Top Five Indie Memphis Movies For Sports Fans

indie memphisThere are few annual events in Memphis bigger than the Indie Memphis Film Festival.  Serving as one of the best film festivals in the nation, Indie Memphis gives Memphians a chance to see some truly special films that they otherwise might not get the chance to see.

This year’s film selection has several outstanding movies with sports tie-ins, and below is a list of some of the best ones at this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival.

1. American Cheerleader
Day: Sunday, November 2
Time: 2:45 pm
Location:  Playhouse on the Square
First up on our list is this spectacular documentary.  In American Cheerleader, two separate high school cheerleading teams are followed and filmed as they practice and get ready to compete for the illustrious National High School Cheerleading Championship.  For more, check out the trailer:

2. Happy Valley
Day:  Saturday, November 1
Time: 9:15 pm
Location:  Studio on the Square
We all remember the scandal that that shook Penn State football to its core.  The Jerry Sandusky scandal led to an unprecedented series of events, including a NCAA mandated four year bowl ban and major scholarship losses for one of the proudest college football programs in the nation.  Said scandal also forced Penn State officials to fire legendary head coach Joe Paterno amid a firestorm of controversy.  This film takes an in depth look at the events that led to Sandusky’s arrest.  A real must see for all college football fans everywhere. For more, check out the trailer:

3.  Glena
Day:  Saturday, November 1
Time: 6:30 pm
Location:  Circuit Playhouse
Glena is a sports documentary that will be shown at Indie Memphis that is truly like no other.  A woman who appears to have it all, Glena Avila decides to join the world of cage fighting with no background or training whatsoever.  She shocks opponent after opponent in the amateur ranks on her quest to live her dream and make to the professional ranks.  If you do not think this is going to be a great film, simply check out the preview below:

GLENA – Trailer Slamdance World Premiere from Allan Luebke on Vimeo.

Listen to Kevin Cerrito, Greg Akers, and Executive Director of Indie Memphis Eric Jambor discuss all of this years Indie Memphis Films

4.  Hoop Dreams
Day:  Sunday, November 2
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Hattiloo Theatre
Every now and then the folks at Indie Memphis like to give Memphians a look at a film that is far from new, yet still holds relevance in our society today, and Hoop Dreams is that movie this year.  For those who may not know, this film came out 20 years ago and follows two young men from Chicago, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they chase their dreams of becoming professional basketball players.  Both Agee and Gates will be in the house to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of this great film, and there will be a question and answer session following the film. Watch the trailer from 1989:

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5.  “They Live”
Day:  Friday, October 31
Time:  9:15 pm
Location:  Studio on the Square
One of John Carpenter’s earlier films, They Live follows a drifter who realizes that the ruling class is a bunch of aliens and that the Earth has in fact been invaded by these extraterrestrials.  The aliens are manipulating people, tricking humans into spending money, reproduce, and be satisfied with the monotony of everyday life.  Now you might be asking yourself where the sports element is in this film, after all aliens taking over the world does not exactly scream sports themed like the other movies.  The sports element for this film lies in the star of the movie.  Retired wrestler and WWE  Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper plays John Nada, a man on a quest to save the world. Watch the trailer:

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