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Carrier's API wins 'Remy' at Worldfest Houston for Stax video

API Photographers Inc., the Memphis production firm owned by Bill Carrier III, won a prestigious "Remy" award for best music video at Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. The made-in-Memphis video, Stax, The Early Years, which has appeared on PBS, was directed by Carrier, written by his wife, Tess Carrier, and edited by Natsuko Kobayashi.

Worldfest Houston celebrated its 46th annual independent film awards in April. There were more than 4,000 entries and 540 filmmakers from more than 33 nations. There is only one recipient of the "Remy" in each of nine "best of show" categories.

A “Gold” award was also given to API for MLGW’s Call Before You Dig in the public service TV commercial category. The same production crew created the "Call Before You Dig" project.

Carrier is a long-time member of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. These awards join numerous Addy and Telly awards that API has won.

Pictured: Bill Carrier III

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Board meeting May 15

There will be a meeting of the Members of the Board of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission on Wed., May 15 at noon at Malco's Studio on the Square Theater (2105 Court Ave.).

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Memphis' Paper Moon premieres films in LA, NY

The two latest films by Memphis-based production company Paper Moon Films have secured premieres in Los Angeles and New York City.

The upcoming film Forty Years from Yesterday by directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck will have a world premiere in competition at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival in June. Pilgrim Song by director Martha Stephens has been selected by Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) to make its theatrical premiere for a weeklong run at the reRun theatre in Brooklyn after a year of festival screenings.

Paper Moon Films is a Memphis-based film production company, co-founded by Nick Case and Ryan Watt in 2009, to increase the visibility of emerging artists. It has been a client of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Paper Moon Films produced Kentucker Audley's Open Five, which was listed on  the 'Top 25 Films of 2010' by The New Yorker. Their second feature, Pilgrim Song by Martha Stephens, premiered in competition at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival and was awarded 'Best Southern Film of 2012' by Oxford American Magazine. Their third feature, The Romance of Loneliness by Sarah Ledbetter and Matteo Servente, is currently on the festival circuit. Upcoming projects include Brent Stewart's 2011 Sundance Creative Producing Summit Fellow film Child of God and Robert Machoian & Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck's Nebraska.

For more on Paper Moon, go here

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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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