Friday, November 30, 2007

Auds in Tupelo Saturday

> Saturday, Dec. 1, 11-2 PM
> Contact---
> Casting for the following roles:
> Christopher Blaine: 30-40 year old male, short, dark haired nice guy to play faithful televangelist
> Gauge Blaine: 6-10 year old male, typical, dark haired young boy to play son of famous televangelist
> Agent Barnes: 45-55 year old male, short hair, clean cut guy
> Detective Rousseau : 25-35 year old male, short hair, clean cut detective type
> Field Reporter: 25-35 year old male or female, needs blazer or nice coat and tie to play reporter
> News Caster: 25-50 year old male or female, must have own suit - bring to audition
> Doctor: 45-60 year old male, grey hair and beard
> Big Boss: Heavyset man to play high power world leader, must have own suit - bring to audition
> Government Lady : 30-45 year old woman to play secret high powered government official, must have own suit - bring to audition

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

LTTM: December

The Memphis Photo Gallery and Jukebox will be airing 5 times a week all through the month of December. A half hour televised show that combines Memphis photographers with Memphis music. Featuring the images of Donald Meyers, Marguerite Hibbets and Ken Axmaker, Jr. combined with the tunes of FreeWorld, Scott Sudbury, Sandy Carroll, Nancy Apple and Rob McNurlin, Creed (the original Southern Creed), and Jay Ruffin. A relaxing look at great Memphis talent combining forces.

The air times are:
Tuesdays - 5:30am
Wednesday - 4:30am
Thursday - 8:30am
Friday - 1:30pm
Sunday - 9:00am

Don't get the Memphis Public Library Channel (WYPL-18)? Tune into YouTube, but the quality doesn't do it justice......

Spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in seeing some great pics and listening to some great tunes!



Monday, November 19, 2007

Pinkville down, may be out

Variety reports that United Artists has stopped production on "Pinkville," a casualty of the writer’s strike.

Production was to begin in Southeast Asia next month. Many Mid=Southerners hoped to get parts as extras.

The decision was made Friday. Director Oliver Stone and screenwriter Mikko Alanne could no longer work on the script because both are members of the WGA. Before Stone won Oscars for directing "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July," he won an Oscar in 1979 for writing "Midnight Express." He is a filmmaker accustomed to making changes throughout production, and that is simply not an option given the strike.

Pictures that lose momentum are often hard-pressed to regain it, as casts go off to other projects, Variety says.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

New local film blog

There's a new blog that has "Both Barrels" blazing. Mr. or Ms. Barrels -- otherwise preferring anonymity -- has a few posts up about what's wrong with the moviemaking scene in Memphis, which, so far, seems to be everything. It's called "Memphis Film -- Behind the Scenes" and describes itself this way:

Reporting the Dark Seedy Underbelly of Memphis Film - Behind the Scenes

After being "sensored" from speaking my mind by other Memphis Film Blogs, I decide to fight back with my own blog. This blog will tell the truth about Memphis films, filmmakers, actors and all other "characters" in this business. So get your head out of your ass and put the ego in check, I'm gonna' hit you with both barrels!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Acting classes @ Colors

Colors Agency Sponsors Acting Classes


Saturday's-on going

INSTRUCTOR-Darius Wallace
Focus on scene study and audition techniques.

Children* 9am-Noon
Age 9-13

Adults* 1pm-4pm

*Maximum attendance 12. Minimum attendance 4.

Please contact for more information

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

People, church needed for photo shoot

From Marguerite Roberts:

"Morning Dew Productions" is getting ready for it's first project. I am doing this for the Lil' Film Fest coming up REAL soon!! I need a few things....I need some people and I need a church or a chapel where I can take photos this this weekend (Nov 17th and 18th).

I need maybe 10 to 20 people total. This is NOT video.....this is a photography shoot for my project. I need a real smoker and someone who looks like a jogger. I'm open here, I just need commitment from people. And, oh, I cant pay anybody, but you will of course have your name on the credit. It shouldnt take more than 30 minutes.

My email for any more info: works again! Show is on Tuesday nights now still at 7pm CST.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Beifuss on Morgan Jon Fox's 'omg/HaHaHa'

Go here to check out John Beifuss' story on Morgan's new movie premiering tonight at the MeDiA Co-op. Excerpts:
As co-founder of the Memphis Digital Arts Co-operative and a do-it-yourself writer-director who has achieved some national attention for his highly personal movie projects, Morgan Jon Fox has become a youthful mentor to many in the local film making community. ...

"omg/HaHaHa" is an intimate, earnest and at times essentially documentarian peek into the lives of several troubled, confused, restless and proud Memphians, most of whom appear to be residents of Midtown in general and Cooper-Young in particular.

... the movie makes artful and honest use of digital video, exploiting the format for its strengths and embracing its limitations rather than trying to pass it off as a cheap substitute for film stock.

"omg/HaHaHa" employs a large ensemble cast in a loose storyline that finds room for gay and transgender characters, a young woman who finds herself pregnant, a "family planning" center that is a front for a Christian conservative ministry, white hip-hop-stylin' thugs, a man abandoned by his wife, an older woman in rabbit ears (popular local actor Helen Bowman) and a young man (Jake Casey) whose "stupid video blog" monologues provide a loose framing device for the movie, which opens with a shot of letters appearing on a computer screen as they are typed. ...

... much of the film was improvised and shot documentary-style, leaving Fox with 20 to 30 hours of footage, which he sculpted over the course of a year into its current "multilayered" 95-minute form in the manner of a woodcarver fashioning a sequence of nesting dolls from a tree trunk.

The film is presented as a project of Fox's Sawed-Off Collaboratory Productions company and the MeDiA Co-op, with thanks to, a Web site devoted to local arts, and Makeshift Music, a record label whose artists contribute several songs to the film, which is thick with the sound of melancholy indie pop.

The event is tonight at 7 in a free public screening at the MeDiA Co-op theater at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper. A reception begins at 6 p.m., and a Q&A follows.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Do this one for the Gimper

The Ninjacat

From David Merrill ... and I concur:

"I don't ask much and I don't ask often..." Gabriel Byrne in 'Miller's Crossing

It's not often that you get to give back directly and personally to someone who has given directly to you or to a whole community. This is one of those rare opportunities. I am speaking personally when I say that Christopher has given to me of his time, talent and experience as he has for many of us. NOW is the time to support him. NOW is when he needs our help. My help. YOUR help.

If you're a musician, artist, filmmaker or just enjoy those arts in Memphis, I promise you that if you know it or not you've benefited from Christopher's (and Sarah's) work at Live From

Ouch! the benefit

From Christopher Reyes:

Rock-n-Roll soothes the soul and helps the back too!
Many of you saw me hobbling around the last month or so with severe back pain, struggling to make appearances at Indie Memphis, The Music Video Showcase, and CODA's Leadership Awards. I gradually lost all feeling in my foot and partially in my leg -- pain meds are the only thing that got through the past few weeks.

With the help of close friends I made it to the right doctors and got the surgery I needed. Fortunately, I do have insurance. Unfortunately, I don't have the money to cover the deductible or the mound of bills that's gradually been growing since I've been unable to work.

A good friend of mine, Mark Akin (the subteens), has been wanting to throw Live From Memphis a benefit for some time but I wasn't really into the idea of musicians playing for free. However, in light of the current situation, I figured this would be as good a reason as any for a benefit. So, thanks to Mark, T. Money, Bubba, Tasha the Hi-Tone and many others for making this event happen.

So, if you aren't too busy come hang-out with gimpy ol' me, Christopher Reyes, and listen to lots of great rock-n-roll!

Thanks to all friends and family who care.

Who: The Subteens, Perfect Fits, The Billy Worley Band & more!!
What: Rock-n-roll Benefit
When: Saturday, November 17th
Where: Hi-tone

If you can't make it, you can still help. Go to and make a contribution. Thanks.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Promise you'll follow through ...

LI'L FILM FEST 8: RESOLUTIONS (You know, the New Year's kind)

The Short & Sweet:
Theme: Resolutions
Duration: 5 minutes or less
Entry Deadline: Postmarked by December 3, 2007

Festival Date: December 15, 2007 / 2pm
Festival Location: MeDiA co-op (1000 S. Cooper)

Prizes: Jury Award ($200)
Audience Choice Award ($200)

The theme of Li'l Film Fest 8 is RESOLUTIONS, you know, the New
Year's kind. I know, I know, you will cut back on the partying and
staying out so late, you will exercise more and loose weight, you
will remember to call your mother on her birthday, you will stop
watching so much television, you will eat more veggies, and of course
you'll spend more time with the dog. But surely you can manage to
squeeze in a few hours to make a film, right...?

Please read aloud:
"I resolve to make a film for Li'l Film Fest 8. I will capitalize on
this unique opportunity to hone and improve my filmmaking abilities.
I will have fun while contributing to the success of the Memphis
filmmaking community. I resolve to make a film for Li'l Film Fest 8."


Li'l Film Fest is a quarterly, theme-based film festival, focusing on
highlighting our local talent while showcasing interesting happenings
around town. Our goal is to encourage and inspire Memphis filmmakers
while engaging a local audience in order to strengthen our artistic

"How does Li'l Film Fest work?"ˇ It's pretty easy. Basically, we here
at LFM will pick a theme, then we'll announce that theme to you, and
then you get to go out and make a short video (or film if you want to
be fancy) using that theme - the rest of the content is up to you.

"Why is it a li'l fest?"ˇ Two reasons: One, we have one every
quarter - that's FOUR festivals a year. How fun is that? And two,
when we say "li'l" we mean it - your film must be 5 minutes or less.

"Is there anything else I should know" Geez, you ask a lot of
questions, but the answer is "Yes."ˇ There are 2 awards given at each
festival, the "Audience Choice Award"ˇ and the "Jury Award"ˇ both of
which receive a trophy and $200 in cash!! And if that's not enough
incentive for you, each winner has a guaranteed spot in the next
Indie Memphis Film Festival! So keep that in mind when you're rolling
those cameras.

The Li'l Film Fest is sponsored by:
The Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Comission
Delta Axis
AudioGraphics Masterworks

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Mojo time with Mike McCarthy needs you

Howdy ya'll!

Mike McCarthy here.

I need about 25 folks to arrive at the BACKBEAT TOURS kiosk at Blues City Cafe (2nd and Beale) across from BB Kings on Thursday November 8th for a 2:00 PM photo shoot.
You will be placed on a seat inside a 1959 GM bus. It will take about 30 minutes or less to take the right picture.
A "Mojo Tour" will follow from 2:30 - 4:00 PM as payment for those involved.
If you can't make that MOJO tour then we will give you a free voucher for another one later.

The bus holds about 25-30 people. The first 25 or so 'models' that arrive will get to be in a picture that BACKBEAT tours will use on their new brochure (I'm designing it!).
You will need to sign a waiver to release your image.

Btw, I work for BACKBEAT tours now and I must tell you the MOJO tour (as performed by "Memphis Jones") is the BEST Memphis tour I have ever taken - and coming from my cynical brow that's saying something.

Please return this email ( and confirm or call me!

THANKS to you all,
Mike McCarthy
(901) 486-6325

Monday, November 05, 2007

'Rommel's Crossroad' Wednesday

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

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Delta Axis: November's delights

Friday, November 9
Opening reception 6-9 p.m.
Delta Axis @ Marshall Arts, 639 Marshall Avenue
Exhibition Dates: November 9 – December 15, 2007
Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1-5 p.m.

Crave features five artists who recognize the process of craving, stemming from the primal urge to seek satisfaction, as a creative force in itself – a force capable of propelling their work into fresh observations, new methodologies and concepts. Artists, intuitively and through practiced perception, are especially aware of personal cravings and cognizant of the cravings of their audience. The exhibition features work by Joel Carreiro, Betsy Chaffin, Amanda Sparks, Thomas Weaver, and Brian Wood.

Wednesday, November 14
Indie Memphis Micro Cinema Club #34
7:30 p.m.
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson, between Main & Front Streets
Admission is free, donations are recommended

IMMCC is pleased to present for a second year, experimental and animation selections from NextFrame Film Festival.

Now in its 15th year, NextFrame: UFVA's Touring Festival of International Student Film & Video was founded with the intention to provide a first-class festival and much-needed exposure for cutting edge student work. NextFrame is the official film festival for the University Film and Video Association (UFVA), one of the largest organizations of academic and industry professionals within the United States.

Friday, November 30
The Fuel Room
Virginia Overton
Opening reception, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Power House, 45 G.E. Patterson, between Main & Front Streets, during South Main Art Trolley Tour
Gallery Hours:
Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00

Join us for the second exhibition in Delta Axis’s newest contemporary art program, The Fuel Room, highlighting established and emerging artists from Memphis and the Mid-South. Virginia Overton was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1971. She received her B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the University of Memphis. She now lives and works in New York.

Alec Soth | Tunnels and Birds
Power House Memphis, 45 GE Patterson, between Main & Front Streets
Exhibition Dates: October 5 – December 2, 2007
Gallery Hours:
Thursday-Saturday, 12:00 – 6:00
Sunday, 1:00 – 6:00

Alec Soth born in 1969 is a photographer born and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is the recipient of several major fellowships from the McKnight and Jerome Foundations and was awarded the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His work is represented in major public and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Alec Soth's photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial 2004 and São Paulo Biennial 2004. His first monograph, 'Sleeping by the Mississippi', was published by Steidl in 2004; his follow up, 'NIAGARA', was also published by Steidl and released in 2006.

Alec Soth is represented by Gagosian Gallery in New York, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis and is an associate photographer with Magnum Photos. For more information:

The mission of Delta Axis is to present contemporary art and film and link Memphis with global artistic communities.

Delta Axis receives generous support from Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Hyde Family Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts ArtsMemphis, Tennessee Arts Commission, the Memphis/Shelby County Film & Television Commission, the Tennessee Film Commission, the Hohenberg Foundation, the Jeniam Foundation, and the Goshorn Fund.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

omg/HaHaHa premiere Nov. 10

Sawed-Off Collaboratory Productions and The MeDiA Co-op present

"omg/ HAHAHA"

a feature length film by Morgan Jon Fox and John Tom Roemer
(formerly titled Heart*Strings)

Special sneak preview screening/reception
Saturday Nov 10th 6-9pm
at the MeDiA Co-op
1000 S Cooper
(free free free)

sawed-off collaboratory productions present
in association with The MeDiA Co-op/
a BRATPACK2000 film



Detour Memphis

Take a look at Detour Memphis Television early this Saturday morning Nov 3 at 4 a.m. on WMC TV 5. Set your VCR/DVR!!

I'll be interviewing Arnita Williams, so check it out.

Detour Memphis: Film...Music...Art

To support the show -