Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Rod Pitts: What Goes Around...

The premiere screening of What Goes Around… will be shown Thursday, April 6 at 9 p.m. at the Malco Studio on the Square. Tickets will be $5.00

“What Goes Around…” is a romantic comedy that centers on Talal, a young man with commitment problems. After growing tired of his girlfriend’s worrisome ways, he gets the itch to see what else is out there. But after spending time with an attractive classmate (Angela), he soon realizes that everything that glitters isn’t gold.

The movie was filmed entirely in Memphis and was directed by local filmmaker Rod Pitts (www.pittstopproductions.com) and written by Nazeeh Majeed. A large cast of local talent appears in this feature-length film.

Cast:

Patrick Henry……………………Talal
Chris Brown………………………Marie
Lisa Miller…………………………Angela
Domino Maximillian……………TR
Markus Seaberry…………………The Film Geek
Arnita Williams……………………Marquita
Noel McGee…………………………Professor DePalma
Tatiana Hicks………………………June 2001
Okwede Okoh………………………Sabrina
Naseera Lewis………………………Shelia
Tylon Scott…..………………………Big T

Crew:

Written by: Nazeeh Majeed
Directed by: Rod Pitts
Produced by: Rod Pitts and Nazeeh Majeed
Edited by: Tennell Pitts
Casting by: Leah Bruce
Director of Photography: Rod Pitts
Music by : Ennis Newman and Rod Pitts
Line Producer: Grace Eweka and Arnita Williams

My Memphis

A solid site taking a look at the bigger picture: mymemphis.tv -- another fine Christopher Reyes production.

Class at Red West Thursday

Red West teaches acting class Thursday night. 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.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

It's a 'Divine' hit!

"Divine Manipulation of the Threads" has been extended! This is from Bevan who has used up his annual quota of exclamation points!

MALCO STUDIO ON THE SQUARE
1:20PM, 4:30PM, 7:35PM, and 9:40PM Every day and night!!!
Including THIS WEEKEND!!!
The show comes to a halt on April 6th.
Please come out and enjoy a locally made feature film.
All local actors, all local filmmakers, all done with NO Budget.
THE FILM IS SHOWING NOW!!!

Monday, March 27, 2006

Extras needed

Lisa Lax needs extras as waitresses for scene tomorrow (Tuesday) email actlink@aol.com.

Muck Sticky wants you!

Actor, performance artist, singer, clown, devoted son, savvy marketer: That's our Muck. Here's where you need to be this Friday:

On a mission to brighten the music world with a wild new album, “Muck Sticky Wants You” to attend a party to celebrate the release of this magical musical adventure.

The third self-produced album from this feisty kritter will be hitting the shelves in April. On March 31st, Muck Sticky will headline an exciting night of musical mayhem at the New Daisy Theatre on the famous Beale Street.

Complete with a crazy cast of characters, the Sticky Tribe includes Muck Sticky, his mother Momma Sticky, his sister Cookie, his buddy Wood, D.J. Furley Wally, and Kraven Snatchez.

Known for over the top stage antics and jaw-dropping lyrical content, Muck has made it his mission to spread laughter to the masses no matter what it takes. “Laughter is vital to your well being. There are a lot of people who don’t laugh very much and it’s our job to help those people!” said Muck.

With songs like “One Day at a Time”, “Thingy Thing” and “Party”, the new album is packed with happy times for those who appreciate this artist’s innovative style. Muck Sticky’s music ranges from the fun and quirky to the insane and impossible! “I have a purpose. My purpose is to help others see the fun side of life” said Sticky. “It’s that simple!”

Also performing that evening will be well known musician/stuntman Mr. Safety, the feel-good band Taco & Da Mofos, and the amazing Eldorado & the Ruckus. There will also be a special appearance by Jon W. Sparks. Doors will open at 7p.m. and admission will be $8. This is an all ages event. “Since Muck has not done a show here in four months we are very excited!” said Mike Glenn, owner of the New Daisy Theatre. “We always enjoy having this show here. You have to see it to believe it.”

Muck Sticky brings his musical extravaganza to the New Daisy Theatre Friday, March 31st, 2006 in Memphis, TN.



About Muck Sticky:

Born and raised in Memphis, Muck Sticky is on a mission to make people laugh and be happy. And he encourages you to join him. His songs entertain, educate, and make you feel good. Something everyone could use a little bit more of. You can contact Muck Sticky for interviews and CDs are available at www.mucksticky.com.

MIFF's best

"Self-Medicated," the story of a troubled young man subjected to physical and emotional abuse in a corrupt rehab facility, was named Best Feature Saturday at the seventh annual Memphis International Film Festival. Here's John Beifuss' story in the CA.

Also from Live From Memphis: Christopher Reyes film

This Wednesday is the premiere of a new talent recruitment tool, “My Memphis.” Directed and produced by Live from Memphis entrepreneur, Chris Reyes, and presented by the Memphis Regional Chamber, the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Memphis Shelby County Film Commission, this video portrays Memphis through the eyes of “the young and the restless.” Director, Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), will be there to kick-it-off. (Malco Cinema Paradiso, 5:30 p.m.)

Rod Pitts takes Li'l Film Fest prize

LiveFromMemphis.com held its first (we hope) quarterly Li'l Film Festival Saturday at the MeDiA Co-op. The audience voted for its favorite and the winner was Rod Pitts' "Imagine." The short film starring Shantrece Williams centers around a woman cursed by her dreams. The cast also features April Hale, Learyn Wilde, Kim Skipper, Jayson Dancy, Morris Chism, and Markus Seaberry. Additional Crew includes: De'Anasi, Tenell Pitts, Nazeeh Majeed, Keenon Nikita, Leon Berry, and Cameran Michael. Rod is also director of photograpy for "Just the Two of Us," an indie by Keenon Nikita that's screening April 3 at the Malco Studio.

Sarah Fleming of LFM says: "Thanks to all who came out to support our Li'l Film Fest, and thanks again to all the filmmakers who participated - it was an excellent program with a really great turnout! Also, thanks to John Beifuss at the Commercial Appeal and to Susan Ellis at the Memphis Flyer for helping to get the word out. Our next 'theme' will be announced in April, so keep and eye out."

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Casting: 'The Cop, the Snitch and a Stripper Named Shane'

This is one from local indie filmmaker Vince Moore and you can check out his blog here.

And this project's title is priceless.

Actors and Actresses are needed for the independent film entitled The Cop, The Snitch, and a Stripper named Shane.

I need to cast actors for the following parts:
Shane Summers,(Main Character) Female 90 lines
Officer Sam Winters(undercover officer)Female 23 lines
Jose "Yayo" Alvarez(Drug dealer)Male Latin 18 lines
Ariel Camacho(Cartel Leader)Male Latin 21 lines
Jimmy Cowans(Shanes love interest)Male 58 lines
Mike the bartender(tells the story)male 52 lines
Thadeus Norfleet (the snitch/informant)male 39 lines
Lewis Mcgovern (the police Cpt)older male 9 lines
Alex Hernandez(DEA)Male Latin 7 lines
Mark Myers(DEA)Male 6 lines
Officer Blue- Male 14 lines
Officer Van Buren-male 6 lines
Officer Lewis female Internal Affairs 1 line
Officer Isom Harris Male 5 lines
Juan Male Latin 2 lines
Manuel Male Latin 5 lines
Thug in opening scene (7 lines)
Harry Goldman (Camachos Financial advisor) 5 lines
Drug Dealer opening scene 7 lines

If you are interested in auditioning for any of the following parts please send your headshot or email me at mooremultimedia@hotmail.com

Reminder from Rusted Sun

WHAT: DIVINE MANIPULATION OF THE THREADS Film Premiere!!
The new feature film by Rusted Sun Films

WHERE: MALCO STUDIO ON THE SQUARE

WHEN: 1:20PM, 4:30PM, 7:35PM, 9:40PM
Monday through Thursday (this week!)

FURTHER INDUCEMENT: When it's done, you'll have the unforgettable song "I'm Not Stupid" running incessantly through your head.

Christopher Reyes: "My Memphis"

Nice story in the CA on local filmmaker Christopher Reyes -- of LiveFromMemphis.com -- and the upcoming screening of his film, "My Memphis."

Screening is Wednesday at Malco Paradiso at 5:30 p.m. and Craig Brewer will introduce the film.

"My Memphis," a film directed and produced by artist Christopher Reyes, uses Wild Bill's -- a legendary blues bar at Vollintine and Avalon -- and an assortment of people, places and things to do to recruit young professionals to Memphis -- an effort that is becoming increasingly important as cities compete to attract talent.

"The cool thing about this is we didn't script this," said Reyes, the creator of Live from Memphis, a popular Web site devoted mostly to the local music scene. "We just set the cameras up and people told us what they liked about Memphis."

Friday, March 24, 2006

'Slow Down ... You're Dating Too Fast'

Go to David Lee's website for an update -- there are a couple of festivals it'll be appearing in. And David has been nominated for the "2006 Indie Auteur of the Year Award" at the Bare Bones International Film Festival.

Way to go!


MIFF workshops

The Memphis Film Forum is offering these workshops. Both are free and open to the public.

Workshop I
10:00 A.M.-11:15 A.M. at TheatreWorks
March 25th – Saturday
“The Documentary Life: Then & Now”
Guest Lecturer: Robert Mugge

Robert Mugge, who has been described as the king of the American Music documentary, is a 28 year veteran of the documentary world. He will share his unique vision and illuminate his independent struggle on the road to survival in this genre. Some of his past works include: “Gospel According to Al Green” (1984); “Deep Blues” (1991); “Hellhounds on my Trail: The After Life of Robert Johnson” (1999); “Blues Divas” (2004) and of course, our MIFF 7 Opening Night film, “New Orleans Music in Exile”.

Workshop II
11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. at TheatreWorks
March 25th – Saturday
“The Distribution Challenge”
Guest Lecturer: Richard Mendelsohn

Richard Mendelsohn, representing his company, Proactive Entertainment Group, has 36 years of experience in marketing and selling video products at retail. He can answer any question regarding access to the primary channels of wholesale distribution and the retail market. Based in Rancho Mirage, California and Memphis, Mr. Mendelsohn is a virtual encyclopedia of knowledge regarding the sale of images in all forms.

DVD releases with Memphis connections

And Beifuss again on recent DVD offerings:

You may know that "Walk the Line" -- the Oscar-winning Cash biopic shot mostly in the Mid-South -- recently was released on DVD. You may not know that the film's digital video debut has inspired the release of several related movies on DVD, alongside the coincidental appearance of other films with a local or Tennessee connection.

MIFF in the CA

And more Beifuss on the Memphis International Film Festival:

Comic shorts by African-American filmmakers, documentaries about a pair of died-too-young objects of cult adoration (Elvis and Jeff Buckley) and some of the most acclaimed international films of recent years are among the highlights of the 7th annual Memphis International Film Festival, which continues today through Sunday on two screens at Malco's Studio on the Square, 2105 Court at Overton Square.

Some 60 narrative features, documentaries, shorts, classics and animated and experimental films will be screened during the event, which is organized as a labor of love by volunteers with the not-for-profit Memphis Film Forum...

Beifuss on the coming week of local indies

Here's John Beifuss' story on the Li'l Film Festival, "Divine Manipulation of the Threads" and Christopher Reyes' "My Memphis", all coming up within the next week.

Excerpts:

Is it evidence of a thriving local film community or just coincidence? Either way, supporters of independent cinema have plenty of choices to make this week.

Want to watch Baptist Hospital implode, again and again? Who doesn't? That's the idea behind the extremely entertaining "Lil' Film Fest," a theme-based mini-festival presented by Live from Memphis, a Web site (livefrommemphis.com) that offers extraordinary locally produced shorts and music videos. The hourlong mini-fest will showcase 13 short films -- ranging from 57 seconds to a few minutes in length -- that each incorporate footage from the Nov. 6 early-morning demolition of Union Avenue's Baptist Memorial Hospital.

Produced by Rusted Sun Films, the new made-in-Memphis feature "Divine Manipulation of the Threads" gets a four-day booking Monday through Thursday at the Studio on the Square (filling the no-budget indie void left by the International Film Festival, which ends Sunday).

A sort of combination of "Ocean's Eleven" and "Reservoir Dogs," "Divine Manipulation" -- named for a phrase in Sun-Tzu's "The Art of War" -- represents a Hulk-length leap in quality over Rusted Sun's previous films "The Visitor" and "A Cowboy's Silver Lining," both of which achieved some success on the local festival circuit.

Filmmaker Christopher Reyes -- the mastermind behind Live from Memphis -- debuts his 45-minute film "My Memphis" at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Malco's Paradiso.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

'Just the Two of Us' one more time!

If you missed last week's premiere screening of Keenon Nikita's new film Just the Two of Us, mark you calendars for April 3, 7 p.m. at the Malco Studio on the Square. Be there!

The movie was filmed entirely in Memphis and directed by Memphis native Keenon Nikita, who appeared in Craig Brewer's film The Poor and the Hungry. Director of Photography is Rod Pitts, another local filmmaker (www.pittstopproductions.com). A large cast of local talent appears in this full-length feature.

The autobiographical film centers on the relationship between Keenon's character, Nic Peeples and his daughter, Ashley.

Cast includes: Keenon Nikita (Poor and Hungry+); Selina Nell Haley; Hannah Johnson; Glenda Pannell (Walk the Line+); Ruth Williams; Antonio Perry; Michael Travis Stone (Ray the Movie+); Phoebe Haynes; April Hale; Walker Morris III; Sharon Bishop; Sarah Ewell, John Still (Hustle and Flow+); Shannon Wise; Jon Sparks; Fred 'Hollywood' Moore; Percy Townes/Percy T

+ denotes National Award Nominated Movies


Casting by: Keenon Nikita and Leah Bruce
Edited by: Keenon Nikita and Tennell Pitts
Director of Photography: Rod Pitts
Music by : Keenon Nikita
Produced by: Keenon Nikita and Rod Pitts
Line Producer: Ann Banks based on the book Single Black Father written by Keenon Nikita

It's showtimes!

The world premiere of the splendid Divine Manipulation of the Threads is Monday-Thursday next week. Surely you know this by now; if not, go here. Showtimes have been established, so now you can mark it in your calendars: 1:20, 4:30, 7:35 and 9:40 p.m. each of the four days.

And look for the posters around town.

MIFF kicks off an amazing week of cinema

The four-day Memphis Independent Film Festival gets underway this evening at the Paradiso with a party and a screening of Robert Mugge's new documentary New Orleans Music in Exile.

The essential info is at Memphis Mojo here and the MIFF site.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Southern Comfort

I need a lot of extras who look like bouncers, prisoners and club extras, so please email me your shots and tell me your type. I particularly need good-sized guys.

And I need a redhead 5' 7" female to stand in for Lisa Thornhill, asap.

Lisa Lax: actlink@aol.com

Movies ... and art and music and food ...

1st Wednesday is that splendid monthly event at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art that offers a great mix of art and entertainment.

The next one up is Wednesday, April 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. There are gallery tours at 6:30 and 7 of the exhibition "Maxfield Parrish: Master of Make-Believe" at 6:30 & 7 p.m.

Throughout the evening you'll hear live music by singer/songwriter Candice Ivory.

And, film lovers, you can see "Act One," which recently ended a two week run at Malco Studio, so if you fiddled around and missed it, here's your chance again. The film, you remember won the Hometown Award at the 2005 Indie Memphis Film Fest, and there will be an introduction by director Brad Ellis. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Beforehand, you can dine in style at the Brushmark from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Menu highlights include: Fried Green Tomatoes with Lump Crab and Beurre Blanc Grilled Salmon with Cucumber Caper Relish Grilled Ribeye with Bourbon Wild Mushrooms. Reservations: Ed Tatum, 544.6225.


And there's a cash bar featuring sparkling wines.

The event is free for Museum members, $5 for not-yet members. It's presented by CB Richard Ellis; sponsored by Paulsen Printing and 94.1 The Buzz.

Hey, tough guys

You're needed for Southern Comfort -- a great scene with Eric Roberts in jail. Pls email your photos or remind me of the ones you sent if you fit the bill.
Lisa Lax: actlink@aol.com

Lead actor needed for 'Heart*Strings'

Sawed-Off Collaboratory Prod is looking for a lead actor for their newest feature length film, Heart*Strings.

Character Description: Hunter, A 15- to 18-year-old white male with short hair...skinny as a rail. He is from a lower middle class family...he listens to hip-hop and wears baggy clothes. He works as a dishwasher at a local bar, and walks everywhere with his friend, Drew.

Actor is not required to have previous experience acting, but must be able to express himself emotionally...with both anger and sadness.

For questions, or to set up an appointment to audition, please contact Laura Rimbaud at: sawedoffpictures@gmail.com

Shoot dates: June and July 06.

For more information on Sawed-Off Collaboratory and their films, please visit: www.sawedoff.net.

Li'l Film Fest

This is but one of some 14 five-minute films to be screened at LiveFromMemphis.com's Li'l Film Festival. It takes place this Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. The Festival will be at the Memphis Digital Arts Co-operative (1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38104). It's free, but you'll have so much fun, you'll want to make donations to LiveFromMemphis and the MeDiA Co-op. And thanks to Edward Valibus Phillips for putting together the laurels.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Not to be missed


From the gang at Rusted Sun Films.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Say hello to my little friend

From imdb.com: Members of Oscar-winning musical group Three 6 Mafia are 'pimping out' their Oscar around Los Angeles in order to gain access to the hottest nightclubs. The rappers, who won Best Original Song for "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" from the movie Hustle & Flow, have made their Oscar statuette an official member of their entourage. The rap group rolled up to hot spot Lobby last Thursday and were told only four people would be allowed per table, because the club was already crowded. One of the group's members pulled the statue out of a paper bag and asked, "This little man count?" A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "Mr. Oscar sat on prime club real-estate, neatly placed on the centre of the group's table, surrounded by gazers observing that glowing complexion in awe."

What, you haven't done it yet?

A message from the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission:

As you know, the state-wide push for production incentive legislation continues. We are in touch with legislators daily and are currently working almost hourly with Tennessee Film & TV Coalition Coordinator, Andy van Roon, to find a practical but effective incentive plan which can become real this legislative session. Your emailed support is critical to the effort. We appreciate your earlier emails, supporting the Tennessee Film Production Advisory Report, sent to Governor Bredesen. Your email support is needed again:

Please go to www.TNFilmTVCoalition.org

and sign your name, business, and location (where you're based in the state) at the bottom of the website page. The website and your name are being looked at by legislators from both The Senate and The House.

The Memphis/Mid-South area needs to show all of Tennessee's legislators that we are in harmony with the film and TV production community across the state ... in harmony and strong together, pushing for effective production incentives legislation this session. We look forward to seeing your names on the website.

MIFF schedule

Go here for the schedule of the Memphis International Film Festival (Mar. 23-26). Yeah, you can pretty much spend the entire weekend doing nothing but watching some terrific movies. And here's where you go to get tickets.

See you there...

More on the Li'l Film Fest







Live From Memphis™ Presents LI’L FILM FEST: a theme-based, mini-festival – the first of its kind in the Memphis Area.

It takes place Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 2 p.m. The Festival will be at the Memphis Digital Arts Co-operative (1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38104).

Go here for a list of accepted films and filmmakers with links.

The event is free and open to the public; Live From Memphis and the MeDiA Co-op will be accepting donations. Support Local Filmmakers! For More information about the LI’L FILM FEST visit: http://www.livefrommemphis.com/filmfest or give us a call: (901) 523-9763.

Li’l Film Fest is a new kind of festival, highlighting local talent while showcasing interesting happenings around town. Here’s how the festival works: Every 3 months LFM staff members announce a new theme to the filmmaking community. Filmmakers then put their own unique spin on producing a short film.

Pictured above (from top): "Contents Under Pressure" (by Elizabeth Harris), "Happy Holidays" (by Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury), "Heatwave" (by Brian Churchill), Nancy Ellen Mills in "Arrogant Dead People" (by Jon W. Sparks).

The theme for the first Li’l Film Fest is Baptist Memorial Hospital implosion, meaning that each film submission contains footage of BMH imploding. The winner(s) will be awarded a $100 cash prize and will also be guaranteed a spot in the next Indie Memphis Film Festival. Additionally, the li'l films must not exceed 5 minutes in length.

Live From Memphis™ is a grassroots organization representing Memphis music, film and the arts. We support and promote local musicians, filmmakers, artists, and industry professionals who are the lifeblood of the Memphis creative scene. It is our goal to connect creatives, grow opportunities, and gain exposure for our creative culture.

Why we like The Flyer

Because its newly redesigned site lists memphis . cool . movies under "Blogs We Like."

Thank you!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

'Just the Two of Us': new showtimes

The premiere showings have been rescheduled for Friday, Mar. 17 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Muvico.

Alert

We are hearing that tonight's screening of "Just the Two of Us" has been postponed, possibly until tomorrow. We don't have confirmation from the director, but be aware of the possibility. Will post more as we hear it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The buzz just got bigger...


This just in: Tickets have sold so fast that Muvico is opening up a second auditorium to screen "Just the Two of Us." ...

And thanks to our friends at MemphisMojo.com for the excellent article.

The premiere screening of "Just the Two of Us" will be shown at the Muvico Theatre this Thursday. This movie was filmed entirely in Memphis and directed by Memphis native Keenon Nikita, who appeared in Craig Brewer's film "The Poor and the Hungry." Director of Photography is Rod Pitts, another local filmmaker (www.pittstopproductions.com). A large cast of local talent appears in this full-length feature.

The autobiographical film centers on the relationship between Keenon's character, Nic Peeples and his daughter, Ashley. The movie starts at 7:30PM and there will be a party at Isaac Hayes' immediately following the screening. The Premiere ticket will also admit the ticket holder into the after party with some of the cast members from the film and local and national special guests. The after party will consist of performances by various artists featured on the soundtrack. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased between 12 pm and 7 pm at Muvico downtown Peabody Place today and Thursday.


Cast includes: Keenon Nikita (Poor and Hungry+); Selina Nell Haley; Hannah Johnson; Glenda Pannell (Walk the Line+); Ruth Williams; Antonio Perry; Michael Travis Stone (Ray the Movie+); Phoebe Haynes; April Hale; Walker Morris III; Sharon Bishop; John Still (Hustle and
Flow+); Shannon Wise; Jon Sparks; Fred 'Hollywood' Moore; Percy Townes/Percy T

+ denotes National Award Nominated Movies


Casting by: Keenon Nikita and Leah Bruce
Edited by: Keenon Nikita and Tennell Pitts
Director of Photography: Rod Pitts
Music by : Keenon Nikita
Produced by: Keenon Nikita and Rod Pitts
Line Producer: Ann Banks based on the book Single Black Father written by Keenon Nikita

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

An offer you cannot refuse

immediate casting in morn if you look like a mobster!!!!!!!! call Lisa Lax asap 818-644-3976

'Southern Comfort' ready to shoot

"Southern Comfort" will be shot over 15 days in the Memphis area, with locations that include Beale Street, the riverfront and other areas that capture what executive producer Ken Topolsky described as the "romance" of Memphis.
Here's John Beifuss' story in the CA.

'Divine Manipulation of the Threads'


Rusted Sun Films is proud to present the premiere of Divine Manipulation of the Threads at Malco Studio on the Square March 27th-30th. A four-day stretch at a major theater is quite an honor for a no-budget independent film made purely with dreams and determination. It also speaks to the movie's professional quality.

This is the second feature for the homegrown production group. Their previous movie, "A Cowboy’s Silver Lining," received top billing at film festivals across the county. It made history as the Indie Memphis Film Festival's first ever sell-out -- 293 people packed the theater. "Divine Manipulation of the Threads" promises to create the same buzz.

“Have you ever wanted to slam someone’s face with a waffle iron, just so you can hear the satisfying crunch as they go limp from the searing pain?” That’s just a taste of the quips and twists this dark comedy takes. "Divine Manipulation of the Threads" is a clever dialog-driven film about a bank heist that will that keep you laughing and guessing until the credits.

The 87-minute movie stars a cast of 37 Memphis actors and several downtown businesses. The production quality is astounding -- this looks nothing like an independent. One of the scenes was even shot in 3-D. This is another example of why you will be shocked to learn Rusted Sun Films did it all with no money! The “MacGyver-esque” production company even built their own high tech gear to get the job done. Everything from the steady camera to 17-foot camera boom are homemade concoctions.

MovieMaker Magazine voted Memphis as one of the top ten places to shoot an independent film and we know why. First and foremost, Malco Theaters deserves a round of applause for providing local filmmakers with a place to make their dreams a reality. Craig Brewer first screened "The Poor and Hungry" there; now many have followed in his footsteps. We confirmed the premiere dates for Divine Manipulation of the Threads just one week ago. With no money to publicize the event, We worked the phones and were amazed at the willingness of local businesses to open their hearts and their wallets to this project. Dish, Ameriprise Financial, Bluff City Graphics and Midtown Vision Center have all signed on as sponsors, proving that Memphis stands behind their own.

You will find the official trailer to Divine Manipulation of the Threads at www.rustedsunfilms.com.

Make a movie poster

The Orpheum Theatre is pleased to announce the 2006 Summer Movie Series Poster Design Contest. Participants are asked to design a movie series poster to showcase the two (2) summer movie series that will be featured during the Orpheum’s 2006 series. Guidelines for the design:

* The poster should showcase both sub series “Classics" and "Cult Classics"
* The dimensions of the poster must be 16” or 18” wide X 24” tall
* Movie titles and dates will be added to the winning poster at a later date therefore submitted designs should allow room to accommodate this necessary information

All entries for the Summer Movie Series Poster Design Contest must be received by April 14, 2006 at 5 p.m. Entries should be a pdf and either e-mailed to mac@orpheum-memphis.com or delivered on a disc to The Orpheum Administrative Office at 203 S. Main Street from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays or mailed to The Orpheum Theatre/ Summer Movie Series Poster Design Contest/ P.O. Box 3370, Memphis, TN 38173.

For more information, contact Andrea Jenkins at 901-525-7800, ext. 288 or e-mail
jenkins@orpheum-memphis.com

Keenon Nikita's 'Just the Two of Us' on Thursday

Thursday is the premiere screening of "Just the Two of Us," an indie film shot in Memphis and directed and written by Keenon Nikita. This autobiographical film examines the relationship between Nikita's character, Nic Peoples, and his daughter, Ashley.

The movie was filmed with no budget, but a lot of heart. "It's taken me two and a half years to complete," Nikita says. "Scraping up cash from here and there, most times getting really big locations on my charm alone."

The film stars Nikita, Selina Nell Haley, Michael Travis Stone, Glenda Pannell and several other Memphis actors. Rod Pitts of Pittstop Productions (http://www.pittstopproductions.com/) is cinematographer.

Nikita, who played a smooth car thief in Craig Brewer's first full-length feature "The Poor & Hungry," says the movie is a modern day "Kramer vs. Kramer." His character raises his daughter until she's 8 years old when she goes back to her mother. Father and daughter both think this arrangement is for the best until they realize that everything they wanted they already had in each other.

The one-time screening is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at Muvico at Peabody Place. Admission is $10. The cast will greet moviegoers and sign posters prior to the show; an after-party will be held at Isaac Hayes Music Food Passion.

From 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Nikita will be a guest on "The Bev Johnson Show" on WDIA 1070-AM to talk about the movie.

Casting 18- to 20-year-olds -- and more

Everyone pls help me out! I have to book 50 Debutante's and 80 high school students. They have to be legal 18 though. But, I also need children and other teens. So please everyone that wants to work on "Southern Comfort" email me a photo or drop it by the production office at 315 S. Hollywood, Memphis 38104. Also I need every type possible!--Lots of good featured parts - If you don't have a photo, take one with your digital camera and email it or just call the casting line at 758-8474 and tell us your age and type and phone no. I need these today and everyday throughout the shoot. Shoot dates are March 15-30.


Thanks,

Lisa Lax
actlink@aol.com

Monday, March 13, 2006

Madeleine fan

I'm passing this along and if anyone wants to respond to this person, then have at it. I don't know him nor do I vouch for the site:

I'm the webmaster of www.madeleineonline.com, a website entirely dedicated to actress Madeleine Stowe.
My only goal with this site is to pay a real tribute to Madeleine Stowe in the respect of her private life.
Someone sent me your email adress and suggested me to contact you in case you can give me some infos about this production.
In fact I'm looking for images of the shooting (images with Madeleine would be great) and maybe testimonials of some members of the crew who would agree to give details about the experience of working with Madeleine Stowe.
Thanks to consider my request and to answer me.
Regards.

Bengui
madeleineonline@gmail.com

Lisa Lax needs...

... upscale killer cars for "Southern Comfort." Contact her at actlink@aol.com

... all headshots asap of guys that look like my actor Eric Roberts as a Senior. Please submit as soon as possible. You can go on IMDB.com to view him.


It takes less than a minute. And costs nothing.

It's encouraging to see more Memphis and West Tennessee names going on this list. If you haven't yet, please go there and do it. It's a small but important and nonpartisan way to show the General Assembly your support for film incentives.

This is the statement that you are agreeing to:
We, the undersigned, hereby make clear our support of film and television incentives legislation in the state of Tennessee, to reverse the loss of jobs to states which now have such legislation, and to grow the film and television economy, which will in turn both increase tourism and promote the culture of film and related arts across the state.
There will be more letter writing and lobbying to do in coming days and weeks, but this is, for now, the very least you can do. Go ahead, do it now.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Featured extras needed

Guys with tattoos that look hard. Send headshot to Lisa Lax.

Li'l Film Festival entries announced


Here's a list of the films to be shown at The Li'l Film Festival sponsored by LiveFromMemphis.com. This is a splendid chance to see what some of the area's indie filmmakers can do. The guidelines: No film can be longer than five minutes and each must contain footage of the Baptist Hospital implosion.

"Heatwave" Brian Churchill
"Why Baptist Went East: a story of sprawl" Ken Armstrong
"Arrogant Dead People" Jon W. Sparks
"Super Mule" Lin Workman
"Happy Holidays" Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury
"Willacious Jackson" Tammy Marqueerius
"Imagine" Rod Pitts
"Mouse Trap" David Thompson
"Wired" Edward Valibus Phillips
"Oh Fu__" Christopher Reyes
"Chaos" Sarah Fleming
"Once Upon a Time in Memphis" Nick Ross and Shelly Gillette
"Contents Under Pressure" Elizabeth Harris
Also, look for a surprise entry from LFM staff TBA.

WHO: Live From Memphis
WHAT: The Li'l Film Fest
WHEN: Saturday, March 25 @ 2pm
WHERE: The MeDiA Co-op, 1000 S. Cooper

Take a minute to bring more moviemakers here

Here is a note from Nashville Film Folks regarding the General Assembly's consideration of incentives to bring filmmakers to Tennessee.

There are relatively few Memphis names listed on the Tennessee Film-Television Coalition site. You can remedy that. Read the following, go to the link and indicate your support.


Legislation to incentivize more film and television in the state of Tennessee is currently being lobbied for. Bills have been filed and are currently being amended in critical ways before going to committee in both Senate and House, where they will be vetted every which way possible. A lot will happen, one way or the other, within the next few weeks, and nothing can be taken for granted.


If you care about more film and television being made in Tennessee, your e-mail support will be needed at a handful of critical junctures - and one of them is now. Please go to:

www.TNFilmTVCoalition.org

and sign your name, business, and location [part of the state you are from] at the bottom of the website page. That website and your names will be looked at by legislators from both Senate and House over the next couple of weeks, beginning this Monday, March 13 -- so your visible support is absolutely critical at this time. There will be film folks and supporters of film from other parts of the state in coming days, so make the Nashville region's presence be felt.


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Needed: 9-10 year old boy

Get headshot to Lisa Lax, actlink@aol.com

Friday, March 10, 2006

Scriptwriters Showcase in LA

There's a scriptwriters showcase in LA next month. Arnita Williams passes the info along for anyone wanting to make the jaunt:

It's April 7, 8 & 9, 2006 at Sheraton Universal Studios, Universal City, CA

2005 Academy Award Winners Diana Ossana and Bobby Moresco and Academy Award Nominee Josh Olson to give Keynote Address at Scriptwriters Showcase

Sharpen your skills with the pros
Finally, an event that brings you writers of the movies, television shows and commercials that you respect - directly to you - in person. Don’t miss Scriptwriters Showcase, the largest gathering of screenwriting talent ever assembled! Only Final Draft and scr(i)pt magazine could bring you an event of this magnitude. Scriptwriters Showcase features unprecedented opportunities to learn from the professionals who drive the entertainment industry. A full three days to learn about your craft, from the writers and execs that you look up to – April 7, 8 and 9, 2006.
Special Keynote Event – Writing Gold
This year’s most respected writers will take the stage at the Showcase Keynote Event featuring Oscar® Award winners Bobby Moresco (Crash), Diana Ossana (Brokeback Mountain) and Oscar® nominee Josh Olson (A History of Violence), Hear wit and wisdom from best of the best as they discuss writing the scripts that turned Oscar’s head in 2005.
Direct Access to the Best Talent
Interact with the best writers in the industry from a variety of panels in four different study tracks. Learn how to write for a living directly from the pros. From screenwriting to television writing to writing for commercials, documentaries and theatre … no matter what your interest, you’ll find it here! There will be plenty of opportunity for your questions to be answered.

Take A Meeting
Access - you want it, you can have it. Until now, you’ve been limited to attending “pitch fests.” Scriptwriters Showcase provides writers with a professional, comfortable environment in which to develop a rapport with the executive. You’ll get 15 minutes -- one on one -- to pitch, to question … to discuss anything you want. Plenty of time to develop story ideas, get feedback on your pitches and career path, and create a contact in the industry.

And there’s more …
* Market Place brought to you by Writers Store
* Networking Party
* Studio Tours
* Advanced Screenings

Special Offer
Scriptwriters Showcase is an event you can’t afford to miss. Register now for just $99 (regular price $149). Also, get first choice at the Take A Meeting sessions, Keynote Event and the VIP Networking Party, as well as the screenings. Visit http://www.scriptwritersshowcase.com for more details. Use coupon code “BB0306” when registering.

Special Lodging Deals
Aside from getting reduced price on registration, you can get additional savings on accommodations at the Sheraton Universal (space is limited, first come, first served). Save $50 a night when you book your hotel with your registration.

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Register now for only $99 (regular price $149) and get first choice for Take A Meeting sessions!
Use code FD10306:
http://www.scriptwritersshowcase.com

The Showcase is proudly sponsored by: Writers Store, Avid, New York Film Academy, ScriptShark / Baseline StudioSystems and Withoutabox.




Some of the featured speakers:
Stuart Beattie
Screenwriter, Collateral.
Kevin Bisch
Screenwriter, Hitch.
Shane Black
Screenwriter, Lethal Weapon.
Doug Ellin
Creator/Executive Producer, Entourage.
Steve Faber and Bob Fisher
Screenwriters, The Wedding Crashers.
Allen Fisher
Manager, Principato/Young Management
Craig Kestel
Literary Agent, William Morris Agency.
Simon Kinberg
Screenwriter, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
X-Men III
xXx: State of the Union

Jon Macks
Staff Writer, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Michael Seitzman
Screenwriter, North Country.
Michel Shane
Producer, Catch Me If You Can.
Producer, I, Robot.

Stephen Susco
Screenwriter, The Grudge.


Asian actors needed

Hello everyone. We are still in need of a couple of Asian actors for this upcoming project to be produced by Churchill Studios.

We are also looking to fill in a picnic scene with a diverse selection of happy faces.

Be diverse. Be happy.

Be quick.

Send your picture and contact info to...Homelandproject@aol.com

Thank you,

John Moore
Producer - Churchill Studios
901-754-6675

A message from Lisa Lax on casting

I just want to thank this community of actors and all the other artists and agents for all your help so far on "Southern Comfort." This is such a long-awaited opportunity for me and you guys are all coming together to help me. I so appreciate it! It took me an hour and a half to convince the producer to hire me instead of bringing in someone from LA. They have been shocked that there are so many people here with experience and headshots. I am fighting to change things for us here. I didn't do an open call at all. I'm pulling from all the actors here so we look professional. I was told that it caused us to get a bad reputation using so many people on the last two shoots from open calls. So I chose to do it this way. For you guys. Use the people who have worked so hard just to get a chance. So I desperately need your help and support. And I'm getting it. Thanks so very much to each and every one of you. You're making my dreams come true and I want to help make yours as well. I won't forget you guys when it comes to casting. You can guarantee that. I smile everytime I sit at the table and review your headshots. Because I know who you are! It's nice to be able to cast the people your familiar with, fond of and care about.

Sincerely,
Lisa Lax

'Southern Comfort' needs more

Several from Lisa Lax:

Fox-TV's, Southern Comfort, more casting needs.
I need good-looking girls,physically fit, no fake boobs or that type, real women, must be 21. This submission is for a very good featured part! On camera-time. Email me with your photos, or drop them off by 315 S. Hollywood, Memphis Tn 38104.

I still need more selections for my stand-in's for the leads. Stand-in's make $154.00 a day on this project so you know. If you fit the bill, get your headshot or photo to me today!
Please put on the outside of the package: STAND-IN Submission and attn: Lisa Lax. Drop to: 315 S. Hollywood, Memphis 38104 (Central and Hollywood) Maniax bldg.
Here's what I need:
6' ft tall blond guy
5'10" brunette older teen girl
5'8" dark brown hair male older teen
5'6 1/2 inch-brunette female-30's-50's
5'11' dark brown or a little salt & pepper male-40's(Eric Roberts)

If you're willing to work as background in just a group of ten pls let me know-this is for Saturday's test shoot.

I need headshots, resume's and/or photo's on these types asap:
Hardened criminals
blue collar workers
physically fit prison guards

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Get MIFF tix starting today

Individual tickets will be available on-line beginning March 10 at the Malco web site.

A festival pass which includes admission to all film screenings and the Saturday night party. Passes are $35 each and available by mailing a check to:

MIFF 7 Festival Pass
PMB 722, 1910 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

We are sorry that we are unable to accommodate credit card sales at this time.

'Just the Two of Us"


The premiere screening of "Just the Two of Us" is Thursday, March 16 at Muvico. This movie was shot in Memphis and directed by Memphis native Keenon Nikita, who also stars. He's pictured above with Selina Nell Haley. The autobiographical film centers on the relationship between Keenon's character, Nic Peeples and his daughter, Ashley. The movie starts at 7:30 and there will be an afterparty at Isaac Hayes' immediately following the screening.

Vietnamese casting

I'm still looking for a Vietnamese guy (age 30s-40s). Call or email me with your requests!
Lisa Lax, actlink@aol.com


Casting for 'Southern Comfort'

Cello player-5'8" ish male to match teen lead
21 yr old female- means 21 and older
Vietnamese guy-30's and older
1 male, 1 female SAG actors-with lot's of film credits!

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Casting for 'Tricks'

This one is on Craigslist. Anybody know who is making this? (update: it's local filmmaker DeAara Lewis)


Looking for talented, reliable actors and actresses to fill roles for "Tricks" an independent feature film to be shot in Memphis, TN. Must be availabe for rehearsal and shoot. Pay is deferred. Please submit resume and photo to Lewisgroup1212@gmail.com.

In addition to key roles, there are also roles available for extras, if not cast for principal roles, please indicate if you would be interested in a role as an extra.

Production Dates: TBA (Spring/Summer of 2006)

Synopsis: Tricks is an urban tale of five prostitutes, their enterprising madam and the personal struggles of each to not only survive, but thrive in a business that is deemed immoral and taboo.

Character Breakdown:
1. Natalie – late twenties, early thirties. An attractive, but vindictive woman. She knows how to pull a man. Other “girls” are intimidated by her and she uses this to her advantage (open).

2. Rita – late twenties, early thirties. An attractive and shapley woman, but is somewhat rundown. She’s na├»ve when it comes to men and as a result, constantly falls in and out love with her clients (open).

3. Devin (Michelle’s boyfriend) – tall man in his late twenties, early thirties; very attractive; charming. He is educated and very forward, but also has a soft side (open).

4. Mr. Davis – an older man in his late forties, early fifties. No particular height or look. Comical character who loves women (open)

5. Tito – a young man in his mid twenties, with an offbeat look. He is helplessly in love with Jean.

6. Tyson – a young and upcoming singer. Very attractive, mid twenties (open).

7. Tommy – timid man in his mid thirties; is struggling with wanting to have an affair (open).

8. Allen (Rita's boyfriend) – an attractive man, late twenties, early thirties. He is a borderline asshole (open).

9. Paul – an attractive, gay man (open).

10. Darnell (Devin’s friend) – a “fraternity” type. Cute, loves to party and loves women, can be a real asshole if permitted (open).

11. Keith – (Devin’s friend) – a “nerd,” but still has some “coolness” to him. No particular look (open).

12. James (Donna’s ex-husband) – attractive man. He was hurt deeply and has worked hard to move on even though there are questions he still longs the answers to (open).

13. Freddie (Tina estranged husband) – an attractive man in his late twenties, early thirties; very abusive, controlling and angry (open).

14. Sebastian Crump – Older man, stocky, average height. Chief of Police; a real asshole; has hated Donna for years and is out to seek revenge on Donna (open).

Yo, Donald

NBC's The Apprentice will be holding a casting call Saturday, March 25
here at the Fogelman College of Business & Economics (rooms 121 and 123).

Distribution of wristbands will begin at 9:00am.

Auditions will begin at 10:00am.

Callbacks are by appt.

Check the following website for more information, and an application:

http://www.nbc.com/Casting/#apprentice

Stand-in needed

Stand-in for Lead Charlayne Woodward-she is 5'4" tall- You can view her on IMDB.
Tks!
Lisa Lax
IF you have possible's and can't get them to the production office by 1pm tomorrow then call me and I'll have someone pick them up.
I also need Stand-in choices for the male lead-Eric Roberts-5'11" and the teen lead- 5'8" both brown hair and then a 6 ft. male-Blondish hair-all caucasian
Still could use some help on Madeline's stand-in also.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Casting for PSAs

We are gearing up very fast for the Homeland Security Public Service Announcements. That said we have received a very limited selection for our primary needs. These spots are to be filmed this month if all goes according to plan and the weather holds. The budget for these projects is both ambitious and limited, which means it may be difficult to use talent from an agency.
It is very important that we find the following characters:
African-American woman - Age 25-30
African-American girl - Age 5-10
Asian woman - Age - 40s
Middle Eastern man - Age 25-40
Please, if you fit these descriptions or know of someone who does, contact us as soon as possible.
John Moore
Producer, Churchill Studios
901-754-6675

Casting Elvis and fans

This item on Craigslist:

One female actor, 20s, needed to play crazed Elvis fan, and one male actor, 20s, needed to play boyfriend of crazed Elvis fan in prinicipal roles for a short 16mm black and white film. One male also needed to play Elvis. A young 50s Elvis is preferred but this is flexible. Experience as Elvis impersonator is preferred but not necessary. Shooting date is Sunday March 12. Please reply with headshots and resumes, if available.

Local indie premiere: "Divine Manipulation of the Threads"

"Divine Manipulation of the Threads" will premiere at Malco's Studio on the Square with a limited run from March 27-30 (two matinees and two evening shows each day). It's by Rusted Sun Productions (http://www.rustedsunfilms.com/), starring Bevan Bell and directed by Anthony Howald.

More info to come but for now you can choose a date to go....

Local indie premiere: "Just the Two of Us"

The premiere screening of "Just the Two of Us" is at Muvico Theatres on Thursday, March 16. This movie was shot in Memphis and directed by Memphis native Keenon Nikita, who was in Craig Brewer's film "The Poor and the Hungry". The Director of Photography was Rod Pitts, another local filmmaker (www.pittstopproductions.com). And a bunch of local talent is in the full-length feature. The autobiographical film centers on the relationship between Keenon's character, Nic Peeples and his daughter, Ashley. The movie starts at 7:30 and there will be an afterparty at Isaac Hayes' immediately following the screening.




Southern Comfort casting

From Lisa Lax:

Calling all actors!
There are so many important characters and roles in this Fox pilot. This week I will be meeting the director to sit down with him and show him headshots of people. This is a great opportunity for people here and I'm just shocked at how few headshots and resumes I have from the great talent in Memphis. I have so many from Nashville and all the agencies there.
The director could be looking at your photo for a featured extra and decide he likes your look and gives you a part. It's happened to me numerous times now.
Pls mail your headshots and resumes' to Lisa Lax: c/o Southern Comfort-315 S. Hollywood. Memphis 38104.
ASAP!
Tks,
I now have the opportunity to show Hollywood what great talent is here. Pls help me out.

(I also need a Vietnamese guy to cast).

Monday, March 06, 2006

Country music lovers

Regina Moore is working on an Infomercial for the Ralph Emery Presents: Country Roads Music Collection.

After Hosting many television shows, Ralph Emery knows the Country Music Industry. It is a 10 CD collection. He has hand selected 150 songs of Country Music from late '40's through the early '80's. Mostly #1 hits.

She is looking for Country Music listeners who are willing to interview and do a testimonial for the infomercial. If you are selected, you will receive the music collection for your time.
Need male and female fans that are 30 years and older.

If you or anyone you know would be interested, send your name, phone numbers, age, and a quick paragraph about "Why you like Country Music; past & present". Also send a current photograph and all the above information to: mhcasting@bellsouth.net.

She needs this ASAP, so can meet with interested fans the first of next week. The latest she can receive this is Wednesday, March 15th, 2006, by Noon. She will be setting up interviews on March 14th and March 16th.

ANYONE INTERESTED OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL Regina Moore.. mhcasting@bellsouth.net

Wednesday night goodies

This is one of the best deals in town for film lovers:

Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club is this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson between Main & Front Streets. This month, IMMCC presents a blend of narrative, experimental and documentary short films:

Wow and Flutter - Gary Lundgren
Safety - Dave Baeumler
Audition - Thomas Collardeau
Neo Noir - Chase Palmer
Wishtaker - Carlo Besasie
Lubbock or Leave It - Lizzy McGlynn

Admission is always free, so is the popcorn.

Tuesday night at MeDiA Co-op

The monthly workshops at the Co-op are invaluable. If you want to make movies or to be part of making them, this is a stellar resource. This coming Tuesday (Mar. 7):

* 7:30-8:00 Open House/Membership sign up
* 8:00-9:00 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.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Memphis International Film Festival info

MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 7
TO OPEN WITH HOMAGE
TO THE MUSICIANS OF NEW ORLEANS


MEMPHIS (March 6, 2006) -- The 7th annual Memphis International Film Festival will open with acclaimed music and documentary filmmaker Robert Mugge’s ("Last of the Mississippi Jukes," "Blues Divas"), newest film NEW ORLEANS MUSIC IN EXILE at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 23 at Malco’s Paradiso Theatre. The film is a story of struggle, inspiration and the power of the Crescent City's music history. Musicians featured in the documentary include Dr. John, Cyril Neville, Kermit Ruffins, Irma Thomas, the Iguanas, the ReBirth Brass Band and others. In addition to performing they share their personal stories of how Katrina affected their lives, scattering them to other cities, and how they're getting back on their feet. Mugge and producer Diana Zelman will be in attendance for a Q and A session after the screening with possible attendance by musicians and performers featured in the film. Tickets to opening night are $10 and will be available at Malco’s Paradiso and www.malco.com.

Saturday evening of the MIFF 7 has been deemed REEL SOUL MEMPHIS NIGHT to celebrate a partnership with REEL SOUL MEMPHIS, a exclusive screening series and social experience that uses film as the cornerstone for expressions of African-American and Latino culture. The innovation of partners Jeffrey Hines, Cardell Orrin, Christopher Owens, Shumba Shaver and Van Turner, Reel Soul Memphis will offer outlets for professionals in Memphis by focusing on high culture and promoting minority patronage and community uplift. Saturday evening will include films celebrating this culture with an after party that is sure to be an un-reel neo-soul experience!

The festival will have a definitive musical influence in addition to the opening night film with screenings of AMAZING GRACE: JEFF BUCKLEY and ALTERED BY ELVIS. Both documentary films that examine the lives of two legendary musical influences who made a great impact in Memphis and the world. Films of regional interest include the locally produced feature DAMMI IL LA, an Italian film with screenplay by Memphis Sarah Ledbetter, CHALK by former Memphian Mike Akel, and RICHARD JOHNSTON: HILL COUNTRY TROUBADOUR.

This year’s International Masters Screenings include:
LA PROMESSE - an extremely powerful film by the Dardenne brothers, a tersely lyrical piece about the abuses of illegal immigrant workers in Belgium.
MOOLAADE - Ousamane Sembene's film deals with women's rights issues, specifically the phenomenon of female circumcision in some African cultures.
BEAU TRVAIL – Claire Denis' masterwork re-working of Melville's "Billy Budd".
CLAIRE DOLAN - Lodge Kerrigan's film about a woman whose knowledge of men encompasses everything except how to trust them and find happiness with them.
WEEKEND - Jean-Luc Goddard’s impressive plateau of film originality, incorporating inter-titles, extended tracking shots, and music to add an entirely new grammar to film language.
QUITTING(Zuotian) - Zhang Yang's gutsy film that tackles a real-life tale of drug addiction, mental illness, family conflict and the downside of fame, using a cast of characters who are pretty much recreating their own experiences.

Individual screenings are $7 per person based on first come, first served seating with Festival Passholders receiving priority seating at all festival events – Opening Night tickets are $10 per person. Festival passes which allow priority seating to all film screenings and seminars are $35 in advance and can be purchased by calling 901-626-9685. The festival is presented by the Memphis Film Forum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to
the promotion of education, economic development, and cultural diversity through the cinema arts. MIFF 7 sponsors include Malco Theatres; FedEx; the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission; The Tennessee Arts Commission; and the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission. More information can be found on the Memphis Film Forum website at www.memphisfilmforum.org.

Stand-ins needed

Needed:
Brunette-5'6"- Female-
Brunette-5'10"- (18 yr old) Female
Brown hair-5'8" Male teen
Brown hair- 5'11" Male
If you match these descriptions, pls email or mail your headshot and resume' and note: Stand-in on the email or package. Mail goes to: Lisa Lax c/o Southern Comfort-315 S. Hollywood, Memphis 38104. These are urgent!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Auditions

AUDITIONS
For Theatre & Film

Auditions will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2006 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Lafayette County Public Library, Oxford MS, auditorium for theatre and film roles for the Double Decker Ten Minute Play Festival. No preparation is necessary. For more information, contact Neil White
at 662-513-0159 or neilwhite3@yahoo.com. Roles are available for men, women & children.

(Thanks to Johnny McPhail)

Four days, 50-plus films: be there

Scheduling info to come later, but here's an alphabetical listing of the Memphis International Film Festival selections just announced. The festival will kick off on Thursday, March 23, at Malco’s Paradiso Theatre with a VIP Opening Night Reception where filmmakers and film-lovers will come together to celebrate the 7 year anniversary. Films will continue to be screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Malco’s Studio On The Square. The Memphis International Film Festival celebrates the best of local and global filmmaking; screening features, shorts, foreign, documentaries, experimental, and animation. Each year the festival draws an average of 40 filmmakers from across the world to Memphis to screen their films and attend the festival.

Newsletter from SAG

FilmNashville Bulletin 3/2/06

FILM /TV INCENTIVES LEGISLATION ­ PROGRESS REPORT
FILM FUNDING FOR DOCUMENTARIES WORKSHOP
NASHVILLE FILMMAKERS SECTION AT BELCOURT
HGTV NEEDS HOMES FOR NEW TV SHOW
TWO GUYS INTERVIEW W/ BELCOURT EXECUTIVE DIREC TOR / OSCAR NIGHT
CHILLER CINEMA WINS RONDO AWARD

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FILM/TV INCENTIVES LEGISLATION ­ PROGRESS REPORT

Eight [8] bills have been filed in the Senate and House for
legislation to create more film and television production activity
in the state of Tennessee. The bill language is based upon [and
would not be possible without] the Film and Television Production
Study done by the Tennessee Film Entertainment and Music Commission.
In essence, there is actually one primary bill with eleven sections,
and there is a duplicate of that bill in both the House and Senate
[i.e., 2 of the 8 bills]. Then there are essentially three other
bills which break out specific sections of the primary bill, and
there are duplicates of those bills in both House and Senate [i.e.,
the remaining 6 of the 8 bills]. No matter how you slice it, the 11
sections currently deal with:

1] Proposed name of the bill ­ The Visual Content Act of 2006
2] Film production permits to be filed with the Tennessee Film
Entertainment and Music Commission
3] Sales tax rebate for any out-of-state or in-state production
spending at least $500,000 in Tennessee
4] and 5] Breaks on purchase of film production and post-production
equipment
6] Very significant tax breaks for incentivizing major out-of-state
productions
7] Development of technical film production training in order to
deepen Tennessee production crew base
8] A formal study to bring more video game industry to Tennessee
9], 10] and 11] Generic language pertaining to passage of any
legislation.


A coalition including the city film offices of Memphis, Nashville,
Knoxville and Chattanooga, along with IA 492, Teamsters, business
leaders, TIPTOE [East Tennessee film org] and FilmNashville have
come together to lobby legislators at two critical junctures in the
legislative process:

A] The bills will go to the Ways and Means Committee of both the
Senate and the House, where all sections cited above will be vetted
and analyzed for financial impact;

B] If the bills make it out of committee, meaning they are approved
by a majority of committee members, they will be brought up for a
vote in both the Senate and House.

It will be during both A] and B] above that the legislation will
need the strong support of all film businesses, individuals,
organizations, and ancillary business leaders, where that support
will need to be conveyed through positive e-mails, letters and phone
calls.

IMPORTANT: Since the language of the bills is still currently being
defined and in some areas corrected, it is premature to contact
anyone in Tennessee government about the bills. The language needs
to be perfect and locked before massive support is shown, otherwise
legislators will become confused as to what is actually being
supported. We will advise as to specific legislators to communicate
with at junctures A] and B], and will provide all relevant contact
info for those legislators at those times.

Stay tuned.






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NASHVILLE FILMMAKERS SECTION AT BELCOURT

FilmNashville and the Belcourt Theatre are joining forces to create
a section at the Belcourt Theatre that will sell videos and DVDs of
features, shorts, documentaries, and television programming made by
Nashville filmmakers. Revenues will be split by the filmmakers and
the Belcourt, with majority of profits going to the filmmakers.

As a non-profit community center for many film screenings and
events, including the 48 Hour Film Project and Awards Ceremony, the
Belcourt will be a natural gathering place to display and sell
locally made indie films. If you are a filmmaker interested in
selling your work at the Nashville Filmmakers section at the
Belcourt Theatre, contact Toby Leonard at toby@belcourt.org






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FILM FUNDING FOR DOCUMENTARIES WORKSHOP

On March 25, 2006 FilmNashville Director of Development, Bobbie
Gallup, will lead an all-day workshop at the Watkins Film School on
fundraising and grantwriting for documentaries, including the
realities of what one is up against when going after funding, and
how to successfully navigate those waters. Ms. Gallup has raised
several million dollars in grant monies in her career for various
non-profit endeavors, and is a wealth of knowledge in the process.
Stay tuned for further details on the event.






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HGTV NEEDS HOMES FOR NEW TV SHOW

Home and Garden Television's (HGTV's), "ReZoned", will begin
shooting new season immediately.

HGTV's new show "ReZoned" is looking for homeowners that had the
vision and creativity to convert a non-residence into a residence.
ONLY HOMEOWNERS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN THE ORIGINAL CONVERSION WILL
BE CONSIDERED. We consider structures such as boathouses,firehouses,
banks, drug stores or just about anything else you can imagine.

Ideal candidates will include the following:

Remarkable Transformations: We're looking for interesting and
inspiring transformations that are COMPLETE or nearly completed. It
is important that some elements from the original purpose remain or
are incorporated. For example, one show featured a church that was
transformed into a single family home complete with furniture
constructed from the original pews.


Enthusiastic Homeowners: Homeowners should be passionate about their
home and the possibility of sharing it with our audience. We focus
on their PERSONAL stories of design, renovation and life in the new
home.


Before Photos, Videos or Documents: Because the renovations we
feature are complete, we would like to show the building before and
hopefully during the transformation. Home videos, archival photos,
simple snap shots and supporting documents are all welcome.
The goal for this series is to tell the story of the building, the
renovation, the homeowner and how they are all related.


Please take a look at the show online at:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_hzred/

Contact:
Heather Pikas
"Rezoned"
Home & Garden Television
office: 303-712-3162
fax: 303-484-6198
Hpikas@highnoonentertainment.com






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TWO GUYS INTERVIEW W/ BELCOURT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / OSCAR NIGHT

"2 Guys Who Don't Know Crap About Movies" is proud to present a
special one-hour show with Steve Small from the Belcourt Theatre.
Steve will join co-hosts J.D. Hart and Glen Weiss in a tribute to
the 2006 Academy Awards Show being telecast from the historic
Belcourt Theatre in widescreen High Def complete with red carpet and
celebrities and food and alcohol. This is one of the year's hottest
tickets and an event you won't want to miss. Tickets are still
available at www.belcourt.org. Tune in this week and get all the
details. Also on the show will be respected Nashville Scene film
critic Jim Ridley and his filmmaker brother Read Ridley making a
rare television appearance together. Jim and Read will give their
predictions for the winner of this year's Oscar for Best Film of
theYear. If you've never seen these two guys together you won't want
to miss this episode of "2 Guys Who Don't Know Crap About Movies"
Friday night, March 3 at 11


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CHILLER CINEMA WINS RONDO AWARD

Congrats to our local scarey dudes at Chiller Cinema, who won a
Rondo Award for Classic Horror Excellence for Best Website of 2005.
Go check out the website and see what all the frightfulness is about
at www.drgangrene.com


***Support your state film legislation.***


Casting assistant

Needed expirenced on set casting assistant for Southern Comfort.
Please contact Lisa Lax at 818.644.3976

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Acting class with Molli Benson

There is a serious, intensive acting class coming to Memphis April 21-23. It's taught by Molli Benson who has a reputation for being tough and effective. For more info, go to her Web site.

The fee is $250 due by March 31. A deposit may be required. Credit cards and checks preferred but not required.

All applicants must contact Molli personally by March 21, but sooner is better since there are only 20 spots. You need to also contact JDancy23@aol.

You must attend all days of class -- there are no refunds. You must be at least 18 years old. You must be dedicated and serious about learning and acting. And the standard warning: This class is NOT for the faint of heart.

Last day

Today's the final day for the run of local award-winning and critically acclaimed indie "Act One" at Malco Studio on the Square. Showtimes are 1:25, 4:40, 7:25, 9:45. All of you procrastinators can join me at the 7:25 showing or go whenever, but do it today.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Casting for PSAs for Homeland Security

We are looking for ethnically diverse actors. If you are interested, please contact me and we will get back to you as quickly as possible to set up meetings.
This is a very positive series of Public Service Announcements. Certain parts will of course be more prominent than others, with some spoken lines.
If you have a headshot or even just a picture of yourself, please include it in the email.
LOOKING FOR
African American Woman (mid to late 20s)
African American girl (10)
Asian woman (40 - 50)
Hispanic couple (around 30)
Middle Eastern man (25 - 40)
Caucasian male (40)
Caucasian female (20s)
More casting info to come.
John Moore
Producer, Churchill Studios
901-751-6675

'Southern Comfort' extras/day players

Lisa Lax is in urgent need of headshots and resumes to be considered for extra work and/or possible day player roles for the TV pilot "Southern Comfort" -- to be filmed in Memphis.

There is a special need for experienced stand-ins.

Also needed are males and females for some high school debutante scenes. Teens as well as those who are over 18 but can play younger are encouraged to submit. Please include your age on your resume.

ALL types and ages are needed so please submit ASAP!

Please mail headshots and resumes to :

Lisa Lax
c/o "Southern Comfort"
315 S. Hollywood
Memphis, TN 38104

NO PHONE CALLS!