Tuesday, October 30, 2007


The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is doing a great Latin Film festival this week. Go here to check it out and then salsa yourself over there.

The LatinBeat Film Festival is presented in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Emerging Pictures. It features award-winning films from Latin American countries including Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Ecuador, Chile, Cuba, Guatemala, Brazil, and Mexico.
$5 for members, $7 for non-members
See both films on Sunday for a discounted price of $7 for members and $12 for non-members with the 2 Film Pass!
Purchase your tickets online

Thursday and Friday, November 1 - 2
Tapas with a Latin Twist
Seating from 6 - 9 pm
For reservations call 901.544.6225
The Brushmark will offer a menu of tapas (small plates) with a Latin influence. So, enjoy a glass of wine and tapas before the films and get into the Latin groove!

Thursday, November 1, 7:30 pm
The Most Beautiful of My Very Best Years
(94 mins)
Berto lives in the small Bolivian city of Cochabamba. He wants to leave the country, but without money for a ticket, he decides to sell his prized possession––a 1965 Volkswagen he inherited from his grandfather––with the help of his know-it-all best friend Victor and Camila, Victor's girlfriend.

Delightfully understated but with great attention to detail, Boulocq’s film is an urban Bolivian fable with a love square at its center––two men, a woman and their car. Its skillfully fractured structure is a counterpoint to the parsimonious rhythm of the friends’ lives and of the city that comes to define them.

Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
Fotografias (112 mins)
“This is a personal essay about my mother, based on a box of photographs my father passed on to me. A documentary investigation involving a journey to the past and also a real one from Argentina, where I live, to the place where she was born and which she wanted to forget: India.”––Andrés Di Tella

The filmmaker’s mother, Kamala Aparao, was a member of an aristocratic Indian family in the first half of the 20th century. At a young age, she joined the socialist party and, further shocking her traditional family, went on to marry Torcuato Di Tella, a well-known sociologist from Argentina. With his own son in tow, Andrés Di Tella traces the imprints of his mother’s history. He explores with insight and disarming honesty issues of identity, bicultural displacement, family tradition, the inescapability of one’s cultural legacy, and how our notions of fatherhood and motherhood can change with time and distance.

Sunday, November 4, 2 pm
My Grandmother Has A Video Camera (60 mins)
Tania Cypriano’s documentary portrays the lives of a family of Brazilian immigrants in the United States over more than 20 years, using their own home video footage. Enchantment turns into disillusionment, idealization to conformity, as images and voices depict how newly arriving immigrants see their new world and struggle to establish a final home. My Grandmother Has a Video Camera is fast-paced and funny, as well as an endearing take on the issues of migration, displacement and the search for an identity.

Pinta the Bird (10 mins)
A book opens to create this story of a village in the smallest country of the American continent, where the magical legend of Pinta the Bird makes a boy and a girl’s dreams come true.

Sunday, November 4, 3:30 pm
Soy Andina (67 mins)
After 15 years in New York, Nélida Silva returns to her birthplace in the Andes to fulfill a lifelong dream of hosting the Fiesta Patronal––a week of dance, music, and ritual honoring the town’s patron saint. But Neli's changed, and so has the village. What's it like to go back to the Andes when you've become a New Yorker? After meeting Neli, Cynthia Paniagua, a dancer raised in Queens by a Peruvian mom, embarks on her own Peruvian journey, determined to know the real Peru and understand its art forms. Soy Andina is an exuberant cross-cultural road trip, propelled by traditional music and dance rarely seen outside the country. But the core story is intimate and universal: a yearning for roots and connection in a globalized world.

Extras for NBTT

Extras Needed for the film Nothing But the Truth.
Wednesday 10/31-Courthouse business types 25yrs-60yrs
Thursday 11/1-Diner patrons 25yrs-55yrs
Sunday 11/4-President well wishers-ethnic appearance prefered 20yrs-55yrs

You will need to be available for the entire day, please note your schedule in
the email.
Please provide a contact number as well as height, weight, and hair color.

Please email dcambel55@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Local actors on Biography Channel

Episode: The Wrong Man

The Biography Channel

Starring Memphis’ own, Geoff Falk, Danny Thomas, Trent Dee

Sunday, October 28 9:30pm ET, Monday, October 29 1:30am ET

Memphis Police have a prime suspect in the gruesome killings of two prostitutes. As they prepare to make an arrest, psychic Carol Pate pays the cops a visit, and tells them they've got the wrong man. The detectives think she's mistaken, but Pate insists and says they should be looking for a serial killer. Six weeks later, their suspect is cleared and another woman is killed. Investigators realize the psychic was right all along. They contact Pate, who now describes details of the crime scenes no one but the killer and the police know. Can Pate's paranormal insights get inside the head of the killer? Can a psychic help police to stop a psychopath?

Friday, October 26, 2007

Acting classes @ Colors

Call Colors Agency
for more details

INSTRUCTOR-Darius Wallace
10-Week Course. Tuesday Nights. 6pm-9pm
$35 per class

Week 1 Oct 9 AUDITIONING-focus on Etiquette
Week 2 Oct. 16 AUDITIONING-focus on Cold Reads
Week 3 Oct 23 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA-emphasis on commercials
Week 4 Oct 30 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA-emphasis on corporate films
Week 6 Nov. 13 IMPROV
Week 7 Nov. 20 SCENE STUDY-Script Analysis
Week 8 Nov. 27 SCENE STUDY-Comedy
Week 9 Dec 4 SCENE STUDY-Improv
Week 10 Dec 11 SCENE STUDY-Dramatic

INSTRUCTOR-Darius Wallace
6-Week Course. Monday nights. 6pm-9pm
Weekly emphasis to be determined.
$35 per class

Week 1 Oct 22
Week 2 Oct. 29
Week 3 Nov. 5
Week 4 Nov. 12
Week 5 Nov. 19
Week 6 Nov. 26


Open Casting Call for the new 20th Century Fox feature film, "THE BLIND SIDE"
Casting for African American Male, 18-21 years old. Should be 6'3" - 6'6" and weigh between 260 - 300lbs; and very athletic. No Acting Experience Necessary.

Date: Friday, November 2, 2007, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Location: Memphis Black Arts Alliance, Inc. FireHouse Community Arts Center
985 South Bellevue Blvd./Elvis Presley Blvd. Memphis, TN 38106

Bennie Nelson West
Executive director
901-948-9522 (office)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

'Rommel's Crossroad' on Nov. 7

John Fuess' "Rommel's Crossroad" will be showing at the MeDiA Co-op Wednesday Nov. 7 at 7:30 pm. There is a five dollar cover at the door for those not in the film.
This is a period peice about Erwin Rommel's visit to Mississippi in 1939. In the story he befriends a black woman who is the grand-daughter of a teamster that was a friend and farm hand of Nathan Bedford Forrest, and who has a complete understanding of the times and places of interest to Rommel. Rommel used the tactics of Forrest against the British in North Africa with excellent results.

The act is true although the story is not. It stars Alisa Nave, Randy Wright, Richard Crowe, Dorv Armour, and many others. Music by William Lee Ellis and Chris Scott

Extras for 'Suicide Jack'

John Harvey is directing his new short, Suicide Jack, on November 10th and 11th. The story is about a down and out comedian in debt to a bookie. The entire short takes place in a comedy club and we will be shooting at Comedy, TN on Sycamore View and Macon. We will be needing extras to fill up the comedy club for a couple hours on the morning of the 10th. Anyone interested in being an extra can email John at seanzillaproductions@hotmail.com .

IMFF -- Flyer's pick for final day

Today is Indie Memphis Film Festival's final day. Go here to see the daily pick from the Memphis Flyer.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday's picks from the Flyer

Notables offerings today from the Indie Memphis Film Festival are highlighted here in the Memphis Flyer.

The Book of Noah gets a big boost, a local feature by Drew Smith. Greg Akers says:
... The threads unspool in orderly fashion and with a comic touch that'll leave you engaged and entertained. Shot in Memphis, The Book of Noah will look plenty familiar to locals, including scenes with Kudzu's and Hollywood Pet Star as backdrops. With loads of local music, including Lucero, the Glass, Andy Grooms, Twin Pilot, the Coach and Four, Effingham and Wheatstraw, Jeffrey James and the Haul, and Snowglobe, it'll sound familiar too.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Flyer's picks for Tuesday

The Memphis Flyer highlights some of today's notable offerings in the Indie Memphis Film Festival:

  • Pick of the Day: For the Bible Tells Me So
  • Feature Pick: Swedish Auto
  • Shorts Pick: First Amendment: Cancelled

And Chris Herrington is kind enough to add this:
Another local short of note in the program is Jon Sparks' Happy Artistic Freedom Day, another Lil Film Fest grad that boasts a strong lead performance from Amber O'Daniels.

'Tricks' rescheduled

There will be an Encore screening of 'Tricks' tonight (Tuesday) at 9:55pm at Studio on the Square.

Those of you with your ticket stubs from Monday can show them at the door. If you would like a refund, go to the Studio on the Square Box Office and show them your stub. They open at 11am.
Below are the new scheduled show times for "Tricks."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 @ 9:55 a.m. (Studio on the Square)
Thursday, October 25, 2007 @ 1:00 p.m. (Studio on the Square)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Flyer's picks for Monday

Go here to check out the Memphis Flyer's picks for today's Indie Memphis Film Festival offerings.

One is the classic locally done film "I Was a Zombie for the FBI" from the early 1980s.

Another Flyer pick is "Tricks." Here are excerpts from comments by reviewer Greg Akers:

Pittstop Productions had a good showing at last year's Indie Memphis Film Festival with "What Goes Around …". This year, the production company is back with "Tricks," written and directed by and starring DeAara Lewis. (Rod Pitts, Pittstop's titular captain, serves as the film’s director of photography.) ...

Tricks is not a preachy film. It is morally ambiguous, but, again, in an au naturale way. And just because it isn't seedy, it doesn't mean it paints a rosy picture of these women’s lives, either. For one, the madam has to bribe Jon W. Sparks -- I mean, the police -- to stay in business. Call it monetizing law enforcement.

Thank you Greg, and remember that you can pick up the Memphis Flyer free at fine establishments all over town. Also, please remember to click through the Google Ads on this Website.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday links to IMFF stories

Links to today's stories in the CA and the Memphis Flyer:

  • Beifuss on the winners at Indie Memphis.
  • Chris Herrington and Mary Cashiola offer notable picks for Sunday's screenings: "Team Picture" by Kentucker Audley, "The Delta" from Ira Sachs, the documentary "Hell on Wheels" for roller derby aficionados and "Help is Coming" in the shorts category. And thanks, CH, for this mention: "Among the local films of note are No Shades of Gray, Jon Sparks' musical interpretation of the Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas' assault on Memphis in May for inviting Three 6 Mafia to perform, and Conversion Tactics, a sharp little animated consideration of the pagan roots of Christmas from Live From Memphis' Sarah Fleming and Christopher Reyes."

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday links to IMFF stories

Articles out today on the Indie Memphis Film Festival:

Beifuss on Audley's must-see 'Team Picture'

John Beifuss gives an enthusiastic endorsement of Kentucker Audley's feature at IMFF:

"Team Picture," which screens Sunday and Wednesday at Malco's Studio on the Square, is probably the least expensive and most undemonstrative feature film in this year's Indie Memphis Film Festival.

On the surface, its story and visuals couldn't be simpler. Yet it's also the richest and most assured local feature in the festival, and it introduces a valuable and distinctive voice to the Memphis (and even national) filmmaking culture: a 25-year-old writer-director who calls himself Kentucker Audley.

In fact, "Team Picture" may represent the most promising feature debut for a Memphis filmmaker since Craig Brewer's "The Poor & Hungry" in 2000. But even Brewer's black-and-white video "digiflik" cost about $20,000; Audley estimates "Team Picture" was produced for a measly $1,500.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Zombiewalk/Griz info

If you want to participate in the MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES OPENING NIGHT ZOMBIE WALK IN MEMPHIS, TN HALLOWEEN NIGHT - OCTOBER 31st - 5pm that evening......then you MUST contact Kyle Knox at the below information - he WILL NEED YOUR INFORMATION as well.


Duane Craig is going to be there as early at 3:30pm possibly to apply make-up shades and/or gel-10 - liquid latex for gory goodness. There will have plenty of fake blood to go around, plus it's my new mixture that is detergent based....that means it washes clean compared to most fake bloods that heavily stain.


191 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103

OK, but what about me?

Unaccustomed as I am to tooting my own horn, allow me to flog my own entries in the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Two shorts are in there, both having won awards at the Li'l Film Festival sponsored by livefrommemphis.com.

"Happy Artistic Freedom Day" stars Amber O'Daniels and Markus Seaberry in the story of a woman who just wants to be able to do her art. Despite the consequences. It won both the juried award and the audience choice award last December.

LaVita Brooks

And "No Shades of Gray" has some fun with CA columnist Wendi Thomas' effort this last Spring to get Three 6 Mafia disinvited from the Beale Street Music Festival. The rollicking musical won the audience favorite award and stars LaVita Brooks, Markus Seaberry and Joseph B. Smith.


Happy Artistic Freedom Day is screening at noon Sunday and 3:05 pm Tuesday.
No Shades of Gray screens at 5:15 pm Sunday and 1:10 pm Wednesday.

All showings are the Malco's Studio on the Square.

I also appear in the locally produced features "Tricks," "The Book of Noah" and "Unhinged." The IMFF program is here.

Indie Memphis links

Here are links to local stories about the Indie Memphis Film Festival:

And for something completely different, here's Beifuss' account of Hollywood invading the CA newsroom.

'B' Sides Film Fest

Who has film? FABA! is looking for movies that were not accepted into the Indie Film Fest for the up coming FABA! "B" Sides Film Fest!

Since we are throwing a Halloween Bash at Mo's Edge Coffeehouse this year (10/27, 6pm-1am), we will be having the "B" Sides film fest next month. Those with film interested should contact Monica Summerfield as soon as possible at monicasummerfield@comcast.net

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Smart post

Check out this post at the Smart City blog. It's on the Indie Memphis Film Festival and what it means in the larger context of arts in Memphis. A sampling:
Film festivals frequently show up as consultants’ recommendations for cities across the U.S., because they have so many benefits – they create vibrancy, they shake up local culture, they enrich the artistic milieu and more to the point, they are just plain fun. ... There are benefits from the film festivals that can’t be measured in economic impact. While all of us know the marquee festivals like Cannes, Tribeca, Sundance and Toronto (which Indie Memphis organizers attended to scout out some features for Memphis), perhaps the greater benefit of festivals like ours is helping to eliminate provincial thinking and serving as flint for a creative spark in the city at large.
Read it all here.

Monday, October 15, 2007

From the cover story of this week's Playbook on Cowboy Jack Clement, "Though Clement's isn't a household name, the appeal of the man and the film is almost universal. 'To me the film's great accomplishment is that we create this zany world, that everyone is comfortable in,' says Robert Gordon, co-director of the film. 'At the screening in Memphis a couple years ago, by the end of the movie that theater was full of smiling faces. It was the greatest feeling to realize that it worked, and that hardly anybody knew who Jack was going in and everybody loved him when we were done -- and were inspired by him.'" Wednesday, Oct. 17 6 pm Cash Bar 7pm Film Screening of "Shakespeare was a Big George Jones Fan" 8:30 pm Director Robert Gordon will accept questions after the film and Cowboy Jack will play a selection of his songs. $5 for members $8 for not-yet members Order your ticket calling 544.6208

Lantana Projects - visual art sought, including video

Lantana Projects is looking for the most original and forward-looking art created in 2007 by artists from or living in the Memphis area. This juried show will be exhibited on Saturday, November 17 - mark your calendars now!

We are accepting submissions through October 31, and all visual mediums are welcome. For details please click the image above. Good luck!

Lantana Projects is a registered non-profit organization that is making Memphis a global leader in the contemporary arts community. Thank you for your continued support!

"Late" at Indie Memphis

Saturday, October 13, 2007

'Tricks' in Tri-State Defender

The Tri-State Defender has a feature story on DeAara Lewis' "Tricks" that will be premiering at the Indie Memphis Film Festival (Monday, Oct. 22 at 9:55 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 3:10 p.m.)

An excerpt:

Lewis wrote and directed “Tricks,” and Chicago native, Rod Pitts, is cinematographer. Pitts said he and Lewis shot the film “in the summer of last year, all over Memphis. There were some hot days, but otherwise it was perfect.” Pitts is an award-winning filmmaker who attributed the ease of location scouting to the city’s friendly residents.

“I’ve been here in Memphis off and on about five years now,” said Pitts. “And it’s really easy to work here. People were very forthcoming about allowing us to use their locations. And we shot all over – from downtown to South Memphis to East Memphis.”

Lewis, along with actress LaDonna Long and filmmaker and actor Keenon Nikita, is already working on her next project, a trilogy that she hopes will make Hollywood pay attention.
For the full story, go here.

News items

John Beifuss at The Commercial Appeal has a few random film items:

  • Memphis moviemaker Craig Brewer will fill the shoes (if not much else) of Elvira on Oct. 27 when he serves as grand marshal of the nationally televised NASCAR Busch Series Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
  • "The Importance of Being Russell" won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the Secret City Film Festival in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Also, star John Pickle earned the Best Actor award at the second annual Southern Appalachian International Film Festival in Johnson City, Tenn., an event co-sponsored by East Tennessee State University. The movie also won the award for Best Comedy.
  • Los Angeles casting director Linda Phillips-Palo will conduct acting workshops for kids, teenagers and adults Nov. 2-4 at the Lisa Lax Actors Studio at 174 Leif Cove in Cordova.
For more, go here.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Shrewsbury on display

Memphis filmmaker Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury is having an art show of his filmworks on Saturday. This is from John Beifuss' story in The Commercial Appeal:

... Shrewsbury describes the Saturday night happening he's hosting at the Memphis College of Art in Overton Park as "an opening reception for the piece of art that is my DVD. It's like an art reception with a screening instead of pictures hanging on the wall."

The event, scheduled for 6-9 p.m., is titled "Every Picture Tells a Story: An evening with Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury." And the new digital videodisc is "Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury, Esquire presents: My Very First Retrospective Anthology DVD 1999-2005."

The disk collects 19 shorts -- including narrative films, "slideshows," early works and music videos -- created by Shrewsbury in Memphis and New York, where he was a film and television major at New York University.

Shrewsbury, 32, said a wine-and-cheese reception starts at 6 p.m., followed by the hour-long screening at 7, hosted by local raconteur/gadfly Andrew J. Earles. Shrewsbury will discuss his work and answer questions.

A musician and actor as well as filmmaker, Shrewsbury said he decided to produce a DVD and organize a public screening of his work because "the people I most want to share it with are the people in Memphis.

"So much of it was made here, but even people I run into every day haven't seen it, because when I first started, the way to share videos was to trade tapes on VHS."

For more, go here.

Indie Memphis preview party tonight

John Beifuss writes in The Commercial Appeal:

The 2007 Indie Memphis Film Festival hosts its official kick-off tonight, with a free public preview party from 6:30 to 9:30 at Otherlands, 641 S. Cooper.

Trailers for many of this year's films will be screened, and music will be provided by local jazz combo, Rae-Ray. The event also will function as a kind of art show: Posters from past and present Indie Memphis films will be on display.

Beer and coffee will be for sale, as will Indie Memphis T-shirts and festival passes at a discounted price of $70, which guarantees admission to all events. (The cost of a pass jumps to $80 Oct. 19.)

Click here for more ...

Thursday, October 11, 2007

'The Hanged Man' at Indie Memphis

The Hanged Man screening at IndieMemphis - Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6:25 p.m. at Studio on the Square.

For the past four years, they've known each other only by their Internet screen names. But tonight in a haunted barn, miles from the trappings of their troubled lives, a group of social misfits gather for the final, ultimate act ... suicide. Lured into a pact by their mysterious leader and desperate to escape their haunted pasts, the group is forced, one by one, to confront the failures, lies and delusions that have brought them to this night and the ultimate realization that maybe ... just maybe ... there's something to live for.

Mix one part Waiting for Godot and one part Breakfast Club with a hefty dose of Twilight Zone and the end result is The Hanged Man -- A supernatural thriller that tears away the false veneer of our everyday lives and shows us there is more in life to fear than death. At times dramatic, hilarious and moving, this offbeat 'dramedy' thriller continuously surprises with its unexpected plot twists and unique characters; giving the audience an entertaining look into the darker currents of contemporary American life.

The Hanged Man. Sometimes Death is just the Beginning...

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Indie Memphis preview party

On Friday, October 12, Indie Memphis will host a preview party for the tenth annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, a project of Delta Axis, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m. at Otherlands Coffee Bar, 641 S. Cooper

The event will highlight local storytellers and the filmmakers featured in the weeklong Indie Memphis Film Festival, October 19-25 at Malco’s Studio on the Square in Midtown Memphis.

Live music by Rae-Ray and trailers for hometown feature-length films to be premiered at the Indie Memphis Film Festival will be presented in an outdoor theater Otherlands.

Indie Memphis Film Festival passes will be sold this night only for a discounted price of $70 each (regular price $80). The passes provide admission to all films during the festival. Indie Memphis merchandise, including t-shirts and caps will also be available for purchase. Food and beverages may be purchased from Otherlands.

For more information, please email tracy@deltaaxis. org or visit www.indiememphis.com.

Come and get 'Unhinged'

Monday, October 08, 2007

Indie Memphis schedule

Here's a schedule of the films at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. It's a PDF file and they're sorted by category and title. Other schedules by day will be coming soon.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Sayles and 'Honeydripper' @ Indie Memphis

John Sayles -- "probably the most significant filmmaker ever to attend Indie Memphis" -- will present the Memphis premiere of "Honeydripper."
The acclaimed writer/director/actor, two-time Oscar nominee and Bruce Springsteen music video director will introduce the film, a blues-based drama about an Ike Turner-like electric guitar innovator who galvanizes a rural juke joint in 1950 Alabama. There will also be a Q&A after the screening on Oct. 19 at the Malco Studio on the Square.

John Beifuss in The Commercial Appeal writes: As a pioneer of personal, independent cinema and a sometime studio screenwriter-for-hire, Sayles, 57, has found success in the mainstream and on the margins of Hollywood. His projects as a writer-director have dealt with labor disputes, Latin American politics and the environment, while his scripting duties have included such commercial features as "The Clan of the Cave Bear" (1986) and the upcoming sequel, "Jurassic Park IV."

Here is ticket info on Indie Memphis:
"Honeydripper" will screen at 8 p.m. Oct. 19 on two screens at Malco's Studio on the Square, 2105 Court at Overton Square. Tickets are $8.50 each, and will be available in advance starting Friday at malco.com or the Studio on the Square box office. Tickets for all other Indie Memphis screenings also go on sale Friday at the Malco Web site and the Studio box office.

Also, "six-packs" good for admission to any six screenings (excluding the Sayles premiere) are available for $40 at Indiememphis.com. Also at the Indie Memphis Web site, festival passes good for all screenings and events will be available for $80 each (or $70, if bought before Oct. 18).
Passes also can be bought at a free public Indie Memphis preview party to be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Otherlands, 641 S. Cooper.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to Indie Memphis, a project of Delta Axis, a nonprofit organization that promotes the visual arts.

The festival runs Oct. 19-Oct. 25 on three screens at Studio on the Square, with a lineup that includes close to 120 shorts, documentaries, narrative features, locally produced movies, music videos and other films.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Volunteers for Indie Memphis (nice benefits!)

Indie Memphis wants you. Volunteers are needed to help out from Oct. 19-25.

The shifts are two hours long, and volunteers receive a free one screening pass for each shift worked, and one T-shirt per volunteer. Anyone interested should contact alisainmemphis@comcast.net.

Workshop on making a SAG film

SAGIndie Signatory Workshop
When: Sunday, October 21, 2007, 12-1 p.m.
Where: Malco's Studio on the Square
(Part of the Indie Memphis Film Fest events)

Are you considering producing your own film? Don't know where to start? Plan to attend Memphis Signatory Workshop, presented by Screen Actors Guild and SAGIndie.

Memphis Signatory Workshop: Conducted by David Fazekas, the Guild's South Region Executive, this presentation will introduce and explain SAG's various low-budget agreements, including special agreements for short and student films. David will walk you through the process of signing a Screen Actors Guild low-budget agreement from start to finish, and answer any other questions you might have about the Guild.

This workshop is free and open to anyone interested in learning about the SAG agreements.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Indie Memphis schedule

The Indie Memphis Film Festival (Oct. 19-26) will have at least 117 films (including music videos) screening over seven days on three screens at Malco’s Studio on the Square.

Keep coming back here to memphis . cool . movies to get the schedule in a couple of days, and links to various films that will be screened (check out some below).

There's gonna be great stuff, local and international.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Colors -- acting classes

Colors Agency Fall 2007 Class Schedule
For more information please call Colors 901-726-9300

INSTRUCTOR-Darius Wallace
10-Week Course. Tuesday Nights. 6pm-9pm
$35/per class, cash payment only due by noon the day before class

Week 1 Oct 9 AUDITIONING-focus on Etiquette
Week 2 Oct. 16 AUDITIONING-focus on Cold Reads
Week 3 Oct 23 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA-emphasis on commercials
Week 4 Oct 30 ACTING FOR THE CAMERA-emphasis on corporate films
Week 6 Nov. 13 IMPROV
Week 7 Nov. 20 SCENE STUDY-Script Analysis
Week 8 Nov. 27 SCENE STUDY-Comedy
Week 9 Dec 4 SCENE STUDY-Improv
Week 10 Dec 11 SCENE STUDY-Dramatic

INSTRUCTOR-Darius Wallace
6-Week Course. Monday nights. 6pm-9pm
$35/per class, cash payment only

Weekly emphasis to be determined.
Week 1 Oct 22
Week 2 Oct. 29
Week 3 Nov. 5
Week 4 Nov. 12
Week 5 Nov. 19
Week 6 Nov. 26

BUDD at Indie Memphis

The feature film BUDD, directed by Russ Cring, starring D.R. Smith, Valri Bromfield (Grace Under Fire), Geoff Falk, Frank Smith, Greyson Turner and Jan Falk has been accepted into The Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Indie Memphis/Delta Axis

Friday, October 12
Indie Memphis Film Festival Preview Party
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Otherlands Coffee Bar
641 S. Cooper

Come get a sneak peek at the hometowner features to premiere at the tenth annual Indie Memphis Film Festival! The preview party will feature live music, trailers of hometown feature films and presentations by the filmmakers. Indie Memphis Film Festival passes will be available for purchase at the discounted rate of $70 and Indie Memphis merchandise may also be purchased. Refreshments and food may be purchased from Otherlands. Free admission.

Friday, October 19 – Thursday, October 15
Tenth Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival
Malco’s Studio on the Square
2105 Court
Don’t miss what is sure to be the best festival in our ten-year history! A full schedule of films, workshops and programs will soon be available at indiememphis.com.

The mission of Delta Axis is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with global artistic communities.
Delta Axis receives generous support for Indie Memphis programs from the Greater Memphis Arts Council, Tennessee Arts Commission, the Memphis/Shelby County Film & Television Commission, the Tennessee Film Commission, the Goshorn Fund, and the Hohenberg Foundation.
Support for Power House and Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Hyde Family Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, Greater Memphis Arts Council, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Support Delta Axis – become a member!
Members receive free admission to our monthly Artist Studio Visit, a free ticket to a screening at the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival in 2007, and invitations to special parties and events. Membership is $50 for individuals and $75 for couples. For more information call 901.494.6543 or email info@deltaaxis.org.
Presenting contemporary art and film to link Memphis with global artistic communities.

Support Delta Axis - become a member!

It's a dead thing...

ZoMBiEz!! has been selected for the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. It is scheduled to screen on Sunday, Oct. 21, @ 5:15 p.m. and Wednesday , Oct. 24, @ 1:10 p.m. at Malco's Studio on the Square Midtown.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

LTTM this month

Most people call them re-runs, we call them vintage. After 16 consecutive episodes, LTTM is taking a much needed break. We dug deep into the LTTM archive vault and pulled out the very first LTTM's Shorts Fest. Yes, episode one. The one that started it all.

What's Showing:

The Galapagos Brothers - C.R. Smithmier
Classified Ad- Ben Siler
Escape- Danny Stanford
Split Decision- Ashley Fowler

and When:

Sunday- midnight
Thursday- 2a.m.
Thursday- 10:30 PM
Saturday- 1:30a.m.
Saturday- 11pm

For more info or to enter a film, go to www.LastTraintoMemphis.com
Check with the Library Channel website or our website for more scheduling info.


David Lynch documentarry

Music videos for Memphis International Film Festival

Do you have a music video you would like to be submitted to the Memphis International Film Festival for consideration and a potential $250 award?

The Memphis International Film Festival is accepting Music Videos. To submit, please go to www.withoutabox.com to register your submission prior to sending to the festival.

This year, the festival will be held March 27-30, 2008 and music videos will be shown. Don't miss your opportunity to potentially have your work displayed and a chance to have the featured band to perform live!!


The Submission deadline on www.withoutabox.com is set for October 4, 2007 due to the large volume of films. If you wish to register past this date, you may register via extended deadline by sending your music video along with a check in the amount of $20.00 USD (payable to The Memphis International Film Festival) to:

The Memphis International Film Festival
119 S. Main
Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38103

The Music Video extended deadline submission date is October 31, 2007.

Thank you,

The Memphis International Festival

Trailer for 'The Book of Noah'

Check out this trailer for the movie The Book of Noah that's being shown at the Indie Memphis Film Festival. The film, by Drew Smith, is described thusly:
"A dogknapper financing a romantic weekend for the girl of his dreams has his efforts hampered by her ex-boyfriend and a leg breaker, as all four struggle to move on with their lives as they transition into true adulthood. Big plans end up a big mess in this dark dramatic comedy about knowing who you are, changing what you don't like, and being happy with it."

Casting call

Auditions for "WE HAVEN'T BROKEN HER," a short experimental film, will be held on October 2nd from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the University of Memphis in the Theatre and Communication Building off of Central Avenue in room 101; and on October 3rd from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the Theatre and Communication Building in room 113. Casting a Young Woman (ages 16-30), a Little Girl (ages 7-12), and two Men (ages 18-40). Storyline: "A young woman is trapped in a world of images. Can she escape this nightmare before it becomes a reality?" Please call/email Juli Pitzer 901-239-0297 or julipitzer@yahoo.com.

Yer what?

"Yer Anus in the A.M." was accepted at the Indie Memphis Film Fest. The 5-minute short by Don Meyers -- originally shown at the Li'l Film Fest -- has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. Actually, I've seen it and I still don't believe it. You should absolutely check this bit of offensive hilarity out.

Extras for 'Nothing But the Truth'


Nothing But the Truth, a feature film written and directed by Rod Lurie (Commander in Chief, The Last Castle, The Contender) will begin shooting in Memphis October 10th. The lead actors are: Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, David Schwimmer,

The film production will be using actors, stand-ins and extras from the Memphis area to fill various casting needs.

Those interested in being cast should send a NON- RETURNABLE CURRENT snapshot, brief bio and all contact information (home phone, work phone cell etc.) to:

Casting "NBTT"
c/o The Memphis & Shelby Co. Film and Television Commission
50 Peabody Place, Suite 250
Memphis, TN 38103

Auditions and castings are by appointment only. The casting department will be making calls to those who are needed to be seen in person. The casting process is on-going, thus some who submit themselves may not be contacted immediately. Filming goes through mid November, as will calls to fill roles. If you are not contacted immediately, it does not mean that you will not hear from the casting department. Again, it is an on-going process through-out filming.

The film is set in Washington, DC. There is a wide variety of types needed for roles. Business types, News Reporter types (TV and Newspaper), Police, FBI and Guards, female prisoners, Elementary school children and staff, (NO CHILDREN UNDER SIX YEARS WILL BE ACCEPTED).

Several of the female prisoner types will have repeated days of work, some with the lead, Kate Beckinsale. These will be fun scenes and the casting department is seeking ages 18 – 50, all ethnicities. This is a great opportunity for aspiring extras and actors. Females would benefit from sending a snapshot with no make-up and unkempt hair for consideration in this category.

The casting department is also specifically seeking boys age 6-8 to play the role of one of the lead couple's son. This boy is your average boy next door, but heavy southern accents will not work due to setting being in the DC area.

Parents of boys fitting this age group are encouraged to send child's current snapshot with parent's info ASAP to the address above. This role is VERY important and the casting director would like to see as many submissions as possible as soon as possible.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Coming to Indie Memphis...

Filmmakers are being notified by the Indie Memphis Film Festival that they're in. The Festival will announce the full lineup shortly (it runs from Oct. 19-25) but we have some titles that have been accepted -- Drew Smith's "The Book of Noah" (with Patrick Cox, Corie Ventura, Drew Smith and Andy Mathes), DeAara Lewis' "Tricks" (Drama Queen Productions and Pittstop Entertainment, starring a HUGE local cast including Joanne Brown, April Hale, Deneka Lashae, Tracee Lashea, DeAara Lewis and Kim Skipper) and Kris and Natalie Boyatt's "Unhinged" (New Bridge Films starring Ralph Hatley, Nancy Ellen Mills and Glenda Pannell). I am honored to have roles in all three of these, by the way.

If you have a film that's been accepted, let me know and I'll post it. (I don't have to be in it to get posted, by the way. But since we're talking about me, two of my award winning 5-minute films from the Li'l Film Festival are being screened in the Shorts programming).

Stay tuned.

Auditions by the makers of 'Act One'

Old School Pictures, production company of the award-winning "Act One," is currently casting
for their independent feature film "Daylight Fades." Auditions will be held on Monday,
October 8 and Tuesday, October 9 between 7:00 and 9:30 pm at the University of Memphis
Theatre Building on Central Ave. They're seeking women between the ages of 20 and 30, as
well as between the ages of 40 and 50. They're also looking for men between 20 and 30 and
men between 40 and 55. The audition sides will be handed out upon arrival. If available,
please send headshots and resumes in advance to mail@oldschoolpictures.net. For more
information: www.oldschoolpictures.net.