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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.

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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.

 

On Location: Memphis screening Oscar shorts

The On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest (http://onlocationmemphis.org/) will host screenings of the Oscar-nominated short films in advance of the Academy Awards for the sixth time.

Taking place on two dates at the Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill in East Memphis, the Oscar-nominated live-action shorts will screen on Thursday, February 13th at 7:30 p.m., with the animated shorts and short documentaries taking center stage two weeks later on Thursday, February 27th. The animated films will be shown at 7 p.m., with the docs scheduled for a 9 p.m. screening.

This is a chance for movie-lovers to witness all of the wonderful, yet often obscure films nominated for the popular shorts categories in advance of the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2nd.

The animated program is also supplemented by a number of “highly commended” animated films to bring it to a feature running length.

This year the event will be sponsored by The Film and Video Concentration, Department of Communication, University of Memphis.

Tickets are $10 per screening and available at the box office or on www.onlocationmemphis.org. Be sure to “like” On Location: MEMPHIS on Facebook, follow on Twitter at twitter.com/OLM_Trailer. The dates for the 2014 festival are April 24 -27.


 
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FuelFilm workshops Feb. 9

FuelFilm is hosting two workshops by Kelley Baker on Self Distribution & Film Festival Strategies, and Sound Design.

Sunday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.:

Sound Design on Independent Features – Sound Designer Kelley Baker has worked on Gus Van Sant’s films, animated features, network TV specials and his own features. Hear his unique approach to the Art of Sound Design in this great workshop Sunday. Kelley will share his insights, and show you creative solutions to many sound problems. He’ll also discuss what to do when you have no budget, and how to blow a lot of money when you do have it.

 

Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m.:

Self Distribution & Film Festival Strategies — At a time when "independent" films have a star and a multi-million dollar budget, how do you get your films seen?  Forget Sundance, Miramax, and PBS. These places get hundreds if not thousands of submissions a year. So how do you make money on your film?  Kelley Baker walks you though different ways on how to get an audience to turn out for your screenings.   He challenges you to assess the real market for your film and provides examples of other filmmakers getting their work out, after their films were turned down by traditional distributors.   He’ll discuss creating a fan base for the film and yourself, using a mailing list to market your production, using web tools (website, Facebook, etc.) to increase sales/downloads and guarding your digital rights with your life.

 

The workshops are at the StartCo Lounge on the fourth floor of Playhouse on the Square, 66 S Cooper St.

Regular Admission to Single Seminar: $20.00

Student Admission with ID: $15.00

Regular Combo Ticket - Sound Design and Indie Distribution: $35.00

   
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French film fest at Rhodes

The Tournées French Film Festival returns next week for its seventh year here and its second at Rhodes College. The lineup of five feature films, mostly in French with English subtitles, begins Wednesday and continues for two weeks.

Admission is free. Films screen at 7 p.m. in Buckman Hall in Rhodes’ Blount Auditorium.

Read John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal here.

The schedule:


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22

“Farewell, My Queen” (2012): Director Benoît Jacquot’s lavish costume drama chronicles the final days in the reign of Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger), as seen through the eyes of a servant, played by Léa Seydoux.

TUESDAY, JAN. 28

“Monsieur Lazhar” (2011): Nominated for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, director Philippe Falardeau’s drama stars Mohamed Fellag as an Algerian immigrant hired to replace a popular Montreal public schoolteacher who committed suicide in her classroom.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29

“La Pirogue” (2012): Director Moussa Touré’s adventure drama follows a group of African men who leave Senegal in a dugout boat in hopes of crossing the Atlantic to find a better life in Spain.

TUESDAY, FEB. 4

“Berlin 1885: La Ruée Sur L’Afrique (The Division of Africa)” (2010): Director Joël Calmettes’s documentary examines the Berlin Conference on Africa, during which European and U.S. leaders essentially divided up the continent for economic gain, launching a colonial era that would dominate Africa for decades.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5

“The Rabbi’s Cat” (2011): Set in Algiers in the 1920s, this meticulously drawn and fairy tale-like animated film by Antoine Delesvaux and Joann Sfar concerns a devoutly religious cat who gains the power of speech after swallowing a talking parrot.

   

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