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On Location: MEMPHIS fest open for entries

On Location: MEMPHIS is open for entries for the film festival that will run April 25-27, 2013.

Both local filmmakers and filmmakers from all around the world are encouraged to submit their best features, documentaries, live action shorts, animation, and music videos to the 14th annual international film and music festival.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is again a sponsor as it has been for all 14 years of the festival.

Early submission deadline is September 15, 2012.  The absolute deadline for entries is December 15, 2012.  Filmmakers should check for submission guidelines and entry portals. There is a link to withoutabox on the website

For the 14th annual festival, the opening night film will be at the Malco Paradiso Theater. Malco’s newly refurbished Ridgeway 4 Theater will be the site for the rest of the films selected to be shown.

There will also be music showcases again this year, place and time to be announced later.



All-local 'Tennessee Queer' screenings

The all-locally produced Tennessee Queer is having two premiere performances on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at Malco's Paradiso Theatre at 6:30 and 9 p.m.

The film was shot last year and is a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Tickets are $10 and can be bought at

Except for the last day of shooting, this entire film was made within an 9 mile radius of Union/East Parkway.  The last day of shooting was in Shelby County, near the Wolfchase mall.

The cast and crew are all local and the film, produced by 88/3rd Productions, was written and executive produced by Mark Jones. 

The film has been getting favorable treatment as it tours several film festivals around the country. The comedy looks at what happens when religion, politics and gay pride clash in a small Tennessee town when out, proud and living in New York Jason Potts returns home to make life better for the LGBT teenagers.


Local actress cast in Lifetime pilot

Former Arlington resident and Bolton High School graduate Jade Bartlett has been cast in a starring role in Cinnamon Girl, an A&E Lifetime drama pilot co-created and executive produced by Renée Zellweger.

Jade is represented by the Memphis- and New York-based Lisa Lax Agency. The agency, owned by Memphian Lisa Lax, opened its New York offices a year ago. It has booked several people from its New York office in various roles, but this is the first to be cast as a series regular.

“This is a tribute to the great talent in the Memphis area,” said Lax, “and especially to Jade who is exceptionally talented and has always worked hard at everything she does.”

This is the television debut for Jade, an actress, writer and lyricist who was born in Tennessee. She moved to Memphis in the seventh grade and attended Bolton High School where she distinguished herself in several theatrical productions and was recognized for her writing.
After graduation, she went to New York City to attend the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. She has been performing Off-Broadway and in regional productions and she has written two plays and a musical, one of which is being produced in the fall in New York.

Her musical Ligeia, written with fellow composer Elyssa Samsel, has had several industry readings in New York with an all star Broadway cast. Her play Miller's Girl received two industry readings this spring and is in consideration for film production.

Jade is also an accomplished singer and member of the band The Wonderland Robbers, with American Idol top-50 finalist Nick Boddington, whom she met competing in the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Competition.

The storyline of Cinnamon Girl takes place in the Los Angeles music and movie scenes of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Also starring are Allie MacDonald (Score: A Hockey Musical), Alexis Knapp (Project X), Brooke Anne Smith and Sebastian Piggott.

Jade's character Lou is the lead singer for a club band, something of a mother figure to the young hippies and rock and roll types crowding her Laurel Canyon home.

After Jade had won the role, she got a call from Renée Zellweger and writer Anthony Tambakis. "I was at my parent's house with my mom and boyfriend when my phone rang. I answered and heard a thick drawl say 'Jade?', and I knew exactly who it was. They'd called to congratulate me, but I'd been awake for 36 hours at this point, and they were telling me how proud and excited they were while I just kept giggling like an idiot. I think I said, 'I've been awake a long time. I'm dying,' but they knew what I meant. When I hung up I looked at my mom and boyfriend and said, 'Well, that was Renee, just calling me on my phone. Renee Zellweger has my phone number.' And then I slept for two days."

For more information on the production, go to



Free screenings of 'West of Memphis'

There will be six free showings of the documentary West of Memphis over the next seven weeks.

The documentary about the West Memphis Three was produced by Peter Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Two screenings are set for 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 12) and tomorrow (Sept. 13). Tonight's is at the Malco Paradiso, and tomorrow's at the Cordova Cinema. Advance tickets are not available.

This is the fourth major feature documentary about the case. Three HBO films were done by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky (a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission): Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), and the Oscar-nominated Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011).

Here's John Beifuss' story on the free screenings.



Outflix continues through Thursday

The 15th annual Outflix Film Festival is continuing through Thursday at the Malco Ridgeway Four. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is supporting the festival that is featuring movies with LGBT content.

John Beifuss at the CA looks at Outflix here, and Chris Herrington of the Flyer writes about it here.

Tickets are $9 per feature; $24 for three features; $45 for seven features; or $75 for a week’s pass.


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