Monday, December 31, 2007

Vote for Muck!

From the inimitable son of Mama Sticky:

Muck Sticky's 'Because I Can' will be featured on the Red Peters Song Of The Year Show on the Howard Stern 101 Sirius channel tonight and tomorrow at 9PM EST. You can vote for Muck Sticky by clicking here... from now-Jan 15th. There is a box on the right side of the page where you can vote right below the spot where you can enter to win a FREE SIRIUS STILETTO RADIO!!! Each person can only vote once, that is why we need your help.

New local arts mag

There's an effort afoot to put together a new local magazine that is all about talent in Memphis. Mo's Magazine will feature film, music, art, fashion, and food. If anyone wants to submit information for consideration to be in the magazine, please email pics & bio info to

Thursday, December 27, 2007

10-minute Play Contest

Theatre Oxford’s 9th Annual 10 Minute Play Contest’s deadline is February 15, 2008. There is still plenty of time to revise an old script, create a new one or anything in between. Theatre Oxford would love to have your entry. See for guidelines and past winner information. We award the largest 10 minute play prize anywhere to our top winner--$1,000 hard cash and a production. Staged reading of this year's 5 winners will be in early April and full productions of 2007 and 2008 winners will be performed in September, 2008.


Dinah Swan, Contest Director

Oxford, Mississippi

662-236-5052 for more info

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Flyer's blog list

Thanks to the Memphis Flyer -- specifically for having this blog on its home page but also generally for boosting local blogs. The Flyer's recent redesign of its page includes an expansion of links. If you haven't already, go there and sample these rich creations:

At Home She Feels Like a Tourist
Beyond The Arc
Dining with Monkeys
Fertile Ground
The Flypaper Theory
Gates of Memphis
Joe Larkins
Left Wing Cracker
Mediaverse: Memphis
Memphis Sound: Lost and Found
My Midtown Memphis
Paul Ryburn's Journal
Rachel And The City
Semi-Charmed Kat
Smart City Memphis
Stax Museum News
Theology & Geometry

Friday, December 14, 2007

Mandatory site

John Michael McCarthy's Guerrilla Monster Films is simply terrific. Explanations are useless; check it out yourself.

Upcoming events via


Graduate Film Students' Screening

Graduate students from the University of Memphis will screen a collection of their films on December 17th at 7:00 pm at Malco's Studio on the Square. The films range from first projects to thesis projects. The screening will also include some "works in progress" for audience feedback purposes.

The screening will include works by the following graduate students:
Rachael Moeller
Lucie Watkins
Juli Pitzer
Jodi Pfefferkorn

This event is free and open to the public.
Please come out and show your support for these budding filmmakers.

Who: U of M Graduate Students
What: Film Screening
When: Dec. 17th at 7pm
Where: Malco's Studio on the Square

(You know, the New Year's kind)

Festival Trailer:

This festival marks the end of our 2nd year of Li'l Film Fests and we're very please to have made it this far. A special thanks to all the filmmakers and local attendees who have made the past 2 years a truly unique and exciting experience. Together we have produced over 90 locally produced films. Way to go Memphis!

Who: Local Filmmakers
What: Li'l Film Fest 8: Resolutions
When: Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 2pm
Where: MeDiA Co-op (1000 S. Cooper St.)

The following is a list of accepted films and filmmakers for
"Li'l Film Fest 8: Resolutions:"

"Paper Doll World"
dir. Annie Gaia
"Absolute Resolute"
dir. Rachael Moeller
dir. Oddly Buoyant Productions
"Resolutions for the Irresolute"
dir. A.C. Gwin
"You Say You Have a Resolution"
dir. Marguerite Hibbets
"L'Hippopotame Vert FTW!"
dir. Edward Valibus
"I Resolve"
dir. Donald Meyers
"Nunca Mas (Never Again)"
dir. Angel Ortez
"First Things First"
dir. H.G. Ray
dir. Benjamin Rednour
"Good Riddance, 2007"
dir. Adam Remsen

For More information please contact Sarah Fleming at 901.523.9763 or email to¬Ý We'll see ya' there!

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

For more info (and to watch past videos) visit:

The Makeshift Family Music Podcast

Makeshift Music, Unclaimed Recordings and Live From Memphis Present the new podcast in town thanks to the J.D. Reager and Justin Jordan over at Unclaimed Recording. Get all your favorite Makeshift Music and more!

The Makeshift Family Music Podcast
Host: J.D. Reager
Co-host/engineer: Justin Jordan
Recorded/sequenced: 12/09/07
Unclaimed Recordings, Memphis, TN.

Makeshift Music Podcast

Listen Now!
Click here

Podcast 001

1. Intro
2. Snowglobe - "December Ghost"
3. Blair Combest - "While Walking"
4. Paul Taylor - "the Coroner"
5. Mito - "Iron Man"
6. talking
7. the Glass - "Hibernation"
8. Jeffrey James & the Haul - "Come on Down"
9. Jeffrey Evans & Ross Johnson - "Farmer John"
10. talking
11. Black Sunday - "I Feel So Nervous"
12. the Subteens - "Never Gonna Happen"
13. Andy Earles - "You're Harshing My Trip"
14. J.D. Reager - "the Ballad of Max and Grace"
15. talking
16. the Original Cyndi - "Pow R 2 B"
17. The Coach and Four - "Tiger High '85"

Who: Various Artists
What: The Makeshift Family Music Program
When: 12/09/07
Where: Unclaimed Recordings

Aww Man! Bummazzz!

The Memphis Music, Film, and the Arts Directory.

I am sorry to say that the Live From Memphis directory is officially broken. You may still search the directory and/or categories for Memphis Creatives, but sadly users may no longer log-in to update info. :(

We have been experiencing an amazing amount of growth this year and our system has reached its capasity. Our poor old 2002 server has been slowing dying over the last few months. I've attempted to prolong it's inevitable demise but I am now certain the server is on it's last leg. I fix one thing and two others break. For this reason, we will no longer repair this system. The technology is old and the server itself has seen better days.

So, the question is, what's the next step? We are working on several options; however, many of you know that LFM's finical resources are minimal so whichever solution we go with, it will be done with sweat equity and may take a while.

In the meantime, If you are an avid fan of LFM and its services, never fear - all other features such as news, calendar, the store and much more are still working fine. (Some features have been running off a completely separate server for some time.)

We will keep you posted.

thanks, Christopher

You can reach us at 901.523.9763 or email to
Great Gift Ideas!!!

Live From Memphis
My Memphis
Live From Memphis
Li'l Film Fest 7
Live From Memphis
Li'l Film Fest The Collection

Elvis Presley
Elvis Sings the wonderful World of Christmas
The Coach and Four
The Great Escape
Holly Cole
Fearless & Free

Live From Memphis

Live From Memphis

Kreature Comforts 2:
Lowlife Guide to Memphis

Music | Movies | Clothing | Art | Misc

Lots more in the calendar:

I started to pull a few events to list here in the newsletter but the more I added, the longer the list got. Too Long! Simply put, there is just too many cool things going on. Just go to the online calendar and find something fun! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year and more!

Chirstopher & Sarah

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LTTM December pix and music

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, December 10, 2007

Li'l Film Fest 8

Live From Memphis is pleased to announce "Li'l Film Fest 8:
Resolutions (you know, the new year's kind)."
This festival marks the end of our 2nd year of Li'l Film Fests and
we're very please to have made it this far.
A special thanks to all the filmmakers and local attendees who have
made the past 2 years a truly unique and exciting experience.

Who: Local Filmmakers
What: Li'l Film Fest 8: Resolutions
When: Saturday, Dec. 15 @ 2pm
Where: MeDiA Co-op (1000 S. Cooper St.)

The following is a list of accepted films and filmmakers for "Li'l
Film Fest 8: Resolutions:"
"Paper Doll World"
dir. Annie Gaia
"Absolute Resolute"
dir. Rachael Moeller
dir. Oddly Buoyant Productions
"Resolutions for the Irresolute"
dir. A.C. Gwin
"You Say You Have a Resolution"
dir. Marguerite Hibbets
"L'Hippopotame Vert FTW!"
dir. Edward Valibus
"I Resolve"
dir. Donald Meyers
"Nunca Mas (Never Again)"
dir. Angel Ortez
"First Things First"
dir. H.G. Ray
dir. Benjamin Rednour
*Look for bonus entries by Adam Remsen and Sarah & Christopher!

For More information please contact Sarah Fleming at 901.523.9763 or
email to We'll see ya' there!
Support Local, Promote Local
Live From Memphis

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Film acting seminar

Here's more info from the post below on the workshop being offered by Leslie K. Nelson and Michele Hester on making the leap from stage to screen. Topics will include:

Getting an Agent
Taping an audition
How to write a resume
The LA market
What to expect on set.

The one day seminar is Jan 5, 2008. $125

Only for mature teens, parents of any age child, adult actors of any age.

If mature (older) adult actors are interested they will need to know. The agent list is different.

Email Leslie at

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Blog gone

The "Behind the Scenes" blog that has been around a few weeks has apparently folded. Although it endeavored to discuss issues pertaining to local films and filmmakers -- a perfectly noble concept -- it was essentially a screed written anonymously and uncritically accepting of other anonymous commenters. It was long on feelings and conspiracies, and short on facts and meaningful analysis.

Not that I don't appreciate its kind mention of my overrated acting abilities. But really. A blog with attitude, absurd accusations and neither credibility nor responsibility doesn't contribute much.

Anyway, before it disappeared this morning, Les Edwards of Indie Memphis Film Festival and Morgan Jon Fox responded to some of the more misinformed commentary. Since their remarks were deleted along with the blog, here they are again:

From Les:
I'm the spokesman for the volunteer group that produces Indie Memphis. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, there are some factual errors in the post and comments:
1. Morgan and Sharon are not related. Morgan has won two awards in ten years at Indie Memphis.
2. Indie Memphis did not provide any financing for (A)way (A)wake. We did (through our parent organization Delta Axis) act as Morgan's fiscal sponsor for that film. Fiscal sponsorships are new to Memphis, but have been a great resource for filmmakers in other cities for a long time. If you want to know more about how fiscal sponsorships work, check out the FAQ section on the website of Film/Video Arts in NY:
3. Each year we have a panel of judges. Local films are judged by out of town judges, and vice versa. The Film Commission does not vote on films. We have never tried to influence or challenge a judge's decision.
4. The Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award is given to a filmmaker, not a film. An important distinction. This is the only category judged by the volunteers who run the festival. Morgan was awarded this honor in 2005. He screened two films that year.
5. Will O'Loughlen was director of the film festival in 2002, and a volunteer in 2003 and 2004. He was not awarded a cash prize for "Ad Man", which screened in 2006.
6. Number of local feature length (over 30 minutes) narrative films accepted: 2004 = 6; 2005 = 5; 2006 = 8; 2007 = 8.
7. Number of local short (30 minutes or less) films and music videos accepted: 2004 = 15; 2005 = 29; 2006 = 33; 2007 = 34. The Live From Memphis Music Video Showcase was added in 2005, which is why the numbers jumped that year.
8. We do not have "unwritten" rules. All of our policies are clearly stated on the entry form that filmmakers submit with their entry. Our policy prior to 2007 stated that we considered prior local public screenings as a factor in deciding what films to accept. In 2007, we changed the policy to state that films with prior local public screenings were not eligible for competition. All of this has been clearly stated on the entry forms.
9. It is industry practice to charge an entry fee to filmmakers. For 2008, we have changed the policy. We will no longer charge an entry fee to local filmmakers for their first submission for that year.
10. The "money grubbing, greedy bastards at Indie Memphis" are volunteers. In 2006, Indie Memphis ran a $5,797 deficit on the festival. The 2007 numbers are still being compiled, but we lost money again. These deficits are covered by Delta Axis.
11. One comment said "... the last two years the feature winner has done just that [had screenings prior to the festival]". "Just the Two of Us" won best feature in 2006, and in fact had a prior screening. "Act One" won in 2005, and premiered at Indie Memphis. "Team Picture" won in 2007, and had its Memphis premiere at Indie Memphis.
12. "This year I think everything submitted got in." Hardly.
13. Another comment: "IM was showing fewer local films a couple of years ago to try and look more international." We screened a film from Italy in 2003, and a film from England in 2006. If memory serves, these were our only foreign films prior to 2007. This year we added an additional screen and devoted it to a program of international films called Global Lens. We are planning to run the Global Lens series again in 2008.

And here are Morgan Fox's comments:
Wut's this thing you thank "anonymous" for, which you refer to as "info"...just curious....and also wut's "stuff like this that needs to come into the open" give anonymous posters a frame of refence can we go here: or did you mean like this:

just curious...

And as far as people being too scared to speak their minds...also i wonder if you mean similar to this:
(that link also applies to being "blackballed")

Last part, about forum like this needed for so so so long, I'm pretty sure the bath room at Murphy's at 3am through puke drenched hair on saturday nights beat you to it, but i dunno.

Naw, but for real...I am not related to Sharon Fox O'Guin, Indie Memphis didn't fund my movie, I don't regularly win cash from da indie memphis, I've won two awards in the 8 years i've been making movies, and for the last 5 or 6 years I've been trying my best to do what i can to help bring together the local film community through various projects, outreach, and resources attempting to give as much as possible...althoughhhh, I am definitely not perfect, and I know that all the organizations, and individuals in this city who make up the film scene have done plenty of things to make people's's just that, it seems like a good way to help all that is by putting time into seeing what you thinks missing and dedicating said time to helping build, and facilitate the actualization of a vision/systems of support/spaces/projects that aid in the transformation of what seems or is unappealing into that which is more fit and desirable.

I've had many complaints over the years with alot of the organizations you've mentioned, I approached it all aggressively from the get go, and then over time I found that most of these people really do want to sit down with you and hear your concerns and that mostly it was my own dumbo-headedness that led me to being pissed off anyways...if you just talk to them instead of being reactionary and overly dramatic about it, it's pretty productive.

I guess the question lies in what the goal is...does one want to complain about things for the sake of doing so...or does one wish to voice complaints because they actually have a certain vision that they think would better work? The funny thing is, even if you have the vision, and you put alll your energy into trying your best to make it happen, as pure and "for the people" as it may be, often what happens is a long, exhausting learning process where you may indeed accomplish alot, however, also you learn alot. I mean, I have. With the Media co-op, several local filmmakers wanted to make a film festival that was alll about showcasing the local people, we did it for two years and then realized, HOLY HELL, putting together a festival is really difficult...blah blah blah. You put yourself in some form of doing and ultimately you open yourself up for so many things...including success, including failure, including (yep, yep) criticism.

In the end...where does it leave us all?

Everyone deserves to be put in check if they be doin bad thangs, but u know, a voice is a voice is a voice to talk about whateverrrrr you want, everyone should use it, however..........


December 6, 2007 1:25 AM

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

At the request of actors and parents of young actors, Leslie K. Nelson and Michele Hester will be offering a workshop on making the leap from stage to screen. Topics will include:

Getting an Agent
Taping an audition
How to write a resume
The LA market
What to expect on set.

Michele and Leslie are two moms who have been there. Their families have worked on Oscar winning feature films, TV, HBO, commercials, theatre, music tours…Over 20 years experience!

Some of the well know people we have worked with are: Miley Cyrus, Joaquin Phoenix , Reese Witherspoon, Tim Burton, Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Guillaume, Steve Buscemi, Danny DeVito, Missi Pyle, Ginnifer Goodwin, Ja Rule, Paul McCartney, GNR, even Van Halen. As well as the many wonderful local Memphis talents!

Please contact us if you are interested.

Leslie K Nelson -

Date: Early to mid Jan. Let us know when is good for you. Day or night. Weekday or weekend.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Regional film at Sundance

BALLAST (Director and Screenwriter: Lance Hammer)-- A riveting, lyrical portrait of an emotionally frayed family whose lives are torn asunder by a tragic act in a small Mississippi Delta town. Cast: Michael J. Smith Sr., Jim Myron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail. World Premiere

Kudos for "The Book of Noah"

"The Book of Noah," the Memphis-made indie about a dogknapper finding purpose in life, won a prestigious Spirit of Independence Award for Originality at the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival, one of the country's top film festivals according to Movie Maker Magazine!

Other films chosen as winners include films featuring Tim Curry, DB Sweeney, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and the directorial debut of Mary Stewart Masterson! Total, the festival gives out only 25 awards to split between 190 or so films.

Writer/Director Drew Smith was ecstatic about the accolade: "To be chosen for one of the awards at such a huge film festival is an awesome honor! We're so thankful for everyone's support, and the way that our little movie was embraced by everyone down at Ft. Lauderdale. Gregory (President and CEO) and the entire staff of FLIFF made us feel like we were stars. We felt incredibly special, and want to thank them for everything."

To see the full list of winners at this years FLIFF, click the link following link, or copy it into your browser:

To go The Book of Noah's website, visit either or .

"The Book of Noah" is about 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.

press coverage:
"...about a gentle giant of an unlucky professional dog-napper played by Patrick Cox, in one of (Indie Memphis') standout performances."-John Beifuss, The Commercial Appeal.

"Imagine The Book of Noah's Paul and Noah as alternate-reality, less zany, more real-world versions of Jay and Silent Bob ... (The complex plot's) threads unspool in orderly fashion and with a comic touch that'll leave you engaged and entertained. In a strong performance, Drew Smith gives off a slight Dane Cook vibe..."- Greg Akers, The Memphis Flyer.