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Paper Moon featured in Daily News

What's it like to film in Memphis? Ryan Watt, who, with partner Nick Case has the local Paper Moon Films production company, is featured in this story in The Daily News. And he knows a few things about making movies here:

"... it’s great to film here, because you can almost film anywhere. Everyone here is really easy to work with. The Film Commission. The police department. Things like that are hard to do in L.A. or New York. You can shoot almost anywhere here."

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has worked with Paper Moon since its first project, Kentucker Audley's Open Five. Paper Moon has also done The Romance of Loneliness, Pilgrim Song and is wrapping up Forty Years from Yesterday.



Filmmaker Pekar back in Memphis

Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Pekar was in Los Angeles for two decades but has now come back to Memphis as director of film at Ardent Studios.

The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has worked with Pekar on his upcoming TV series "Kids of Memphis." The Commission also helped with two of his music videos, Lucero's "Women and Work" and the Telly Award-winning commercial for Boscos Restaurant.

Read Michael Donahue's story in The Commercial Appeal here.



On Location: Memphis screens Oscar shorts tonight

Oscar-nominated Short Film documentaries are being screened at 7 tonight (2/21) at the Malco Ridgeway Four.

The screening is presented by On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Fest. 

To purchase tickets, which are $10, go here


Tim Sutton film project to shoot in Memphis

Brooklyn filmmaker Tim Sutton is scouting Memphis locations for his next project that he calls "a narrative film in a documentary world."

Sutton has been working with the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission. 

The indie film, about a young soul-blues singer, comes from an idea he's had for years that he wanted to set in Memphis.

In John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal here, Deputy Film Commissioner Sharon Fox O'Guin is quoted as saying, "Even though it's a small-budget movie, they're running the production like a very professional business. They're trying to capture the flavor of Memphis, the vibe, and avoid the artificial. They're trying to embed the community into the project."

Sutton will use some of his own crew, but will use other crew and talent from Memphis. Scenes will be shot in barbecue restaurants, local nightclubs, recording studios and other locations. The Film Commission has already helped him find some key locations.

His debut feature, "Pavilion" was screened at Indie Memphis last year and won a jury award for cinematography.

Read more about Sutton and the financing in Beifuss' story.


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