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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Indie Memphis unveils impressive lineup

Indie Memphis unveils impressive lineup: Revealed Wednesday night during a public party at the Rec Room on Broad Avenue, the full schedule of events for November's 18th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival includes screenings of likely Oscar contenders, new work by rising independent auteurs, several unusual cult films and some intriguing celebrity appearances.

The lineup of close to 45 narrative and documentary features is impressive from top to bottom. It includes "Anomalisa," a stop-motion animated drama from writer-director Charlie Kaufman (Oscar-winner for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") that a critic at RogerEbert.com described as "a staggering achievement" and "one of those almost Perfect Films"; "Funny Bunny" and "Christmas, Again," both starring former Memphian Kentucker Audley; "The Look of Silence," director Joshua Oppenheimer's lauded follow-up to his harrowing 2012 documentary about Indonesia genocide, "The Act of Killing"; and the notorious "Roar," a rediscovered 1981 instant cult classic with a cast of lions that injured close to 70 actors and crew members.

Lee County Courier > News > Man guilty of pushing wife off Colorado cliff to her death

Lee County Courier > News > Man guilty of pushing wife off Colorado cliff to her death: A federal jury on Sept. 21 convicted a man of murder for pushing his wife to her death off a cliff as they hiked in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate their wedding anniversary, rejecting his claim that her fall was a tragic accident.

It took the jury about 10 hours to find Harold Henthorn, 59, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his second wife, a wealthy Mississippi native. She died after plummeting about 130 feet off a cliff in a remote, rocky area where the couple had been hiking on Sept. 29, 2012, their 12th wedding anniversary.

Gulfport picks aquarium design team; mulls three harbor casino proposals | Casinos | The Sun Herald

Gulfport picks aquarium design team; mulls three harbor casino proposals | Casinos | The Sun Herald: GULFPORT -- The city has received three proposals for casino developments in the harbor, and selected a team to design an aquarium for vacant property north of the harbor and Jones Park.

The city's urban development agency, the Gulfport Redevelopment Commission, is overseeing the projects. GRC attorney Steve Hendrix and Chairwoman Carole Lynn Meadows would not release details about the harbor development proposals, other than to say all three involve casinos.

2015 New Orleans Film Festival to boast Cuban flavor with 'Cine Cubano' sidebar

Travel to Cuba might still restricted for Americans, despite the recent easing of embargo restrictions between the United States and the island nation. That, however, won't stop the New Orleans Film Festival from taking moviegoers there, in its own way.
Amid the 194 films set to screen Oct. 14 to 22 as part of the 26th annual festival -- the schedule for which has just been released -- is a new "Cine Cubano" programming sidebar, featuring a half-dozen films from or about Cuba.

Memphis in May celebrates swine barbecue in carnival style | The Kansas City Star

Memphis in May celebrates swine barbecue in carnival style | The Kansas City Star: The American Royal has a trademark to call itself “The World Series of Barbecue.”

Memphis in May bills itself as “The Super Bowl of Swine.”

Both call themselves a “world championship” of barbecue. So who has earned the ultimate bragging rights?

“We have several world championships, because there is no one arbiter,” says Carolyn Wells, founder and executive director of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, who also served this year as a judge in Memphis. “I could probably have a contest in my backyard and call it a world championship, but it probably wouldn’t be so.”

Memphis airport adds service to New Orleans

Memphis airport adds service to New Orleans: A startup airline charter called Glo plans to offer flights from Memphis to New Orleans beginning in November.�

The carrier will offer twice-daily flights on weekdays and one flights each on Saturday and Sunday. �They�will be operated by Corporate Flight Management Inc. using 30-passenger Saab 340B planes.�

Mississippi Farmers Eligible for Disaster Loans as Drought Parches State

Mississippi Farmers Eligible for Disaster Loans as Drought Parches State: Farmers hit by the drought gripping central Mississippi are now eligible for federal aid.

The U.S. Small Business Administration says it’s offering low-interest disaster loans to small businesses and nonprofit organizations following a drought declaration by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

No. 21 Mississippi State regains momentum after big road win

No. 21 Mississippi State regains momentum after big road win: Mississippi State's season is back on the upswing after a crucial road win against Auburn.

Now the 21st-ranked Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) are back in the national rankings and have a little momentum heading into another tough road game against No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) on Saturday.

"I'm sure everyone wants to win the SEC West undefeated, but that doesn't happen very often," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said. "But if you get two losses early in the season, that's really hard to come back from."