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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.


Commission-connected films at Indie Memphis

Several films that are clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission are being screened at the Indie Memphis Film Festival in November.

Two Showcase Screenings are among the projects.

"Undefeated" is a documentary centering on three underprivileged student-athletes from Memphis' Manassas High School and the inspiration they need to not only overcome their bleak surroundings, but also to win the first playoff game in the school’s 110-year history.

"Losers Take All," directed by Alex Steyermark, is an indie rock comedy set in Memphis, circa 1986. The film follows The Fingers, who are formed when two average punks recruit two reluctant metal heads into their band. The soundtrack was recorded in Memphis at Scott Bomar's Electraphonic Recording studio with Marshall Crenshaw.

Also screening at Indie Memphis is "Woman's Picture," an anthology film written and directed by Memphian Brian Pera and inspired by classic women's films of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. The three-part story stars Ann Magnuson, Memphian Amy Lavere and Calpernia Addams.

There are other Commission-assisted projects in the film festival as well - check out the Indie Memphis Website here for more info.

"Woman's Picture" will screen Saturday, Nov 5, at 1:15 pm. "Undefeated" shows at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Nov. 3. "Losers Take All" will be at 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 5.

"Losers Take All," in addition to being a client project of the Film Commission, is a participant in The Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission/MemphisED Production Training Program. The innovative program, created by Film Commissioner Linn Sitler, offers a refund of local wages to the production company in exchange for on-the-job training of local crew.

“This year’s Indie Memphis is truly a celebration of the work of the Film Commission with these outstanding client films premiering there," said Sitler. “We can’t wait to see all the filmmakers again and have them show Memphis their films.”

Advance tickets are available. Indie Memphis members may purchase their first ticket at a $3 discount. For complete details about festival tickets and passes, please visit


Nov. 4 - Commission a sponsor in Willy Bearden honor

Dean Richard R. Ranta and the University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts Advisory Board cordially invite you to join in celebrating acclaimed Memphis author and filmmaker William "Willy" Bearden for the 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative and Performing Arts.

The Distinguished Achievement Award, established in 1979 in memory of Elvis Presley, recognizes outstanding career achievement and contributions by artists associated with Memphis and the Mid-South.

The award luncheon will be held Friday, Nov. 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rendezvous restaurant. Reservations are required. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of 8. For ticket information, call 678-5086 or 678-4372. Tickets are available online here. Please RSVP by Friday, October 28.

As a filmmaker, Bearden may be best known for his popular Memphis Memoirs series about local history. His films "Overton Park: A Century of Change," "Elmwood: Reflections of Memphis," and "Playing for a Piece of the Door: A History of Garage Bands in Memphis" continue to draw viewers when they air on public television.

His first feature film was "One Came Home," set in Mississippi just after World War II. The critically acclaimed film tells the story of a con artist who preys on a Mississippi family by posing as a wartime friend of the family’s son, who was killed in action in Europe.

Bearden produces commercials, educational and corporate films for such clients as the Blues Foundation, the Cotton Museum, the Elvis Presley Birthplace Museum, FedEx, the West Clinic, and the Memphis Wonders Series. He also is an event producer, staging productions like the annual W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards.

Bearden has also served as chairperson and presenter for the U of M’s popular annual “The Delta – Everything Southern!” conference.

This celebration is made possible by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, the Memphis Music Foundation, Carol and Mike Palazola, Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, FedEx Corporation and Sam Phillips Recording/Knox Music Inc.


New FreeSol/Justin Timberlake video

Here's the second Free Sol video with Justin Timberlake - a project that was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.


Oct. 27 - AFFT Memphis Membership Meeting

The Association for the Future of Film and Television in Tennessee is having its annual Memphis membership meeting Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at Dean Film & Video, 6695 Fletcher Creek Cove.

AFFT is a statewide group working to attract more film and video business to Tennessee.

The status of incentives legislation will be among topics discussed by AFFT Executive Director Jan Austin. Please go here for more information and to RSVP.

Non-members are welcome to join at the door by paying an annual AFFT membership fee of $25.  AFFT is a grass-roots coalition of actors, filmmakers, production crew, audio and video post-production technicians and talent, and other industry professionals from across the state.


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