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Commission board meeting Wednesday

The next Board Meeting for The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Malco's Studio on the Square Theatre at noon.



Monday is #JTDay

On Monday, Nov. 18, the city is celebrating Justin Timberlake Day as he returns to Memphis for his “20/20 Experience” tour at FedExForum.

The entertainer, who grew up here, appeared in two Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission client films, Craig Brewer's BLACK SNAKE MOAN (Paramount - 2006) and THE OPEN ROAD (Anchor Bay - 2009).

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton will issue a proclamation to declare Monday “Justin Timberlake Day” at 1 p.m. outside the Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel. The Mayor’s office is encouraging people to wear their favorite bow tie and post pictures to social media sites wishing everyone a happy Justin Timberlake Day. Use #JTDay as the hashtag and encourage your social media followers to do the same. If your business has a digital sign or marquee, post a message such as "Welcome Home JT" or "Memphis Loves JT.” People are also encouraged to post and share additional Justin Timberlake-related posts including his performances, music videos, and media appearances.



Commission presents Hometowner Awards at Indie Memphis

Congratulations to the Hometowner Award winners at this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival.

The awards, presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, went to Allen C. Gardner for his narrative feature BEING AWESOME, Melissa Sweazy for her narrative short JOHN’S FARM, and John Kirkscey for his documentary short BOOKIN’. Gardner received a $1,000 cash prize and Sweazy and Kirkscey each received $500. The awards were presented Nov. 3, the last night of the festival.

For a complete list of winners at Indie Memphis, check out John Beifuss’ story (subscription) and the Memphis Flyer’s report on the winners.



'Mathis Project' Memphis episode premieres series

BET’s new docu-series “The Mathis Project” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. The production, an effort by BET and TV’s Judge Greg Mathis, filmed some episodes in Memphis and was assisted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

As described by BET, “Judge Mathis unites local volunteers and law enforcement to gather information that has the potential to solve the case — and get community members to do what, for some, is unthinkable: reveal what they know. Mathis’s investigative skills will bring these cases to a close by exposing the truth that witnesses, anonymous tipsters and ‘word on the street’ sources have kept hidden for years.”

The no-nonsense retired judge is well known for his NBC reality court show, which began its 15th season in September.

Earlier this year, Fox13’s Les Smith did a piece on the filming of the show. His story is here.

As Judge Mathis says, “Last year, over 6,000 African Americans were victims of homicide. Over 2,000 of those homicides are still unsolved. We’re going to reopen some of those cold cases and go into some of our toughest neighborhoods to see what I can do to help solve them. It’s time for things to change from the ground up.”



Indie Memphis: Oct. 31-Nov. 3

The Indie Memphis Film Festival, proudly sponsored by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission for 15 years running, kicks off Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) and continues through Sunday night (Nov. 3).

Many commission-assisted productions are screening at the festival. Go to for event locations, screening schedules, party, and ticket/pass information.

Be sure to vote for The Hometowner Awards, presented to winning Memphis and Shelby County filmmakers by the Commission Sunday night. The Awards Show starts at 8 pm.

Immediately preceding the awards show, go to the Tennessee Pre-Awards Show Reception — open to all Tennessee filmmakers and festival attendees and sponsored by our partner, The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission.

Remember: Sunday night party 6-8 pm. Awards at 8.

See you there!


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