Wednesday, August 31, 2005
At least three shoots were underway in New Orleans when movie crews were ordered to evacuate. "The Guardian" starring Kevin Costner, and "Deja Vu" with Denzel Washington, were among those preparing to begin filming.
Disney studios chartered a plane to whisk 70 crew members from both films to safety. Spokeswoman Heidi Trotta said it was too early to know if production would be affected.
Generous tax breaks in states such as Louisiana have seen production expenditure soar in recent years. Last year 27 films were made in the state. It is feared the incentives are done for. Costs will soar, power and communication lines could be down for months and accommodation will be hard to find.
Michael Keaton’s "The Last Time" was reportedly already filming in New Orleans. "The Reaping," starring Hilary Swank, was shooting in Baton Rouge.
Frank von Zertner, executive producer on "Vampire Bats," which had been shooting in New Orleans, said they were lucky most of what was left could be filmed anywhere.
“Nobody’s eyeballed this, but I have a feeling my trucks are under water,” he told Variety.
The Los Angeles Times said other movies due to be shot in Louisiana later this year include "Bug," starring Ashley Judd, and "Big Momma's House 2," with Martin Lawrence. Some producers said their films were still on schedule while others said they were looking for alternative locations.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Intense young filmmaker/ writer Tommy Kha is looking for actors. This from him:
Auditions will be held for my official film, "dead anonymous" on Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the MeDiA Co-op, 1000 S. Cooper. If you, or anyone you know would like to audition, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone 17 and older is welcome to come to the casting call for this dark humor dramedy. Resumes and headshots are greatly appreciated, but not necessary.
The story: Most of us wonder if there is an afterlife or post-life, but no one knows death is literally among us. Based in Memphis, death serves as a network of getting everyone to where they need to be, but eventually, some souls get lost when their physical bodies die. In order for them to adjust to their post-life, they must enter a twelve-step program of ridding their addiction to life itself. Eidolon, a recently departed teen, enrolls in the twelve-step program. Fortunately for him, he has a sponsor who may or may not be Jimmy Hoffa teaching him the ropes of death and gets a job as an escort ferrying souls to the post-life. Everyone comes to terms with their post-lives differently. As for Eidolon, he's kicking and screaming.
Monday, August 29, 2005
Indie Memphis's excellent and free monthly Micro Cinema Club series has its next screening Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Clear your calendar and book it. September’s lineup includes:
- "Free Radicals" (pictured): Dreaming of hot sand, females, and mahi-mahi, three Rocky Mountain cockroaches enter the extreme ski contest of a lifetime. Image courtesy University of Southern California.
- "Joey," an intimate and vivid portrayal of the lives of children growing up amid gangs and violence in South Los Angeles, by Nancy Montuori.
- "Packrat," the filmmaker’s examination of her family's struggle to deal with "packratting,” which may be a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder, by Kris Britt Montag.
- Venom Sportswear Ad Campaign, a series of mockumentary ads by 24-year-old Christopher "C-dub" Wang (director Jimmy Tsai) at the hoops rapping about Yao Ming, genetics and becoming the first Chinese basketball player in the NBA.
- "Distance from the Sun," a glimpse of the internal struggle of today's American Muslim through the eyes of Naim, a Middle-Eastern immigrant chef in small town America, by Eyad Zahra.
- Indie Memphis Television Commercials, a five-minute program chronicling the eight-year history of the Indie Memphis Film Festival through TV spots produced by various indie filmmakers.
The place where the studios look for their profits is not that elusive: It is America. The Hollywood studios make—and have always made—most of their money in the domestic market.
Furthermore, the "world" market is highly concentrated:
In the first quarter of 2005, just eight countries provided nearly 75 percent of the studios' total foreign revenue. Britain alone accounted for 20.7 percent of it; Germany, 12.8 percent; France, 9.6 percent; Canada, 8.1 percent; Japan, 7.2 percent; Italy, 6.1 percent; Australia, 5.1 percent; and Spain, 4.8 percent.
Sunday, August 28, 2005
This intensive workshop explores techniques used by professionals to land television and film roles. The cost for each session is $45. Class size is limited, so call or email Johnny McPhail today to reserve your spot. Email: email@example.com. Phone: 662-234-5551. Cell: 662-816-7614.
Acclaim Talent is a 14-year-old agency, the largest in Texas. Acclaim has opened a new office in New Orleans and is in search of talent from this area.
(By the way, here's the schedule for the Oxford Film Festival -- you need to be making your plans now).
Saturday, August 27, 2005
The basic rules: Six minutes max and it has to have been completed within the last two years. Entry fee is waived, so get on it.
As Joe Mantegna's character said as he was being shot several times at the end of "House of Games": "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
Based on the 1989 novel by Elmore Leonard, Killshot will tell the story of a married couple who find themselves in Cape Girardeau while on the run from a pair of hitmen.
Scenes for the film will be shot in late December or early January, said Jerry Jones, executive director of the Missouri Film Commission. Filming starts in Toronto on Oct. 11. There will be about three days of shooting in Cape Girardeau, which is about 175 miles north of Memphis.
Killshot, directed by John "Shakespeare in Love" Madden, also will star Mickey Rourke and Justin Timberlake. It is expected to be released next year.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Live spiders and snakes from the Zoo, a rock-climbing wall from Outdoors Inc., plus door prizes are part of the evening that will also feature the final installment of the Orpheum Summer Movie Series’ Buck Rogers serial, as well as, a pre-show concert on the theatre’s mighty Wurlitzer organ.
It's $6 and doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
The Art Trolley Tour is today, Aug. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the South Main Arts District, and features the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy (the Grammy organization) hosting its grand opening. Galleries and shops will be open with new exhibits and special offerings as well as an assortment of refreshments for visitors.
Fresh Air Flicks, the South Main Association-sponsored open-air film, will feature “Make It Funky!” The movie is 2% jazz, 98% funky stuff! It is the story of New Orleans and its legendary musicians, who composed and performed songs that changed the world of music, influencing the course of Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll. It features the best of New Orleans’ musicians, plus special guests Bonnie Raitt and Keith Richards. Artists featured in the documentary include Allen Toussaint, Aaron Neville, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Earl Palmer, Irma Thomas, Ivan Neville, Jon Cleary, Kermit Ruffins, The Neville Brothers, Snooks Eaglin and Walter “Wolfman” Washington. Special commentaries by Ahmet Ertegun and Cosimo Matassa. “Make It Funky” will be shown at 9 p.m. in the space between Earnestine & Hazel’s and Gestures. Admission is free and refreshments are available.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Request for volunteer actors on Sept. 16 downtown for the opening reception of the Student Youth Travel Association's National Conference.The party that we need actors for is at AutoZone Park. The theme for the conference is "The Live and on Stage." The AutoZone park theme is "Memphis, Hollywood of the South."
They will roll out the red carpet for the delegates arrival. As delegates walk down the carpet, we would like to have easily recognizable Hollywood celebs mixing and mingling.Elvis will also be in the crowd, possibly arriving on the carpet also. They will also need people dressed with a shirt that says "Press" and "Paparazzi."Basically they're looking for people who are willing to "dress up" or create a crowd for the arrival of the guests here in Memphis that evening.
If you're interested, contact Eric Roux at CircuitManager@aol.com with the word SYTA in the subject line. He will pass along details about the party then and what you'd get in return for your time, whether it's food, booze, tickets, etc.
Looking for reliable PAs that have experience working with a film and tv crew. Must be living in or around the Memphis area. A car is a plus! Rate is $100/day for a one day shoot at the end of September. This is for a children's documentary for HBO.
But wait, there's more... Ernest Withers and Memphis: Capturing a City is an exhibition of photographs by internationally renowned artist Dr. Ernest Withers on display at the museum. You'll see those as well as a performance by the New Ballet Ensemble inspired by Withers' photos.
Plus there will be music by Native Son and you'll be able to dine at the Brushmark restaurant. (Event is from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 7. Brushmark serves from 6-8:30 and the Poor and Hungry screening is at 7:30).
Admission to 1st Wednesdays is free for Brooks members and $5 for nonmembers. Future 1st Wednesday offerings will feature more Memphis-made cinema.
Sony and its rivals plan to have Blu-Ray DVDs available in less than a year. So, in the near future, the weekly audience that goes to movie houses will have another option: staying at home and watching a high-definition movie with interactive features that is more or less equal in picture quality to what they would see at the multiplex.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
“Things That Go Thump In The Night” – A bone chilling horror movie due to film strictly in the local area. All featured and principal roles are cast. Therefore all we are looking for is non-union extras. You say that you have no experience; we say “so what”. No previous experience is required. All that is needed is reliability. We need people that we can count on to show up to the set on time, ready to go. 800-641-5758. Job location is Memphis. Compensation: Daily pay is between $68 to $150 depending on role. This is a part-time job.
WE'RE CASTING DADS AND DAUGHTERS FOR A NEW DOCUMENTARY SERIES!
WE (Women's Entertainment) Announces a groundbreaking Documentary/Reality series. Each week, we will feature a new father-daughter relationship and document an important event in their lives (party, graduation, bat mitzvah, sports event, wedding, surgery, trip, new car, etc.) We're looking for fun, fabulous, outrageous girls whose Dads would give them the world if they could. If you are interested, or know anyone who might be, please visit our website: www.daddysgirlcasting.com and fill out an online application.
Monday, August 22, 2005
"I guess now it's real. Up until now, you know, we've been looking at a lot of stuff that's being built, we've been looking at a lot of locations, we've been listening to a lot of music. But once you start casting all the other roles and once the actors show up to start rehearsing and putting my words in their mouths, it actually begins to look like a movie instead of being this hypothetical thing on a page. So it's a strange day that's kind of tinged with about half excitement and half anxiety."--Craig Brewer at the casting call for "Black Snake Moan" today.
Just after 11 a.m. today there were more than 350 hot hopefuls in a queue that doubled and tripled back under the awning on the south side of The Pyramid. The daylong casting call for Craig Brewer's "Black Snake Moan" was well underway.
They would be admitted to The Pyramid in groups of twenty, the first ones having arrived much earlier. Actress Arnita Williams was No. 22 and had been there since 8:30 a.m. "I've got ice, makeup, tons of clothes, my head shot and resume," she reported in full effervescence. Something paid off since she got a callback for Tuesday to read for one of the 27 speaking roles being cast locally. In fact, a hefty number of those who showed up were given a schedule and a side for callbacks. Many actors had already read for parts last week. Agents have been dealing with the casting office and thespians with representation got first crack at it last week. But the monster casting call -- cattle call if you prefer -- gives everyone an opportunity to look a casting director in the eye and make that impression.
First, though, you have to make it through security. It was no problem if you were abiding by the rules, but God help you if you ran afoul of Paul Hardy. He's the head of security for The Pyramid and a step ahead of everyone, especially the gent who tried to squeeze in among the first group. "We've had this conversation before," Hardy told him while deftly hustling him back outside. "But I've directed ..." mumbled the man, protesting with a slur. "I don't care if you directed 'Hustle and Flow,' " Hardy said. "There's that smell of alcohol." And the man was quickly out and efficiently gone. Hardy turned to two beefy Memphis police officers on the scene and said, "If you see him again, would you ...?" And the two cops just smiled and nodded.
Meanwhile, Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commissioner Linn Sitler was all about rounding up and distributing water and ice to the hundreds waiting in the sun.
And then: "OK, relaxation is over, it's work time now." That was casting assistant Nicole Stoll giving instructions to attendees on where to go and what to do.
The routine, as hundreds would find out, was to pass by a table to get your release form stapled to your picture. Then you marched into a room outfitted, as Don Meyers noted, in fine funeral home style. Actors sat in rows of chairs facing a long table where the interviews took place. At one end was Winsome Sinclair whose Winsome Sinclair & Associates was handling local casting. At the other end was Kim Hardin, the principal casting agent for the movie. In between was U of M student Erik Morrison managing the stacks of paper -- sides, appointment slips, headshots and resumes. Hopefuls sat before one of the casting bosses and turned in their paperwork and chatted a bit. If the look and the resume called for it, they would be asked to return sometime this week for a reading. Hardin said, "If you're not right for the speaking part, then you'll be considered for extras casting." She said she expected that, among many possibilities, there would be a scene in a juke joint and one at a high school football stadium that would use extras.
Lots of talent was on hand, enough to shush any Hollywood-centric snoot who thinks the only talent pools are on the ocean coasts. Among the locals: actor-writer-director Moses Peace, a stage vet whose also been in the movies "Making the Grade" and "The Delta"; J. W. Williams of "Rookie Bookie" and "Walk the Line"; Carole F. Rowland of "Dog Me: Potluck" and "Slow Down ... You're Dating Too Fast"; the amazing Jeannette Comans of "Shutter"; Ritchie Longoria of "Someone to Call My Clone"; plus Tiffany Pemberton, Lauren Shepard, Scarlett Williams, Lee Mauney, Michael McLendon, Abby Amsden and Marcus Seaberry. And loads of other talent.
And while there's no sure way to guarantee a part, you can increase your chances by being savvy. "It's just like going for a job," said Hardin, so be as confident and competent as you can. Sinclair offered these tips: "Always be professional. Come with your picture and resume. Know the tools of auditioning. You have five minutes to make a good first impression. Be prepared. Preparation and opportunity are the formula for success."
kell@..., or call Theatre Memphis @ 682-8601
AUDITION PREPARATION Mondays, 5:30-6:30 pm
6 weeks $90 Sept. 12-Oct. 17
Learn the basics of what is expected before rehearsals start. Emphasis will be given to monologue preparation, cold readings, audition demeanor, and directors' expectations.
MUSICAL THEATRE DANCE Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45 pm
10 weeks $125 Sept. 6-Nov. 8
Students will encounter the various styles of musical theatre dance, including jazz and modern. A great class for those auditioning for this season's production of Cats.
BASIC ACTING Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm
10 weeks $125 Sept. 7-Nov. 9
A class for actors who want to learn about technique. Perfect for the beginning actor or the student looking for a fun place to experiment.
TAP DANCING Thursdays, 5:45-6:45 pm
10 weeks $125 Sept. 8-Nov. 10
Tap dancing for students with some tap experience.
PLAYING WITH SHAKESPEARE Saturdays, 10 am-12:00 noon
3 weeks $40 Oct. 15-Oct. 29
A class for the experienced performer who wants to explore techniques and gain confidence working with Shakespeare's text. (You're probably not as far away as you may think.) Optional: Bring a memorized speech of +/- 20 lines from the Shakespeare play of your choice. Taught by Joanne Malin, director of our upcoming production of MEASURE FOR MEASURE.
SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP Mondays, 6-8:30 pm
6 weeks Jan. 23-Mar. 6
For actors who love Shakespeare and want to create their own opportunity to work on a favorite scene from an "underproduced" play. This class culminates in a performance of scenes developed in class.
DIRECTING/ADVANCED ACTING Mondays, 6-8:30 pm
6 weeks Mar. 20-May 8
Are you an experienced actor looking to deepen your skills? Are you interested in sharpening your director's eye? This class will allow you to work on scenes that have always interested you.
MAKEUP FOR STAGE/SCREEN TBA
Bring your Ben Nye kit and learn about make-up techniques for stage and screen.
14 weeks Feb. 4-May 6
Conducted in a workshop format, participants will bring new work to the class, read for fellow playwrights, and discuss. A great way to develop a new script.
VOICE MASTER CLASSES each Saturday TBA
Each class allows singers to work on a particular area of the musician's craft.
Auditioning TBA; Ballads TBA; Acting and Singing TBA
LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS Saturdays TBA Free
SOUND FUNDAMENTALS Saturdays TBA Free
STAGE MANAGEMENT Saturdays TBA Free
For more information or to enroll, call Kell Christie (901) 682-8601 or e-mail, kell@...
In July, Frazier went to the four-day University of Mississippi Filmmaking workshop, courtesy of Indie Memphis and the Memphis & Shelby County Television and Film Commission. Frazier said the camp helped him work on the fundamentals of filmmaking, lighting, producing, or the process of "getting your stuff out there."
California receives millions of dollars in tax revenue when movies are filmed in the state, but about 60 percent of all productions last year were shot elsewhere. California loses more than $10 million when a $70 million movie is made outside the state, and $3 million for a 12-episode drama, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. said.
Sponsored by labor and industry groups, the 20-page report showed that 236 features, or about 40 percent of all productions, were shot partially or exclusively in the state last year.
"The real threat is that this major economic engine could gradually leave the state, one project at a time," according to the report.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former actor, is pushing the legislation that would provide a 12 percent tax credit on a feature film's spending, with a cap of $3 million per production. Made-for-TV movies could get an additional 3 percent credit.
The report said states such as New Mexico and Louisiana have successful used tax breaks to lure filmmakers. For instance, director Taylor Hackford said he shot the Oscar- nominated film "Ray" in Louisiana because of a $3.7 million tax credit.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Fort Worth Star Telegram has a thought for those of you who would make it big in the world of indie filmmaking:
Here's a disquieting cautionary tale for all those would-be filmmakers out there dreaming of becoming the next big indie thing.
On makingYou can have an original, attention-grabbing premise. You can win the support of Hollywood bible Variety and grand pooh-bah critic Roger Ebert. You can make a movie that is disarming, intelligent and consistently surprising -- indeed, one of the very best things to show at the Sundance Film Festival.
But unless you have a big-name star, or perhaps an MTV-ready hip-hop soundtrack, you're still going to have a heck of a time getting your movie into theaters.
"Pretty much everyone said no," says Andrew Wagner, the writer-director of "The Talent Given Us," a strange, but immensely likable hybrid of fact and fiction featuring Wagner's own family members playing themselves. "We had been to Sundance, where the audience response and the critical response were both very enthusiastic. The distributors, both large and small, seemed to very much like the film. In some cases, they liked it a great deal.... But they just weren't willing to take the risk."
Churchill Studios is gearing up fast for a series of three Public Service Announcements to be created for the Department of Homeland Security. The three spots will educate and enhance awareness for the fact that District 11 (the Mid-South) has recently acquired its own local office, one of the few districts throughout the country with this privilege. The spots will be positive-feeling, national-quality and most likely filmed within the next 2 or 3 weeks, in hope for a Sept. 11 rollout.
African American woman, age 25 - 32
African American girl, age 8 - 11
Middle Eastern man, age 25 to 50
Asian woman, age 25 - 50
All varieties of adults and children, mainly for a diverse crowd scene.
The Primary list are definitely paid positions. I'm still waiting back to hear about the secondary needs as far as pay goes.
We are excited about this campaign and I'm posting here because of the diversity of the community, as well as I am hoping to find people who do not normally get the opportunity to work in T.V. spots if they are not involved with Colors Talent.
Please email us your information and perhaps a small picture, and keep in mind anyone you may know who would fit the bill and love to be involved.
For this initial call, please contact us at: HomelandProject@aol.com
John Moore, Producer
Churchill Studios High Definition Production & Post
Grade One Entertainment / Namesake Pictures, L.P.
Studio 901.754.6675 . Grade One 901.754.4535 . fax 901.754.6088
www.churchillstudios.com - www.gradeoneent.com
Friday, August 19, 2005
The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission provides us with the full info on Monday's call for "Black Snake Moan":
Location Casting Director Winsome Sinclair – a veteran Hollywood professional who has worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg (“Amistad”), Spike Lee (“Malcolm X”), and John Singleton (“2 Fast 2 Furious”) , is eager to cast Memphians and Mid-Southerners in her next project, Craig Brewer’s “Black Snake Moan.”
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22 at The Pyramid in downtown Memphis, Sinclair will be looking for “all types … and all looks” for both extra and speaking parts for Brewer’s third feature film. Actors are asked to enter through the south doors of The Pyramid (the side closest to the interstate). Parking is available on the south side, on the part of the lot closest to the river. The south entrance and parking will be clearly marked.
“Black Snake Moan” will be shot in and around Memphis for seven weeks beginning September 2005. The only restriction for actors interested in attending Monday’s open call is age: all actors must be at least 18 years of age. The exception is for actors applying for one specific role — which calls for an actor who can play a male African-American between 13 and 15 years old.
All those interested in being a part of the film should attend Monday’s casting call and bring a recent snapshot and a pencil. If you are interested but unable to attend, please send photos (with contact information written on the photo’s back) to:
“BLACK SNAKE MOAN” PRODUCTIONS
203 SOUTH BEALE STREET, SUITE #200
MEMPHIS, TN 38103
ATTENTION: ‘’BLACK SNAKE MOAN” CASTING
(Actors: please no drop-ins or phone calls)
“Black Snake Moan” is the story of a small town girl, “Rae” (portrayed by Christina Ricci), who plunges into wild excess when her true love, “Ronnie” (portrayed by Justin Timberlake), leaves for military service. Beaten and left for dead, she’s taken in by “Laz” (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson), a reformed bluesman. Fiercely committed to his task, Laz makes it his business to give Rae a chance at emotional freedom, and finds his own way back to a full life in the bargain.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
"Over the last two decades, scores of movies have left town in search of the cheapest labor, weakest currencies and best financial incentives. ... Thanks to an array of tax incentives offered from Rhode Island to New Mexico, screenwriters are recasting their plots to accommodate new locales, producers are learning new math to stretch budgets and Hollywood has settled into a multiple-time-zone way of life."New Orleans is a major beneficiary of the portability of the movie biz. The state of Louisiana has been making it easy for Tinseltown bottom liners who don't care where a project is made as long as it's profitable.
"The Louisiana incentives helped movie production spending soar to more than $125 million last year, up from $3.9 million in 2002, the state says. Along the way, an estimated 3,000 jobs were created. ... In 2004, 27 feature films and TV movies were made in the state, up from five features in 2003."There's no voodoo math involved, although it seems to escape legislators in other Mid-South states. Whether the tax breaks are called incentives or investments, the end result is more money coming in.
"Louisiana last year paid out $67 million in tax credits to movie and TV productions, and has dispensed about $40 million already in 2005. The state estimates that 2004 productions generated $39.4 million in production-related payroll to state residents and a total of $125.9 million into the economy."So if the concept is one that is appealing across party lines and can benefit rural and urban constituencies and will generate revenue for every region in the state, why aren't our legislators jumping all over this? After all, it's a starring role.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
BLACK SNAKE MOAN
Producers: John Singleton / Stephanie Allain
Director: Craig Brewer
Writer: Craig Brewer
Casting Director: Kim Hardin
Casting Associate: Michelle Adams
Local Casting Director: Winsome Sinclair
Local Casting Assistant: Nicole Stoll
Start Date: Mid September
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
LAZARUS WOODS: CAST (SAMUEL L. JACKSON)
RAE DOOLE: CAST (CHRISTINA RICCI)
RONNIE: CAST (JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE)
[LINCOLN JAMES] A 13 year old African-American boy, Lincoln works at Melvin's Feed Store, and regards Lazarus as an older man to be respected. Still a virgin, Lincoln comes to Laz's house for a visit, and is easily seduced by Rae. Kicked out when Laz comes home, Lincoln gradually loses his shame and recovers his equanimity, and assists Laz and R.L. in their quiet efforts to reunite Rae and Ronnie...LEAD (12)
[DEKE WOODS] Laz's brother, African-American, he is younger than Laz and a bit smaller. In his own odd way, Deke loves his older brother -- but that didn't stop him from falling in love with Laz's wife Rose. A guy who wants to make peace with Laz, Deke foolishly confronts him, tentatively trying to reach out to the man he has wronged -- but Laz isn't listening to Deke's whiny self-justifying pleas, and Deke winds up with a broken botle at his throat...2 speeches & 5 lines, 1 scene (14)
[JESSE] About 23 years old, female, Jesse is one of Rae's girlfriends from high school; she graduated about 5 years ago. Aware that Ronnie has shipped out for probable duty in Iraq, Jesse spends time with a desolated Rae, watching a football game at their old school and then going out for a night of drinking. Jesse is sharp enough to know when some guy just wants to get her pants off...1 speech & 11 lines, 4 scenes (16)
[KELL] About 23 years old, Kell also is one of Rae's girlfriends from high school, along with Jesse; she graduated about 5 years ago. Aware that Ronnie has shipped out for probable duty in Iraq, Kell spends time with a desolated Rae, watching a football game at their old school and then going out for a night of drinking...5 lines, 3 scenes (16)
[SANDY] Rae's mother, Sandy is in her late 40s, a grocery store clerk with bleached hair and dark roots. Long estranged from Rae, Sandy was once a sexy girl, then a very young mother -- but now she's lost all her tread. Cool towards Rae, whom she regards as a perpetual embarrassment, Sandy denies all responsibility for Rae's libertine lifestyle, and is furious when Rae reminds her that one of her many boyfriends raped her when Rae was still a child...1 speech & 12 lines, 3 scenes (11)
[MARK] Skinny and harmless, he's a sophomore, a local boy who works at the Fisherville Grocery along with Sandy. Aware of Rae's horrible reputation, Mark is surprisingly polite and courtly when he asks her for a date...10 lines, 3 scenes (18)
[BOJO] A short and stout African-American man, who looks like a sad bulldog, Bojo runs a blues bar with a jukebox, a place where people come to get drunk, dance together and listen to the blues...7 lines, 2 scenes (13)
[RED] An old African-American man, Red is a local who works as a caretaker for Melvin, an even older white man. He hangs out in the Fisherville Square with Melvin...3 lines, 2 scenes (28)
[MELVIN] An old Caucasian man in his early 80s, Melvin hangs out in the Fisherville square with Red, his paid caretaker...1 line, 2 scenes (28)
[ARCHIE] He's another fruit and vegetable vendor, an old African-American man in his early 70s, who knows Laz very well...1 line, 2 scenes (55)
[GENE] He's another fruit and vegetable vendor, a short Caucasian man in his 50s, who knows Laz very well and works alongside Archie...1 line, 2 scenes (55)
[ELLA MAE] A wide woman with white hair, in her late 50s, Ella Mae runs a women's clothing store. She helps Laz buy a dress for rae, and later helps Rae pick out a wedding dress...2 speeches & 4 lines, 2 scenes (57)
[RHONDA] A 19 year old African-American girl, she is Ella Mae's assistant, who lets her boss do all the talking...no lines, 2 scenes (57)
[MAYELLA] A heavy, 40 year old African-American woman, mayella is a regular at Bojo's, who wears blue snakeskin shoes, a blue neon tube top and matching short pants that stretch across her healthy ass. She chats idly with Bojo while Laz waits to see Deke...1 speech & 7 lines, 1 scene (13)
[HERMAN] 40 years old, one of the locals at the Lamplighter Bar, Herman is a knowledgeable military veteran who questions Ronnie closely about his unexpected discharge from the National Guard...1 speech & 6 lines, 1 scene (73)
[WAITRESS] A kind and twangy waitress, she offers coffee to Laz and Rose...1 line, 1 scene (6)
[CONNER] This high school student is a linebacker for the Fisherville Dusters, so dumb he thinks the Florida State team spies on its opponents using satellite technology...1 speech & 1 line, 1 scene (17)
[BATSON] Another skinny, harmless sophomore, Batson tries and fails to hit on Jesse, trying to get her wasted on hillbilly heroin...3 lines, 1 scene (18)
[BRYAN] A young football player, he chats with Rae during a drunken orgy, but he only wants to have sex with her...3 lines, 1 scene (20)
[GUARDSMAN] This National Guardsman shakes Ronnie awake...1 line, 1 scene (25)
[MAN] A young man in construction worker clothes, he hits on Rae in a vulgar manner...1 line, 1 scene (11)
[CHARLIE] The owner of the local pool hall, Charlie lets Tehronne use the back room as a place of business...2 lines, 1 scene (32)
[GIRL] An apathetic looking girl at the front counter of Macon Drugs, she points Laz towards Angela...2 lines, 1 scene (58)
[HERSHEL] An African-American man in his 30s, Hershel invites Rae to dance at Bojo's...1 line, 1 scene (97)
[ARTY] Seen in flashback, Arty is a horny guy who tries and fails to seduce Rae in a bathroom...2 lines, 1 scene (99)
STORY LINE: Dumped by his wife ROSE, former blues singer LAZARUS WOODS is wallowing in his misery, when he finds a half-dead white girl abandoned on his doorstep. After helping bring RAE DOOLE back to life, he learns that she is a sex addict with a reputation for indiscriminate, orgiastic sex -- but in fact, she is a love-hungry young girl whose boyfriend RONNIE has gone off to war, and whose loneliness has driven her back to her former lust-maddened ways. Impelled by something deep inside himself to try and help Rae, Lazarus isn't sure if his motive for keeping her a prisoner in his home comes from God or the devil.
"As a movie, Hustle & Flow is pretty contrived and predictable until the ending, which is contrived and surprising—but then I don't know anything about movies. I know a couple of things about music, and the music in Hustle & Flow is good. ... I can sleep at night knowing that Hustle & Flow got Southern rap sort of right."
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
"I'm casting a short independent film to be entered into the festivals this Saturday, Aug. 20 from 1-4 p.m. I believe in this project and this director will have many more behind it so I would love to see you guys be a part of this. There are some great characters. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 818-644-3976 to set up a time."
Monday, August 15, 2005
Prizes include the Regal Cinemas/Nashville Film Festival Dreammaker Award, which entitles the winning feature film to a week's run in a Los Angeles County Regal Cinemas theater. The L.A. screening qualifies the 35mm film for Academy Award consideration. (Films must not have acquired U.S. distribution to qualify for this award.) The Festival highlights music films through its Music Films in Music City section sponsored by Curb Entertainment. This section includes two special awards: Best Music In A Feature Film to go to a feature film's composer, director, music supervisor, and/or producer for innovative use of music, whether through the original score, imaginative musical arrangements, or songs; and Impact of Music Award, given to a feature or documentary that most effectively explores or celebrates music's role in the human experience. Other music awards include Best Music Video and Best Nashville Music Video. Also included in our awards are short narrative, animation, experimental, Tennessee filmmaker and young filmmaker categories. NaFF is an Academy Award qualifying festival for narrative and animated shorts. Audience awards are given for narrative and documentary features.
NaFF also will feature workshops, panel discussions, live music showcases, and guest appearances by nationally recognized figures in the film and music worlds. Nearly 15,000 filmgoers attended the 2005 edition -- a 14 percent increase from 2004 -- that featured 231 features, documentaries and shorts from 37 countries.
Call for Entry forms may be obtained through withoutabox.com or by downloading from the Festival's web site. For more information, call 615-742-2500 or email the Festival at email@example.com.
• Feature Narrative (60 min. and over)
• Documentary Feature (40 min. and over)
• Documentary Short (under 40 min.)
• Short Narrative (under 60 min.)
• College Student Short Narrative
• College Student Animation
• Music Video
• Young Filmmaker (18 and under)
Submission Deadlines & Entry Fees:
Early Deadline: Sept. 9, 2005
Under 40 min…………….…..$35
40 min. and over……………..$50
Regular Deadline: Nov. 4, 2005
Under 40 min…………..……$40
40 min. and over………..……$55
Extended Deadline: Dec. 2, 2005
Under 40 min…………….…..$45
40 min. and over……………..$60
Music Video ..…………….…$20
Saturday, August 13, 2005
If you want to be on the crew, fax your crew resume to 901 521-8279 or call 578-3550.
The shoot will be in October. Looking for all types: actors, non-actors, principals and extras, 20 and up. Also interested in twins and redheaded males for non-speaking roles.
Auditions are Saturday, August 20, 2005, 1-4 p.m. at the Media Co-op in First Congo, 1000 South Cooper
Please bring a photo of yourself if you have one.
Questions? Contact Brian Pera at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 12, 2005
The Memphis Symphony is looking for some actors for one evening. I can't promise pay, but it would be a fun gig for a night.
It's Mozart's 250th Birthday and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra is going to celebrate! The symphony will be performing a "Mozart Anniversary Spectacular Concert" at 8 p.m. at the Cannon Center on January 27, 2006.
Actors (3 men and 2 women) will be needed from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. to play Mozart, Constanze, Salieri, King Leopold and his Queen (costumes and wigs provided). The actors will be needed before the concert to mingle in the lobby - sit in the audience during the concert - and mingle afterwards with the patrons at the birthday party.
If you would like to participate call Jo Lynne at the Memphis Symphony Orchestra office, 324-3627.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
-Seeking male and female swimmers (actors) for possible audition for major motion picture to be filmed in New Orleans starting November and running through February, 2006. Age range is early- to mid-twenties, all ethnicities, who would be comfortable in challenging ocean conditions including athletes who compete in water polo, diving, triathlons or are qualified life guards. Must be excellent swimmers able to handle crisis situations in the water and tread water for a long time.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
And we can't wait.
- Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: Santiago Calatrava's Travels. The recipient of the 2005 AIA Gold Medal, Calatrava is known and respected across the globe, most recently due to his cathedral-like design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. His other projects includethe Milwaukee Art Museum and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens.
- Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind is interviewed by Alan Riding, New York Times journalist, as he takes him through the building. During this walking tour, he reveals the architectural and philosophical concept of the building's design. Libeskind explains his intention to make the building confusing and somewhat threatening, as he felt that this was appropriate to the history of the German Jews.
- Sept. 29, 7 p.m.: Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect. Johnson has always been on the forefront of stylistic change, and his property in New Canaan, Conn., is a kind of laboratory where Johnson is his own best client. It was there that he built the famous "Glass House" that he still resides in. The house has no walls and an accompanying guesthouse, by contrast, has no windows, though it is light and sensuous inside.
Thursday, Aug. 11, '05
7:00 p.m. Fish Can't Fly
8:30 p.m. 20 Gay Stereotypes Confirmed
8:45 p.m. Latter Days
Friday, Aug. 12, '05
7:00 p.m. The Moment After
7:20 p.m. The Graffiti Artist
8:50 p.m. Nightshadows
9:10 p.m. Menstrual Monsters: The Ginger Snaps Triology
9:40 p.m. Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning
Saturday, Aug. 13, '05
6:00 p.m. The Betsy Wetsy Timebomb Effect
6:30 p.m. We Are Dad
8:00 p.m. Gaydar
8:25 p.m. Never Rob a Bank with Someone You Love
8:40 p.m. Whatever Happened to Peaches Christ?
9:15 p.m. The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green
Sunday, Aug. 14, '05
1:00 p.m. Freedom to Marry
2:10 p.m. silenceofmind
3:45 p.m. Fish Can't Fly
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
The day after Craig Brewer premiered "Hustle & Flow" in Memphis, he attended a screening of "The Poor and Hungry" at the Orpheum. Afterwards, he got on stage with actor Eric Tate, actor/ culture queen Wanda Wilson and moderator John Beifuss, the CA's movie critic, to field questions from viewers. (Photo is of Brewer when he received an honorary doctorate from Memphis College of Art in May).
Here are some notes from the Orpheum Q&A:
Brewer, asked why he shot in Memphis, responded drily, "Well, I do live here." But it is far more than that. He feels the singularity about this place: "There is a community. There is a neighborhood. You can't banish or judge them. It is something I've experienced here that I haven't anywhere else."
Brewer also grasps that prejudices are more often trumped by the fact that Memphians fundamentally share the essentials of love and ambition and regret and randomness and inspiration. "There isn't the divide a lot of people think there is."
Tate met Brewer at a bookstore. They spent two years on "P&H." "If you didn't love it, you'd leave it," said Tate who was both in the cast and on the crew. "And some did. Craig taught me the vernacular of being a filmmaker -- putting emotion and content on the screen."
Brewer noted that FedEx planes flying over his shoots with regularity were but one of a host of issues he had to deal with. "We timed our takes. Me and my brother-in-law Seth (Hagee) made the lights. It took us two years of shooting on weekends. We'd have two in the crew, two actors and no excuses. But the P&H was a perfect place to learn."
Brewer on commitment and getting it done: "The easiest way to make a movie is to write one. A lot of people want to make movies but some crews want just to be able to say that we're making a movie."
How did Brewer arrive at the title? "I was working at Bookstar and had been shelving Dostoyevsky. Wanda told me that P&H stood for poor and hungry and I thought it sounded like Dostoyevsky."
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Outdoor weekend shoot Aug. 12 night, Aug. 13 day and night, Aug. 14 day. Not required to be there all three days. Movie is feature length and will receive a wide video release. Looking for actors who don't mind playing monsters-vampires, zombies, demons, etc. We really need help with applying make-up, and helping actors get into costume. Most roles will require Special Effects foam latex prosthetics application or masks (male and female available). Unfortunately no monetary compensation will be provided however proper screen credit will be given. Contact Spencer at email@example.com
"The movie studios' biggest profit center is not theatrical movies, or even DVD sales; it is TV licensing."But as you'll see, the moguls need all three parts to make it work.
Monday, August 08, 2005
So how is "Hustle & Flow" doing at the box office? Here's a list the top 12 movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled today by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc.:
1. "The Dukes of Hazzard," Warner Bros., $30,675,314, 3,785 locations, $8,104 average, $30,675,314, one week.
2. "The Wedding Crashers," New Line, $16,035,177, 3,106 locations, $5,163 average, $143,634,354, four weeks.
3. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," Warner Bros., $10,968,363, 3,702 locations, $2,963 average, $169,426,750, four weeks.
4. "Sky High," Disney, $9,005,945, 2,912 locations, $3,093 average, $32,009,202, two weeks.
5. "Must Love Dogs," Warner Bros., $7,357,405, 2,505 locations, $2,937 average, $26,220,397, two weeks.
6. "March of the Penguins," Warner Independent, $7,117,206, 1,867 locations, $3,812 average, $26,414,009, seven weeks.
7. "Stealth," Sony, $5,923,794, 3,495 locations, $1,695 average, $24,581,921, two weeks.
8. "Fantastic Four," 20th Century Fox, $4,266,519, 2,339 locations, $1,824 average, $143,990,723, five weeks.
9. "War of the Worlds," Paramount, $3,548,295, 1,940 locations, $1,829 average, $224,615,038, six weeks.
10. "The Island," DreamWorks, $3,117,486, 2,138 locations, $1,458 average, $30,944,371, three weeks.
11. "The Bad News Bears," Paramount, $2,746,321, 2,618 locations, $1,049 average, $28,910,153, three weeks.
12. "Hustle & Flow," Paramount Classics, $2,508,734, 1,016 locations, $2,469 average, $18,676,961, three weeks.
Les Edwards, director of Indie Memphis says the selection process is going on for the festival that runs Oct. 21-27. The web site should be updated soon and the announcement of the featured movies will be made around the first of October.
The Orpheum invites residents of downtown and friends of the theater to watch "The Firm" for free on Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. Orpheum president Pat Halloran is offering it as a gesture to friends of the venue and supporters of downtown. There will be door prizes and a downtown Memphis trivia contest with a grand prize of an Orpheum gift basket valued at $500. Food and beverages will be allowed in the auditorium.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
- a contract for talent representation (for example, a talent agent or manager)
- a music recording contract
- an acting and/or modeling contract
- a merchandising agreement or
- any other contractual arrangement that would prohibit you from entering into a management contract, recording contract, talent contract, acting contract and/or merchandising contract.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Kudos to M. David Lee III, tireless filmmaker and creator of "Dog Me: Potluck," a 2003 indie that has snagged another milestone, a screening at this year's Bluegrass Independent Film
Festival in Louisville, Ky., the weekend of September 9-11. David is immersed in post-production of the comedy "Slow Down ... You're Dating Too Fast" that, like "Potluck," has involved numerous local actors. For more info on David and his work, check out his Triple Sticks Productions.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at MeDiA Co-op at First Congo, 1000 South Cooper
Female 25-28, strong-willed, confident, recovered addict
Male 25-28, exec, money manager, high-flyer
Male 25-28, easygoing, laid back Midtowner
Other parts: 2 bartenders (1 male, 1 female), shopkeeper, gamers, bar patrons, etc.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The film, if you don't know, is an documentary/comedy, an examination of a joke, not just any joke but the filthiest one imaginable, told by and discussed by top comedians. It is a study of creativity although of the most obscene sort. It's not about the punchline, but rather the process of telling the tale -- it is a story that comedians tell other comedians.
So we have a film that's gotten excellent reviews and wallows in sublime vulgarity. Do you imagine the city's "champions of decency" will be mobilized?
Well, I don't know about that. It's been a long time since some form of public outcry got a movie banished around here. I recall some ineffective picketing at Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ" in 1988. But the reality is that the champions of decency -- and who are they anyway? -- are unlikely to mount much of anything. First of all, take note of the statistic cited below (in the blog entry "The video window") that a mere 9 percent of the population goes to movies. Second, it's a documentary and thus doomed to limited exposure anyway. And what may be most determinative, the decency brigade has for years focused inward, developing its own entertainment in music, theater and movies. Just look at what the churches have in the way of performing arts facilities. Plus, the enormous variety of entertainment possibilities makes it hardly worth the efforts of crusaders to do much more than write a press release condemning a movie, TV show or song before interest peters out. Even papal grumpery hasn't diminished the magic of Harry Potter.
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Aug. 20th 2005
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Regina Moore is without a doubt the busiest casting director in this region. She casts feature films, TV pilots, commercials, music videos and all other areas of on-camera performance. This is a rare opportunity to be one of a small group to study and audition for this very in-demand talent specialist in an intimate and informal atmosphere.
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"Black Snake Moan" will be shot entirely in Memphis and the Mid-South, despite economic incentives that would have saved the production $875,000 if it had relocated to Georgia, a state that has been trying to recruit Brewer's film for months. "To be honest, this is the deal that kept us here," said Brewer.Here's more from the article by John Beifuss:
- About 350 extras will be hired, along with numerous crew members.
- Shooting begins Sept. 12.
- Producer Stephanie Allain and Brewer have formed a company, Southern Cross the Dog, that has a two-year deal to develop projects for Paramount. It will develop "an extensive slate of local projects, including a television series set in Memphis."
Phil Morrison, the director of "Junebug," gets a story in The New York Times that looks at Southern sensibilities. (You may need to register to read the story on the NYT site, but let me know if you can't get to it.) If you've lived in Memphis for a minute or more, then you've seen how often stories/movies cancheapen the Southern experience or get it flat wrong.
Mr. Morrison was not content to merely dash or discard Southern stereotypes. He calls that a "fool's errand," and ridicules the clichés that await those who try: "Salt of the earth. Simple people have greater wisdom. Blah, blah, blah."Instead, his film ... quietly skewers not only Southern caricatures, but also the Northerners who condescend to them, and the Southerners who allow and even encourage them to do so.
And there are degrees of authenticity:
"We Southerners are complicit in defining our region by what is peculiar about it," Mr. Morrison said. This may be lost on some viewers, he acknowledged, but it should be all too familiar to anyone who has exalted barbecue or Elvis for effect. "It quickly becomes kitsch," he said. "It's broadcasting what is idiosyncratic, as opposed to just being good."
So the question is, who's getting it right?
Though, with Hollywood taking up Southern subjects ranging from the cartoonish "Dukes of Hazzard" to "Elizabethtown," Cameron Crowe's version of an awkward homecoming scheduled to open in October, Mr. Morrison's small film could hardly be called exploitative.
By contrast, he pointed to three other Sundance films set in the region - "Hustle & Flow" and "Forty Shades of Blue," both stories about music in Memphis, and Tim Kirkman's "Loggerheads," a film with gay themes set in North Carolina - as the kind of company he hoped to keep.
"It may be nothing, but it may be something," he said of the spate of specialty films from Southern filmmakers. "Maybe it's people wanting to speak for a multifaceted South, and we all wanted to take that on, and say, This is what it means, to me."
Monday, August 01, 2005
"Back in the 1940s, when studios owned the movie houses and television was not yet available, more than 60 percent of the population went to the movies every week. Today, about 9 percent of the population goes."