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Board meeting March 20

There will be a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on Wed., March 20 at noon at Malco's Studio on the Square Theater (2105 Court Ave.).

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German reality show seeks Memphis family

A German film company is looking for a Memphis area family to participate in an episode of the reality TV series Go West! that runs on Germany's popular RTL2 Network.

The local family would welcome an East German family into their home for six days and help immerse them into the American way of life.

The German family is a father and mother and four children (two girls, ages 5 and 12, and two boys ages 11 and 12). There is a nanny for the kids and the American family will be compensated from $2,000 to $5,000. The episode will be taped in Memphis in late July or August 2013.

The show prefers that the family be in a business where the German father can work for or with the American father. Also the German mother would accompany the American mother on her daily routine, and the German children participate with the American children in their lifestyle.

Interested parties should contact Marilee Lear at 702 235-7876 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured: Andreas and Manuela Liebisch and family who appear on Go West! 

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Brewer's new project: 'Gangster Princess'

Director Craig Brewer - a longtime friend and client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission - has been tapped by Paramount to write and direct Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills.

The project is Brewer's fifth feature film and derives from a Rolling Stone magazine article about Lisette Lee, a fascinating fraud who called herself the Korean Paris Hilton.

The movie is at the very earliest stages of development, Brewer told The Commercial Appeal. He liked the story for “the hustle itself, how vast it was, and how easy it was for people to be blinded by the wealth and the appearance of wealth.”

Read John Beifuss' story here.

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'House Crashers' on DIY Network Monday, Mar. 4

The DIY Network's House Crashers show has host and contractor Josh Temple following unsuspecting hardware store shoppers and surprising them with a remodeling project.

The show came to Memphis and was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Here's the program description for the episode — titled "Rustic Memphis Attic Hideaway" — that can be seen on the DIY Network on March 4 at 10:30 p.m. and three hours later at 1:30 a.m.: "An unfinished attic in Memphis is transformed into a rustic getaway for these homeowners. Once exposed walls and plywood floors becomes a place to lounge with a custom hanging bed, a hidden television, white oak flooring and a built in bookcase. Plus, host and licensed contractor Josh Temple takes it above and beyond with a sleek desk build, modern skylight and charming ceiling treatment."

For more info on the show, go here.

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Wide-ranging Film Forum Mar. 21-24

The Second Annual Film Forum takes place March 21-24 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute in Morrilton, Ark., about 200 miles west of Memphis.

The event is for actors, directors, producers, technicians, and students to participate in intensive workshops with film-industry insiders. It's also of interest to film enthusiasts who will hear enlightening discussions, interviews, performances, and have the opportunity to observe the workshops.

Several Hollywood insiders - directors, screenwriters, actors and acting coaches - will be there sharing their vast knowledge of the industry. Costs are quite reasonable.

For a detailed list of events, speakers, entertainment, pricing and registration info, go here.

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