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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.


AFFT rally in Nashville Feb. 21

The Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee is holding a rally Tuesday, Feb. 21 on the steps of the Capitol in Nashville in support of legislation for film incentives.

The rally is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the AFFT has sent out this notice:

Bring your friends for a rally on the steps of the Capitol in support of incentives that will save our industry!!
Dress entirely in BLACK.
Make & bring your own hand-held signs that say something like:
1. Governor - help save our entertainment industry!
2. Only incentives will save TN entertainment!
3. Memphis wants to make movies!
4. I want to work in TN...not GA!
5. Over 150 people have already left TN for states with incentives!
6. Nashville wants to make film, television & music!
7. Tennessee's entertainment industry is dying. HELP!
8. Please support SB354/HB555!
Other statements are acceptable if they are simple. No threats. No &%$! words.
All attendees will be required to stay on the steps of the Capitol or on the sidewalk facing Charlotte Ave. No one is allowed to block traffic or areas where people need to enter offices.
If you're from areas other than Nashville, arrange carpools! But COME!!

We need HUNDREDS to show up. If lawmakers see only a few people, we are doomed.


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.


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