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Commission board meeting Wednesday

The next Board Meeting for The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Malco's Studio on the Square Theatre at noon.alt


Memphians going to Filmapalooza

The winners of the recent 48 Hour Film Project in Memphis are headed to New Orleans in March to compete in Filmapalooza, an event drawing entries from around the world. The entries share one thing in common, they were all made in just 48 hours. From concept, script, shoot to the final edit, each team had no time to spare to come up with their most creative work. Filmapalooza will screen more than 125 films from the USA and many other countries. Winners of this festival will have their films shown at the Cannes Film Festival, in addition to a $5,000 cash grand prize.

Fools 4 Film 8 swept the categories of the 48 Hour Memphis festival winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Costumes and Best Special Effects. The volunteer team developed a crowd, and judge pleasing entry titled "The Spy Who Fleeced Me" which they describe as James Bond meets The Muppets meets Austin Powers. The star is a dashing puppet secret agent named Paco Suave. In the film, Paco shows a talent for fighting evil, and pleasing the ladies. His mission? Save puppet kind from the dastardly Madame Ovaree. All the elements of a spy film are here. Beautiful women, fight scenes, puns and parodies abound in this hilarious and creative work. Fools 4 Film 8 is pursuing opportunities with corporations to create puppet oriented projects for meeting openers, broadcast and other events.

“The Spy Who Fleeced Me” can be seen online at Details on the festival can be found at

About Fools 4 Film 8

Fools 4 Film is Ed Griffith, Director and Videographer, Rodney Rastall, Director and Writer, Bill Dierssen, Editor, Andy Harper, Editor, Kevin Williams and Andrew Chandler, puppeteers, Nora Childers and Alexandra Wolfe, Actors, and Brad Alsobrook and Lisa Fletcher, who assisted in the production.

Contact: Ed Griffith, Fools 4 Film 8, Phone: 901-351-1899,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Memphis Back on MovieMaker's National List

Although no stranger to MovieMaker Magazine’s list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker,” Memphis has not claimed bragging rights as a “Top Ten City” since 2009. However, that changes TODAY when MovieMaker Magazine’s editors announce on their website ( that Memphis has won the nation’s Number 9 spot on their “Top Ten Cities” list for 2014!

Film Commissions all over the country were asked by the magazine to complete questionnaires assessing their city’s film readiness, film culture and film friendliness. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission’s long-time film commissioner, Linn Sitler, answered such questions (for Fiscal Year 2012-2013) as number of filming days of Commission-assisted projects (361 days) and number of Commission-assisted projects (77 projects). Sitler also elaborated on the area’s film studies programs, film festivals, film organizations, equipment rental houses, and production and post-production facilities.

After winning an honorable mention in 2004, Memphis consistently won a slot on the magazine’s Top Ten list in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. However, 2010 and the following year found Memphis shut out—bleak production years which saw the loss of Craig Brewer’s “Footloose” to Georgia … and TNT’s “Memphis Beat” to New Orleans.

However, now with a strong partnership again in place with the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and a new state film incentive program offering a streamlined plan specifically geared toward independent productions, Memphis and its film and television industries should once more be making everyone’s lists. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission continues to change with the times, while retaining a seasoned staff and experienced board members. With Malco Theatres, Inc. Executive Vice-President Jimmy Tashie as Chairman of the Board, Sitler and Deputy Film Commissioner/Project Specialist Sharon Fox O'Guin as staff, the Commission easily represents the most experienced and professional film commission staff and Executive Board in the country. The recent engagement of legendary independent film producer Mike S. Ryan (“June Bug,” “40 Shades of Blue”) as a consultant to help steer the course in 2014 is surely a sign of an even more innovative year ahead for Memphis and its historic film commission.

With 77 projects and 361 shooting days in Memphis last fiscal year, Memphis is certainly enjoying a production revival. With everything from an HBO/Cinemax pilot, “Quarry,” to a reality TV show for BET starring the memorable Judge Mathis to the big screen love song documentary to Memphis music, “Take Me to the River,” Memphis is indeed back where it belongs.



Crew, cast needed for indie film

“Free in Deed,” an official client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is looking for professional production crew members and cast.

The low-budget indie feature film is based on a true story about the struggles of a young single mother without resources and the trials and tribulations of a man of faith and his church community who together attempt to heal her 8-year-old autistic son.
Production takes place from the end of January through February.


Paid professional crew positions and unpaid internships are available. 

Put “Production crew” on the subject line of the email.


Various roles are available.

A key role will be for an African-American boy age 8-14 to play a major part as a severely autistic, non-verbal child who can at times act violently. No acting training or experience necessary.

Other roles:
African American men, women and children of all ages.
Caucasian men and women from 30-50.
A Caucasian boy, 5 years old.
An adult Indian male.

We will consider all kinds of people: actors, non-actors, pros, real people, all ages (infant to elderly), types, shapes, sizes, styles.

Put “Casting” on the subject line of the email.


There will be informational meetings on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Please attend whether you want to be in either cast or crew.

The meetings will be at LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker, Gibson-Orgill Mathematics & Science Learning Center.

John Beifuss wrote a story about the project, which you can read here.

Thank you for your interest!



“Free In Deed” to film in Memphis

“Free In Deed” — a movie inspired by the 2003 death of a child during what was supposed to be a miraculous Pentecostal healing service — will be shot in Memphis starting in late January.

The project — a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission — stars David Harewood, a British actor (“Homeland”) and Edwina Findley (“Treme”). Writer-director Jake Mahaffy wants to cast locals in the other roles, including people without acting experience.

Read John Beifuss’ story here.

Casting for ‘Free In Deed’: 

Movie to be shot in late January through February in Memphis.

When: Casting meetings at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: LeMoyne-Owen College, 807 Walker, Gibson-Orgill Mathematics & Science Learning Center, Room 111.

Who: All ages and types welcome.

Send contact information and photo to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Information is also available here:

Pictured: David Harewood


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