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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.

'Bad, Bad Men' finishes filming in Memphis

"It's like 'Office Space' meets 'Horrible Bosses'."

The quote by Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O’Guin appeared in John Beifuss’ story on the Memphis comedy “Bad, Bad Men” in The Commercial Appeal.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission assisted the project. Filmmakers Brad Ellis and Allen C. Gardner just finished shooting the project.

Gardner is the star, writer, co-director and co-producer. Ellis is co-director and co-producer. The film tells the story of Josh, a Memphis Realtor, whose battles with bullies lead to the kidnapping of a woman he just met.

“Bad, Bad Men” shot for 16 days. Local crew involved included director of photography Ryan Parker, sound by Gregory Gray and camera operator Drew Paslay.

The filmmakers plan to put it on the festival circuit next year.

Read Beifuss’ story here.


Indie Memphis grants for local filmmakers

Indie Memphis is offering four grants totaling $10,000 to help local filmmakers make narrative short film projects.

Two $4,500 production grants and two $500 production grants (for novice filmmakers) will be available to filmmakers living in Shelby County, DeSoto County or Crittenden County. All production must take place in Shelby, DeSoto and/or Crittenden counties and completed by August 1, 2015.

Application materials will be available this Friday (Aug. 1) and are due on Sept. 1.

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New Television Outlets for Filmmakers and Film Lovers

Xfinity subscribers will soon be able to see short films and other quality content shown at film festivals in the Southeastern United States, including Indie Memphis.

The Film Festival Collective includes festivals in nine states and will be available at no additional cost to Xfinity subscribers in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Filmmakers who participated in past years with Indie Memphis will work with the Collective to lend works to the On Demand collection for a limited time.

For people without cable, a local television station will be offering something similar. Tina Tilton Entertainment Network (TTEN) has announced that Memphis film producers can take advantage of free airtime for one month but you must sign up by August 15, 2014.

Its programming includes classic cartoons and television series, children's programming as well as a few local Memphis-made movies, stage plays, music, comedy, reality, sports, kids shows, cartoons, modeling, competition, real estate, etc.

TTEN, which has been on the air since May, is at Channel 46.1, W46EF.

Contact TTEN at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Geo Holmes story on Action News 5

Here's a video of WMC-TV's Action News 5 report on the death of Geo Holmes. 

On Tuesday, members of the Memphis film industry remember 59-year-old George Holmes for his work and free spirit.

Holmes was killed Sunday after being hit by a train while jogging in Germantown.

According to police, Holmes was wearing headphones at the time of his death and may not have heard the train coming.

Holmes' family says he ran in the area frequently. They also say it was not unusual for him to have earphones in during a run.

"That was Holmes' home, his territory, he felt safe there," said Memphis and Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler.

Sitler knew Holmes for more than 30 years, and said in addition to being an avid jogger, he was a nice and gentle spirit, and will be missed in the local film community.

Holmes owned the production company Beale Street Studios and worked with globally recognized clients including FedEx, International Paper, and CBS Sports.

"I have never experienced anything like the response we have experienced to George Holmes death," said Sitler.


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