Indie Memphis kicks off this week, and we’re proud to have sponsored the film festival for the past few years. We recommend taking advantage of this great opportunity to see new projects from around the world and, more importantly, the top-notch work of several talented filmmakers right here in Memphis. Memphis has a great film community, and VIA loves supporting these artists’ visions by providing equipment, production support, advice or whatever is needed.
Additionally, many VIA team members are often involved in outside film projects. And, many of their side projects were featured in past Indie Memphis festivals.
The Invaders was the opening night film of the 2016 Indie Memphis festival. This documentary from Prichard Thomas Smith highlights activists in 1967 who revitalized the civil rights movement in Memphis and embraced the philosophy of Black Power.
Our very own Chad Schaffler served as the producer, and VIA’s team of talented animators provided graphics.
This comedy-drama short film, which screened at the 2012 Indie Memphis festival, turns the lemons of adolescence into lemonade. One critic wrote, “The writing is an excellent mix of grit, heart and humor with characters making the growth and transitions that they needed to make the journey complete.”
VIA’s director and producer Bart Shannon wrote, directed and starred in the film. Our director of business development Lindsey Roberts also stars as the protagonist’s nosy neighbor.
How to Skin a Cat
Filmmakers C. Scott McCoy & Laura Jean Hocking received a $7,500 IndieGrant in 2015 for this short film. It was voted as an audience choice during the 2016 Indie Memphis festival in the Hometowner Narrative Short category.
Lindsey Roberts and VIA producer and director Billie Worley star together as a married couple.
Free in Deed
This gut-wrenching drama, based on actual events and filmed in Memphis, premiered at the Venice Film Festival and received top honors. Needless to say, it sold out during the 2016 Indie Memphis festival.
Featuring a powerhouse cast led by David Harewood (“Homeland”), VIA’s Billie and Lindsey once again made appearances in the film.