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Oxford Film Festival lineup

The Oxford Film Festival's 10th annual event takes place Feb. 21-24, 2013 at the Malco Theater in Oxford, Miss.

The lineup includes several Memphis films and works by local filmmakers, many of which have been supported by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Those include Mark Jones' feature Tennessee Queer, C. Scott McCoy's documentary Antenna, and Michael McCarthy's Native Son and Tupelove.

For the full lineup, go here.


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America's Got Talent auditions Dec. 11

Auditions for America's Got Talent will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center, 255 North Main St.

The show is open to any age and any talent. Anyone can audition at these open calls. To audition, go to this web site for pre-registration and information.

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Indie Memphis sets attendance record

This year's Indie Memphis Film Festival easily broke attendance records, say event organizers who released final figures this week.

The 15th annual festival, held Nov. 1-4 at various Midtown venues, attracted a record 11,028 fans of independent cinema. The previous record of about 8,000 festivalgoers was set in 2011.

For more, read The Commercial Appeal story here

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Commission clients = $1 million-plus

Movie, television and related companies contributed more than $1 million to the local economy during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, according to the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission's annual production report.

Read John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal here that details what was reported to the Commission board Wednesday. 

The story says: "Television producers were the biggest spenders, contributing more than $307,000 — an amount that on its own covers the $300,000 Film Commisson budget, contributed equally by Memphis and Shelby County government. Among the 21 programs that shot in Memphis or were based in Memphis while shooting segments in Mississippi and Arkansas were TLC's What Not to Wear, the Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible, Fox's America's Most Wanted and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report."

"Even in years with major feature films, TV has always been our meat and potatoes," said Linn Sitler, film commissioner.

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Board meeting Nov. 28

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on Wed., Nov. 28 at noon at Malco's Studio on the Square Theater (2105 Court Ave.).

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