Sunday, October 26, 2008

Acting Classes

Acting Classes

Performance Fundamentals
Instructor: Slade Kyle
*This week's class Audition Prep.
Performance Fundamentals incorporates the basics of Acting, Movement and Voice.
Aspects of each topic will be studied, with the 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 that 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 children become the best performers 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

After work Adult Scene Study: Ages 16+
Instructor: Abby Elzemeyer
Join ETA Tuesdays after work for an adult scene study class. Join other actors to strengthen acting skills and network with others in your field.
Scene Study is your best opportunity to flex your acting muscles and refine your craft on a consistent basis. It is a weekly workout where actors test performance abilities in a safe and playful environment. Through working on scenes of various genres, actors discover their strengths and weaknesses with the help of a trained eye.

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
$35/class *4 class pre payment $120

Classes at the ETA studio
149 Monroe Ave
Memphis TN, 38103
Phone 901-527-9263

*If interested in attending please notify ETA at least a day before.

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

Friday, October 24, 2008

Old pickup truck for photo shoot

Need a 60s or 70s Truck:

For a photo shoot next week, Thursday or Friday during the day for a
couple of hours, will pay $ for usage.

Needs to be in good shape. Please send me snapshots of the front, side and rear. or

'Cruel' next Thursday

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Actor/actress needed this weekend

Matthew Bowling is shooting a graduate film this weekend and needs an emergency actor replacement. The character is a vagrant who is paid to break into someone's house and steal some important computer files. Looking for a male that can play between the ages of 25 and 35, but willing to use a female. Shooting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in Lakeland area with possibly some pick up shots after 2 p.m. Sunday. No pay but you will be fed and get credit and a copy of the film.

His phone number is 615-944-4876.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Reminder: AFFT meeting Thursday

The Association for the Future of Film & Television (AFFT) will visit Memphis on Thursday, October 16 to hold a membership drive for the association. The event will be held at the Playhouse on the Square from 5-7 PM. The event is hosted by Linn Sitler, Commissioner of the Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission and Dean Deyo, President of the Memphis Music Foundation.

AFFT was founded by Jan Austin, former Deputy Director of the Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission, to provide the film and television industry with a statewide trade association. AFFT will focus on issues that will benefit the industry and will act as the industry’s lobbying arm at the legislative level. The association will also give birth to the AFFT Political Action Committee, a non-partisan PAC which will contribute to the campaigns of legislative and gubernatorial candidates who support the industry. Memphis native, Sherman Greer, has been appointed as the PAC’s Treasurer. Since becoming active in May of this year, AFFT has recruited nearly 150 members along with various industry and corporate partners.

“We are hoping that Memphis which is the state’s stronghold in filmmaking will also become one of the leading supporters of AFFT,” said Austin. “It should be relatively simple to explain AFFT’s purpose to cast and crew and vendors who understand the value of film and television production in Memphis/Shelby County.”

Although Thursday’s event is by invitation, the meeting is open to anyone interested in film and television. For more information about the Association for the Future of Film & Television, visit the website at

Monday, October 13, 2008

Indie Memphis TBAs announced

Here are screenings of festival films that are encore presentations and/or award winner showings:

Monday, Oct. 13

4:15 pm - NESHOBA, winner of the jury award for Best Documentary

7:00 pm - THE WAY I SEE THINGS, (previously announced encore screening)

9:30 pm - SHORTS PROGRAM #3, which includes ADDRESS TO SILAS… (winner of the jury award for Best Short Film), DONE IN ONE (winner of the special jury award for Special Achievement in Storytelling) and COOL AUNT (winner of the special jury award for Special Jury Award for Audacity of Concept).

Tuesday, Oct. 14


6:00 pm - THE NEW YEAR PARADE, winner of the jury award for Best Feature

7:00 pm - OMG/HAHAHA, winner of the jury award for Best Hometowner Feature (previously announced encore screening)

9:30 pm - BUNNYLAND, winner of the jury award for Best Hometowner Documentary

Wednesday, Oct. 15


6:30 pm - GOSPEL HILL, winner of the Southern Soul of Independent Film Award

9:00 pm - SONG SUNG BLUE, winner of the No One Can Hate Neil Diamond Award

Thursday, Oct. 16

4:15 pm - HI MY NAME IS RYAN

9:15 pm - BY THE WAY

9:30 pm - MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, winner of the Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award

Indie Memphis Jury Award Winners

These were announced last night at Ground Zero:


Southern Soul of Independent Film Award
GOSPEL HILL, directed by Giancarlo Esposito

Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award
MAKE-OUT WITH VIOLENCE, directed by The Deagol Brothers

NARRATIVE FEATURE JURY AWARDS (Jury: Alison Dickey, Amy Dotson, Elvis Mitchell)

Best Feature Film
THE NEW YEAR PARADE, directed by Tom Quinn

Special Recognition
OMG/HAHAHA, directed by Morgan Jon Fox

DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARDS (Jury: donnie betts, Peter Gilbert)

Best Documentary
NESHOBA, directed by Micki Dickoff and Tony Pagano

Southern Exposure Award
‘BAMA GIRL, directed by Rachel Goslins

BFF Award
PIP & ZASTROW: AN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP, directed by Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce

No One Can Hate Neil Diamond Award
SONG SUNG BLUE, directed by Greg Kohs

Special Jury Award for Cross-Cultural Filmmaking
THROW DOWN YOUR HEART, directed by Sascha Paladino

SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS (Jury: Skizz Cyzyk, Dan Krovich)

Best Short Film

Best Animated or Experimental Film
THE CAVE, directed by Michael Ramsey

Best Documentary Short
I KNOW YOU, directed by Bruce Parsons

Special Achievement in Storytelling
DONE IN ONE, directed by Jay Zimmerman and Pat Clark

Special Achievement in Cinematography
THE KEY, directed by Paul Street

HOMETOWNER JURY AWARDS (Jury: Alison Bagnall, Matt Parker)

Best Hometowner Feature
OMG/HAHAHA, directed by Morgan Jon Fox

Best Hometowner Documentary
BUNNYLAND, directed by Brett Hanover

Best Hometowner Short
GINGER SAND, directed by Kentucker Audley

Special Achievement in Editing by a Memphis Filmmaker
OMG/HAHAHA, directed by Morgan Jon Fox

Special Jury Prize for Acting
Jake Casey – OMG/HAHAHA
Ed Porter – OMG/HAHAHA

Special Jury Prize For Directing
OMG/HAHAHA, directed by Morgan Jon Fox

Special Jury Award for Audacity of Concept
COOL AUNT, directed by Ryan Parker

Special Jury Award for Sound and Music
THE ORPHAN, directed by Dan Treharne

MUSIC VIDEO JURY AWARD (Jury: Benjamin Kasulke, Lynn Shelton, Ted Speaker)

Best Music Video
Valencia Robinson GOOD THINGS ARE REAL, directed by Christopher Reyes

Click here for details on the 11th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival jury.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Casting call

Found this on the eCallboard site and am passing it along. I don't know any more about the project that what's here:
I am in need of 3-4 actors for a project I am working on. You will be
featured on a website giving product demonstrations.

Each actor should have be able to talk with a country (cowboy/girl)
twang, however not be too over the top.

2 Males (Mid 20s-Late 30s)
2 Females (Mid 20s-late 30s)

Filming will take approximately 2 days in early November. Each actor
will have 10-20 product demonstrations that will last 10-30 seconds

You will be paid for your time and talent.

If you would like to set up a time to meet and audition, please contact
Stephen Tate at 901-652-0191 or email (please use
subject AUDITION).

Indie Memphis begins

From the CA and The Memphis Flyer:

10/10/08 - GO MEMPHIS
" Indie Memphis Film Festival branches out, yet stays true to Southern roots."

Johnny Cash, the national debt and Bigfoot star at Indie Memphis Film Fest"

" Indie Memphis 2008: Zombies and Martians at Midnight, Oh My."

The Way They See Things - ‘Hometowner’ Fiction Films from Morgan Jon Fox and Brian Pera"

" In the Spotlight: Indie Memphis enters its second decade with a week-long run at Studio on the Square."

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Elvis Mitchell at Indie Memphis

Renowned film critic and interviewer Elvis Mitchell will host intimate conversations with Memphis filmmaker Craig Brewer (Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:15 pm) and actor / director Giancarlo Esposito (Sunday, Oct. 12 at 4:30 pm) at this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival.

The conversations are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and admission can only be permitted while seating is available — please arrive early.

At Indie Memphis, Elvis is serving on Features Jury and is also screening his recent documentary "The Black List," which presents twenty prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines and backgrounds, including Toni Morrison, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Vernon Jordan, Chris Rock, Richard D. Parsons, Zane and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

For more information on the “Conversation with Craig Brewer,” please click here.

For more information on the “Conversation with Giancarlo Esposito,” please click here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Indie Memphis -- book it now

Indie Memphis is almost upon us and now would be a good time to nail down your plans if you haven't already.

The web site is excellent with not only schedules and descriptions but other nice features, such as an RSS feed to get timely announcements, and a feature to put the films/activities you've booked onto your iCal.

And you can buy your tickets online, which will save you $2 a ticket (courtesy of ArtsMemphis) over buying them at the door.

Chasing the White Dragon at Indie Memphis

From the filmmakers:
Chasing the White Dragon actresses Jan Falk and Learyn Wilde, along with director Kathilyn Phillips will be promoting their film during an interview on News Channel 3's Live at 9 this Friday at 9 a.m.

The movie will show at this year's Indie Memphis Film Festival Saturday at 9:45 p.m. at The Studio on the Square.

Shot in Tupelo, Chasing the White Dragon is a high-powered drama that portrays a group of six young crystal methamphetamine addicts in small-town America. Trapped in a torrent of violence, deceit, paranoia, and passion, each must decide whether to leap from the careening roller coaster or ride it to its nightmarish end. The film is rich with compelling drama, fast-paced action, and with state-of-the-art visual effects. CTWD just recently (Aug) won “First Place, Best Screenplay” at the worldwide premiere of the prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival.

The full length motion picture was written, produced and directed by Memphis native Kathilyn Phillips in association with Little Bo Productions of Tupelo.

Tickets are on sale now online at a reduced price of $7, while tickets at the door will be $9. You may purchase your tickets here.

Monday, October 06, 2008

The future of film and TV in Tennessee

If you have an interest in pushing for increased film/TV activity here, please attend the first reception and informational meeting about the Association for the Future of Film & Television, Thursday, October 16, 2008, 5-7 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square.

It'll be out in time to attend the LiveFromMemphis Music Video Showcase at Indie Memphis.

For information on AFFT, go here.

The reception is hosted by the Memphis & Shelby County Film & Television Commission, and the Memphis Music Foundation.

Video contest by Memphis Realtors

The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is posting info on a video contest. Post a three-minute video about Memphis and you could win $10,000. Info is here. These are some of the particulars:

Everyone has a story – a special mix of experiences, places and faces that make Memphis home to them. Home is more than just your house – it’s the neighborhood restaurant where they know your order before you even sit down. It’s the familiar block where you walk your dog each night. And home is how all of these pieces fit together to make Memphis your town.

Now through November 24, we invite you to share your piece of Memphis in a YouTube™ video contest. So, go ahead. Make your three-minute video, upload it to YouTube™ and show us why your Memphis is home to you. And in the process, you just might win $10,000.

Contest Highlights

* Entries accepted now through November 24.
* Anyone 18 years of age or older residing in one of the Eligible Counties can enter.
* Videos cannot exceed 3 minutes in length, inclusive of any credits.
* Winners will be announced on or before December 19.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Call for entries for OL:M 2009

From Lisa Bobal, President
of On Location: Memphis

The Call for Entries is underway for the 10th Annual ON LOCATION: MEMPHIS International Film Festival, March 26-29, 2009.

Screen your film in the home of the Blues, the birth place of Rock 'n
Roll, and America's most energizing and soulful place to film! Memphis' rich musical heritage and cultural diversity has parlayed into a city of vibrant filmmakers and for 20 years has attracted high profile filmmakers such as Jim Jarmusch, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Milos Forman and Sydney Pollack – not to mention the city’s own Craig Brewer ("Hustle & Flow") and Ira Sachs ("Forty Shades of Blue") who represented Memphis at Sundance in 2005, winning the Audience and Narrative Jury Awards respectively.

Join us for our opening night party at Morgan Freeman's
Ground Zero Blues Club just off Beale Street.

Previous filmmakers and artists who have attended and participated in On Location: Memphis events include: David Lynch, Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Ed Solomon, Richard Gladstein, Isaac Hayes, Alan Bloomquist, James Spies, Richard Kraft, Leo Fitzpatrick, Cybill Shepherd, Del Shores, Don Hertzfeld, Craig Brewer, and Ira Sachs.

We program a broad range of subject matter, perspectives, and styles. Submit your film in any of these categories:

Narrative Feature
Live Action Short
Animation (Shorts and Features)
Documentary (Shorts and Features)
Music videos

ENTRY DEADLINES and fees are:

**Early bird Deadline - October 15; Fees - Feature, Feature length Doc or Animated
$45, Live Action Short, Short Doc or Animated (under 30 minutes) and Music Video $35

**Regular Deadline - November 15; Fees - Feature, Feature length Doc or Animated
$50, Live Action Short, Short Doc or Animated (under 30 minutes) and Music Video $40

**Late Deadline - December 15; Fees - Feature, Feature length Doc or Animated $55,
Live Action Short, Short Doc or Animated (under 30 minutes) and Music Video $45

Exhibition formats will be on Blu-Ray and 35 mm for all categories.

Once you have been accepted, if you need help converting your film to Blu-Ray, let us know and we can help you.

Awards are given in all five categories: Best Feature, Best Live Action Short, Best Documentary, Best Animated Short, Best Music Video and an Audience Choice Award.

OL:M has partnered with Without a Box (WAB) to handle our film submission process. To begin the entry process proceed to the WAB link at

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Extras Thursday and Saturday -- paying

NSecure is needing extras tomorrow. New faces especially, for all day Thursday or Saturday. Rate 5.75/hr. Ages 25+.

Contact Abby Elzemeyer at 527-9263 or abby@elzemeyertalentagency.