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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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'Sweetie Pie’s’ Premieres Tonight (7/12) on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) - with a Memphis Flavor!

Acclaimed soul food chef and Sweetie Pie’s restaurant owner Miss Robbie Montgomery and her family are returning to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Saturday, July 12 at 8 p.m. Central time for another lively season of the Pilgrim Studios-produced, NAACP Image Award-winning docu-series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s.”

The production is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

OWN says: In an all-new season, Miss Robbie and her son, Tim, prepare to expand their restaurant empire beyond St. Louis with a new location on historic Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  Getting the restaurant together is no easy task as they prepare to renovate the new location and find staff to train in time for the summer rush.  Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, Tim struggles with planning the move to Memphis while continuing to manage the local restaurants, and hires a new district manager, Ma’ri, who quickly implements change and starts ruffling the staff's feathers.  As if Miss Robbie’s plate wasn’t full enough, she’s also moving ahead with launching her new Sweetie Pie’s Sweet Tea line. It’s all systems go as this family works hard to expand their brand – one recipe at a time.

When talking about her new restaurant in Memphis, Sweetie Pie’s owner and co-manager Miss Robbie said, “You are never too old to stop dreaming and it truly is an honor to be invited to open up my next Sweetie Pie’s restaurant on historic Beale Street in Memphis.  I used to play in Memphis all the time during my days as an Ikette, and it’s great to be helping bring African American-owned businesses back to an area that has such significance to our community.”

See a video here: www.oprah.com/sweetiepiesfirstlook

About “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s”: When Robbie Montgomery, a 1960s backup singer and former Ikette, suffered a collapsed lung and had to stop singing, she decided to pour her talents into another creative venture: a soul food restaurant called Sweetie Pie’s.  At her family-centered eateries, which include Sweetie Pie’s at the Mangrove, Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust and the original Sweetie Pie’s established in 1996, which Miss Robbie runs with her son, Tim, both hilarity and drama are offered in equal measure.  This docu-series follows the loud, loving and often singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at a time.

 
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Film Commission Board meeting next Wednesday

The next Board Meeting for The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is Wednesday, July 16 at Malco's Studio on the Square Theatre at noon.

 
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New Memphis Institute features Craig Brewer

New Memphis Institute is hosting a luncheon for a talk with Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer. 

Brewer will discuss how Memphis influences his work as a filmmaker. He is known for “Hustle & Flow,” the story of a Memphis pimp (winner of the Audience Award at Sundance), “Black Snake Moan,” “Footloose” and “$5 Cover.”

Tickets and tables are available from New Memphis Institute here (early bird rates until Thursday).

Luncheon is noon to 1:30 p.m. on July 17 at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave.

   
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How Film-Com Gets Things Done

Tennessee-based Film-Com is an annual packaging, financing and distribution market that connects filmmakers and their new projects to domestic and foreign distribution companies. Now in its fifth year, it also connects the parties to P&A capital, banks, gap financing, co-production partners, packaging agents and product integration specialists.

This year’s Film-Com business market is in Nashville from June 17-20. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is teaming with Fuel Film to encourage those interested in film marketing to attend. For information on the events, go here.

Tricia Montgomery, Founder and President of K9 Fit Club, credits Film-Com with great things happening.

K9 Fit Club made a presentation at Film-Com in 2012 where Montgomery met Collin Reno of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. As a result, the K9 Fit Club show is now under contract with Collin, who in turn has placed her in contact with many others, including David Broome (“The Biggest Loser”) Rachel Ray and Jon Rosen. She has consulted with Broome on a proposed project.

Montgomery also says:

We are working with Seth Willenson (who we met at Film-Com through Mitchell Galin) on several items including filming produced segments, and an infotainment series. We will be filming beginning July/August 2014 on transformation and inspirational stories of people whose lives have been transformed by their best friends (their dogs!)

K9 Fit Club will be featured in a two-part  episode of the show “Lucky Dog” on CBS

We have had much National and Regional attention. This includes Today Show (x3), Good Morning America, CNBC, FOX Business, Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, the Associated Press and more. I am currently a correspondent for FOX and known nationally as the Human/Canine Fitness Expert.

We were featured in the Pet Wellness Supplement in the Washington Post and Media Planet/USA Today. I am featured with Rachel Ray, Beth Stern and Jackson Galaxy (Animal Planet – My Cat from Hell), discussing the role dogs play in our lives for fitness and wellness and a transformational story.

We are part of the “Peabody” the DVD launch, promotion tour in LA. We will be teaching K9 Fit Club classes to 500 children with the “Peabody” dogs and teaching them about health, fitness and wellness.

We currently have 10 K9 Fit Clubs across the country. Tomorrow we open the very first Online Education System for Human/Canine Fitness for anyone who wants to be certified in K9 Fit Club.

We are working with a major player in the gaming/entertainment industry and launching a unique, first of its kind, gadget.

We are launching a shelter project, where humane associations and animal shelters across the country will have access to K9 Fit Clubs programs.

We are working with University of Tennessee on creating the first standardized Human/Canine Fitness Program

And much much more.

   

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