Applause once more for Memphis, as the city joins other hot movie cities such as Albuquerque, Austin, Los Angeles and New York City on MovieMaker Magazine’s annual list of “Top 10 Big Cities for Filmmakers to Live and Work.”
In an interview with John Beifuss in today’s The Commercial Appeal, MovieMaker Magazine deputy editor Kelly Leow said Memphis won the No. 7 spot, citing “Memphis’ tight-knit film community” and “… a Film Commission that supports every project that comes through, no matter how small.”
Linn Sitler, the world's longest-serving film commissioner and Memphis & Shelby County's own film commissioner says: “How great to have this recognition as the No. 7 Movie City in the U.S., as our commission celebrates our 30th anniversary this year! Memphis is definitely film friendly and always has been, starting in the late 1980s when we hosted our first feature client, Jim Jarmusch’s ‘Mystery Train.’ Greatly adding to Memphis’ reputation as a ‘Top Movie City’ is Malco Theatres’ historic generosity in offering screenings of local films, local film premieres and even local and regional ‘runs’ of films by Memphis and Mid-South filmmakers! Our independent film community has grown into such a talented, supportive, and positive force. Each of our film festivals is unique — MovieMaker has even recognized Indie Memphis as one of the world’s coolest film festivals. Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O'Guin is definitely ‘hands-on’ with every project large or small. Our government leaders continue to support us through good times and bad. Our film commission and our filmmaking community definitely deserve the applause."
The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission reported to MovieMaker Magazine as part of the magazine’s qualifying process a total of 299 filming days in Commission-assisted projects for Fiscal Year 2013-2014. Clients ranged from larger projects such as the HBO/Cinemax production “Quarry” and the independent feature “Free in Deed” to the short film by Memphis filmmaker Melissa Anderson Sweazy: “The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention.” Also shooting were multiple locally produced music videos featuring Memphis musician Amy LaVere. International episodic television segments, reality TV shows, commercials and corporate videos also counted toward the 299 shooting days.
For the full story on why MovieMaker Magazine loves Memphis, go to moviemaker.com at noon CST today.
Memphis was first selected as a “Top Ten Movie City” in 2006. The city made the list again in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and returned again in 2014 in the No. 9 position.
For more information, contact Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler at 901.527.8300 extension 3.
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John Beifuss' article is here.