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On Location: Memphis going strong

The 14th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest continues today and Sunday with film, music and workshops.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has been a sponsor of the festival — which offers features, documentaries, live action shorts, animation and music videos — for all 14 years of the event.

Film Commissioner Linn Sitler was on the "Filmmaking As An Economic Development Engine" panel at noon. The Commission assisted on Avarice, written and directed by Rachel M. Taylor and produced by Dan Baker.

Also on Saturday is Narcissus, a Lithuanian film featuring former Memphis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore.

Tomorrow, three new short films from the University of Memphis will be screened: Scenes from King Lear co-directed by Anita Jo Lenhart and Steven J. Ross, the Brian Fruits-Stephen Hildreth collaboration comedy Yellow Light (Lauren Scott and Katie Zisson in lead roles) and David Goodman's documentary meditation on mortality, Ash/Requiem.

Closing the festival are: The Last White Knight, Canadian Paul Salzman’s documentary about meeting the former Klansman who assaulted him in Mississippi during the Civil Rights struggle, and Midnight’s Children, an adaption of Salman Rushdie’s book that tells the story of two children growing up in India post-British rule.

Visit onlocationmemphis.org for a full lineup and more information. OL:M information is on your smartphone by downloading the Festival Genius app.
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On Location: Memphis kicks off April 25

Ole Beale Street Revue and The Memphians premiere Thursday, April 25 as the opening night feature for the 14th annual On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest.

The screening is at 7:30 p.m. at the Malco Paradiso. The next day, the  festival moves to the Studio on the Square, where screenings continue April 26-28. Read details in John Beifuss's story in The Commercial Appeal here.

A Festival pass is $55 and individual movie tickets are $10. But you can get passes for $45 if you go online between 10 a.m. April 19 and 10 a.m. April 22. Visit onlocationmemphis.org for a full lineup and more information. OL:M information is on your smartphone by downloading the Festival Genius app.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has been a sponsor of the festival — which offers features, documentaries, live action shorts, animation and music videos — for all 14 years of the event.

 

Among the films this year:

Girl Rising, executive produced by Memphis native Tom Yellin, features a variety of A-list actresses contributing their voices to nine separate stories of girls from different parts of the world.

Narcissus, a Lithuanian film featuring former Memphis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Susanna Perry Gilmore.

Three new short films from the University of Memphis: Scenes from King Lear co-directed by Anita Jo Lenhart and Steven J. Ross, the Brian Fruits-Stephen Hildreth collaboration comedy Yellow Light (Lauren Scott and Katie Zisson in lead roles) and David Goodman's documentary meditation on mortality, Ash/Requiem.

Closing the festival are: The Last White Knight, Canadian Paul Salzman’s documentary about meeting the former Klansman who assaulted him in Mississippi during the Civil Rights struggle, and Midnight’s Children, an adaption of Salman Rushdie’s book that tells the story of two children growing up in India post-British rule.

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Oxford Film Fest seeks scripts

The Oxford Film Festival is looking for short narrative comedic scripts for its fourth annual community film to be produced this fall.

Scripts are due by June 1 to be in consideration to be produced by the festival. Screenwriters do not have to be from Oxford but must take into consideration Oxford's physical locations and characteristics unique to the community. The script must be 8-12 pages long and include a crowd scene to accommodate about 75-100 extra non-actors. The project can be any genre, with comedy preferred, but must be suitable for all ages.

The selected script may be considered as written but the festival producers may work with the writer on changing some aspects of the script as needed. The selected screenwriter may be present on set to be part of the filmmaking process. The chosen screenwriter will receive full writing credit for the film and will be listed on IMDB. There is no payment for the script.

The script will be made into a narrative short to be premiered at the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival on February 6-9, 2014.

For more on the Oxford Film Festival community film, visit our Youtube channel to see the previous films at www.youtube.com/oxfordfilmfest.

For questions or to submit your script, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Include your name, contact information and title page.

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On Location: MEMPHIS runs April 25-28

The 14th annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Fest runs from April 25-28 this year. The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission is a sponsor of the Fest, which returns to Malco Studio on the Square this year.

After the opening night kick-off at the Malco Paradiso in East Memphis on Thursday, April 25th, the film portion of the festival will shift to Studio on the Square the following day. Wall-to-wall films are scheduled through Sunday April 28th. This year is shaping up to be one of the most diverse festivals ever, with films screening from artists based in Memphis and around the United States, as well as nearly a dozen international countries.

“Studio on the Square has been host to numerous film festivals, and continues to host special screenings for independent filmmakers throughout the year,” said Jimmy Tashie, Executive VP of Malco Theatres, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of the Film Commission. “It gives us great pleasure to see both young and seasoned filmmakers coming to town with their film projects as they hope to entertain and enlighten new audiences while traveling the festival circuit.”


Official selections:

Animated

Old Angel - Tainan, Taiwan

Legacy - Metuchen, NJ

Make A Wish - Brooklyn, NY


Documentary

Girl Rising - New York, NY

I AM NOT A ROCK STAR - Montreal, Quebec

John Kennedy Toole: the omega point - Covington, La.

My Father and The Man In Black - Nanaimo, British Columbia

ScrambleVision - Nederland, Colo.

The Last White Knight - Toronto, Ontario

The Memphians - Sausalito, Calif.

The Victor Marx Story - Memphis, Tenn.

We Juke Up In Here - Clarksdale, Miss.

We Came Home - Los Angeles, Calif.

Music Majors - Indianapolis, Ind.


Feature

A Beautiful Secret - Mexico City, Mexico

Alex Dreaming - Nashville, Tenn.

Barbara - Germany

Chittagong - India

Narcissus - Lithuania

IL CACCIATORE DI ANATRE - The Duck Hunter - Finale Emilia, Modena, Italy

Rock Barnes - Los Angeles, Calif.

Skum ROCKS! - Los Angeles, Calif.

Spring Eddy - Austin, Texas


Live Action Short

Avarice - Bartlett, Tenn.

COUCH - New York, NY

Counting Happiness - Athens, Attika, Greece

Daddy Donor - Glendale, Calif.

Just Grate - Nashville, Tenn.

My Dream Deferred - Memphis, Tenn.

Nowhere To Go - Santa Monica, Calif.

Root - Jersey City, NJ

SLEEP - Brooklyn, NY

Smoke - Memphis, Tenn.

Summer - Fullerton, Calif.

Sunburn - Brooklyn, NY

The Call - Oak Park, Ill.

The Coffers - Los Angeles, Calif.

The Commitment - Boston, Mass.

The Hard Day Knights - Tucson, Ariz.

The Patriot Act - Long Beach, Calif.

TRIMBELTEN - Cologne, Germany

UNBURDEN - Armonk, NY

You Only Live Once - Spain

The Things My Father Never Taught Me - Australia


Music Video

A House, A Home: Adam Shearer & Adam Seltzer - Portland, Ore.

Bullet For A Broken Heart: Dillon Hodges - Cincinnati, Ohio

Far - North Hollywood, Calif.

Flavor of the Week: The Dannie Marie Band - Alpine, Calif.

Horror Story: Tom Sokal - Brooklyn, NY

In Everyone's Eyes (En todas las miradas) - Ottawa, Ontario

It Is What It Is: Olga - New Orleans, La.

Turning Me On: Jay Gonzalez (keyboardist Drive-By Truckers) - Austell, Ga.

Let Your Light Shine: Bianca & Chiara D'Ambrosio - Los Angeles, Calif.

Living: Arrested Development - Powder Springs, Ga.

Pocket Full of Hope: Gin Cooley - Paris, France

Popular Music: Daniel Zaitchik - Los Angeles, Calif.

Forgetful Assistance: The Elwins - Toronto, Ontario

Why Did You Do It?: Roxanne Lemmon Band - Eads, Tenn.


In addition to the films screening at Studio on the Square, a variety of musicians will perform throughout the weekend in the theater lobby and at the neighboring Bayou Bar and Grill Restaurant. The festival’s Music Showcase events will take place at Purple Haze near Beale Street on Friday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th.

For more information on the festival, visit www.onlocationmemphis.org.  Also like On Location: MEMPHIS on Facebook, follow on Twitter @OLM_Trailer, and check out youtube.com/onlocationmemphis.

On Location: MEMPHIS’ mission is to advance, educate and inspire filmmakers, musicians, students and professionals in the cinema and music arts; to connect the regional audience to the work of local and global filmmakers and musicians; and to collaborate with other organizations to strengthen the film and music community and boost the economic development of Memphis.

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Commission Chairmen Emeriti get top state arts award

Memphians Knox Phillips and David Porter are among 9 Tennessee luminaries to receive the prestigious Governor's Arts Awards from Governor and Mrs. Haslam in a private ceremony April 23rd at the Governor's Mansion. Receiving jointly the Arts Leadership award, both Phillips and Porter are Chairmen Emeriti of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. The Commission nominated both men for the award, the highest arts award in the state.

The Tennessee Arts Commission's Executive Director Anne Pope in a statement said: "Recognized for their leadership in the Memphis music and film communities, Knox Phillips and David Porter have played major roles in establishing Memphis as a national and worldwide center of creative influence and impact. Both are considered goodwill ambassadors for the city and the unique Memphis sound. Phillips and Porter have served on the national level as trustees for the Grammy’s National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), both have served as board members of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment, and Music Commission, and both are past chairmen of The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission."

The TAC statement continued: "Knox Phillips is a music producer, an engineer, and has added to the legacy of his father Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Studio where Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis first recorded."

The Commercial Appeal has called Phillips, “the goodwill ambassador and lobbyist for Memphis music.” While serving as a national trustee for Nashville’s NARAS chapter, Knox Phillips pitched the idea of Memphis having its own chapter. Ultimately, Memphis was selected against such heavy competition as London, Toronto, and Chicago – one of only 12 chapters in the world. In 2007, Phillips received a NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award." Nominator Linn Sitler, Memphis/Shelby County Film Commissioner, perhaps best captured Phillips: "With a heart as big as the state, Knox has reached out time and time again to the state's music and film community members. He has reached out with both his wallet and his compassionate willingness to listen and find solutions to problems…or just to listen and encourage and praise."

Regarding legendary songwriter/producer David Porter, his personal music catalogue alone has sold more than 300 million units, and has been featured in countless film soundtracks. These include When We Were Soldiers and the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd Blues Brothers movie classic. Porter's work has also been used in the naming of different network TV series, and his music played on such network television shows, as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Saturday Night Live. Among Porter's many hits without Isaac Hayes as his co-writer were Mariah Carey's "Dream Lover" and Will Smith's "Getting Jiggy With It."

Among the hits co-written and co-produced with partner Isaac Hayes are “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Coming,” which are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Both Porter and Hayes have been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, have received the BMI Award for Film and TV, and the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, along with many, many other awards. Hayes and Porter's major hits were not only written, but also produced by the famous partners. In 1989, Porter became part of America's history when his and Hayes' songs were given a two-day salute by The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  In her nominating essay, Film Commissioner Linn Sitler concluded: "David Porter is a man who -- in all the seasons of his life -- has distinguished himself on both the world and Tennessee stages as a world-class 'Distinguished Artist.' His work speaks for itself."

In 2012, The Commercial Appeal recognized Porter as one of its “12 Who Made A Difference.” Porter was specifically selected for his October 2012 launch of the nonprofit THE CONSORTIUM MMT (Memphis Music Town), a professional music development partnership that seeks to foster, rejuvenate and capitalize on the historic musical underpinnings of Memphis.

All recipients for the Tennessee Arts Commission's Governor's Arts Awards were selected from a field of nominees in three different categories – Folklife Heritage, Arts Leadership, and Distinguished Artist. Another Memphian, Bobby "Blue" Bland, is receiving the Distinguished Artist Award that recognizes artists "of exceptional talent and creativity in any discipline, who over the course of a career, have contributed to the arts and have helped guide and influence directions, trends, and aesthetic practices on a state or national level." Bland was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1981, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.

Other recipients include:

Polly Page of Pleasant Hill, and independent radio station WDVX in Knoxville for the Folklife Heritage Award (for folk artists or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to artistic tradition).

Donald Fann of Woodbury and James C. “Jim” Martin of Johnson City will also receive Arts Leadership awards.

In addition to Bland, the Distinguished Artist award is being given to Ann Patchett of Nashville and Jim Sherraden of Nashville.

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