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Welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission

Greetings and welcome to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s new web site!  Brimming with new features and up-to-date information, we invite you to come in and look around to get a peek at what Memphis & Shelby County have to offer film productions of all sizes.  Take a minute to browse our location library in Reel-Scout, check out our diverse production guide, or get a taste of productions that have shot here and utilized our crew base over at Film Memphis TV!  

Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at SE2M for their outstanding hard work in making this web site possible. Thanks also to content editor Jon W. Sparks.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, like other publicly-funded film commissions in the U.S.A., works only with funded productions and does not assist producers in securing funding for projects.

The Film Commission's Website makes available hiring/casting information from third parties. This information is to be used as general information only. Although such information is believed to be generally reliable, the posting of the information on the commission website does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation, or solicitation from the Commission. Nor does the Posting imply any assurance regarding the accuracy of the information, the funding of the project, the completion of the project, or the payment to crew/vendors/cast.


Street closings from July 30-Aug. 3

TV crews will be filming Downtown, in Midtown, and in South Memphis later this week and in the beginning of next week. The production sites will be closed to the public. Various streets will be closed temporarily and on-street parking spots will be reserved for production vehicles for a television production that is a client of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. Please avoid these areas and observe ”No Parking" signs on these streets that may be in effect other than the times listed.

Street closing schedule:


6 a.m. – 1 a.m.: G.E. Patterson from Front to Second

SATURDAY, August 1

6 a.m. – 10 a.m.: E. McLemore from Neptune to Cummings

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Willie Mitchell from Trigg to Olive

4 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Court at 3rd

SUNDAY, August 2

8 a.m. – Noon: Poplar from Front to Main

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Second from Jefferson to Union

2 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Union from Riverside to Second

7 p.m. – midnight: Monroe at Danny Thomas

MONDAY, August 3

7 p.m. – 4 a.m.: Poplar from Angelus to N. Evergreen


'Quarry' films scenes in Memphis - Commercial Appeal

The CA's John Beifuss writes about the Cinemax drama series “Quarry” shooting in Memphis. The project is a client of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.

Beifuss writes in The Commercial Appeal: “The makers of ‘Quarry,’ a crime-suspense drama series set to debut early next year on Cinemax, will be in Memphis the last week of July to shoot in the city that is home to the program’s title character, a Vietnam War Marine sniper turned professional hit man.

“Like the recent detective series ‘Memphis Beat,’ which lasted two seasons on TNT, ‘Quarry’ is set in Memphis, but the production is based in Louisiana (New Orleans, specifically), to take advantage of that state’s lucrative economic incentives for filmmakers. Unlike ‘Memphis Beat,’ however, the producers of ‘Quarry’ plan to shoot some significant action during the company’s days here, including a July 30 bar scene that will require local ‘background actors.’ ”

For information on casting, go here.

Read Beifuss' story here. 


Casting call for background actors 18+ for 'Quarry'

Batherson Casting, a New Orleans based film and television casting company (Terminator Genysis, Fantastic Four, Django Unchained, Popeyes & Chobani National Campaigns) is coming to Memphis to hold an Open Casting Call for the HBO/CINEMAX produced series, "Quarry." Although headquartered in New Orleans, "Quarry" will be shooting in Memphis for several days this summer as a client of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. 

Set in the 1970s, "Quarry" is a drama based on the book series.

Batherson Casting is seeking BACKGROUND ACTORS 18 AND OVER to play various types -- but a ’70s look (such as hairstyle) is very much preferred. Compensation will be remunerated if cast.

If interested, please come to Batherson's Casting's OPEN CALL this Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Spring Hill Suites, 85 Court Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38103 in the Renaissance Room on the 3rd Floor.

You need bring nothing but yourself, but coming looking appropriate for the early ’70s is definitely helpful.

For those unable to attend, please go to and follow up with an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it letting us know you are interested.

ALSO SEEKING: those who can portray African- Americans with 1970s look.

Batherson Casting is also seeking background actors who can portray African-Americans with the 1970s look for the HBO/CINEMAX produced upcoming series, "Quarry."

These background actors would film July 30th (you must be available ALL day as film hours are long, often 13-14 hours).

For this scene we are especially seeking those who can portray African Americans 18 and over to play bar patrons.  You must also be available for a wardrobe fitting Monday, July 27th and you must not be larger than a size 12 (for women) and a pant waist 36 (for men) or jacket size 46 (for men).

If interested, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Include two (2) current photos, one in which we can clearly see your face and hair and one that shows your full body (clothes on, please, we just need to get a sense of your stature). Registration on is preferred.

Fittings will be remunerated and if cast, you will also be paid for your time on the set.

Please do NOT contact Batherson Casting with unsolicited services or offers.


D'Army Bailey - The Actor

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission lost a great friend and ally this week: Judge D'Army Bailey.

Bailey, best known for his far-reaching work in civil rights, culminating with the founding of The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, died Sunday, July 12, 2015,  at age 73.

Although primarily known for his career as an activist, attorney, and judge, Bailey was showcased earlier this week by The Commercial Appeal’s film writer, John Beifuss in an incredibly insightful story that highlighted Judge D’Army Bailey’s career as an actor. With his love of the world of film, Bailey was a natural advocate of the work of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and often served as an advisor to Film Commissioner Linn Sitler.

In his story, Beifuss quotes Hollywood producer Michael Hausman, producer in Memphis of such studio films as "The Firm," and "The People vs. Larry Flynt," as saying, ”He was a great friend, a great lawyer and best of all  he was a great actor, and that's a skill that really helps the other two.” Beifuss also quotes  Sitler as saying, “D'Army was not shy. People were charmed by him."

Bailey played a judge in 1996’s ”The People vs. Larry Flynt" and in 2009’s “Nothing But the Truth,” both filmed in Memphis and both Commission-assisted film clients.

Bailey's film credits also include: ”How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “N-Secure,” “Mystery Train” and “Cigarette Girl.”
Read Beifuss' full story here:


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