environmentalism. Yet few know the story, struggles, and profound body of work of the woman behind the camera.
American Made Movie
March 9, 2016 (7:00 pm)
This film looks back on the glory days of U.S. manufacturing when there was a more balanced relationship between the goods produced and consumed, and illustrates how technology and globalization have changed the competitive landscape for companies doing business in America, as well as overseas.
April 6, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Althea Gibson, a truant from the rough streets of Harlem, emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world of the 1950’s. No player overcame more obstacles to become a champion, the first African‐American to play and win at Wimbledon and Forest Hills, a decade before the great Arthur Ashe, only to be shunned by the Tennis Establishment.
About South Arts Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Southern Circuit brings the best of independent film to communities across the South. Audiences have seen over 200 films and have engaged filmmakers in post-screening discussions in more than 50 communities across the Southern United States. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one.
About The Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education
The Orpheum’s $14.5 million Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education was created to supplement existing space for the Orpheum’s educational and community programming serving individuals of all ages. The Orpheum’s current education initiatives serve 70,000 students, teachers and families annually. The Halloran Centre will allow Orpheum Education programs to expand to serve 100,000 individuals per year.
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