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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.

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Commission Board meeting for February

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on Wednesday, February 15th, at Malco’s Studio on the Square at noon.

 
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Crew sought for 'Nashville'

The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission has announced that the Lionsgate/ABC television pilot Nashville is being filmed in Nashville late March and is looking for crew.

Please send your resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include your occupation in the subject line.

This is for crew only. Producers and production management are already in place. Casting information will be made available later.

 
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Commission client 'Undefeated' gets Oscar nomination!

This morning's Oscar nominations included one made-in-Memphis film. Nominated in the Best Documentary category is Undefeated, the coming-of-age story of the football team at Manassas High School.

The documentary was inspired by a story in The Commercial Appeal about Manassas High School football player O.C. Brown. It premiered in March at SXSW in Austin, Texas and screened in November at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Undefeated tracks coaches and players through the 2009-2010 season as it aims to win the first playoff game in the school's 110-year history.

The documentary was made in cooperation with Memphis City Schools and with the assistance of the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission. The directors, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, and producer Rich Middlemas lived here for nearly a year and shot 500 hours of video. Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O'Guin worked closely with Middlemas to help make the project happen.

Also nominated this morning in the Best Documentary category were Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (about the West Memphis 3 and also screened at Indie Memphis); Hell and Back Again, an embedded journalist's account of a Marine company in Afghanistan; If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, a look at the radical movement; and Wim Wender's Pina, a 3-D dance performance.

The 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, hosted by Billy Crystal.

Here's the IMDB link for Undefeated.


   
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Longtime Commission client McCarthy makes 'Tupelove'

Memphis filmmaker Michael McCarthy "has gone Elvis-legit, so to speak, uniting his distinctive indie-cult sensibility with the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau to create a short film titled Tupelove," says John Beifuss in his story in The Commercial Appeal.

The 15-minute film can be found at tupelo.net, a promotion for the town where Elvis Presley was born 77 years ago.

McCarthy - dubbed by Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler as "The Godfather of Memphis Film" - has been a client of the Commission for years. He was honored in 2001 in Spain for his work, and director Craig Brewer has said he considers McCarthy to be a teacher and influence.

The film features Memphis actor/musician Amy LaVere and New York-born, Memphis-based actor Corey Parker.


   

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