Rhodes Professor and Student to Have Showings at Upcoming Indie Memphis Film Festival

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Karl Erickson, assistant professor of art and art history, and Emily Burkhead, a senior urban studies major, will have their films featured at the annual Indie Memphis Film Festival to be held Oct. 30-Nov. 4.

Erickson uses techniques of motion graphics and the aesthetics of abstract painting in his videos to engage viewers on a sensory level. He has been working on a series of videos about aliens and UFO cults, and his animated short video titled “The Earth Is Getting ET Downloads” will be shown 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Theatreworks @ the Square.

Burkhead, who is a Rhodes’ Curb Fellow,  directed “Return to Audubon,” which will be featured as part of Indie Memphis’ Hometowner Documentary Shorts Competition at 9 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Ballet Memphis.
The film is about 1034 Audubon Drive, which was once the home of Elvis Presley. Over the years, Rhodes’ Mike Curb Institute for Music has hosted private music concerts there, but the house suffered fire damage in 2017. The film takes a look inside the tragedy of the destruction of Elvis’ first home, and one artist’s way of coming to terms with heartbreak.

Rhodes alumna Sarah Link ’19, who also was a Curb Fellow, served as the film’s producer.

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