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 www.affttennessee.org.

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