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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.


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:


Casting call Saturday, July 18

An ESPN and AT&T production is looking for an individual who can portray an African American male 16-20 years of age with athletic ability, around 5-foot-10 with a small to medium frame.

The awareness campaign will tell the real-life story of Fletcher Cleaves, a promising athlete who had graduated from Cordova High and had a football scholarship to college, but in 2009 the vehicle he was driving was forced off the road by someone who was texting. Fletcher remains paralyzed from the chest down.

Auditions will be Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The rate will be SAG-scale. To be considered you must set an appointment with Casting Director Lisa Lax at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Casting will be held at Republic Coffee’s Yoga Room, 2924 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38111


Board Meeting this Wednesday

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission at noon on Wednesday, July 15th, at Malco's Studio on the Square Theatre, 2105 Court Ave. in Overton Square. Attendees who are not Board members who wish to be included on the meeting's agenda can submit for consideration individual requests and topics prior to the meeting date. Please email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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