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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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Oct. 22 - FuelFilm:Memphis workshop with David Bennett

Former State Film Commissioner David Bennett will share the bounty of his experience with FuelFilm:Memphis’ guests at the upcoming workshop, “Making Your Package”, Saturday, October 22 from 1-4 pm at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is sponsoring the event being put on by the nonprofit FuelFilm:Memphis.

The workshop will take filmmakers through the rigors of assembling a business plan to present to prospective investors.

As Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commissioner under former Governor Phil Bredesen, Bennett was responsible for bringing feature films to all of Tennessee, including the Mid-South. He is also a past governor of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, MidSouth Chapter, and is currently chairman of its “Rising Star” Award. Since leaving the governor’s office, Bennett and his associated companies (including Altura Productions and Freewill Films) have created and produced independent and documentary films and music programming for the big and small screen.

FuelFilm was founded in 2009 for educating and empowering filmmakers in the MidSouth and is approaching the end of their second year agenda of workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and hands-on film projects. Attendees this year have learned the basics of filmmaking, including: elements of screenwriting, creating a short film, pitching story ideas, writing a synopsis of a project, and casting crew and actors. This final piece of the puzzle is intended to turn the creative minds toward the “business” of filmmaking.

FuelFilm:Memphis is grateful for the continuing support of the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission and the tireless work of Commissioner Linn Sitler. We appreciate the sponsorship of the Memphis Economic Development, and The Peabody Hotel. We remain perpetually indebted to our “parent” organization, LaunchMemphis; together, we are growing filmmaking as the “business” of entertainment in the MidSouth!

You don’t have to be a filmmaker to benefit from this workshop. For the $10 entry fee, you can learn from industry professionals, make new contacts, connect with local filmmakers on current and upcoming projects, and walk away with a feasible business plan. (Register in advance on EventBrite, or pay at the door. NOTE: a limited number of discounted student tickets are available, with student ID.) Don’t miss David Bennett’s lecture and workshop, “Making Your Package.”


 
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Production Directory: Reminder

Attention all LOCAL production professionals and related companies: Our next Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission Production Directory is in progress now. If you haven't listed before, do it now! (And if you have, please update your listing).

It's FREE for all living in Shelby County and surrounding areas, and is the best way to let our local and worldwide clients know of you, your experience and services!

Please go to www.ozonline.tv to get listed now! Call us if you have questions at 901-527-8300 x2


 
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'Footloose' makes strong weekend showing

Craig Brewer's "Footloose" — the film that could have been and should have been shot in Tennessee — was last weekend's highest grossing new release and looks to be a success for Memphian Brewer and for Paramount.

The shot-in-Georgia project, which Brewer had tried to get shot in Tennessee, topped the charts on Friday, its opening night. It ended the weekend a close second ($16.1 million) overall to "Real Steel" ($16.3 million), which was in its second weekend on screens.

It looks like the film will more than make back its $24 million production budget that came so close to being spent in Tennessee.

Read Chris Herrington's story about the box office numbers here.


   
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'Memphis Beat' cancelled by TNT

"Memphis Beat" has been cancelled by TNT. The last episode, which concluded its second season, aired in August.

The Jason Lee TV police drama was a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, but chose to do most of its shooting in New Orleans. It did come to Memphis to get some footage of the city for environmental scenes. It also made great use of some great Memphis music throughout.

But there were plenty of complaints by true blue Memphis lovers about its lack of location authenticity.

Here's John Beifuss' story on the cancellation.



   

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