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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!  

Special thanks to Christopher Reyes, Sarah Fleming, and the crew over at SE2M 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.


Sean Combs behind 'Undefeated' studio project

Rapper and entertainment mogul Sean 'Puffy' Combs has agreed to executive produce a fictionalized remake of Undefeated, the Oscar-nominated made-in-Memphis football documentary.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is hoping the studio project will be shot in Memphis as the documentary was last year.

Deputy Commissioner Sharon Fox O'Guin told News Channel 3 that, "It really would have a huge impact in the millions if they were to film here."

Undefeated is nominated for Best Feature Documentary at the Academy Awards later this month.

See the News Channel 3 story here.


Paper Moon's 'Pilgrim Song' at SXSW

The SXSW Film Festival coming up March 9-17 has a solid Memphis presence.

One is Pilgrim Song making its world premiere. Memphis-based Paper Moon Films (Nick Case and Ryan Watt) is the production company. Past Paper Moon projects Open Five and The Romance of Loneliness are Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission clients.

Case and Watt met director Martha Stephens at the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival where her film Passenger Pigeons screened in competition. "Indie Memphis is such a wonderful event to meet other talented filmmakers from all over the country. Erik Jambor has been instrumental in helping facilitate creative collaborations not only during the festival, but year-round," said Case.

John Beifuss, in his CA blog The Bloodshot Eye, writes about several films with local connections going to the Austin fest:

"One of eight films -- out of a staggering 1,112 submissions -- in the prestigious 'Narrative Feature Competition' is writer-director Martha Stephens' Pilgrim Song, shot in Kentucky and West Virginia and produced by Memphis' Paper Moon Films company, headed by Nick Case and Ryan Watt. The producers met Stephens at the 2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival, where the director's debut feature, a Kentucky tale titled Passenger Pigeons, was screened. Passenger Pigeons starred Memphis' Kentucker Audley, and Paper Moon produced Audley's lauded Open Five, another 2010 work. Pilgrim Song casts former Memphian Timothy Morton (a star of Audley's debut feature, Team Picture)."


OLM Film/Music Fest announces April lineup

The official selections have been announced for the 13th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest, 2012. For the lineup, go to the OLM site here.

Also, the official poster created by Will Phillips Jr. has been unveiled (at left).

The fest runs from April 19-22.


Ira Sachs film screens in Berlin

Memphian Ira Sachs’ latest feature, Keep the Lights On, premieres today at Berlinale to a sold-out audience. A hit at Sundance, Keep the Lights On was nominated there for the Grand Jury Prize. Memphians Adam Hohenberg and Iddo Patt acted as associate producers on the film.

Sachs directed Forty Shades of Blue in 2005 and The Delta in 1996, both of which were Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission clients.

For more info on the Berlinale, click here.


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