Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Former two-time Indie Memphis winner Geoffrey Shrewsbury is holding open casting calls for his New York University senior thesis project.
Males and Females, ages 30 to 50, are eligible for 3 main speaking roles and 5 extras. All types are welcome and headshots are not necessary.
Also seeking interested producers and crew.
Go to: newperspectivefilms.org or call 788-2200 for days and times
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
ZoMBiEz Casting Call – Character Descriptions
Skinny, awkward teen. Tries to be cool by wearing baggy jeans below his butt, polo shirts with the collar popped, and trucker hats. But his glasses and affinity for sci-fi and fantasy keep him firmly planted in the “dork” category. Has no common sense but lives on information gleaned from his sci-fi and entertainment publications.
Bigger than Nathan. Unassuming and classically handsome. Laid-back, smooth, and an effortless way about him. Dresses in t-shirts and jeans, always nice looking, in style, and natural. Has a high IQ but no interest in learning or reading.
Beautiful, Christian young woman. Can be found attending Bible studies and discussions in her spare time. Wears sweater sets and quotes the Bible often. Generally has hair up, glasses, and keeps a Bible with her at all times.
Ruggedly handsome man usually wearing tweed and found feverishly working in a library. Has a PhD in Occult Practices and Cryptology. Often has a five o’clock shadow from late night studies, and glasses that he pushes up on his nose or cleans when nervous.
New Age Shop Sales Girl (16-18)
Abercrombie Fitch Boy (17-20)
Librarian (M/F 20-40)
Old Man Walker/Zombie (50-70)
Prom Guy Zombie (16-20)
Zombie Little Leaguer (9-12)
Spatula Head Zombie (20+)
Slacker Pizza Guy (16-25)
Headless Zombie (20+)
Zombie Family (M-40+, F-40+, M-10+, F-10+)
Of course, we need numerous extras of ALL AGES (especially 40+ adults) for our zombie hordes.
Everyone is asked to attend the casting call (with headshot and resume if available) on February 3rd, 2pm – 6pm, at the Collierville Public Library. Please sign-in at the table. Request audition material for a specific role at sign-in.
Saturday, February 3, 6-8 p.m.
Opening reception for
Mary Ellen Carroll
ME LIKE BLACK
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Exhibition dates: February 3 – March 31, 2007
Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6 p.m., Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Carroll’s new body of work makes use of the city of Memphis not only as a physical original but also a cultural, social-political and economic original as well – a site of authenticity. All of the works in the exhibition have the subject of impersonation as their conceptual and philosophical basis. Included in the exhibition will be ME LIKE BLACK, two neon signs that are inverted mistakes that reference the 1960s book Black Like Me by white journalist John Howard Griffin, a civil-rights activist and friend of Dr. King who disguised himself as a black man and chronicled the experience. Four new silkscreen paintings produced with Brand X Editions will be shown from Carroll’s One Star Press series You and Me is based on the difference between how we see ourselves and how we are seen by others. During the week before the exhibition’s opening, the performance Whatever It Takes, an impersonation of the escaped Haley, the female polar bear that FedEx relocated from Chicago to the Memphis Zoo, will take place at the Power House. On the opening night Carroll will become the subject and object of the artwork during a special performance.
Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m.
Artist Studio Visit
409 South Main Street
Free for Delta Axis members, $5 for non-members
Jay Etkin was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Brooklyn College and apprenticed with American Realist painter Philip Pearlstein. Etkin has been exhibiting work since 1971 and is currently represented by Galerie Petra Spuijbroek in The Netherlands. His work is in private and public collections all over the world. Jay Etkin Gallery is currently in its 18th year in Memphis. The artist maintains studios at 409 South Main St. in Memphis, TN and in Santa Fe, NM.
Friday, February 9, 6-9 p.m.
Opening reception for
Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibition
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts
639 Marshall Avenue
Exhibition dates: February 9 – March 17, 2007
Gallery hours: Saturday 1-5 p.m. or by appointment
The Southern Graphics Council is the largest print organization in North America; the organization fosters dialogue about prints and print education. The Southern Graphics Council Traveling Exhibition is comprised of 34 prints by 25 members of the Southern Graphics Council. These prints represent a wide variety of printmaking processes and approaches as well as diverse imagery and content.
Wednesday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #26
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson (between Main & Front Streets)
Free Admission, Donations Recommended
Selections from the 2006 Rural Route Film Festival
The Rural Route Film Festival was created to highlight works that deal with rural people and places. The festival, which showcases rural themes in an urban environment, features award-winning narrative, documentary, and experimental films as well as music videos. Based in New York City, the most urban of environments, the festival brings an alternative to the box office action flick so often set in New York or Los Angeles. We give city folks a chance to see what’s going on in the rest of the world, and bring a sense of home to country folk that have relocated to the city. We are also programming more and more international work, including films in this year’s festival from England, Siberia, Canada, Portugal, India, and Germany.
Support Delta Axis – become a member!
Members receive free admission to our monthly Artist Studio Visit, a free ticket to a screening at the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2007, and invitations to special parties and events. Membership is $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. For more information call 901.494.6543 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Salon.com is all atwitter about BSM -- read Andrew O'Hehir's review here, where he says, among other things:
It was pretty damn good! A memorable work of art? Well, I'm not so sure about that. It's more an ingenious and stylish entertainment, "Pulp Fiction" with a Southern accent and a heart of gold, driven by both love of the Lord and a certain affection for the other fella.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
New Film..."In the Valley of Elah" will need 20 background actors in this new film coming from Albuquerque, NM to Memphis...Actors would be needed for the first week in Feb. exact dates not yet known yet.
Must be over age 18, women & men of different ethnicities and I need some people who are overweight. I also need to know the make, model, year and color of their cars. it is paying.
please e-mail me at email@example.com ASAP if you would like to send me your headshot and resume. don't forget to include the make, model, year of your cars.
If you can commit, contact Drew at 525-1340.
Here is further info on the project:
“BODOG'S BATTLE OF THE BANDS’
Jet-setting billionaire Calvin Ayre is offering an American rock band a $1,000,000-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get signed, seen and heard by the world. There are no sign up fees. Just your music, your fans and your blood, sweat and commitment. The prize: a million dollar label recording contract and a chance to live the almighty rock n roll dream!
By putting a 5-star, sexy, fun twist on the American battle of the bands concept, Calvin Ayre takes television where no reality series has dared to go before. Calvin is determined to find the best unsigned act in America whom he can sign and nurture into international superstars. He is not just handing over his money; he is challenging the best bands in the country to show him their blood, sweat and commitment by taking their music to the streets, making themselves valuable and fighting their way to the top of the rock pile.
Each week on “Battle of the Bands” (9 episodes on the Fuse network, premiering early April 2007) Calvin will put his bands through a selection process comprised of carefully-devised, star-studded challenges in rock n roll locales like Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Calvin's crew of A-list celebrities and music industry judges will take part in each episode helping him narrow the playing field down from 17 bands to The One.
During the competition all of the bands (regional champions from the ongoing “Bodog Battle of the Bands” contest) will fight their ways up to the luxurious lives of celebrity entertainers: from no roadies, crammed in a van, and sleeping on the floor to a full road crew and tour support, tour buses, private jets and penthouse suites. All locations will be wired to record every behind-the-scenes moment between the bands. Challenges and situations will be produced to bring out the bands’ talent and character.
Episodes will be designed to reflect lessons of the rock 'n roll lifestyle and to showcase the fun and drama of this "fish out of water" competition. Personalities, social-economic backgrounds, age, sex, life experience, and personal values will all come into play over the arc of the eleven one-hour episodes.
Each week when it's time to yank one band out of their new rock n roll life and send them home, Calvin’s Road Manager will be there to do the dirty work and confiscate the keys to their hotel room or tour credentials.
The final three bands will compete in an ultimate showdown for a worldwide live audience - where the viewers will vote and be instrumental in deciding which band walks away with a million dollar prize, a record deal, and a shot at rock stardom.
"Bodog's Battle of the Bands" is being produced for Fuse and Bodog TV by Executive Producers Steve Jones and Julio Kollerbohm. Between them, some of the team’s credits include: “Bands Reunited,” “Vh-1’s Fan Club,” “MTV’s The Real World” and the Emmy-nominated “Bands on the Run.”
What: Bodog Music’s $1 Million Battle of the Bands has narrowed the field to 10 survivors culled from more than 7,000 entrants who signed up on the bodogbattleofthebands.com web site and participated in over 300 live battle concerts. Saturday, the 10 who remain will be walking in Memphis, right to a press conference announcing the show and showcasing each bands media relations chops. The press conference will be filmed for use as part of the show.
Who: Starting with 17 of America’s best indie bands as chosen by the Bodog Battle of the Band Elimination Rounds, by the time their tour buses roll into Memphis, 10 will be left. The tour manager for the Bodog Music Battle of the Bands will be noted KROQ DJ and Loveline host Stryker. Judges for the battles include legendary Sex Pistol John Lydon, Canadian superstar Bif Naked and more TBA.
Where: The Gibson Beale Street Showcase, in the Lobby, 145 Lt. George Lee Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Here's the Flyer's report...
And here's the New York Times' Manohla Dargis dismissing Craig and BSM with a curled cosmopolitan lip, calling the movie "entertainingly risible." Let's treat her to a jook joint, shall we?
And Sarah has announced the theme for Li'l Film Fest 5:
Oh, and remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Mid-South’s premiere film event, our festival attracts top films and filmmakers from all over the world, along with fantastic local filmmakers, giving us an intriguing and inspiring collection of films to share with our audience.
Film submissions are closed, and the screeners are engaging in the exciting process of judging the entries. The chosen films will be announced February 5 and also will be posted on our website, memphisfilmforum.org, along with viewing dates and times. A festival pass can be purchased in advance by calling 901-626-9685 for only $ 35, entitling the bearer not only admission to all the films, but to a cornucopia of events, including parties and seminars presently being planned. Individual tickets will also be available for purchase to sample the many offerings we’ll be presenting.
New this year, the Memphis Film Forum is promoting a design contest for our festival logo which will be used on the official festival poster, t-shirt and other marketing materials. The winning artist will receive a pair of all-access VIP passes for the entire festival as well as the gratitude and recognition of the Memphis arts community. Entries will be accepted immediately, through Friday, February 9th, 2007. Full details are available on our website at www.memphisfilmforum.org.
Seeking more involvement? We’re actively seeking volunteers, who, for their support, will receive passes and other considerations. We’re a non-profit, working to inspire and educate our community, so we appreciate all of our wonderful volunteers!
Need more information? You can visit our website where you can email us or call us at (901) 626-9685.
So mark your calendars, March 22-25, 2007, and we’ll see you at the Memphis Film Forum’s Great Eighth Annual Memphis International Film Festival at Malco’s Paradiso and Malco’s Studio on the Square theatres.
Monday, January 22, 2007
John Paul Clark, a freelance cinematographer who recently graduated from the University of Memphis, and Daniel Carter, a screenwriter with a couple of semesters to go at U of M, won a promotional contest coinciding with the release of "Black Snake Moan," Brewer's new film soaked with images of the blues and the gritty side of Southern culture.
Clark and Carter, both in their early 20s, won the grand prize, the trip to Sundance. First prize went to Rod Pitts of Pittstop Productions, a Memphis-based film production company. He'll get to attend the premiere of "Black Snake Moan," which Brewer said probably will be held in New York City.
"The fact they both are from Memphis floors me, because I did not know that when I chose the two," Brewer said. "The trailer was just another way to have fun.
"We knew that we eventually wanted to launch a very user-friendly campaign, where people could get into the movie, contribute, get in on the fun and then talk about it. The studio sees it as a marketing tool. I see it as, 'Oh, wow, we get to take two young filmmakers, one gets to go to Sundance, one gets to go to the premiere.'"
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Slacker Central Productions is casting their next production,
ZoMBiEz!!, written and directed by local filmmaker, Jessica Powers.
2 males – 17-23 yrs old
1 female – 17-23 yrs old
1 male – early 30's
Lead Supporting Roles (Zombies):
1 Male/Female – 50-70 yrs old
1 Male/Female – 8-12 yrs old
1 Male – 17-20 yrs old
And of course, we need extras of all ages for our zombie hordes.
Audition Date: February 3, 2007
Collierville Public Library
2pm – 6pm
**Please come prepared with a headshot and resume if you have one.**
If you have any questions, contact:
Karen Preston 901-484-0669
Jessica Powers 901-569-1630
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Told you so.
Here are excerpts from Mike Lollar's story in the CA:
The magazine's winter issue, which will be released today at the Sundance Film Festival, is Memphis' third appearance in the periodical, which has a circulation of 54,000 readers, primarily independent filmmakers.
Memphis received an honorable mention in 2005 and was ranked 10th last year.
"I think we can all be proud from the mayors to the film commission to the community that we're ranked so high on such a prestigious list," said Memphis and Shelby County film commissioner Linn Sitler.
She attributed part of the ranking to film incentive legislation passed last year. ...In the MovieMaker article, [Craig Brewer] says, "I love the city, but it's the character of the people that truly inspires me."
Of the commission, he says, "You will never find a more dedicated film commission in the country. I try to find projects that must be shot in Memphis just so I can work with Linn Sitler."
Sitler helped lobby the legislature for the incentive program, which set aside $10 million to help fund projects and also provide bonuses to film companies that spend at least $1 million in Tennessee.
Sitler said the incentives are less than those offered by the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area, which ranked No. 6 on this year's list and has quickly become one of the busiest filming locations in the country.
1 - New York
2 - Philadelphia
3 - Austin, Texas
4 - Albuquerque, N.M.
5 - Las Vegas
6 - Shreveport-Bossier City, La.
7 - Memphis
8 - Miami
9 - Portland, Ore.
10 - Salt Lake City, Utah
Friday, January 19, 2007
"One of my first priorities as the director of this commission will be to get the new incentives program set up properly so that we can both aggressively market Tennessee's wide-ranging assets to the entertainment industry, while also growing this important part of Tennessee's economy. We need to get this program set up correctly, and quickly, so that it will be an attractive program for the industry, and will produce positive results for the people of Tennessee - creating more jobs and more revenue for our state.
"Throughout my years working in the commercial real estate business in California, I've been fortunate to have the opportunity to develop relationships with a number of entertainment industry executives. I look forward to having the chance to build on those relationships here in Tennessee."
Meanwhile, here's more on the Bennett resignation from the Nashville Scene:
Now, the worry is that the package will die a slow death, made restrictive enough to scare away any potential applicants. With that comes the fear that the governor’s office might dismantle the film commission altogether or fold it under another department, such as the Office of Economic and Community Development—thus giving the state’s film industry even less in its puny arsenal.
and further resignation info in the Nashville City Paper.
Thursday, January 18, 2007
To: Tennessee government, actors, actresses, writers, entertainers, performers, directors, lighting technicians, make-up artists, SAG members...
1.) We support tax incentives for the film industry in Tennessee!
2.) We support bringing in more entertainment business to the Great State of Tennessee!
3.) We support David Bennett, Tennessee Film Commissioner.
Do you agree? Then go here and sign the petition.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Here's the news story by Mike Lollar at the CA and go here for commentary from Pith in the Wind with the Nashville Scene.
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The classes are not for beginners and are limited to six attendees. Classes meet Saturdays at 12:30 pm. Cost is $250 for six of the workshops (or $42 per session) that last at least an hour each.
For more information, call her at 901 454-7243 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Sunday, January 7, 2007
Saturday, January 6, 2007
See! 54 speaking parts
Hear! 48 songs from 23 local/regional bands
Laugh! throughout the film's 83 minutes
And afterwards, go out and find a restaurant with a waitress named Wendy.
Please do not attempt to bring ramekins into the theater.
PLUS: New Black Snake Moan trailer
Thursday, January 4, 2007
hosts the Memphis International Film Festival is looking for volunteers.
The festival is entering it's 8th year and is looking for a few good people to
help with this year's festival.
Check 'em out at MySpace or on their Web site.
CASTING for Short film SAG Independent Film Agreement
Reply to: email@example.com
Date: 2006-12-27, 7:22PM CST
Casting the follwing to shoot approximately 3 days the last week of January.
Film will be entered in Cannes '07.
Send resume, reels on DVD or VHS, to Boulevard Geronimo Productions, 1910 Madison Ave. Number 107, Memphis, TN 38104
Reels /resesumes cannot be returned
Experienced SAG Actor/Director:
This is a SAG Independent Film..you do not have to be a member of SAG but SAG members will be paid FIRST after expenses when the film is sold. SAG member must be current and will receive first consideration for casting. NonUnion members are welcome. Under the Independent Agreement, you will not receive SAG compensation nor do you receive a SAG voucher..but, unlike other nonunion members in nonSAG films you will receive credit for appearing in a SAG film. Please understand that Under the independent agreement there is no way you will receive a SAG voucher. It's not my idea. It's the SAG contract. Casting Note: Characters identified as native american do not have to be Native American but the darker characters will be the bartender and Grandmother and the young child. The Natives represented here are modern day Americans and may be very caucasion looking but Native Americans, especially members of the Cherokee Nation and members of SAG will receive a "first look" for casting. For example, Wilma Mankiller is a past Chief of the cherokee Nation, but her "coloring" is very very light... These characters are all southern with the exception of the rock star and her highly-paid rich lawyers and assistants.
Bartender- male - (a lead character)-- 40s, dark hair, Native American preferred
Tribal lawyer, male, (Lead) - 40s, alcoholic, somewhat of a hasbeen but thoughtful and proud
Tribal lawyer, female, sister to the male lead - late 30s, go-getter but not a feminist
Native American Grandmother - 60s and up - fun role - old and weathered but wise
Native American Child - female - age 8 to 10 - cute , cuddly and needy...a reservation ragdoll child.
Female Rock star- hot 20s - BLOND - must be willing to dye hair if you're not already blond if you get the role...very few lines but a very central charater and must be believeable...think Paris Hilton or Miss Teen USA in Run Lola Run only with brains and less slutty.. spiked hair but not too awful punk
Judge - Male or Female but probably a Male role - if you're female and have the look or can "sell it", you'll get it. 60s, weathered, no nonsense, corporate,
Rockstar's Lawyer Male - 50s, 6 feet tall and up, No nonsense, smooth, Like Jame's Wood's character on Shark only better looking.
Rockstar's Lawyer Number two - Male or female - slightly younger than above...similar...Female is HOT
Rockstar's Lawyers' Legal assitants....Featured Background - Hot Females 20s
TVNews Anchor Male - caucasian - think 10 p.m. NBC, CBS -- local Memphis
News Anchor Female - African American or Oriental - same as above only Hot
Field News Reporter - Female 20s, Hot, typical newby blond or oriental type more interested in her hair than in the news..."like Oh m' God - I'm on TV"
TV News Crew - Featured background = videographer, boom mike
This is a SAG Independent film agreement with budget below $50,000. It WILL premier at Cannes '07 and it will be entered for competition.
* Location: Memphis, TN
* Compensation: SAG Level One Independent Film Agreement
* This is a contract job.
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
Monday, January 1, 2007
Rockumentary- 40 Years of Your Favorite Records 1966-2006- directed by former Commercial Appeal music reporter, Larry Nager. An excellent documentary about the history of Ardent Studios as told by founder, John Fry.
Man-tute- directed by award winning filmmaker, Ken Axmaker, Jr. This comedy film was recently selected to represent Memphis on opening night at the Script-2-Screen Film Fest and Movie Biz Conference where
it won Best Comedy-runner up.
Friction- directed by former University of Memphis professor, David Liban. This 1997 experimental film delves into the past memories that drive and torment an emotional artist.
Music for ending credits:
No Big Deal- sung by Jay Ruffin from the Skeleton Key album.
Be sure to look for the BONUS FILMS after the ending credits!
An Old School Production of Rusty Lemon's song, If It's Over.
Back by popular demand, Beat Down in Clown Town- directed by Danny Stanford and Corey Smithmier.
Thursday- 10:30 PM
For more info or to enter a film, go to www.LastTraintoMemphis.com
Check with the Library Channel website or our website for scheduling info. This is a weekly schedule that will begin on January 1.