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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!

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Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at Live From Memphis 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.


Crew, cast needed for indie film

“Free in Deed,” an official client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is looking for professional production crew members and cast.

The low-budget indie feature film is based on a true story about the struggles of a young single mother without resources and the trials and tribulations of a man of faith and his church community who together attempt to heal her 8-year-old autistic son.
Production takes place from the end of January through February.


Paid professional crew positions and unpaid internships are available. 

Put “Production crew” on the subject line of the email.


Various roles are available.

A key role will be for an African-American boy age 8-14 to play a major part as a severely autistic, non-verbal child who can at times act violently. No acting training or experience necessary.

Other roles:
African American men, women and children of all ages.
Caucasian men and women from 30-50.
A Caucasian boy, 5 years old.
An adult Indian male.

We will consider all kinds of people: actors, non-actors, pros, real people, all ages (infant to elderly), types, shapes, sizes, styles.

Put “Casting” on the subject line of the email.


There will be informational meetings on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Please attend whether you want to be in either cast or crew.

The meetings will be at LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker, Gibson-Orgill Mathematics & Science Learning Center.

John Beifuss wrote a story about the project, which you can read here.

Thank you for your interest!


“Free In Deed” to film in Memphis

“Free In Deed” — a movie inspired by the 2003 death of a child during what was supposed to be a miraculous Pentecostal healing service — will be shot in Memphis starting in late January.

The project — a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission — stars David Harewood, a British actor (“Homeland”) and Edwina Findley (“Treme”). Writer-director Jake Mahaffy wants to cast locals in the other roles, including people without acting experience.

Read John Beifuss’ story here.

Casting for ‘Free In Deed’: 

Movie to be shot in late January through February in Memphis.

When: Casting meetings at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker, Gibson-Orgill Mathematics & Science Learning Center, Room 111.

Who: All ages and types welcome.

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Information is also available here:

Pictured: David Harewood


MEMPHIS going to Sundance

"Memphis," a movie shot here earlier this year by Brooklyn filmmaker Tim Sutton, makes it’s U.S. debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Jan. 16-26 in Park City, Utah.

John Beifuss’ story in The Commercial Appeal (read it here) says:

" ‘Memphis’ was shot on location in recording studios, skating rinks, barbecue restaurants and so on, with the assistance of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, and with many non-professional Memphis actors in the cast and Memphians in the crew. Local filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox is credited as an associate producer.”

Pictured: Tim Sutton


Southern Circuit in Memphis

Southern Circuit, the acclaimed tour of independent filmmakers, is bringing the tour to Memphis next year.

It’s also issued a call for filmmakers to submit works for the 2014-15 Circuit.

As the nation's first regional tour of independent filmmakers, Southern Circuit provides filmmakers with the paid opportunity to participate in a tour of the Southeastern United States, screen their films for new audiences, and engage audiences in discussions about the content and production of their films.

The tour comes to Studio on the Square (2105 Court Ave.) in Memphis on Feb. 12, March 5 and April 18. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 each, $6 for seniors and free for Indie Memphis members and students with valid ID.

Steven J. Ross, Professor in the Department of Communication at U of M, says: “The Southern Circuit is a great deal for filmmakers, film venues, and film audiences alike. Memphis is currently one of the stops on the tour, thanks to Indie Memphis, Malco Theaters and the significant sponsorship of the film-video program in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis.”

For more information on Indie Memphis and its connection to the upcoming Southern Circuit, go here.

Ross says, “As a filmmaker, I was lucky enough to be chosen twice for the circuit, once in the mid 1980s showing THE OLD FOREST and again around 2000 showing OH FREEDOM AFTER WHILE. Selma, Beaufort, Montgomery, Columbia, New Orleans, and the Appalshop center in Kentucky were some of the venues. There were lots of good audiences and interesting people to meet. All transportation, expenses and hotels were paid for and arranged by the circuit, and there was a reasonable stipend as well.  So, it is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers.”

For information on Southern Circuit, go here.


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