Get Down Memphis
Posted on 8/6/2016

Applications for Downtown Memphis Commission's Events, Animation and Activation Grant are rolling in, and the allocations committee has awarded grants to eight fantastic projects as of July 22. The Grant is intended to support events, art, creative placemaking, and social and professional engagement that celebrate the Memphis spirit and culture within Downtown for projects taking place from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Send in your application!  Organizations and individuals with ideas that they would like to see come to life in Downtown Memphis are encouraged to apply.  Allocations will be awarded on a first come, first served basis until funding is depleted. For more information or to view the grant application, click here.

Below is a list of projects that have received second round grant funding.  

To see round one, click here. Mark your calendars to attend!

Memphis Interactive Showcase

Craig Brewer and Black Lodge Video are partnering to bring a monthly series of interactive film screenings that invite you to go beyond the movies!

The Pandemonium Cinema Showcase at the Historic Cossitt Library will take place on four nights between August and November 2016. Each event is designed to be thought provoking and fun for all ages. Multiple films and shorts will be shown on various themed nights where attendees can play, dress up as their favorite character, and experience activities that enhance the cinematic experience!

Night 1 - Video Game Meltdown
August 27-28 (Saturday & Sunday)
Screening: Wreck It Ralph, The Wizard, Tron, King of Kong, Super Mario Bros.
Explore the evolution of video games with all-night interactive game-a-thon! Five back-to-back classic video game movies will be shown. Sit back and watch the films or explore the legacy of video gaming in playable mini-rooms highlighting vintage and modern consoles. Vendor talbes by Game eXchange will offer retro games for sale. 

Night 2 - The Roller Derby Picture Show
September 24
Screening: Rollerball (1975), Hell on Wheels (2007), The Unholy Rollers (1972)
Watch three hardcore roller derby flicks in the middle of a derby rink while being circled by the Memphis Roller Derby! The Derby Girls will give attendees and up-close and personal look at the moves and styles of the game. See the blocks, checks, hits, tricks, and jams on-screen and in person!

Night 3 - Spooky Cinema: A Kids Halloween Movie Marathon
October 22-23 (Sat & Sun)
Screening: Monster House, Hocus Pocus, The Addams Family, Gremlins, The Monster Squad
During the Halloween season, kids of all ages (and adults young at heart) are invited to get lost in the Spooky Cinema House. The interactive haunted movie house for kids will focus on all-day screenings of five movies. Special screenings of original Goosebumps and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! will be shown, along with costume contests, face painting, horror video games and giveaways.

Night 4 - World of Wonka! A 45th Anniversary Interactive Tribute to the Original Classic
November 12
Screening: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, James and The Giant Peach, Willy Wonka (2nd screening)
Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the original film with a unique moviegoing experience. Get lost and explore a psychedelic candyland theater with the charming cimena masterpiece that's delighted kids for almost half a century. Participate in live sing-a-longs, shadow casts, light shows, shifting sets, visual tricks and interactive candy! Oompa-Loompas will bring candy you see in the movie when the scenes happen in the movie, so everyone can share each bite on the Wonka journey!

Photo: Bailey Clark via Choose901

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Baobab Filmhouse's "Testing Social Justice"

August 19 - September 11
Baobab Filmhouse
652 Marshall Avenue

Baobab Filmhouse, a new Edge District cinema focused on independent and international films, will screen for the general public, The Tested, wretten and directed by Russell Costanzo. 

In addition to the regular screenings of the film, Baobab will hold special screenings of The Tested on August 25, September 3 and September 8 from 5:30 - 8 pm for audiences comprised of at-risk African-American teenagers, community organizers, and poice officers. "Testing Social Justice" will allow the distinct groups to gather over a movie and popcorn, and engage in a post-flim discussion of a complex subject: the tense relationship between Black youth and law enforcement. 

Baobab Website

Read about Baobab's Opening Day on 8/5 via Choose901

More information coming soon

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Memphis Urban League Young Professionals Empowerment Summit

August 29
Falls Building

The annual summit for young professionals will take place in Downtown Memphis. Aiding in their personal and professional development to empower them to be community leaders, MULYP puts young professionals in the same room with business leaders, community influencers and innovators. 

This year, attendees will lead the conversation of important topics throughout various locations in Downtown. 

$65 Early bird and MULYP Member price
$85 Regular Admission

More information coming soon

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Ruby Bridges Reading Festival

May 2017
National Civil Rights Museum Courtyard and Founder's Park

The Second Annual Ruby Bridges Reading Festival will celebrate the legacy of Ruby Bridges' role in desegregating New Orleans schools and continued civil rights activism today through promoting family literacy. On May 14, 2016, The Ruby Bridges Foundation and Scholastic Inc donated 10,000 pounds of books to NCRM and of the 1,000 people in attendance, each child received yp to 7 free books! 

Families can enjoy children's activities, food trucks and celebrity appearances by Ronald McDonald, Rocky the Redbird, Pouncer of the U of M and readings by Ruby Bridges, Terri Freeman and Memphis Challenge students. 

More information coming soon

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