Malco's Studio on the Square in Midtown is a hot ticket this week as filmmakers and fans turn out for the 11th annual Memphis Indie Film Festival.
Over the next several days, the event will showcase some of the best films and brightest directors from around the country.
This year's festival will include more than 130 films, everything from comedies to documentaries to coming-of-age dramas.
Chicago-based director Peter Gilbert scored big several years ago with the movie "Hoop Dreams". He's in Memphis to unveil his new film about death row chaplain Carol Pickett.
Another famous face this year is actor Giancarlo Esposito from the NBC hit series "Homicide: Life on the Streets", who has also appeared in several Spike Lee films. He's making his directorial debut with a new film called "Gospel Hill" which features Samuel Jackson, Angela Basset and Julia Styles.
Festival organizers have also scheduled panel discussions where the general public can chat face to face with directors in an effort to give Mid-Southerners a rare look into the movie-making process.
The festival runs through Thursday.
On the net:
Indie Memphis Film Festival: http://www.indiememphis.com/