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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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Brewer's 'Indie Origins' release party Friday at Black Lodge

This Friday (June 28), Craig Brewer's new documentary Indie Origins will be released with a party at 9 p.m. at Black Lodge Video (831 S. Cooper).

It's all about Memphis film. As John Beifuss puts it:

A memoir, history and anthology, Indie Origins celebrates the nascent, fresh, experimental and unselfconscious Memphis movie scene that spanned the end of one century and the beginning of another, before Memphis' Ira Sachs won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2005 for Forty Shades of Blue or Three 6 Mafia won an Oscar in 2006 for their songwriting contribution to Brewer's Hustle & Flow.

(For Beifuss' complete blog entry with pictures, go here).

Most of the films and filmmakers highlighted in the documentary are clients of the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

The party is also a celebration of Black Lodge Video, the last video rental store in town which has influenced local filmmakers since it opened in 2000.

Brewer told the Memphis Flyer:

"I want to be able to make movies without the burden of the box office. I'd like to maybe finance movies with very modest production budgets and then give them away. Maybe they are 30-minute or 50-minute features or documentary. I'd still own them, but they'd be released through Black Lodge Video only. And they would be free with other rentals."

(Read Chris Davis' Flyer story here).

The party begins at 9 p.m., and admission is free. The Dead Soldiers will perform.

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Indie Memphis submission deadline June 19

Indie Memphis, which is supported by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission, is reminding filmmakers that the late deadline for submissions to the 2013 festival is Wednesday, June 19. (There's an extended deadline of July 10).

New this year, Indie Memphis has dropped the premiere requirement for Hometowner shorts.

Presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., the 2013 festival is set to take place October 31 - November 3 on five screens at the Playhouse on the Square, The Circuit Playhouse and Malco Theatre's Studio on the Square, all located in and around Midtown Memphis' Overton Square.

Jury awards include cash prizes for Best Narrative Feature ($1,000), Best Documentary Feature ($1,000), Best Narrative Short ($500), Best Documentary Short ($500) and the Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award ($1,000).

Additionally the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission presents $2,000 in cash prizes in the Hometowner category.

For more info, go here.

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Memphis crew - send production resumes

Memphis "locals" crew send production resumes for network TV series -- all categories production jobs -- to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Additional info will be posted after official announcement.

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