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Beale Street kicks off MTV "O Music Awards" June 27

New York/Memphis, June 7, 2012 – Viacom Music Group, which includes MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, today announced the first batch of diverse artists set to join The Flaming Lips in their quest to break the Guinness World Records title for “The Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (Multiple Cities).”  And the competition will start in Memphis, on Beale Street, where as W.C. Handy once sang, “…every night is Saturday night!”  There, in W. C. Handy Park, the New Fumes will open for The Flaming Lips before the bands race to the MTV concert tour bus, heading to performance gigs in both Clarksdale, MS, and Oxford, MS, before the night is over!

The selection of Memphis as the kick-off city for the on-line concert competition thrills Memphis Mayor AC Wharton: “We’ll show MTV once again our one-of-a-kind Memphis hospitality!” Memphis civic leader and developer, John Elkington, the single person credited with resurrecting Beale Street in the early 1980s from blocks of closed-up shops and falling-down clubs reacted, “MTV’s ‘O Awards’ – where else would they go but Beale Street? Show biz, fun, and a built-in cool audience watching The Flaming Lips perform on-line and in Handy Park. This is the Beale Street of my dreams.”

Recently, Memphis has been the choice for many other MTV productions, all clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. They include Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer’s on-line music dramatic series, $5 Cover, and the on-line horror dramatic series, Savage County. However, Memphis’ history with MTV stretches back as far as 1998, when the MTV Sports & Music Festival 2 rocked on the banks of the Mississippi River in Tom Lee Park.

Tickets for the Memphis event will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at The “O Music Awards” kick-off is presented in coordination with Performa Entertainment Real Estate, The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, and The Memphis Music Foundation.



Memphis Film Festival - May 31-June 2

Great interview with legendary actor L.Q. Jones in John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal on the Memphis Film Festival.

The festival begins Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center in Olive Branch.

A Mid-South tradition for four decades, the festival is an annual celebration of the golden age of Hollywood in general and the Western genre in particular.

Read it here.



CA praises Indie Memphis

In an editorial Friday, The Commercial Appeal praised the Indie Memphis Film Festival for its contributions to the city, including recently being named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" for the month of November by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission clients that have screened at Indie Memphis include the Oscar-winning documentary "Undefeated," the indie comedy "Losers Take All," the MTV thriller "Savage County" and Craig Brewer's ode to Memphis music "$5 Cover."

The Commission has supported Indie Memphis as a sponsor since the second festival. Indie Memphis will present the 15th annual festival in November of this year and again, the Commission will be working with it to showcase the work of our clients.

Here's part of the CA's editorial. For the full text, go here.

"Sometimes we Memphians get so caught up in griping about what we don't have, that we overlook the local gems that make the city special.

"One of those is the Indie Memphis Film Festival ... which engages in a diverse, year-round schedule of cultural and arts events ...

"It takes a lot of pieces to make a city a desirable place to live or visit. The Indie Memphis Film Festival is one of those pieces."



Oxford Film Festival call for entries

The Oxford Film Festival organizers opened submissions recently for the 10th anniversary festival to be held Feb. 21-24, 2013. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 1. Entries will be accepted in the animated short, documentary short, experimental short, narrative short, documentary feature and narrative feature categories with special prizes for Mississippi films. Mississippi filmmakers are also encouraged to submit music video entries via the festival website for free.

May 9 to July 15, 2012 = Early bird rate

July 16-September 15, 2012 = Regular rate

September 16-October 15, 2012 = Late rate

October 16-November 1 = WAB Extended rate

For additional information, go to the Oxford Film Festival site here



May 19: Bikesploitation II: Some Bike it Hot!

Live From Memphis presents “Bikesploitation II: Some Bike It Hot” a celebration of bikes, films, and community. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held Saturday, May 19 at the Sears Crosstown Building (495 N. Watkins) from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Schedule of Events

6:30pm - Come on your bike if you can, there will be plenty of secure areas for bike parking (there’s also parking for 4-wheeled vehicles).

6:30-8:30pm - Mobile Music Machine featuring Interrobang and MC Griddle.

7:00-8:30pm - Memphis Hardcourt Bike Polo ( - if you haven’t had a chance to see this crazy sport you need to check it out!

8:30-10:00pm - Bikesploitation Film Screening - We've been scouring the globe to bring you an entertainingly diverse collection of bicycle-themed shorts from around the world (and Memphis too). See below for list of films that will screen.

Additional activities include interactive Bike Art and a Bike-themed Photo-booth. There will also be opportunities to purchase food from the Cafe Eclectic Hot Dog Cart (, Drag?n Frozen Treats (, and, of course, we?ll have beverages to quench your thirst!

Films from Memphis

“Bad Bikes” | dir. Corduroy Wednesday

“Bike Lee” | dir. Ranetta Jackson

“Cyclocross 2011” | dir. Outdoors Inc “Meditations on Two Wheels” | dir. Robert Rowan “The Village Bicycle” | dir. Elle Bomb Productions “Working Bikes” | dir. Matt Weatherly

“Victory Bicycle Studio” | dir. New School Media

Films from Around the World

“Bike Love” | dir. Rick Darge | Los Angeles, CA

“Golden Tree” | dir. Ninian Doff | London, UK

“Keelan Phillips - Bicycle Ballet (Flatland BMX)” | dir. Visive Productions | Kent, UK “Winter?s Edge” | dir. John Amunet | Helsinki, Finland

“Velo Coffee Roasters” | dir. Kohl Threlkeld | Chattanooga, TN

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