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Soul film, funded by Venice Biennale cinema grant, lands in Memphis

Working with The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, Calais Entertainment has begun pre-production for a feature film to be shot entirely in Memphis and Shelby County. The film, with the working title, Untitled Memphis Project, is the fictional story of a popular singer’s transformation into what may be madness. Tim Sutton will direct it. It is Sutton’s second feature, following his critically praised and award-winning debut Pavilion.

Produced by John Baker, Untitled Memphis Project will begin filming late April and will wrap mid-May. It's premiere at The 2013 Venice Film Festival in August has already been confirmed by festival officials!

The film’s first casting call will take place this Saturday, March 23rd, at STOP 345. Located at 345 Madison Avenue in Memphis, the club is on the corner of Madison and Danny Thomas Blvd. (Limited parking will be available on Madison in the STOP 345 parking lot or in an additional parking lot around the corner.)


ADULT roles only, please: From 9am-2: 30pm*

CHILD roles only, please: From 2:30 pm-6:00pm*

NOTE: a parent or guardian must accompany CHILDREN under 18.

*If unable to attend, please submit photos and contact info to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


BOY: 9-13 years old. He rides around on his BMX bike throughout his neighborhood of South Memphis with his friends. He’s a little mischievous, imaginative, and comfortable around adults.

RECORD PRODUCER: 40-55 years old. A solid figure and record producer in the mold of old school producers of Hi Records or Stax. All heart and at home behind a mixing board, he isn’t bright-eyed -- more of a realist, but still has great passion for music.

DRIVER: 30-50 years old. A clouded and dark figure with haunted eyes. More presence than spoken lines. He drives a Fleetwood Cadillac from the ‘70s or ‘80s.

YOUNG WOMAN: 18-27 years old. Kind, warm, optimistic, her beauty shines through. A dreamer who isn’t naïve, but one still figuring out how the world works. Sweetheart of Ezra Jack, she could also be the daughter of the RECORD PRODUCER.

Pictured: Tim Sutton



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