(Indie Memphis’s The Name) Our Latest Flame: Global Lens in the Summer!

I’ve never been to Memphis before, but if I had the good fortune of being able to visit this summer, there would definitely be a few things on my must-do list:

1. Like everyone else, visit Graceland,
2. See the ducks parade into the central fountain of the Peabody Hotel,
3. Check out Sun Studio, the birthplace of rock n’ roll, and
4. Head over to the Brooks Museum of Art to catch some Global Lens films.

2011 marks the 5th year in a row that Global Lens has made its way to Memphis, TN, and this would not be possible if not for the tireless efforts of Erik Jambor, Executive Director of the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Back in the early days, the annual Global Lens film series was included as a special sidebar within Indie Memphis’ wonderful weekend festival. But beginning in 2010, Erik expanded the series into a stand-alone summer program, spread out over 3 months at the Brooks, and effectively allowing more folks to enjoy the films.

This year also brings about a new collaboration with the Memphis Public Library, which curated a list of “recommended reading” for the audiences attending the screenings. So if you can make it to the screening of “horror-art hybrid” SOUL OF SAND this Friday, August 5th, you may be interested in pairing that with A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s novel of cruelty, corruption, dignity, and heroism in mid-70s India.

You can find the Brooks/Indie Memphis Global Lens screening schedule on our film calendar. And while you’re deciding what films to go to, take a listen to my favorite Elvis song.

Talk back: Do you have any “recommended reading” suggestions for your favorite Global Lens films? Leave a comment and let us know! And if you’d like to see the rest of the Memphis Public Library’s recommendations, just send an e-mail to gfi-info@globalfilm.org.

The Global Lens film series was launched in 2003 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world. Since its founding, the series has provided a platform for exceptional storytelling and opened a window into the diverse world in which we live. Now in its eighth year, Global Lens continues to attract dynamic new audiences and discover extraordinary new films, building upon the unique perspectives that have come to define the Global Film Initiative’s library of films.

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