Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Feeling like a zombie? You're needed Saturday

We need people to play zombies. We're meeting at 1027 S. Rembert (the corner of Walker and Rembert) in Cooper-Young at 10am on saturday morning to get people in makeup, then we will drive to Hernando MS for the shoot (30 min drive).

The shoot will take several hours, so people would need to have the day free, but we will definately be done before dark. Anyone interested needs to wear the raggediest clothes they have, with no corporate logos or band names on them. These clothes will get messy with makeup and fake blood, so it's a good idea to bring a change of clothes for the ride home.

Any further questions, please call Christian @ 901-482-1153. Everyone who has participated has had a blast.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Got that film ready yet? Indie Memphis deadlines coming up

You've got two weeks to get your film in for the early deadline. You'll save some money if you do, but the final deadline is a couple of months down the line on July 16.

Here's the info that you can also find on the Indie Memphis Web site.

Entries for the 2007 festival are being accepted now. The Indie Memphis Soul of Southern Film Festival 2007 Entry Form and Rules

Festival Dates: October 19 - 25, 2007

Muvico Peabody Place Theaters in downtown Memphis

Deadlines for Entry: Postmarked June 1(early) or July 16 (late)

Entry Criteria:

The Indie Memphis film festival focuses on films of a “southern persuasion”; that is, films that have some connection to the American South. Some examples from past festivals include films made in the South or by Southern filmmakers, as well as films that deal with the Southern experience or themes/subjects that are particularly relevant to the South and Southerners.

All entries must have been completed in the past two years. In addition, IM gives priority to films that have not screened in Memphis over the past six months.

Screening Formats:

Formats accepted for exhibition are: 35mm, Betacam SP, DVD, and Mini DV. Films in 35 mm must have composite optical soundtracks.

Submission Tapes:

* Entries must be submitted prior to the entry deadline on VHS or DVD.
* All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form, signed and dated with all information printed or typed clearly and completely. The Indie Memphis film festival is not responsible for incorrect wording in publications or on awards if the entry form is incorrect or not legible.
* All entries must be accompanied by a check or money order for the appropriate fee, made out to Indie Memphis. Entries not accompanied by a check or money order will not be considered.
* Each entry must be on a separate tape with an entry form and payment.
* Entrant’s name and address and the production’s title and running time must be on each CD/videotape. IMPORTANT.
* Do not submit works in progress or rough cuts.
* Do not include separate trailers, outtakes or bloopers as part of your film.
* Include with each entry a short synopsis of the film on a separate sheet, and one still photograph for use in the program (digital format preferred, if available).
* Screeners and still photographs will not be returned.
* Entries must be shipped pre-paid and in a suitable container. Insurance is the responsibility of the entrant. IM will confirm when the film has been received.
* Programming decisions will be made by early September, and we will notify all filmmakers promptly.

Entry Deadlines and Fees:

Early deadline: June 1, 2007
* Less than 30 minutes - $20
* 30 minutes or more - $30

Final deadline: July 16, 2007
* Less that 30 minutes - $25
* 30 minutes or more - $35

Competition and Awards:

Films will be accepted for competition in four categories:

Narrative feature

Narrative short (less than 30 minutes in length)


Experimental and Animation

Films made by Shelby County, TN, residents will also be eligible for the Hometowner Awards, sponsored by the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission.

All films will be eligible for The Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award.

Every precaution will be exercised in handling entries and screening copies of films, but neither the festival organizers, employees, sponsors, nor participating organizations can assume responsibility for damage to or loss of materials submitted.

Submission of a work confirms that the Indie Memphis Film Festival has permission to exhibit it (and any moving image excerpts or reproduced stills) during the festival and for any publicity or promotion.

Submission of a work acknowledges agreement to all conditions and terms and the holding of all necessary rights to submission.

Contact Information:

Indie Memphis
PMB # 632
1910 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 246-7086

Pitch in for an artist

Local artist John Ryan is one of this town's best, but he's having trouble moving around with a bad right ankle. He's made his living doing art and carpentry and odd jobs, but has no health insurance. This Saturday at 8 p.m., friends of Ryan will host "The 'No Walking Around Money' Fund-Raiser for John Ryan" at the old Masonic Temple at 614 National at Summer. The $25 admission entitles the purchaser to music and open bar and a chance to win a new 6- by 4-foot horse painting by Ryan (pictured). More info from Fredric Koeppel at The Commercial Appeal is here.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

42nd Street -- see it now

The Poplar Pike Playhouse production of the stage musical "42nd Street" closes this Saturday night. Tickets are still available: Go to for more information. The show is at Germantown High School.

My Blueberry Nights

Image and trailer

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Tupelo Film Festival

The Tupelo Film Festival is getting underway Thursday. Details here.

Coming up...

You'll be hearing more about this...

"5 Shots - The Ronald Baldridge Story" by Last Train To Memphis Entertainment. It's directed by award winning filmmaker Ken Axmaker, Jr. and written by award winning writer Wasabi Jones. 5 Shots tells the story of a gangsta' who becomes a man.

Here's the trailer.

Job opportunities this week/weekend

Arnita Williams is looking for attractive, fit, reliable, energetic staff for a marketing promotion to pass out free samples of brand name over-the-counter painreliever at the Memphis in May BBQ Fest Downtown Memphis. If you are interested in working this promotion, please email her ASAP and call to book your days and shift you will be working, as well as additional details.

*Must be clean cut, no visible body piercings, or tatoos.
*Attire: khaki pants or khaki shorts, clean sneakers, t-shirt will be provided.
* Must be able good with people, and able to stand, walk, reach, bend for a minimum of 6hr shift.

You will be distributing samples of brand name over-the-counter painreliever to the crowd along with Brand activities and games...bean bag toss etc.. You must be physically fit and active because you will be bending and moving around a lot.

$16hr $50 bonus if work all 3 days
1st Shift Thur May 17, 10am - 4:30pm
2nd Shift Thur May 17, 4pm - 10pm
1st Shift Fri May 18, 10am - 4:30pm
2nd Shift Fri SatMay 18,4pm - 10pm
1st Shift Sat May 19, 9am - 3:30pm
2nd Shift Sat May 19, 3pm - 9pm

You will need to go to to download and completely fill out paperwork and then fax back to Full Spectrum Entertainment.

***Paperwork includes W9, Talent/Model Application, copy of Driver's License or State I.D and SS card.

Email Arnita Williams:

Friday, May 04, 2007

Extras needed Monday

The movie, Tear Drops, will be shooting Monday, May 7th from 6pm until about 12 midnight at Fire & Ice. All extras are needed for the shoot. Release forms will be signed upon entrance into the club -- this is a volunteer gig, no pay. Come dressed as if you were actually going to the club. The address and contact information is below.

Fire and Ice
Address: 6430 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN 38115
Phone:(866) 394-4849

Tear Drops (written and directed by Yosiah Morrow), based on a true story, is about the rise of the entertainment sorority Diamond Dolls Elite (DDE) and their creator, Caleb. Within three years, this sorority made over 3 million dollar winning step show, dance, talent, singing competitions, and performing with high profile entertainers. However, dissension and jealousy amongst the ladies threatened to tear the sorority apart and end Caleb’s dream.