Saturday, August 30, 2008

Got a spare morgue laying around?

From Mike McCarthy:

Does anyone know of a MORGUE-TYPE location we could use the morning of Saturday September 20th? It would be dark lit and does not have to be perfect.

It is also important that I have three gurneys (or table that ROLL).

Any suggestions are appreciated!

All the best,
Mike McCarthy

Red West at Toronto Film Fest

Read John Beifuss' blog "The Bloodshot Eye" for info on Red West's latest film:

In the tradition of Richard Farnsworth (“The Grey Fox,” “The Straight Story”), Ben Johnson (“The Last Picture Show”), Jessica Tandy (“Driving Miss Daisy”), John Houseman (“The Paper Chase”) and other shall we say seasoned performers who won their most significant movie roles late in their careers, 72-year-old Memphis native Red West is poised to secure some long overdue attention and praise for his acting chops this week when his new film, “Goodbye Solo,” debuts during the prestigious Venice and Toronto film festivals.

Interns sought for "N-Secure"

The production crew for the film N-Secure is seeking interns to apply for various positions for the film N-Secure, a mid-budget movie, scheduled for local production the weeks of September 2 – October 6, 2008. The executive producer is local promoter Julius Lewis who is also co-writer along with local media personality Christie Taylor. The film director is David Matthews.

We are requesting interns for six hour shifts for the art department, production assistants, as well as hair and make-up assistants. Those interested in applying for the above mentioned internships must submit their resumes and/or bios to .

If you require further information regarding the internships or the film N-Secure, please contact (901) 388-0069. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Team Picture on DVD

Terrific film. For more info:

Monday, August 25, 2008

A studio in Nashville?

Here's a story in the Tennessean about some investors wanting to build a sound stage in Nashville. An excerpt:

Picture this: a film studio complex and public entertainment venue in Nashville that would capture the look and feel of Universal Studios Hollywood — only without the rides and with a project pipeline loaded with films targeted at heartland audiences.

That's the pitch being made to redevelop the Tennessee State Fairgrounds by Woodland, Calif.-based Tower Investments and Nashville's 821 Entertainment, whose projects include a forthcoming film about the life of the Rev. Billy Graham, as well as a biopic on music legend Hank Williams.

But whether that studio concept turns out to be one of the four ideas selected by the fair board to revamp the 117-acre site doesn't seem ultimately to matter to Tower Investments Senior Vice President Alex Marks and 821 co-founder Eric Geadelmann.

What matters most to the partners is being able to secure a suitable spot in the Nashville area that allows them to tap into what they said is intense interest from well-heeled potential tenants who want to see movies added to Music City's entertainment portfolio.

Perry Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Film & Music Commission, said that without a sound stage that's built to accommodate film projects, movies probably will continue to look to Tennessee primarily for its combination of incentives, locations and available crew.

That's where Marks and Geadelmann said their project comes in.

By building what amounts to a film-studio lot — which would include retail, a hotel and a 5,000-7,000-seat indoor music venue, as well as an attached film school — the pair hopes to make Nashville as much of a destination for movies as it is for music.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ArtsMemphisTV with Live From Memphis

From Sarah Fleming:
Christopher and I launched our latest project yesterday. It's called ArtsMemphisTV. This project is a joint venture between Live From Memphis and ArtsMemphis, and is basically a series of webisodes that will highlight our local arts scenes. We're super excited. At the moment ArtsMemphis has committed to doing 6 episodes with us... one every other Monday.

It's excellent ... check it out.

Nothing But the Truth: Sept. 8 at Toronto Film Festival

From John Beifuss in today's CA:

“Nothing But the Truth” — the political thriller with Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon and Alan Alda that was shot in Memphis last fall — will have its world premiere Sept. 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Festival officials are scheduled to make the announcement today. The movie will be part of the event’s prestigious “Gala Programme,” a high-profile showcase for North American and international films that are screening out of competition. ...

According to Variety, the Toronto International Film Festival is “second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.” A Toronto screening often marks the start of a picture’s Oscar campaign.

After its Sept. 8 premiere, “Nothing But the Truth” will open Dec. 19 in New York and Los Angeles, to be eligible for Academy Awards consideration. It will open in Memphis and other cities in early 2009. A special preview screening for local cast and crew members likely will take place before its Memphis opening.

The full story is here.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Extras/concert for '$5 Cover'

This will be the final large show for Craig Brewer's "$5 Cover," so if you haven't come out yet, Tuesday is the day to do it.

Film showcase in November

From Marguerite Roberts:
My friend Dorv, who had the first TLS last April, has moved to California for the next year so has asked me to take over the next showcase coming up in November. I know it seems like this is an advance-advance notice, but I tell ya, there is alot to do! My friend David Tankersley (aka Tank), has volunteered to help with this.

So, this is the first of a few notices and this time I am going to
tell you what it is we need and when. So, we will be showing shorts to "mini features" anywhere from 5 minutes to 25 minutes. These should be "viewer friendly" which simply really means NO PORN.

hat we will need is a preview copy on DVD. Now, we can return these IF you send a self addressed stamped envelope. The latest we need these is Oct 20th and you can email me privately ( to get the address. We will be setting up a PO box in a bit, but when you email me, I will give you my personal address until the box is set up.

We are doing this the same as last time. It will be at Malco on the Square. It will be FREE. It will last 2 hours with a 10-15 minute intermission. This is NOT a competition. This is for filmmakers to see their creation on the big screen. We PACKED the theater last time. I was personally overwhelmed by the support and it was the coolest night!!!

We will have press releases later on this.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Young performer needed

Looking for a 14-16 yr old male that can play guitar/sing and has appealing good-looks.

Please pass the word for me. They need to email me at or call

246-8249 to set up an appt.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Extras tonight at Otherlands

What: $5 Cover Two Way Radio Shoot
Where: Otherlands Coffee Bar at 641 S Cooper St
When: 8:00 PM Thursday Aug 13th

In regard to Dress Code: Please avoid bold colors such as Red, White, or Black (They look terrible on camera), as well as copyrighted or trademarked images (We don't want to get sued).

If you would like to call and confirm, or if you have any further questions, call 901 647 0681 or send an email to

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Acting classes

Fall Acting Classes starting September 7, 2008

Performance Fundamentals
Instructor: Slade Kyle

Minimum class size 4, maximum 12

Performance Fundamentals incorporates the basics of Acting, Movement and Voice. Aspects of each individual topic will be studied, with the class' main focus being how each of these areas work together to create a well rounded performer. The class will contain a lot of exploration activities, which teach young actors to test their limitations and grow more comfortable with their talents. In addition, the class will cover audition preparation, professional conduct and other topics geared toward helping your child become the best performer they can and ultimately land more of the work they audition for.

Ages 6-10 Sunday 2:30-3:30

Ages 11-16 Sunday 3:45-4:45

$30/class *4 class pre payment $100

Adult Scene Study: Ages 16+
Instructor: Abby Elzemeyer

Minimum class size 6, maximum 20

Scene Study is simply your best opportunity to flex your acting muscles and refine your craft on a consistent basis. It is a weekly workout where actors test their performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on scenes of various genres, the actors discover their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained eye.

Tuesday 7-9pm

$35/class * 4 class pre payment $120


For more information and to reserve your spot in the class call ETA at 901-527-9263

Classes are held at the ETA studio, 149 Monroe Ave, Memphis TN 38103

Phone 901-527-9263



Slade Kyle
-Received BFA Theatre from UM
-Has taught at POTS and UM
-Specializes in Vocals, Movement (clowning, Mask, and Mime), and musical theater

Abby Elzemeyer
-Attended Interlochen Arts Academy, NYU Tisch, and University of Alabama as a theater and film production major.
-Worked in the education department at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.
-Has worked as a talent agent for 2.5 years

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NBTT: Dec. 19 reports that "Nothing But the Truth" will open December 19, 2008 in NY, LA; expands on Jan. 9, 2009. No word yet on local premiere.

Rock for Love

Sunday, August 10, 2008

'$5 Cover' extras needed Monday - Roller Derby

***$5 Cover - Memphis Roller Derby Shoot - Monday 8/11 @ 6pm***

Craig Brewer's "$5 Cover" is doing a shoot Monday night at 6pm featuring the Memphis Roller
Derby in all of their awesomeness.

Please come out and support! It will only last about four hours.

Families and friends and kids are all welcome. Please wear your MRD T-shirts and such! Please try to avoid white and red, and please, no logos/copyrighted materials other than MRD.

Please come to the Youth Building at the Fairgrounds, the regular location of MRD bouts. 6pm

Questions? Contact Lorin at or 901.644.0385

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Extras needed for "$5 Cover" (age 21+)

$5 Cover Snowglobe Shoot

This will be a Halloween party with Snowglobe performing. We will need 50 extras, dressed in Halloween costumes.

Stop 345
345 Madison Ave (@ Danny Thomas)
parking in the lot on Madison

Date/time: Friday, Aug. 8. Call time is 2:30pm.

The shoot will last approximately ten hours and we will need folks to stay the entire time. We will provide a dinner meal, and plenty of snacks and hydration throughout the day.

The bar will also be open for business by about 7pm. This shoot is 21 and up.

IMPORTANT: Please make sure your costumes do not have any copyrighted material (i.e. - Superman, or anything branded) and please avoid the colors white and red.

Please contact Lorin at to be put on the list.

Upcoming films

ON LOCATION: MEMPHIS invites you to see some great flicks this summer! Not just the blockbuster films, but those well-kept secrets of independent and international films. Here's what we recommend for the next few weeks:

ROMAN DE GARE - The successful novelist Judith Ralitzer is interrogated in the police station about the disappearance of her ghost-writer. A serial-killer escapes from a prison in Paris. A missing school teacher leaves his wife and children. In the road, the annoying and stressed hairdresser Hughette is left in a gas station by her fianci Paul while driving to the poor farm of her family in the country. A mysterious man offers a ride to her and she invites him to assume the identity of Paul during 24 hours to not disappoint her mother. Who might be the unknown man and what is real and what is fiction?

This French film has played at CANNES and the COPENHAGEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST. Rated R

Now showing at Malco's Ridgeway Four - - THROUGH THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 7 ONLY!

ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD - There is a hidden society at the end of the world. One thousand men and women live together under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science. Now, for the first time, an outsider has been admitted. In his first documentary since GRIZZLY MAN, Werner Herzog, accompanied only by his camerman, traveled to Antarctica, with rare access to the raw beauty and raw humanity of the ultimate Down Under. ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, Herzog s latest meditation on nature, explores this land of Fire, Ice and corrosive Solitude. Rated G.

Starts Friday, August 8 at Malco's Ridgeway Four

Support independent and international films - check out those that are off the beaten path!

Lisa Bobal
International Film Fest - March 27-30, 2008