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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.


Robert Gordon, Kentucker Audley, Nick Case headed to Sundance

Memphians will have representation at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival next month.

In a story in The Commercial Appeal by John Beifuss, it’s reported that Memphis filmmaker and author Robert Gordon co-directed and co-produced the documentary “Best of Enemies” that will screen at Sundance. The film, part of the U.S. Documentary Competition, is about the 1968 television debates between conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal.

Gordon is author of “It Came from Memphis,” “Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters” and “Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion” published this year.

“Best of Enemies” was co-directed and co-produced by Morgan Neville, Gordon’s filmmaking partner. Neville, of Los Angeles, made “20 Feet from Stardom,” a film about music-industry backup singers that premiered at Sundance and won this year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Gordon and Neville previously collaborated the documentary “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story,” done six years before the book.

Memphis author and publisher Tom Graves, who is consulting producer on “Best of Enemies,” programmed some of the debate tapes at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in 2009. This became the genesis of the documentary.

Kentucker Audley, a Memphis filmmaker and actor who now lives in Brooklyn, stars in the Sundance-bound film “Christmas, Again,” written and directed by Charles Poekel. The film will screen in the festival’s “Next” slot for “next wave” American cinema.

Nick Case of Memphis, founder of local production company Paper Moon Films, will also have a film in the “Next” category with “Take Me to the River” by writer-director Matt Sobel. (This is unrelated to the Memphis music documentary of the same name).

Sundance will be Jan. 22-Feb. 1 in Park City, Utah.


On Location: Memphis Shorts Festival taking submissions

Submissions are being accepted for the On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival. The new event will be at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street each Tuesday night in July 2015. Three categories – Live Action Shorts, Animated Shorts and Documentary Shorts – will be spotlighted throughout the month, with one genre being screened each week.

The audience will complete review forms to select a favorite. Awards night will be the last Tuesday in July. The winner of each genre gets a spot in the 16th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest in September.

Films can now be submitted through FilmFreeway here.  A submissions link can also be found on the On Location website under the “OL:M Shorts Festival” heading.

Early Bird Deadline is Jan. 31, 2015, regular deadline Mar. 31, late deadline Apr. 1.

Filmmakers will be notified by April 30, 2015. Films do not have to be a world premiere, but should not have a distribution deal in place. On Location: Memphis has added a distribution division and will be reviewing submitted projects for various distribution opportunities. All submitted projects must be 30 minutes or less.



A look at “Free in Deed” with producer Mike Ryan

Producer Mike S. Ryan will shows scenes from the Memphis-made film “Free in Deed” and outline the path ahead at a presentation Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Circuit Playhouse as part of the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

The independent film, now in post-production, stars British actor David Harewood (“Homeland”) and Los Angeles-based Edwina Findley (“The Wire,” “Treme”), with the rest of the cast and much of the crew from Memphis. The film is a client project of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Director/writer Jake Mahaffy has been working for years to bring the project to life. It was originally going to be shot in Detroit, but Ryan convinced Mahaffy to shoot in Memphis. Other producers are Michael Bowes and Brent Stiefel. Memphian Ryan Watt is associate producer.

Most of the jobs in the film’s production went to local people. There were about 20 in the crew, including Morgan Jon Fox, Gloria Belz, Nicki Newburger and Sarah Fleming. Among the 51 locals with speaking roles are RaJay Chandler, Preston Shannon, Libra Mitchell, Helen Bowman, Candace Clough McGowen, Jan Falk, Alex Coker, Geoff Falk, Porsha Ferguson and Jon W. Sparks.

Ryan’s presentation is part of the festival’s INDIETALKS, sponsored by the Hohenberg Foundation. Free admission after Priority Pass, Festival Pass and Standby Card holders have been seated.

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Indie Memphis Film Fest Oct. 30-Nov. 2 - A Halloween Weekend Treat

Beginning tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30, Indie Memphis Film Festival kicks off a weekend of  films, panels, workshops — plus parties — all in the heart of Memphis in the newly revamped Overton Square.

Celebrating its 17th year, the festival appropriately tricks up the Halloween night schedule with a midnight showing of the 1978 horror hit, "Halloween." And -- for pass holders only -- a "Halloween Ball." Go to now to buy your pass and enjoy ALL the fun.

Saturday highlights include workshops by independent film greats (and former Film/TV Commission clients) Ted Hope and Mike Ryan.

And don't miss Saturday night's Hometowner Awards — presented by The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. This year's popular awards — given only to Memphis area filmmakers — are sponsored by state Sen. Mark Norris and Commission Board members Dr. O'Farrell Shoemaker and Dr. Richard Ranta.

For filmmakers with a script but no money, Sunday's events include a noon workshop on raising money for your film budget through crowd funding. Don't miss a Festival minute — go to and click on Festival Schedule and start planning now.


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