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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.


Casting call for Katori Hall's 'Arkabutla'

Auditions are being held Aug. 29 and 30 for “Arkabutla,” a short film by acclaimed playwright Katori Hall.

Several roles are available for actors who can portray African-American/Black characters and Caucasian/White characters.

Appointments are mandatory. Actors without an appointment will not be seen. All actors must submit for an appointment time. Here’s how to submit:
1. Electronic submissions ONLY. No phone calls. No snail mail.
3. Include your first and last name in the subject line of your email (ex. John Logan).

State in the email your availability on audition days: Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th between 11am and 8pm. If you are not available on the audition days and would like to submit a video audition, follow the steps above and request instructions on how to submit your video audition.
Callbacks will be held Monday, Aug. 31, from 3pm to 8pm.

Auditions and callbacks will be at  Hattiloo Theatre, 37 South Cooper, Memphis.

Actors will be paid. The project is SAG-AFTRA pending and is being assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

The story line for “Arkabutla” involves Chauncey Wright, a bull-riding champion, who takes a lake trip with his son and daughter, only to have their weekend excursion upended by an act of racism.

Arkabutla” is written and directed by Katori Hall. Khaliah Neal is producer. Casting director is Stori Ayers. Send all questions to Stori Ayers at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Do not contact Hattiloo or the Film Commission.


Casting call for big guys

Memphis production company Running Pony is looking for several men in their 20s or 30s to portray football players in a scene for a commercial that will be shown at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., during NFL games.  You must be physically fit, big enough to reasonably look like an NFL football player, and available for the shoot from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18. Actors will be paid.  If interested, please email a headshot and full-body photo by Wednesday August 12 to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Welcome to Memphis, 'Quarry'!

How great to have part of the Cinemax TV series "Quarry" in Memphis. Almost every episode will have "real" not "reel" Memphis scenes. Here's to their return for Season 2 -- hopefully with more filming days -- and many, many other great future projects that will be Memphis and Shelby County-based!

Photo taken Monday night on the Memphis set of the HBO produced Cinemax TV series, "Quarry." Our gracious and hospitable and happy-to-be-in-Memphis hosts: center left: Co-Executive Producer George W. Perkins. Center right: Producer/ Unit Production Manager Joe Incaprera. Far left: Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler. Far right: the fabulous Deputy Film Commissioner/ Project Specialist Sharon Fox O'Guin. Thanks all around to "Quarry," HBO, Cinemax, state, City, County officials who helped make Memphis shoot possible. And of course our great local crew, cast, vendors, locations-- and both the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission and The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Whew! And this is just the beginning!! Great job, everyone! Big thanks!!


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


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