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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!

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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.


On Making Memphis a Movie Mecca

Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler recently had a letter to the editor published in The Commercial Appeal, responding to a column addressing film incentive issues.

Here's what Linn said in the letter headlined "Making Memphis a Movie Mecca" that ran Sunday, July 10:

Carol L. Gothe's passionate and well-written column (June 26, "Why not build on city strength for job growth?") expresses the widespread desire in Memphis and the Mid-South to have the movie industry -- big movies, small movies, independent movies, studio movies -- flourish once more in our area. Her frustration is felt by us all -- and most especially by The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. However, let's give Gov. Bill Haslam's new administration a chance. He did make a small but significant symbolic gesture of support for the film industry by placing $2.5 million into the administration's film incentives fund.

State Sen. Mark Norris, state Rep. Steve McManus and Mayors A C Wharton and Mark Luttrell have been earnestly at work with the new administration. Filming incentives were at the top of both mayors' legislative agendas this last session. MemphisED also placed it at the top of theirs.

Admittedly, former governor Phil Bredesen's administration made a very big mistake when not coming up with the final $1.8 million in film incentives/investment package to secure Craig Brewer's "Footloose." This mistake will become even more obviously horrific with the film expected to open to acclaim and big box office this fall.

Let's all let our state representatives and senators know that we want the big business -- the jobs of the movie industry again. Most important, the new administration needs to know. And a big note of appreciation to all our elected officials who have already been quietly working behind the scenes to make this happen.

Linn Sitler


Check out the 'Footloose' trailer

Memphis is a veritable breeding ground for talent - you know it if you live here. Craig Brewer is among the talented locals who is doing well in Hollywood and his latest, coming out in October, is "Footloose." View the trailer here.

Craig fought to get the project filmed here, but it went to Georgia as we all know. But Craig, who keeps a production office in town, is still doing what he can to continue to get projects filmed here. Past efforts include "Hustle & Flow,"  "Black Snake Moan" and "$5 Cover," all of which generated a lot of good buzz for the city.

Keep on buzzin', Craig!


Commission's Made-in-Memphis Films Showcased at Orpheum

"Hustle & Flow" leads the pack of films in the Orpheum's first Memphis Film Fest to celebrate the venue's upcoming stage productions. The films all have a strong Memphis connection and most were made with the assistance of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Here's the lineup. All showtimes are 7:15 p.m.

Friday, July 1: "Hustle & Flow"

Thursday, July 7: "The Firm"

Friday, July 8: "The Last Picture Show"

Thursday, July 14: "The Rainmaker"

Friday, July 15: "The Blind Side"

Thursday, July 21: "Great Balls of Fire"

Friday, July 22: "Memphis Heat"

Friday, July 29: "Walk the Line"

For this Friday's "Hustle & Flow" screening, writer and director Craig Brewer will make a special guest appearance and a brief discussion before the film begins.

"Hustle & Flow" is the 2005 independent drama film produced by John Singleton and starring Terrence Howard in an Oscar-nominated performance as DJay, a pimp with aspirations of grandeur who wants to make it as a rapper. The 2005 Sundance Audience Award winner also won an Oscar for Best Original Song ("It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp").

The Orpheum's Memphis Film Fest (not to be confused with the long running Memphis Film Festival) features Memphis-themed movies in celebration of The Orpheum’s 2011-2012 Broadway Series. With "Memphis" and "Million Dollar Quartet" set to hit the Orpheum stage, the new series has been appropriately deemed the “Memphis season.” Movies in The Memphis Film Fest will include pre-show talks and special appearances by familiar faces from the Memphis film scene.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at the Orpheum box office, Ticketmaster or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood. Doors open at 6 p.m. for pre-movie fun and live music in the lobby.

A 10-ticket pack is available for $50 in advance at the Orpheum box office or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and may be used in any combination for any movie in the series. For more information, call (901) 525-3000 or visit


June 22 - Entertainment Panel

This Wednesday from 9:15-9:45 a.m., at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, the Mid-South Minority Business Council Economic Development Fair will hold an industry panel titled "Economics of Entertainment: Memphis' Role in Music and Film."

Panelists include Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler;  Memphis & Shelby County Music Commissioner Johnnie Walker; Andy van Roon, Chairman, Film-Com Financing and Distribution Market; Pat Mitchell Worley, Director of Development & Communications of the  Memphis Music Foundation.

Admission is free.


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