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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:

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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.

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Repost: Tim Sutton's 'Memphis' premiere Sept. 19

Independent filmmaker Tim Sutton returns to Memphis on Friday, September 19th, for the opening weekend of the Memphis run of his feature film, "Memphis." As a special guest of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and Malco Theatres, Inc., Sutton becomes part of a decades-old Film Commission/Malco Theatres, Inc. tradition of bringing filmmakers back to the Mid-South community where they made their films. Previous filmmakers include Michael Hausman, Robert Altman, and Mike Ryan.

Sutton will be available after the 7:35 pm September 19th screening for a question and answer session with the audience. Additionally, the next day, Saturday, September 20th, at 11 am, Sutton and The Commercial Appeal's popular film writer, John Beifuss, will hold an hour-long discussion on the making of "Memphis" in Memphis. Admission to the discussion is free-of-charge. It will be held at Malco's Studio on the Square in midtown Memphis.

"Memphis" was one of the first films to win a grant from The Venice Biennale's international competition for emerging filmmakers in Venice, Italy. A client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, "Memphis" shot in the city for 21 filming days in spring, 2013.  That summer, the film premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. In January 2014,  "Memphis" screened at The Sundance Film Festival. Finally, September 19th at Memphis' Malco's Ridgeway Theatre, "Memphis" comes home! Tickets are regularly priced at $10 for the opening night 7:35 pm screening with Sutton present. Tickets will become available on Wednesday, September 17th, either online at Malco.com or at the Ridgeway box office.

The story of an initially successful blues musician searching for meaning in his life, "Memphis" stars real-life recording artist Willis Earl Beal. Memphis music legends Larry Dodson and Teenie Hodges make cameo appearances as themselves at Memphis' Royal Studios for Beal's recording sessions. Memphis music celebrity George Klein also makes an appearance as Beal's interviewer at the film's beginning. However, as his quest for significance begins a downward spiral, Beal leaves behind the show biz life of Memphis - finding himself more at home amongst the dilapidated shotguns and poverty of South Memphis. The film's cinematography, showing both the high and low parts of the cityscape, reflects Beal's shifting psyche and internal struggle. Scenes from Memphis' real-life Peace Baptist Church offer contrasting views of hope and salvation. It comes as no surprise that Richard Brody of The New Yorker has called "Memphis" a "...pictorial translation of the blues...." For the film's trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIY2X7Bhc1c

Local crew include associate producer Morgan Jon Fox, casting associate TC Sharpe and locations coordinator Christian Walker. Except for Beal, the cast is entirely local and non-professional, adding to the film's feeling of authenticity.

According to Jimmy Tashie, Senior Vice-President of Malco Theatres, Inc., and Chairman of the Film and Television Board, "Malco and The Commission have been partnering since the 1980s to give locally made films at least a screening. The lucky ones get a long run. We are happy to continue this tradition with Tim Sutton and "Memphis."

Sutton's Memphis visit in coordination with his film's opening is made possible by a grant from "Friends of the Film Commission," who have contributed to the Film Commission's 501(c) 3 arm. For more information on how to support The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission or for media inquiries about Mr. Sutton's appearances, call 901-527-8300, extension 3 for Linn Sitler, Film Commissioner.

Pictured: Willis Earl Beal in "Memphis."

 
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Commission Board meeting Sept. 17

The next Board Meeting for The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Malco's Studio on the Sqare Theatre at noon.

 
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Railroad safety class for Tennessee filmmakers and crew

Press release from the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission:

The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission (TFEMC), in partnership with IATSE Local 492 and IATSE Local 600, will present “Railroad Safety Awareness for Film and Entertainment Industry Workers” on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 in Nashville. The Nashville class is open to all individuals, especially Tennessee residents working in the film and entertainment industry who wish to learn more about railroad safety on the set of a production.

“Tennessee prides itself on fostering the type of creative environment that encourages film production, but more importantly, we are focused on ensuring the safety of all individuals involved in these productions across our state,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I encourage those involved in the film and entertainment industry to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Class will begin each day promptly at 8:30 a.m. Instructors include Arthur “Art” J. Miller Jr., Carol W. Wood and Kevin Amick. Art is a rail transportation specialist with more than 25 years of experience. Art’s credits include Schindler’s List, The Fugitive, Under Siege II – In Dark Territory, and Unstoppable. Carol is an award-winning film/TV production designer with more than 30 feature film, TV, and 2nd Unit Director Credits. Kevin is Director of Education for IATSE Local 479.

“I would like to encourage everyone working in production today to consider participating in this course,” TFEMC Executive Director Bob Raines said. “It’s important that our workforce possess the knowledge and skills to promote a safe work environment. I want to thank the IASTE for their partnership and continued support to training and set safety issues.”

“The IASTE local 492 is proud to be working with the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission to help create a better informed and safer work force,” Peter Kurland, Business Agent for the Local 492, said. “This class contains information which will be of great value to everyone involved, from locations people to make-up artists as well as producers.”

Each class will be a full-day training program combining classroom and field instruction with participants only required to attend one day. Passing an exam at the end of each instructional period is necessary in order to obtain a certificate of completion. This class will cover basic railroad safety for production personnel; how to know when a production is properly authorized to work on a railroad; federal railroad safety regulations; and how to effectively report safety concerns.

The classroom portion will be held at NuMynd Studios located at 915 Twin Elms Ct. in Nashville and will begin at 8:30 a.m. each morning. There will then be a short move to the Central Tennessee Railway Museum located at 220 Willow St. in Nashville to complete the field exercises and exam.

There is a $50 registration fee for this class, which includes a catered lunch. This fee is refundable to Local 492 and Local 600 members in good standing who complete the course. There are no refunds for failure to attend a course or to complete the course. Union and non-union crew will need to remit payment, include the REGISTRATION FORM and note which date you wish to attend—either Saturday, September 27 or Sunday, September 28—to: IATSE Local 492 PO BOX 90174 NASHVILLE, TN 37209. Checks should be made out to IATSE Local 492.

This is a limited-seating class and once seat capacity is filled, there will no longer be room for additional applications. Registration for these classes ends on September 20.

For any questions concerning payment or class details, please contact Marcia Eden, Education Coordinator- IATSE Local 492, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   
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Register for Southern Heritage Classic Business Conference: Sept. 11

Get the inside scoop on the business side of entertainment at the free Southern Heritage Classic Business Conference coming Thursday, Sept. 11.

The sessions include “The Business of Music, Film, & Entertainment.” Panelists include: Linn Sitler, Film Commissioner for the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission; Johnnie Walker, Executive Director of the Memphis Music Commission; Keelyn Ellis of Ellis Music Group; John Bass, Director of the Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College; and Krystal Johnson, Interim Executive Director of the UrbanArt Commission.

The featured speaker for the conference is Sweetie Pie's Restaurant founder Robbie Montgomery.

It’s at the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology, 365 Innovation Drive, from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Sept. 11.  (Continental breakfast and check-in are 7:30-8 a.m.)

The conference is free but pre-registration is required. Register on the Business Conference website at www.shcbusiness.com.

Questions? Call 901-636-6520, www.shcbusiness.com and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


   

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