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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!

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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.


Casting Notice

Kiem Media/The Netherlands is casting for an independent, non-union TV documentary series, broadcast on National Geographic. The local project is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Shoot dates are May 19-21.

Several short, multi-episode documentaries will be shown in Holland. Needed are people who look like traditional stereotypes of Dutch persons and persons who appear to be of North African descent.

Actors will be compensated. Prior acting experience is not required unless specified. All cast members will sign a non-disclosure form. If interested and available, send head shots and contact information to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Synopsis: For the Dutch audience, broadcast on National Geographic, a staged “hostage” scene will be created. Four short documentaries contain informational aspects about a hostage situation where a Dutch family needs to be saved. The rescuers will show their specialties and communicate/work together to rescue the family from the house where they are kept hostage. This scene is simulated to be in Africa, so talent that appears to be North African is needed as extras and as “terrorists.” Aerial photography, explosives and gear props will be used (all under supervision).

Character Descriptions:

The hostages are a mother, father and daughter. Mother and father between 40-55 years old. The appear to be Dutch, so preferably blond / light brown hair and typical Northern European apperance. Daughter should at least be 17 years old or older. The father is passed out and injured on his leg (special effects makeup will show his injury: cuts and bruises makeup will be applied to face and leg). Should look like a family since family portraits are needed.

NOTE: This is a set up hostage scene, so it needs to appear to be frightening.

Imprisoners appear to be Tuareg-looking North African men between 20-45 years. Some acting experience will be needed. They will keep the family hostage, holding special gear, look threatening. One of the three will play that he got shot.

Extras include a North African-looking man between 20-45 years / 50 years or older. No lines in the role, so less acting experience is needed. He will be standing and walking on the shooting area.

Interpreter is a North African-looking man between 25-40 years old. Some acting experience is helpful, there will be a scene where he’s not feeling well and one of the rescuers will help him.


Double Booking: Pick One Tonight

Two film workshops are happening tonight (Tuesday, April 29), so you'll just have to choose one.

FuelFilm: Memphis and Signature Advertising are hosting a discussion on marketing and crowd-funding independent films. It will cover current Independent Memphis films seeking financing through crowd-sourcing and the marketing campaigns that accompany them.

It’s at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Signature Advertising, 1755 Kirby Parkway. It’s free and open to the public. For more info:

Meanwhile, Indie Memphis and Corduroy Wednesdays Films are partnering to offer Script Bucket, a DIY Screenplay Workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Playhouse on the Square Theatre Cafe. Info:

FuelFilm on Marketing:

There will be a presentation from Memphis filmmakers on their current campaigns and projects with discussion of marketing strategies, online marketing companies and their services. This will be an open discussion about resources and strategies, with local filmmakers interacting with  advertising and marketing professionals.

With more platforms for distribution now more than ever, having a successful grasp of the film distribution market and where its headed is paramount for the independent filmmaker.

Producer Jen Sall says, “Point blank, build an audience around your film now.  Long gone are the days where you can rely on the festival ‘sale’ to get you in the theater and start raking in the box office sales. It is prudent to you and your team to develop a digital footprint and build an audience as soon as possible.” With as many VOD and self-distribution platforms, and the ability of social media to build your audience, opportunities abound for the Indie filmmaker to find their markets.

Indie Memphis/Corduroy Wednesday on Screenplays:

Indie Memphis and Corduroy Wednesdays Films are partnering to offer Script Bucket, a DIY Screenplay Workshop Tuesday, April 29 at Playhouse on the Square Theatre Cafe.

Aspiring or active screenwriters are invited to experience the process of Script Bucket, how it strengthens writing, and how you can form your very own Script Bucket (with no franchise fee!)

From Edward Valibus, “We’re comedy guys, so we meet regularly to share skit and comedic short film screenplays. We critique them, workshop them, and perform cold reads. The process keeps us in practice to write, write, write. One script is good, but two is better, and ten is even better than that. So when it’s time to choose one to go forward into production, the cream has risen to the top already.”

Corduroy Wednesday’s latest short film currently on the festival circuit, Songs in the Key of Death, was cowritten by G.B. Shannon & Edward Valibus and was workshopped through the Script Bucket process.

You’ll not only learn the process but will also be given the opportunity to meet other writers with similar genre tastes, goals, and turn ons/offs.

It gets underway at 6 p.m. to mingle and 7 p.m. for the workshop.


On Location: MEMPHIS Film & Music Fest

The 15th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest kicks off on Thursday, April 24 and runs through Sunday, April 27.

There are five categories: Features, Documentaries, Animation, Shorts, and Music Videos.

The opening night program is “In Between Engagements,” a comedy starring Armand Assante, written and directed by Dominik Sedlar and produced by Johnny Arreola.  It screens Thursday, April 24th at 7:30 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso.

On Friday, April 25th, the fest moves to Malco Studio on the Square.  Highlights include a 30-year anniversary screening of “The Old Forest,” an ambitious period piece set in 1937 Memphis and directed by University of Memphis professor, Stephen Ross; Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club’s Memphis Rocks! program showcasing the best of the Bluff City; Memphis native Dawn Higginbotham’s “The Usual,” a short that parallels today’s economic climate to the Great Depression; OL:M alumni Tiffany and Jayce Bartok’s “Fall to Rise,” which focuses on a dancer’s struggles with injury and motherhood in New York; “Gideon’s Army,” a documentary of three idealistic lawyers in the Deep South challenging the criminal justice system; short films exploring Memphis and American culture by the artist Tav Falco; the winners of last year’s Louisiana Film Prize competition; and four separate screenings of the always-popular Live Action Shorts.

This year’s event has something for every musical taste, including. “The Prisonaires” is a documentary that chronicles five African-American singers in the 1950s who were also inmates of the state of Tennessee, while “Mondo Fuzz: Twilight of the Idles” celebrates the garage scene of Austin. “Legends of Ska: Cool and Copasetic” looks at the music of Jamaica fifty years ago and examines its relationship to reggae, “Banjo Romantika” introduces Czech musicians who play a unique bluegrass hybrid, and the American premiere “Vann ‘Piano Man’ Walls: The Spirit of R&B” traces the life and career of the rhythm and blues pioneer.

There will be films from India, Germany, Mexico, the United Kingdom and other countries. Among the international films is “Hou De Jarasa Ushir,” which made it to the Reminder List of films eligible for the 85th Annual Academy Awards.

Many filmmakers will be in attendance at the screenings of their films throughout the weekend. Several panels on topics of interest in the film industry are scheduled throughout the festival.

This year’s Music Showcases, featuring bands and artists across all genres, will take place from Thursday,  April 24th through Saturday, April 26th at the Midtown Blue Monkey, Le Chardonnay, Otherlands, Newby’s, 1884 Lounge, and Java Cabana.

Tickets for individual films, including opening night, are $10; film day passes are $20. Entire festival passes are $65 and include entrance to all Music Showcases. Tickets and passes are available online, with individual tickets also available at the door. Shuttle service is scheduled between all venues.

For more information on the festival and to see a full schedule, visit  Also like On Location: MEMPHIS on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OLM_Trailer.


Indie Memphis gets kudos from MovieMaker; Brewer heads festival board

For the second consecutive year, the Indie Memphis Film Festival has been named to MovieMaker magazine’s 2014 list of “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee.” This comes on the heels of the magazine naming Memphis as one of the Ten Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker -- repeating an honor bestowed four times previously thanks in large part to the effectiveness of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

The full list of the Top 50 Film Festivals will appear in its spring issue on newsstands April 22.  The magazine will reveal the list in installments on during the next few weeks.

Indie Memphis has also been included as one on the magazine’s “25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2011 and one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals” in 2009.

The 17th annual festival runs from Oct. 30 through Nov. 2, 2014.

Meanwhile, Memphis screenwriter and film director Craig Brewer, whose movie “Hustle & Flow” attracted world-wide acclaim and won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005, has been elected president of the board of Indie Memphis, the non-profit organization that helped launch his career. Brewer’s term as president is for two years. This is his third year on the board.

Other newly elected officers of the board are Kerry Hayes, vice-president; Erin Freeman, secretary; and Les Edwards, treasurer. Iddo Patt remains on the board as immediate past president. The board also includes Mark Furr, Adam Hohenberg, Dorothy Kirsch, Gary Lendermon, Kevin Mireles, Jason Wexler, Pat Mitchell Worley. Two new board members are Ward Archer and Alison England.

Craig Brewer photo by Jamie Harmon


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