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Amazon Studios a Marquee Sponsor of Indie Memphis

Amazon Studios, the film/TV production and distribution arm of Amazon.com Inc. has signed on as a Marquee Sponsor for the 19th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.

"Amazon Studios supports visionary auteurs and emerging filmmakers, an ideal representation of what we seek to showcase onscreen and build in our local film community,” says Indie Memphis executive director Ryan Watt.

The festival is presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., and taking place November 1-7, 2016, expanding to six screening venues throughout the city after receiving record attendance last year.

Amazon Studios has established itself as the leading content provider of independent films, creating original content and acquiring new releases by celebrated filmmakers. Their distribution model emphasizes the best of both worlds, as feature films receive wide theatrical distribution before they release for online streaming and download.

"A high-profile sponsor can be a magnet for other sponsors, new audience attendees and traveling filmmakers," Watt was quoted as saying in the Memphis Business Journal. "Our sponsors take the festival experience to a different level, something you can’t get at home in your living room. We premiere more than 130 films that have never been seen in Memphis, with live music in the theater before every screening, Q&As and panels with traveling filmmakers, plus parties and receptions with food, drinks and music. The access and engagement between our film participants and audiences is what makes the festival really exciting."

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Advisory Board meeting May 18

There will be a meeting of the advisory board of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission at Malco's Studio on the Square on May 18, 2016, beginning at noon. This meeting is open to not only all official liaisons, but also to the public. If you would like a relevant item considered for placement on the official meeting agenda, please email Linn Sitler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by the end of the business day, May 16, 2016. Your item will be considered for inclusion and you will be notified of the outcome. Thanks so much for your interest!

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MDQ Still Seeking Paid Extras

The “Million Dollar Quartet” project shooting in Memphis is seeking extras. The CMT Television series is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and the Tennessee Entertainment Commission.

Shoot dates: Filming will take place between 4/4/16 and 7/7/16 — extras could work anywhere from 1-15 days during this time period.

Compensation: NON-UNION — $64 for 8 hours ($8/hour) plus overtime after 8 hours. Work days are generally 12 hours long (sometimes less, sometimes more). Meals provided.

SEEKING the FOLLOWING TYPES as well as General Extras (all ages, all types):

- Actors to portray African American men, women and children

- High school cheerleaders (or over 18 to look younger cheerleader types)

- Rollerskaters

- Church parishioners

- Musicians

- High school basketball players (or over 18 to look younger basketball player types)

- Honky tonk patrons

- Teachers

- Bar and restaurant patrons

- Families

- Men and women with natural hair color (no dyes) and no tattoos or piercings

- High school students (or over 18 to look younger high school types)

- Townspeople

— and many other types. Seeking ALL AGES, ALL TYPES for a wide variety of everyday scenes

Overall Talent Considerations: NO professional acting experience required!

HOW TO SIGN UP for consideration:

The extras casting office is registering new talent via its website for this project. Simply go to www.onlocationcasting.net and complete a FREE Talent Application. (DO NOT pay for the suggested account upgrades). You will need to upload 1-2 recent color photos of yourself. And again - IGNORE the requests to pay for an 'active' account - it is NOT required to work with the casting office on this project.

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YOU MAY EMAIL: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line MDQ EXTRA. Please include your first and last name, a contact number, height, weight, age, city you live in and (2) recent photos taken within the past (2) months. Have (1) closeup photo of your face and (1) full body shot.

If you have any questions, please CALL 901-480-4667 (although email is the preferred method of communication)

Feel free to also visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/onlocationcasting and "like" the page as the casting office will be posting regularly about casting needs.

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'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 http://www.shangrilaprojects.com.

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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: https://memorytraces.formstack.com/forms/memorytraces

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.

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