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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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New incentives package makes Tennessee state of choice for indie projects

From the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development:

NASHVILLE – Changes to state law made during the 107th General Assembly will mean $2 million in anticipated funding for the state’s film incentive program, administered by the Tennessee Film Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC).

In addition, reforms to the state’s film funding grant formula will give smaller, indigenous film productions access to a larger share of available grant dollars.

Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) (pictured) sponsored a repeal of the refundable tax credit available to film productions under TCA § 67-4-2109(j). The repeal will mean an additional $2 million in funding for the Tennessee Film/TV Incentive Fund.

Norris said the move makes TFEMC the “one-stop shop” for film incentives in the state and ends a complex system of incentivizing productions through both TFEMC grants and refundable tax credits issued by the Department of Revenue.

"We recognize the importance of the film industry not only to the economy of the state but to the welfare of countless Tennesseans whose livelihoods depend on it,” Norris said. “This new program simplifies, streamlines and strengthens our commitment to the film industry."

Changes made to the Tennessee Film/TV Incentive Fund grant formula by the TFEMC are designed to promote the development of indigenous production and attract independent filmmakers by streamlining the incentive delivery process.

Under the new program, projects with budgets over $200,000 will be eligible to receive grants equal to 25 percent of their qualified Tennessee expenditures. Previously, the combined grant and tax credit system awarded a 17 percent grant and 15 percent refundable tax credit only to productions with budgets over $1 million.

“As part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan, the entertainment industry was identified as one of the key industries in which the state has a clear competitive advantage,” Bill Hagerty, commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, said.  “I would like to thank Sen. Norris for his vision on this bill and members of the General Assembly for their support.”

The TFEMC is part of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development: The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to



Memphis film industry saluted by Carnival - Daily News

Fine story by Aisling Maki here in today's Daily News on Carnival Memphis' honoring the Memphis film industry. 

Here's an excerpt from the story: 

Film director Craig Brewer, “Undefeated” star Bill Courtney, and Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler are among those who’ll be honored Wednesday, May 9, as Carnival Memphis salutes the Mid-South’s movie and film industry during its annual Business & Industry Salute Luncheon.

Each year a Carnival king is chosen, and this year’s king is Michael Lightman Sr. Although he works in the real estate industry, Lightman has roots in the movie business; his family founded Malco Theatres Inc.

“This year’s going to be really different,” said Ed Galfsky, executive director of Carnival Memphis. “The fact that it’s the movie and film industry lets us showcase a lot of the great films that were made in Memphis. Michael’s speech is going to have some video aspects to it that we’ve never done before. It’s a really neat industry and it’s important to the community. It’s something the people involved in are very passionate about.”

For the full story, go here. 


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