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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!  

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.


'Memphis Heat' soundtrack, screenings at 5th anniversary celebration March 24

The official release of the soundtrack to “Memphis Heat: The True Story of Memphis Wrasslin’” takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the Malco Paradiso Theater, 584 South Mendenhall in Memphis. After the release party, there will be a screening of the film, which is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. This is the fifth anniversary of the documentary's release.

The soundtrack LP has music featured in the documentary and was produced by Doug Easley. All but one of the tunes were written, recorded and produced in Memphis for the film.

Present at the event will be stars of the documentary, including Jerry Jarrett, one of the prominent figures in wrestling history. The soundtrack will be available beginning Friday at music stores and online at


Actors sought for ‘Traces’

“Traces,” an innovative new short virtual reality film, is calling for auditions on Thursday, March 24 in Memphis. The project is assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

In “Traces,” the main character is Willie E. White, an 88-year old African-American woman living with dementia. She recounts her time as a young girl living in the fields near Mason, Tenn. As her words transport us back in time, traces of memory fall in and out the old wooden farmhouse where she was raised, the coconut cakes her mom made on Sunday mornings, her favorite white dress and the hymns she sang in the choir at church. Through these vibrant recollections, we journey with Willie as she searches for the words to one of her favorite songs and the meaning of memory in this new and fragmented landscape.

The filmmaker's work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, the Davey Awards, the Webby Awards, Vimeo Staff Picks and film festivals all over the world.

Auditions are this Thursday, March 24 at Street Ministries at 1304 N. Graham St. Memphis, TN 38122 from 12-5 p.m.

If you're interested in auditioning, please sign up here:

All who audition must be available for filming the following weekend on April 1, 2 and 3. Some travel outside of Memphis is required and will be reimbursed. Cast will be paid.

Please contact Gabriela Arp ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) with any questions about casting or production.


Casting for STAX stage musical: Register now for auditions March 21-24

SOULSVILLE FOUNDATION announces that the fascinating story of Stax Records is now being turned into a musical production named "Heart of Soul" and the producers are trying to cast as many roles as possible right here in Memphis. Roles are open for numerous characters that helped make Stax Records one of the most successful, integrated and authentic stories in American history, right here in Memphis.

Academy Award-nominated producer Stuart Benjamin ("Ray"), who has teamed with Stax Records owners Concord Music Group for the production, said, “We know this is a uniquely Memphis story about talented Memphians that changed history forever. Our goal is to keep this musical uniquely Memphis by casting the talented people Memphis has today, both black and white just as Stax was in its heyday.”

Just some of the roles being cast include Stax Records founder Jim Stewart, his sister Estelle Axton, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Mavis Staples, Isaac Hayes, Al Bell, and all four members of the integrated house band Booker T, & the MGs: Steve Cropper, Al Jackson Jr., Donald 'Duck' Dunn, and Booker T. Jones.

In June 2016 "Heart of Soul ... The Stax Musical" will begin a 4-week rehearsal workshop in Memphis followed by two live presentations for invited guests as well as the public. The plans call for taking the musical to another major city with the ultimate goal of a Broadway run.

According to Steve Cropper, “This is such an exciting project and just a great opportunity for Memphis and Memphians. I hope the turnout for these auditions represents the greatness of the story. I can’t wait to find out who is going to play me.”

Auditions are being held at Hattiloo Theater in Overton Square March 21, 22, 23, and (for dancers) 24. Anyone interested in playing one of these legends must register online at or at this link:

For more information, please contact:

Tim Sampson – Soulsville Foundation - 901-946-2535 ext. 324 /  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Commission Board of Directors' Meeting

Our next Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Board of Directors' meeting will be Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at noon at Malco's Studio on the Square Theater (2105 Court Ave).


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