Tuesday, February 28, 2006

'Walk the Line' out on DVD

For the many Mid-Southerners who had a minute, or a nanosecond, in "Walk the Line," you can go out today and add that clip to your demo reel. The DVD is being released today (2/28). Here's part of a review by Washington Post columnist Jen Chaney:

In keeping with the now-standard practice of offering consumers more choices than they probably need, Fox has issued "Walk the Line" in two versions: A single disc ($29.99) with 10 deleted scenes and a commentary by writer-director James Mangold, and a two-disc collector's edition ($39.99) with music videos and three featurettes not included on the less expensive version. Staunch fans of Cash may feel compelled to purchase the collector's set, if only because the cover art looks infinitely cooler than the movie still on the regular box. But given the limited quantity of extras on both DVDs, it may be wise to hold off in case Fox puts out something more substantial in the near future. (Did we mention that Cash -- who died in 2004 -- would have celebrated his 75th birthday in 2007?)

Awards show junkies eager to see "Walk the Line" before the Big Oscar Dance won't be disappointed if they rent or purchase the basic DVD. But lifelong devotees of Cash, the man who finally gave the jailbirds at Folsom Prison the freedom to sing, deserve a collection as vast and enduring as the legend himself.

Weirdest Bonus Point: A couple of the deleted scenes -- including one featuring Cash's son, John Carter Cash -- are fun to watch. But most were clearly excised with good reason, including a particularly hokey moment when a drug-addled Cash sees the face of his first wife, Vivian (played by Jennifer Goodwin), morph into the visage of June Carter. The only thing that could have made it stranger? If Vivian/June had broken into a version of "It Ain't Me, Babe."

Bonus Point That Requires the Most Patience: James Mangold deserves some credit for trying to provide insight into his filmmaking choices during the audio commentary. But while some of his anecdotes are fascinating (Johnny Cash's favorite movie was "Frankenstein"?), his repeated references to Joaquin Phoenix as "Joaq" may unintentionally elicit cravings for guacamole among hungry viewers. Worth a listen, but only in controlled, small doses.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Three 6 at the Oscars

From Reuters News Service:

In a departure from past Oscar shows featuring syrupy Disney tunes and soundtrack ballads, this year's telecast will give audiences country music, alternative rock and a super-sanitized version of a racy rap song.

The song, "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," is from the movie "Hustle & Flow," the story of a pimp who aspires to a singing career. In the Oscars' first performance by a rap group, the group Three 6 Mafia will perform the song, one of three nominated in the best original song category, at the March 5 Academy Awards ceremony.

"The Academy (of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences) is really to be commended," said Aaron Rosenberg, lawyer for Three 6 Mafia. "It's admirable that voters are recognizing the hip-hop generation and its influence on American culture."

With decency concerns in high gear in the aftermath of the notorious baring of Janet Jackson's breast during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, Three 6 Mafia worked to make their lyrics meet ABC's broadcast standards.

"We took out all the cuss words and made it squeaky clean," rapper Paul "DJ Paul" Beauregard, who co-wrote the song with Jordan "Juicy J" Houston and Cedric "Frayser Boy" Coleman, said in a telephone interview.

The writers substituted new lyrics where necessary in the song, which portrays the life of a hustler in the inner city of their hometown, Memphis, Tennessee.

For instance, Beauregard said they substituted "It's messed up where I live but that's just how it is," for the lyrics: "It's f---ed up where I live but that's just how it is."

"The song will be FCC friendly," Rosenberg said.

Just in case, ABC is also expected to use a five-second delay to aid network censors.

While Beauregard is thrilled with the chance to perform during the Oscars, he sees a double standard in the media.

"Some stuff should definitely not be heard by younger kids but what they're able to watch on television, like people stealing cars, is sometimes a lot worse than what we're singing about," he said.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Live From Memphis Lil' Film Festival

Above is the flyer for my lil' submis- sion for the Live From Memphis Lil' Film Fest. Entry deadline is Tuesday, but you've still got a weekend to work on it. Films may be no longer than five minutes and must include footage of the Baptist Hospital implosion -- and that footage, if you don't have it, is available for download here.

It's a delicious opportunity to get creative and keep the local indie community vital. And you get to work with the best people in the cosmos. Pictured on top (from left) are Michael Travis Stone, Joseph B. Smith, Markus Seaberry and Nancy Ellen Mills. Above right is Jen Morris and I remain much indebted to Forrest Pruett for making it possible and keeping it sane. (Yeah, the title used to be "Escort Service" but that just didn't work for me. Gawd I love making films.)

March 25 is the Lil' Film Fest, 2 p.m. at the MeDiA Co-op. Lock it in.

Tell our legislators how you stand on incentives





As you are likely aware, since January, 2004, The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission has been a strong, vocal advocate to our state legislators re: the continuing, urgent need to pass competitive production incentive legislation.

We now have well-researched and well-considered recommendations for such legislation ---thanks to a report recently prepared by the Film Production Advisory Committee (FPAC) of which Linn Sitler was an ex-officio member. The report is available at The Commission's website at www.memphisfilmcomm.org

Recently, our Board voted unanimously to endorse the recommendations in this report. As you'll see upon reading the report, the incentives proposed by FPAC encourage both out-of-state production companies working in Tennessee and also indigenous production companies shooting in the state.

You, as members of the Memphis/Mid-South production community have everything to gain --- and everything to lose --- by the fate of the legislation containing these recommendations.

In the weeks to come, we'll keep you informed of the progress of the legislation filed -- and what you can do to enhance the cause.
Right now, we are asking you to email a short message of support asap for The Film Production Advisory Committee's Report on Tennessee's Urgent Need for Competitive Production Incentive Legislation to:

phil.bredesen@state.tn.us (Governor Bredesen)
cc: dave.cooley@state.tn.us (Deputy Governor Cooley)
david.j.bennett@state.tn.us (TN Film Commissioner)
linn@memphisfilmcomm.org (Memphis/Shelby Co. Commissioner)

Additionally,we are asking for the support of the innumerable businesses and hotels in our community which benefit so greatly from production. Let's stay "in touch and together" in the weeks to come in order to see our state come from behind to pass competitive incentive legislation THANKS!

Linn Sitler, Film Commissioner
Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission
(901) 527-8300 x3

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Memphis International Film Fest: volunteers needed

The 2006 Memphis International Film Festival will be presented by the Memphis Film Forum March 23rd through March 26th.

This 7th installment of this festival promises to be even more exciting. This year Reel Soul Memphis will partner with the Film Forum for a special Saturday night presentation.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered for previous festivals. If you would like to volunteer this year, or know of someone who would, please contact me by email: naseeralewis@... with your availability and contact information.

I look forward to seeing you all at this year's festival!

Best Regards,

Naseera Lewis
Volunteer Recruitment


Energetic and enthusiastic

From Leah at Colors Agency:

I have been contacted by Conrad at the Redbirds Stadium. They are having an audition tomorrow, 2/24/06, at the Redbirds stadium from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. They are looking to book people for the Cellular South Zone Patrol. The zone patrol is made up of a group of people that are at every Redbirds home game. They are looking for very energetic, enthusiastic people to interact with fans and perform skits, etc. If interested make sure you take a headshot and resume to the audition. You can call Conrad at 722-0230 if you have any questions.
Thank you,

Leah Bruce
Colors Agency, Inc.

'Act One' extended

From Old School Pictures:

Malco has decided to extend the run for "Act One." Despite the nasty weather this past weekend, our film managed to snag the #1 spot at the Studio on the Square box office! We certainly owe this distinction to all of you who braved the cold and made it out to support our film. Now those of you who seemingly missed your chance will have a brand new week to make up for it. We've been getting an enormous amount of positive feedback from our audience members, and it's been quite an overwhelming experience to say the least.

So if you haven't been yet, then blast on over to Studio and check out "Act One." No ice = No excuse. The showtimes shall remain the same:

"Act One"
Malco Studio on the Square
1:25 * 4:40 * 7:25 * 9:45

Also, keep your eyes peeled for "Act One" commercials on cable channels to be playing over the next few days, and be sure to listen to Brad's radio interview from Q107.5.

March at the MeDiA Co-op

Get out your calendars for MeDiA Co-op events:

7:30-8: Open House/Membership sign up
8-9: Mark Jones (Writer/Director/Producer) and Ryan Parker (DP/Editor/Director), who collaborated on the international festival hit, "Eli Parker is Getting Married," will talk about their experience both on "Eli," and on their latest, yet to be released fature film, "Fraternity Massacre." They will show clips, and take questions about their projects.

* Saturday March 4 10 a.m.-6 p.m. - AUDITIONS for new Sawed-Off Collaboratory Film
This auditon is by appointment only, so please email Morgan@mediaco-op.org to set a time slot, and to recieve more information.

* Saturday March 25 2 p.m. - the First ever LIVE FROM MEMPHIS LIL' FILM FESTIVAL
Live From Memphis is pleased to present its first ever theme-based, mini-festival LIL' FILM FEST!! "What is Lil' Film Fest?" you ask. Well, there's always something weird, strange, unusual, funny, or at least interesting happening around town, so we figured, Why not turn those happenings into lil' films? This first ever Lil Film Fest theme is: Baptist Hospital Implosion. Visit LIVE FROM MEMPHIS regularly.

DON'T FORGET about the rest of FEBRUARY:

* Friday Feb 24th, and Saturday Feb 25th at the MeDiA Co-op, Memphis' first ever SGL Film Festival, featuring films with GBLT people in the African American community in celebration of Black History Month. Films begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, and at noon on Saturday, including many award winning films never before seen in Memphis.

* ACT ONE at Studio on the Square has been extended a week through March 2. The winner of this years Indie Memphis Best Hometown Feature award, ACT ONE is a very solid film. Don't miss this Old School Pictures film while it's still enchanting audiences during its run at Malco's mid-town Studio on the Square.

MeDiA Co-op: 1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38104 901-278-9077

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Sawed-Off auditions REVISION

REVISION from posting below ... Audition date is now March 4


This is a new Sawed-Off Collaboratory feature film written by Morgan Jon Fox, and John Roemer holding closed, by-appointment only audtions on March 4th 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the MeDiA Co-op.

Please send your contact info to morgan@mediaco-op.org to set up an appointment.

All ages, genders, orientations, colors, sizes, etccccccccccccc WELCOME!

Production slated to take place between June and August 2006.

Casting opportunities

Thanks to Vince Moore for sending us this info. The actor/writer/filmmaker also has a blog you should check out.

We have began preproduction on the independent film "Drug Related" to be shot in Memphis late spring/summer. There are several "speaking" roles that need to be filled. We will also need lots of background actors as well.

"Drug Related" is a fast-paced cop genre film that tells the story of a team of undercover narcotics officers and their quest to bring to justice those responsible for the death of one of their fellow officers. It also deals with the interpersonal relationships of the unit, and how the work affects them and their relationships.

We will have two casting calls in March, stay tuned for the exact date. It will be announced on this site, as well as the news, and the site of the TN film commission. Stay tuned for the announcement of the casting call. for further information feel free to email me at moorefinancial@hotmail.com.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Keenon Nikita's 'Just the Two of Us'

Keenon Nikita's film "Just the Two of Us" is one of the most anticipated local indie projects that's been in production this past year. It's autobiographical, telling a compelling story about Nikita and his daughter.

This is a passionate effort using some exceptional local talent and crew and now we can all breathe a big sigh of relief: The premiere is scheduled for Thursday, March 16 at the Muvico. The 7:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a party at Isaac Hayes in Peabody Place, with live band and food.

Mark your calendars and we'll see you there.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Auditions for new Sawed-Off Collaboratory production


This is a new Sawed-Off Collaboratory feature film written by Morgan Jon Fox, and John Roemer
holding closed, by-appointment only audtions on March 11th 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the MeDiA Co-op.

Please send your contact info to morgan@mediaco-op.org to set up an appointment.

All ages, genders, orientations, colors, sizes, etccccccccccccc WELCOME!

Production slated to take place between June and August 2006.

Friday, February 17, 2006

'Act One': Read all about it -- and then go see it

"Act One" by filmmaker Brad Ellis of Old School Pictures was named Best Narrative Feature in the "Hometowner" category of the Indie Memphis Film Festival in October and it opens today for a special weeklong run at Malco's Studio on the Square.

Here's John Beifuss' review and a feature story in the CA today and Chris Herrington's story and review in the Flyer.

It's quality local filmmaking, so you have a duty -- although it's a pleasant one -- to go see it.

Thursday, February 16, 2006


From a NaFF press release:

The dates for the 37th Nashville Film Festival (NaFF) are set for April 20 through April 26. The Festival returns to Regal Green Hills Stadium 16 in Nashville, TN, with four state-of-the-art theaters and plenty of parking.

NaFF is one of the best-known arts events in Tennessee and is the biggest film festival in the mid-South with a world-known emphasis on music in film. Notable guests like Oprah Winfrey, Al Gore, Billy Ray Cyrus, Paul Reiser, Robert Redford, Susan Surandon, Béla Fleck, Matthew McConaughey, Peter Falk, Michael Moore, Rick Wakeman, Rick Schroder, Patrick Swayze and John Waters are just a few that have come out to support the film Festival.

“I can feel the excitement build as we are prescreening films, meeting with our Festival team members and planning fabulous parties. The celebrity guest list is growing,” Sallie Mayne, Managing Director of the festival, remarks. “This is truly a community event with dedicated sponsors and volunteers returning each year to help us make this happen”

NaFF is pleased to have Current TV as a sponsor for the second year, presenting the Reel Current Award for the documentary that provides the most extraordinary insight into a contemporary or social global issue. The winning documentary will be selected by Current TV and former Vice President Al Gore, who will present the award on Thursday afternoon, April 20. The Reel Current Award winner will be selected from five documentaries screening at the Festival, which will be announced in mid-March. The 2005 0winner was Taggart Siegel’s The Real Dirt on Farmer John.

In 2005, the Festival was picked as “One of 20 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine; and “Best Film Festival Prizes” for its DREAMMAKER AWARD by Film Festival Today. With an increase of 14% in 2005 attendance and 2006 submissions up to 1644, this year’s festival promises an eclectic international array of features, documentaries, shorts, animations, experimentals, music videos and young filmmakers (18 and under) films.

Artistic Director Brian Gordon said, “From the films submitted and the scouting we’ve done at other Festivals, as well as the increased awareness of the Festival in the film community, it has become both easier and more exciting to put together a high-quality, diverse selection of films, guests, panels and live music for our enthusiastic audiences. Every year gets better, and the 2006 edition will be no exception.”

With the festival located in “Music City,” NaFF offers two unique music awards: Best Music in a Feature Award for the feature film with the best score composition or music supervision; and Impact of Music Award for the film that best exemplifies the importance of music in our everyday lives. Tickets go on sale in March online at nashvillefilmfestival.org

Lil' Film Fest

Sarah Fleming announces that footage of the BMH implosion is now available for download at the
following link (just scroll to the bottom, and remember its a large file so only attempt download if you have broadband): http://www.livefrommemphis.com/info/more_info?copyID=69

Footage is also available at our studio downtown... just give us a call (523.9763) and then swing by to burn your copy.

If you guys have any other questions regarding the festival, feel free to call or email us, or check out the link above.... Can't wait to see all your creativeness in action!!!

EMAIL: info@livefrommemphis.com

(Note: Deadline for entries is Feb. 28, so get to it).

Southern Comfort

Pilot to be shot in Memphis in mid-March. Here's John Beifuss' story in the CA.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Chicago area film festival

From a press release:

Action! The Future Filmmakers Festival is calling on talented young filmmakers nationwide to submit their original films for a chance to be recognized by industry professionals and fellow peers. Prizes will total $1,200. The entry deadline has been extended to Feb. 28, 2006 to identify the best, brightest and innovative in youth filmmaking.

“Designed to celebrate exploration, style and personal expression, the Future Filmmakers Festival is calling on today's youth to share their talents," said Naomi Walker, festival director. "We've had a great response to date from entrants around the country. By extending the deadline, we are able to accommodate those who haven't yet completed their work and are still exploring the endless possibilities of filmmaking."

The Future Filmmakers Festival, which is presented by Cinema/Chicago, the producers of the Chicago International Film Festival, is seeking submissions for films and videos of any genre from filmmakers who are 20 years old or younger. In addition to the general public, filmmakers accepted into the festival will be invited to attend a three-day festival at The Film Row Cinema on the Columbia College Campus of Chicago, Ill. At the festival, filmmakers will watch their film with an audience as well as attend exciting workshops, meet film industry professionals, and network with young filmmakers from all over the country. The festival will award over $1,000 in prize money along with multiple non-cash prizes to films screened at the festival.

More information, including general guidelines and submission forms can be found online at www.futurefilmmakersfestival.com. The postmark deadline for entering the Festival is Feb. 28, 2006. The festival will take place June 16 through June 18, 2006.

Sponsors for the 2006 Festival include founding sponsor, Chicago Classroom Television (CCTV) and Columbia College Chicago.

©2006 For more information contact: (312) 658-0600 or e-mail us at info@newswireone.com

"Act One" brings Memphis Indie scene together

From Old School Pictures:

We have a full week of "Act One" screenings at Malco Studio on the Square starting this Friday, February 17! That's right, 4 shows a day for a total of 28 screenings! Malco Theatres has decided to co-sponsor the film and you can find tickets available on their website (http://www.malco.com) or at the Studio on the Square box office. We will also be listed in the newspaper's movie ads starting with this Friday's Playbook alongside the slate of first-run Hollywood titles. Here are the showtimes for the film (and note that these times will be consistent throughout the week):

"Act One"
Malco Studio on the Square
Friday, February 17 - Thursday, February 23
1:25 * 4:40 * 7:25 * 9:45

This weeklong event was created with the intention of giving the general public an opportunity to see "Act One" in a theatrical setting. Many of you attended our screening at the Indie Memphis Film Festival last fall, where we were fortunate enough to take Best Narrative Feature in the Hometowner category. This became the big premiere event for "Act One," but we realize that seating was quite limited and many people were simply unable to attend. Well, now is definitely the time to act - and you've got 28 shows to choose from.

We'd like to stress that the Friday night 7:25 showing will be a unique "mini-premiere," where you'll have the opportunity to meet members of the cast and crew. We also plan on having an after party at Bosco's (which is basically in the parking lot of the theater), and we encourage you to join us there to round out the night.

Of course, if the week is better for you, then by all means go to Studio and fill up those seats! We really want to demonstrate that providing an outlet for local filmmakers to exhibit their work can be a truly successful venture. If our threatical run goes well, Malco will surely be open to sponsoring future events of this kind, which will be a tremendous bonus to the Memphis film community. Speaking of which, we are also going to be featuring samples of work from others in the local film community, namely Grade One Entertainment, Corduroy Wednesday, Rusted Sun Films, and Live From Memphis. Their trailers will be presented at the beginning of our screening, along with our extremely grateful thank-you's to the sponsors of this event. Malco Theatres, of course, as well as Churchill Studios High Definition & Post, Cornerstone Media, Gardo Design Group, and Time Warner Cable are the gracious businesses that have supported us in making this event happen.

Time Warner will be airing "Act One" television commercials starting Wednesday, February 15, so definitely keep an eye out for our 30 second spots on the national cable channels. You may have also seen our posters plastered all over town to advertise the big event. It's coming on fast, so please secure those tickets as soon as you can.

From all of us at Old School, we send our thanks out to all of you who have helped us along the way, and we hope to see you during this exciting upcoming week!

- Old School Pictures

Curbside Confessions: audition update

From Arnold Edwards II:

We will be tentatively holding a second audition on Saturday February 25th to accommodate the many people unable to attend the audition last Saturday due to snow. Once we secure a location we will be sending an update on the location and time. The tentative location at the moment will be in the Bartlett area.

On the same date and location we will be having call backs later in the day. Again we will be updating the location and time soon.

If you were unable to attend the audition this weekend and would like to attend the following audition please contact us via email (cowboyupproductions@gmail.com) informing us of your intent to audition. This will not be an open call. We will be giving everyone scheduled times for the audition. If we have not heard from you we will not be able to accommodate your needs.

If you do not attend an audition you will not be held in consideration for the project. We feel that casting someone for a role that has not auditioned would be disrespectful to the many that have/will audition.

There will be a few hour gap between the last audition and the first scheduled call back. If anyone will be coming from out of town to attend the audition please remind us so that we may schedule you towards the end of the auditions and beginning of the call backs, in order to limit your down time in between.

If you are not asked to attend a call back please do NOT assume this means we will not be working with you and/or you will not be receiving a worthy role. Thankfully due to the nature of the project we will be able to accommodate many actors.

If anyone who has auditioned would like to request an additional audition let us know. The probability of being able to do so will weigh upon the number of actors who will be auditioning for the first time on the 25th. If we have time to fit second auditions in we will do so.

If you have not filled out one of our audition bios please let us know.

Arnold Edwards II
Cowboy Up Productions

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Start your own lobbying campaign ... now

Jan Falk is on the ball, writing to Gov. Phil Bredesen to work up support for legislative incentives now before the General Assembly. Here's her letter and the message to all of you is to write your own and let him know how you feel:

Governor’s Office
Governor Phil Bredesen
Tennessee State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243-0001

Re: Tennessee Filming Incentive

Dear Governor Bredesen,

I am writing to you once more, regarding putting forth a progressive TN Film Tax Incentive. Being an actress whom resides in the Memphis area and works in the commercial and film industry, (nationally, regionally and locally) I am concerned and voicing my opinion once more with the hopes that you will consider and present to our great state an attractive economic incentive plan for film production.

Tennessee is a feasible, economic place for film production and it would provide the state with a magnificent boost of civic pride! A TN Film Tax Incentive Plan could ultimately pump millions into the local as well as state-wide economy! Tennessee actors, Tennessee technicians and Tennessee craftspeople will ALL benefit as jobs are created!

With our treasure chest of wonderful locations through-out the state, the history, the landmarks, the oak-lined streets graced with quaint southern neighborhoods, scenic lakes and riverfronts that meander beneath a canopy of city high rises and communities, cotton fields to southern mansions….from Memphis to Nashville and from Knoxville to Chattanooga, Tennessee provides an eloquent backdrop for any film production.

My hope is that it will soon be a reality, that Tennessee will be a financially desirable location for film production.



Jan Falk

Memo to: Tennessee General Assembly

Good for Canada, but why not Tennessee? Read more here.
"Even though Canada has spectacular settings, it's not the production values that film producers go there to find. The lure is, in a single word, money."

Casting call

I need several actors for a medical industrial being shot here in Memphis on February 21-22. The payment depends on which part is cast and whether the part is an actor's or extra. Both are paid and require one day's shooting. Please email a vitae and head shot to: david@memphisinternational.com or call 276-6661 during office hours for an address to drop one off in midtown. Please post this.
The actors needed are:
African American male, mid fifties to play a patient. He's a former vietnam vet so he is somewhat fit but not necessarily buff.
Male to play a doctor. no particular age or ethnicity required.
Female to play a nurse. no particular age or ethnicity required.
older white male to play a patient.In his seventies
Mid fifties woman to play a patient. She has had chemo so her head will be covered with a scarf. Doesn't have to be thin because chemo has not necessarily effected her weigh.
Mid fities woman's husband should be close to same age or early fifteis. Should look like they fit together.
Additional actors needed to be determined on Monday.
The extras needed are:
Wife of mid fifties african american actor. Should be close to same age and look like she fits with that actor.
Teen or young 20s male to play the grandson or older white male.
Actors must be able to read and memorize lines while extra's do not have speaking parts.
David Less

Monday, February 13, 2006

Confessions of Black Men

Showcase of more Memphis Indie films next Saturday at the Complex at 7 p.m. Thanks, Markus for sending this on.

Thursday, February 9, 2006

Works of Heart Saturday

One of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center's signature events is this Saturday, Feb. 11 from 7-9:30 pm at Memphis College of Art. You can bid to purchase your very own "Works of Heart" and enjoy a glass of wine and hors d'oeuvres from Fratelli's.

Works of Heart offers a silent auction of unique heart-themed artwork. Memphis' finest artists create the works of art for the Works of Heart valentine auction. More than 100 artists representing the most imaginative minds from Memphis and the Mid-South are offered a plain piece of wood in the shape of a heart as inspiration to create an auction piece. Most take this plain wooden heart while others use their own medium of choice. All create something spectacular.

Memphis Cool touts this particular non-movie event because his wife annually creates something amazing (pictured here is the one from 2005) and because this year he wrote a sonnet that is incorporated into her work. So go and bid already.

You can preview Works of Heart at MCA today and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to place an initial bid.

Ticket Info: $35 and may be purchased in advance by calling 901-888-4341 or at www.memphiscac.org/tickets. If still available, tickets will be sold at the door. Please contact Caroline Johnson for more information: 901-888-4341 or cjohnson@memphiscac.org

The Memphis Child Advocacy Center is a safe, supportive place where children and families receive services following a report of sexual abuse. At the Center, a team of law enforcement officers, child protection caseworkers, therapists, investigators, and prosecutors work together to ensure the best possible outcome for victimized children. This team reviewed 2,384 reports of abuse last year. Nearly 800 children visited our Center for services. Therapy and crisis intervention help these young children overcome the trauma of abuse, and the Center's community education program provides children and adults with critical information to prevent such abuse.

Acting for the Camera

Red West teaches acting class tonight. As Forrest Pruett puts it: Red brings his experience as a working actor in film, TV & commercials to the acting classes he has taught for more than 12 years in the Memphis area. Red's strengths as an actor’s coach lie in his strong motivational and disciplined acting technique, including some improvisation, nurturing the actor to reach within himself to achieve his/her own personal best in bringing the character on the scripted page to life.

Call (901) 384-6464. Classes held Thursday evenings 7:30-10 p.m.

Scene study and maybe some casting...

From Lisa Lax: Scene Study this Sunday, Feb. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at Southwest Tennessee Community College's Fulton Auditorium. Bring headshots: Looks like I may be casting a big project! And I'm up for 3 different ones! Yeah!

Hispanic and Asian kids ages 9-12

From Leah at Colors:

We are in search of Hispanic and Asian kids between the ages of 9-12 years old for an upcoming training video. The video is shooting between March 27-31. It is imperative that the kids are fluent in English. Any acting experience would be great but not necessary. Preferably outgoing kids. If anyone is interested please call Colors Agency and ask for Megan Bennett or Leah Bruce. We will need to see pictures today or tomorrow. You can email pictures or call us to set up a time to run your child down so that we may take a picture. There will be an audition this Saturday, 2/11/06.
Thank you,
Colors Agency, Inc.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

An explanation and a tease

So something happened to part of this blog and several links were inad- vertently deleted. I'll be restoring them soon, so please bear with me. I'm sure it was the Blogger server, because it couldn't have been me. I don't make mistakes, but I do make movies and ...
... the latest is the Memphis Cool production "Escort Service," an entry in the Lil' Film Festival being put on by LiveFromMemphis.com. Here is the sublimely fine cast and crew that put up with cold weather and barking dogs and an occasionally absent-minded director last Sunday to do their art. Thanks to (from left): Joseph B. Smith, Jen Morris, Forrest Pruett, Michael Travis Stone, Markus Seaberry and Nancy Ellen Mills. You make life -- and movies -- good.

MicroCinema Club tonight

The Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club (IMMCC) is a monthly program featuring short films from around the world. Tonight at 7:30, IMMCC presents:


Featuring five films from the KULTURE MACHINE stable. Kulture Machine was founded by four filmmakers from Columbia University‚s School of the Arts Graduate Film Program, and is designed to build upon the interdisciplinary approach to filmmaking. (more info at www.kulturemachine.com):

JESUS HENRY CHRIST by Dennis Lee, 17 min
SEIBUTSU by Joe Turner Lin, 19 min
ST PAUL by Francisco Ordonez, 20 min
CELAMY by Julie Ann Meerschwam, 19 min
GOD IS GOOD by Caryn Waechter, 22min

These films have won numerous awards and represent a solid lineup through and through.

Admission is always free, so is the popcorn!

Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson, between Main & Front Streets in the South Main Arts District

Screenwriting workshop at Vanderbilt

Act One, Inc., a nonprofit organization that trains Christians for careers in mainstream film and television, is coming to Nashville this summer. Act One (not to be confused with the movie "Act One" in a post below --ed.) will hold its much-lauded Writing Program at Vanderbilt University May 16-June 10. The Writing Program is a four-week intensive course on writing for TV and film, taught by Hollywood professionals. It will also be held in Los Angeles, at the Oakwood Toluca Hills, from July 7-Aug. 5.

Act One Writing Program Director Chris Riley notes: “The goal of the Act One Writing Program is not to produce religious scripts, but rather writers whose work is truthful, artistically excellent, and reflects a deep respect for the audience. We’re looking for gifted writers who love movies and television, writers who want to enter the mainstream Hollywood marketplace well-equipped to compete with the best writers in the world, telling the most powerful and entertaining stories in the world. Beyond that, we encourage our writers to take their Christian faith seriously, integrating their faith with their art as they seek a creative approach that welcomes the inspiration of the Holy Spirit into everything they write.”

The Writing Program is more than just classes, fostering in students a respect for the audience and an awareness of the need for entertainment that will improve our lives and our culture. Our impressive faculty is made up of over fifty working writers and producers, including Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Ralph Winter (X2:X-Men United, Fantastic Four), Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia), David McFadzean (Home Improvement, What Women Want), and many more.

Act One students are finding success in many levels of the entertainment industry’s creative community, finding representation at Endeavor, CAA, and other top agencies, and landing writing and producing jobs at DreamWorks, Imagine, CBS, HBO, PAX, MS-NBC, and FOX, among others. Alumni David Hansen claims “the amount of scholarship, the degree of professionalism and the keen wisdom of the Act One Writing Program is simply an unparalleled gift to burgeoning script writers. I can hardly believe it exists." Featured by Newsweek, The Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, Details, and Premiere, Act One has been hailed by industry veteran Ron Austin (Mission: Impossible) as playing “an indispensable role in bringing young Christians into the mainstream of Hollywood."

Act One can only accept thirty students into each program. The application process is very competitive, so interested writers are encouraged to begin the process as early as possible. “The Writing Program is by far the most thorough, most inspiring, intensive screenwriting program I've seen anywhere,” notes screenwriter and faculty member Janet Batchler. “You can waste years of time tiptoeing around the edges of the entertainment industry, or you can come to Act One and learn what you need to know in four weeks.” Applications are due by March 1.

For more information about Act One, visit our website at www.actoneprogram.com, or contact Becca Bennett, Program Coordinator, at 323-464-0815 or becca@actoneprogram.com. To interview Act One founder Barbara Nicolosi, contact Drew Stanfield at 323-464-0815 or drew@actoneprogram.com.

Also in 2006, Act One will hold a training program for entertainment executives. For details, see our website or contact Rob Kirbyson at 323-464-0815.

Auditions Saturday

Cowboy-Up Productions will be holding auditions for the full length feature film titled Curbside Confessions at the Media Co-Op Saturday Feb. 11 from 9 a.m. till noon.

Tagline: There are no good people. There are no bad people. There are the decisions people make.

Curbside Confession revolves around four unrelated stories that come together on one night, confronting issues such as prejudice, violence, and drugs, but that is not what Curbside Confessions is truly about. It's about how ordinary people prevail over such issues. It's about redemption, love, loyalty, reunion, morality, doing the right thing no matter the cost, overcoming prejudice, and humanity.

For additional information:

For bios and sides please contact us at: CowboyUpProductions@gmail.com

We at Cowboy Up would like to thank the Media Co-Op and all of it coordinators for all the hard work and dedication they put forth for the Memphis film making community. They are truly amazing and I am grateful for all they do!!!

Arnold Edwards II
Cowboy-Up Prod.

Award-winning 'Act One' at Malco

The feature film "Act One," the Best Narrative Feature in the hometowner category at 2005’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, will screen in regular engagement at Malco’s Studio on the Square Theater. The film will show four times daily between Feb. 17, 2006 and Feb. 23, 2006. "Act One" is the latest award-winning film from Old School Pictures, a Memphis filmmaking collective that has been making movies since 1998.

The romantic comedy-drama stars Allen Gardner and Bettina Adger of Los Angeles, as well as Casey Cannon and Joey Watson of Memphis. The film also features a cameo by local character actor and stage director Jerry '21 Grams' Chipman.
"Act One" was written by Allen Gardner, who also plays the lead. The film was directed and produced by Brad Ellis, who, along with co-producing partners Mark Norris and Matt Weatherly of Old School Pictures, previously won the Hometown Narrative Feature category at the 2002 Indie Memphis Film Festival with their thriller, "The Path of Fear." Featuring more than 50 speaking roles and using locations all in Memphis, "Act One" is a light-hearted yet moving story about young Kevin Hansen and his journey into adulthood. The title character is a successful first time screenwriter whose work had been produced by a big Hollywood studio. Charged with writing another hit, Kevin explores his own life for “inspiration,” but discovers so much more. "Act One" was budgeted around $15,000 and shot on the Panasonic AG-DVX100A, a camera that captures 24 frames per second for a simulated film look. Additional equipment highlights new to Old School Pictures included an ARRI light kit and a custom-built dolly to enhance the overall production value of the film. The filmmakers are ecstatic to announce the weeklong engagement of Act One at Malco’s Studio on the Square Feb. 17-23. Public promotion of this event, which will premiere with an opening-night kick-off on Feb. 17, is underway. More information on Act One or the cast and crew of Old School Pictures can be found at www.oldschoolpictures.net, or by calling (901) 229-0753.

Friday, February 3, 2006

Hey, baby

Amax Talent in Nashville is looking for baby girls 6 months to 24 months that wear clothing b/w 6-24 months. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know who may have a baby girl ... We need photos, DOB and sizes ASAP.

Contact AmaxTalent
Nashville, TN

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Extras for music video

Looking for female models interested in working on a music video. The job is not paying, but will give you great experience working with some of the leading professionals in the business from Memphis and the Mid-South area.

The video is for a signed soul band "Ty Brown." The music video will be directed by Waheed AlQawasmi. Visit his website to see his work.

Model Specifications:
Height: between 5' and 5'10"
Color: Caucasian
Body Type: Slim
Date/Time: Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 704 Madison Ave. (The Complex)

For more information, email Burt@wafilms.com

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Get a copy of the report

I have a copy of the report by the governor's Film Production Advisory Committee that was submitted to the General Assembly today. I'll post it when I can but if anyone needs a copy sooner, I'll send you a pdf file. Let me know: jonwsparks@gmail.com

Documentary by John Michael McCarthy

Mike sez:
There's a Cooper Young association meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at the First Congo church. Please show up in support of Libertyland and be part of my documentary to save the Zippin Pippin.

For more info on the effort to save Libertyland, go here.

Got jobs?

Today is when your future begins. Get ready for the next several weeks and months to watch what the General Assembly does on this -- and be prepared to write your state representatives and senators.

Click here to see John Beifuss' story in today's CA.

Today, a Tennessee film committee delivers a report intended to ensure feature film and television production in the state doesn't fade away despite the Oscar glow surrounding such Memphis products as "Walk the Line" and "Hustle & Flow." The 32-page report by the governor's Film Production Advisory Committee, to be delivered to Gov. Phil Bredesen and the General Assembly, condemns the state's "obsolete" film production incentives and recommends that Tennessee lawmakers enact specific financial lures that would match, and in some cases surpass, those now offered to filmmakers by competing states such as Louisiana and Georgia.