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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.


'Mathis Project' Memphis episode premieres series

BET’s new docu-series “The Mathis Project” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. The production, an effort by BET and TV’s Judge Greg Mathis, filmed some episodes in Memphis and was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

As described by BET, “Judge Mathis unites local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information that has the potential to solve the case — and get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: reveal what they know. Mathis’s investigative skills will bring these cases to a close by exposing the truth that witnesses, anonymous tipsters and ‘word on the street’ sources have kept hidden for years.”

The no-nonsense retired judge is well known for his NBC reality court show, which began its 15th season in September.

Earlier this year, Fox13’s Les Smith did a piece on the filming of the show. His story is here.

As Judge Mathis says, “Last year, over 6,000 African Americans were victims of homicide. Over 2,000 of those homicides are still unsolved. We’re going to reopen some of those cold cases and go into some of our toughest neighborhoods to see what I can do to help solve them. It’s time for things to change from the ground up.”


Indie Memphis: Oct. 31-Nov. 3

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, proudly sponsored by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission for 15 years running, kicks off Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) and continues through Sunday night (Nov. 3).

Many commission-assisted productions are screening at the festival. Go to for event locations, screening schedules, party, and ticket/pass information.

Be sure to vote for The Hometowner Awards, presented to winning Memphis and Shelby County filmmakers by the Commission Sunday night. The Awards Show starts at 8 pm.

Immediately preceding the awards show, go to the Tennessee Pre-Awards Show Reception — open to all Tennessee filmmakers and festival attendees and sponsored by our partner, The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.

Remember: Sunday night party 6-8 pm. Awards at 8.

See you there!


'African Americans' series on WKNO

"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross," hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has premiered on PBS. The six-hour series chronicles the sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission assisted on the project. Two episodes were filmed here.

The first episode premiered Tuesday night on WKNO-TV Channel 10, and there is a repeat tonight (Wednesday, October 23) at 7 p.m. on WKNO2.

The remaining episodes run on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on WKNO through Nov. 26.

For more information, go here.

Image Courtesy of Kunhardt McGee Productions, WNET and Inkwell Films in association with Ark Media.


'Grace Card' airing Thursday, Oct. 24

The filmed-in-Memphis faith film "The Grace Card" will be shown on cable's Up channel at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

The film, released in 2010, features Louis Gossett, Jr. and stars Michael Joiner and Michael Higgenbottom as two Memphis police officers who learn the power of God's love. "The Grace Card" is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Up was formerly known as GMC TV and originally the Gospel Music Channel. It's on Comcast Channel 189 and HD Channel 1435; DIRECTV Channel 338; and DISH Network Channel 188.


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