Rhodes Community Members to be Featured in Indie Memphis


Publication Date: 10/7/2009

The following Indie Memphis films feature members of the Rhodes Community. Please come out to support their work.


Screening as part of Indie Memphis, this Saturday (10/10) at 11:30 am at Studio on the Square, this 27-minute documentary features current and past Crossroad to Freedom Fellows Courtney Eskew ’10 and Daniel Jacobs ’09, who served as production assistants, VP of College Relations Dr. Russ Wigginton ’88 and faculty members Dr. Leon Caldwell and Dr. Charles McKinney who were interviewed on-camera, and CODA Coordinator Liz Daggett, Production Supervisor. Directed by Jonathan Epstein, the film features Elmore Nickleberry, who, in 1968, stood among 1,300 other African-American men in Memphis, Tennessee as they collectively asserted their right to be treated with dignity. Mr. Nickleberry hasn′t sat down yet. Each night, he guides his garbage truck through the streets of Memphis -- a living link to a frequently forgotten chapter in American history, and one long eclipsed by the slaying of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the city.

A Native American Dream

Also screening at Indie Memphis this Saturday (10/10) at 1 pm at the Brooks Museum of Art, A Native American Dream is a 35-minute documentary that follows a dramatic year with the Redhouse family, a Navajo family living in the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. Rhodes’ CODA Coordinator Liz Daggett is the director/producer, camerawoman, and editor of the film, with Jason Beasley and Jennifer L. Horst as location sound. Daggett will teach documentary filming at Rhodes this spring (Art 166).


Screening Wednesday (10/14) at 6:45 pm at Studio on the Square, this narrative, hometowner short features the acting of Rhodes’ Performing Arts Coordinator Kevin Collier ’91. In this 20-minute film, a man is drinking himself to death until a mysterious stranger changes everything. *Not appropriate for children.

Please note that because these films are shorts, they will be grouped with other short films to make a program that lasts approximately an hour and a half. For location maps, ticket sales, and more info, please visit www.indiememphis.com.