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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!

Supporting Partners of The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission:

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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.

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What are Memphis' best indie films?

The Memphis Flyer's Film Editor, Greg Akers, is working on a story about indie filmmaking in Memphis. He’s conducting a non-scientific survey to name the best no-budget or low-budget films made in Memphis.

He’s asking: What do you think are the top 3-to-5 films that are required viewing for anyone wanting to see what local independent filmmakers have made in the past?

The results will appear in the story and give context to the reader, who may not be familiar with what Memphis' independent film scene has produced in the past.

Please e-mail your response to Greg ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) no later than Monday, February 17, at 10 a.m. if you would like to participate.

 
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Memorial celebration of John Still

A celebration of the life of John Still will be held this Saturday (Feb. 8) from 1-3 p.m. at Blind Bear Speakeasy, 119 S. Main. The event will be informal - friends getting together to reminisce. Anyone who wants to share a thought or story with the group is welcome to do so.

Still was featured in numerous productions by Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission clients, including “Poor and Hungry,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Black Snake Moan” and “The Romance of Loneliness.”

 
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Brewer gets Paramount deal

John Beifuss at The Commercial Appeal writes that Memphis filmmaker and longtime Commission client Craig Brewer has signed a deal with the new television division of Paramount to create pilots for two dramas, including one that could be shot locally.

The development deal calls for Brewer to write, direct and executive produce the two pilots, which could lead to weekly series for broadcast or cable television.

Variety reported that “Brewer has worked steadily with Paramount since the studio acquired his Sundance Film Festival heat-seeker ‘Hustle & Flow’ in 2005. More recently he helmed the 2011 remake of ‘Footloose’ for the studio and also the 2012 Katy Perry concert pic ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me.  He’s at work on another feature for the studio, ‘Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills.’ ”

Many of Brewer’s projects, including “Hustle & Flow,” have been clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Other films include “Poor and Hungry” and “Black Snake Moan.”

Beifuss’ story is here.

The Variety story is here.

   
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Memphis connected films score at Sundance

John Beifuss, in his blog The Bloodshot Eye (thebloodshoteye.com), writes that “ ‘Love Is Strange,’ the fifth feature film from Memphis-born writer-director Ira Sachs, was acquired (Thursday, Jan. 23) for theatrical distribution by Sony Pictures Classics.” The film was acquired after it screened at the Sundance Film Festival for about $1 million.

Sachs’ films that have been clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission include “Forty Shades of Blue” and “The Delta.”

Beifuss also reports that “The other Memphis-connected feature film at Sundance, simply titled ‘Memphis,’ premiered Jan. 17 and had its last festival screening Jan. 23.” Variety reports that the film directed by Tim Sutton was bought by the Sundance Channel and will premiere in the spring.

Beifuss quotes associate producer Morgan Jon Fox that the Sundance screenings had sold out. Fox, a Memphis filmmaker, said: “The Sundance audiences really appreciated it and I can't wait for Memphis audiences to see it, because it's 100 percent a Memphis movie in terms of what you see on the screen."

“Memphis” is also a Commission-assisted project.

Beifuss’ blog entry is here.

The Variety story is here.

Pictured: "Memphis" director Tim Sutton.

   

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