‘Landscape’ Scores a Laurel at Memphis’ Cinematic Panic Festival

Great news from False Pretense Films. Our film, Landscape, won Best Unclassifiable Cinema Insanity Short. Landscape is a color experimental film that combines disparate audio and video to create a unique combination of happy images and a soundtrack that will leave you cold. The Cinematic Panic Film Festival was a great experience that I shared with my son Connor who decided to take the six-hour trek over to Memphis with me. The festival, in its inaugural year, was a gathering of filmmakers, staff, and film buffs. I was impressed by the number of really good films at the festival. The non-competitive feature films were a lot of fun too. My son and I decided that we were going to revisit some of them as soon as we got back home.

Best Music Video Madness: Could This Be Ok?

Best Comoedia Disturbia Short: The Return of Flesh Eating Film Reels

Best Unclassifiable Cinema Insanity Short: Landscape

Best Horrorphilia/Sciencfections Short: Hypnotic Induction

Best Feature: Lights Camera Bullshit

Cinematic Panic Film Festival - MemphisThere was a huge Halloween party on Saturday night with a live band and lots of costumes. The former Black Lodge location is a very large space that’s perfect for showing films and developing a growing community of local filmmakers and cinephiles alike. Memphis is lucky to have the people involved from Piano Man Pictures and the Cinematic Panic staff and volunteers. If I ever have the opportunity to move to Memphis, I’m heading to the Crosstown area. I’d probably drive the guys crazy with ideas, meetups, and requests to use the space for films, but they’d get used to it.  😉

The Crosstown area of Memphis is one of those up-and-coming areas that includes cool new restaurants, food trucks, and The Crosstown Brewery. The Crosstown Brewery crafts some great beers. The day we were there, they were holding a silent charity auction and having a special lunch for volunteers. While waiting for the festival to open, we enjoyed great Memphis hospitality and exceptional food and drink. The Crosstown Concourse is situated between the Crosstown Brewery and The Black Lodge where Cinematic Panic was held.

Be sure to visit the Crosstown Concourse restaurants and shops. When we were there, we checked out the Stax Museums Music and Activism gallery, which was awesome.

I highly recommend this festival to filmmakers and cinephiles. It’s five days of crazy that will score you some new friends and put your teeth on edge.

The Cinematic Panic Film Festival is held at 405 North Cleveland Ave, Memphis TN 38104

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