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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!

Supporting Partners of The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission:

Memphis Fast Forward Memphis ED

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.

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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 www.orpheum-memphis.com.


 
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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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FilmMemphis one of the best in the world

Look at this page carefully. It's just been honored as one of the hottest websites in the film industry worldwide.

This past weekend at the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) annual trade show on the Disney lot in Burbank, the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission Website was recognized as one of the top two film commission websites in the world.

The site you're looking at now was designed by Live from Memphis and totally funded through grants from the innovative public-private economic development initiative MemphisED.

The site was redesigned in late 2009 by entrepreneur and Website developer Christopher Reyes of Live From Memphis. The site features ongoing news and event updates of interest to potential clients and the local film community. It also features FilmMemphisTV, a series of videos highlighting productions by Commission clients that have shot locally.

The marketing awards were presented at the AFCI General Assembly Meeting on June 3 during AFCI Locations 2011 in Burbank, Calif. An independent judging panel of professional marketers and entertainment industry experts assessed each entry according to the criteria and selected finalists.

The winning commissions in the website category were:
1st Place: Film Victoria (Australia)
2nd Place: Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission
3rd Place: Serbia Film Commission

“For 15 years, the AFCI Marketing & Booth Awards have recognized the creativity of our members,” said Martin Cuff, Interim CEO of the AFCI. “As today’s global economy presents the entertainment industry with new challenges, it has become increasingly important to develop marketing and advertising campaigns that inspire filmmakers, capture audiences and span cultural divides.”

This great achievement for the Commission was noted in a story in The Commercial Appeal here.

Pictured: AFCI's Kevin Clark and Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission deputy commissioner Sharon O'Guin. Photo by Don Gray.

   
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Food Network finds filming in Memphis delicious

See the story headlined "TV food competition rolls into Court Square with a taste for pork" in The Commercial Appeal — about a Food Network show filming in Memphis.

In the story, Sharon O'Guin, deputy film commissioner for the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, said plans for filming began four months ago.

The story says:

O'Guin said for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, the commission has helped with about 40 TV shows, 10 music videos, 15 documentaries, five commercials, two national print campaigns and several movies.

The Food Network's 80-person film crew -- which, she said is good for hotels -- is tweeting and blogging about production.

"This is good national exposure for Memphis, especially with the assumption by the national media that we're under water," O'Guin said.


Which goes to show the variety of projects that keep Memphis a prime destination for entertainment production.

Twenty-five years and still producing!



   

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