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Big Star documentary opens

"After a seven-year journey marked by shock and sadness as well as discovery and elation, a passion project conceived during a late-night conversation at Midtown’s Lamplighter Lounge comes full circle with the opening of BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME on two screens at the Malco Studio on the Square."

This begins John Beifuss' excellent article on the film that documents an important part of Memphis history. Go here to see the full story in The Commercial Appeal about the making of the documentary.

For Beifuss' three and a half star review, go here.

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is on two screens at the Malco Studio on the Square beginning a regular run of at least a week. Drummer Jody Stephens, the only surviving member of the band’s original lineup, will attend and answer questions from the audience after the 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. screenings on Friday, July 12, opening night.

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Cast/Crew needed for 'QUARRY'

The HBO/Cinemax TV show QUARRY begins filming July 22, 2013, in the Horn Lake area of Mississippi and in Memphis for a total of 13 days.

QUARRY is a client of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission and The Mississippi Film Office.

The project is hiring hundreds of paid extras (all ages, types, ethnicities) to work on the pilot episode. No previous experience necessary. Applicants must live in the Memphis or Southaven area.

Additional specific needs:

— Older men and women, especially Caucasian & African American, ages 40 to 80.

— Cars or pickup trucks, 1964 to 1973: any color (must be drivable); not necessary that vehicles are completely restored.

To sign up, please email three (3) recent photos. Casting needs to see your face, as well as the length of your hair, front & back. Include height, weight, age, all clothing sizes (including shoe size), telephone number (so Casting Department can reach you). Email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The production department is seeking Memphis area experienced “locals” crew. Send production resumes to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

QUARRY is based on a series of novels by Max Allan Collins and set in the 1970s.  The story focuses on a Marine sniper, Quarry, played by Logan Marshall-Green (PROMETHEUS, 24, THE OC, DARK BLUE) who returns home from Vietnam and finds himself shunned by family as well as the American public.  He’s recruited into a network of corrupted killers. Quarry also co-stars Stellan Skarsgard (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO).

John Hillcoat is directing (LAWLESS, THE ROAD).   Other cast members include:  Mary Elizabeth Winstead (DIE HARD, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD); Noah Taylor (GAME OF THRONES); Skipp Sudduth (THE GOOD WIFE).

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New criteria for state film/TV incentives announced

Published and effective July 1, 2013, the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission's new criteria and application forms for a 25% refund of qualified in-state expenditures can be accessed by clicking here: http://www.tn.gov/film/incentives.htm.

If you have questions not answered on the state's website, call the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission at (615) 741-FILM (3456).

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Foreign film series moves to Central Library

The Global Lens series hosted by Indie Memphis is being screened at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. In the past, the curated collection of international independent films has been shown at various places around town. An agreement with the Public Library and Information Center is bringing free screenings of the films to the Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar for the next five months.

For a schedule and more information, go to the Indie Memphis website here

Read John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal here. (Subscription)

Pictured: From Cairo 768, which will screen July 28.

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Chairman Emeritus David Porter opens soul music school

David Porter, legendary musician and Chairman Emeritus of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is inaugurating Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town), a new national music mentorship program on July 27.

Porter, a songwriting and production partner of Isaac Hayes in the 1960s and a Stax recording artist, is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In the late 1980s, he was the first chairman of what was then called the Memphis & Shelby County Film, Tape and Music Commission.

Musicians who are accepted into the six-week program will get invaluable guidance on making it in the music industry from Porter, Maurice White (Earth, Wind & Fire) and other luminaries.

For more info on the program, go here.

For Zack McMillin’s story in the CA, go here. (Subscription).

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