Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Theater auditions

Auditon Dates and info for upcoming Theatre Memphis performances. All auditions will take place at Theatre Memphis, 630 Perkins Extended @ Southern. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Salerno Hale at ashale@theatrememphis.org or 901-682-0518

Those wishing to audition for both Fallen Angels & Buffalo Gal are asked to audition on separate days.

Buffalo Gal
Written by A. R. Gurney
Directed by Jerry Chipman
performed on the Next Stage February 26 – March 14, 2010

Amanda is a glamorous Hollywood actress returning to her hometown of Buffalo, NY, to guest star in a production of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. Memories and relationships are rekindled, new hope beckons – just as Hollywood calls with an offer will she or won’t she be able to refuse? A Mid-South Premiere.

Saturday, Oct 3 @ 1:45 PM
Sunday, Oct 4 @ 5:45 PM
Monday, Oct 5 @ 6:45 PM Callbacks by invitation only

o Auditions will be cold readings from the script.
Familiarity with the script is strongly advised for all auditionees.
o Scripts are available at the box office and may be rented for 3 days
with a refundable $5 deposit. Rental deposit is forfeited if materials
are returned after the due date.
o Current resume and headshot strongly advised.
o Roles Available: 3 Men, age 30-60 2 Women, age 18-60
o Rehearsals begin January 11, 2010.
o The role of Amanda will be played by Christina Wellford Scott;
all other roles are open. Character descriptions follow.

Available Roles:
Jackie – 30-50; a successful and respected director in the world of regional theatre; she is a personable, honest and confident woman - or as confident as anyone would be about to direct a Hollywood star in The Cherry Orchard.

Roy – 30-50; production stage manager for The Cherry Orchard; strong, reliable, professional and a friend and confidant to Jackie; he is dazzled by Amanda.

Debbie – late teens to 30; the theatre’s intern & assistant production stage manager; energetic, loves her job and is a walking encyclopedia of theatre knowledge.

James Johnson – 45-55; African-American; strong, assured actor, beautifully spoken; had a success the previous season playing Othello.

Dan Robbins – 50s; the “boy she left behind” - he’s now a successful, socially prominent dentist; he’s back on the scene and would like to be back in Amanda’s life.

All auditionees should fill out an audition form in advance and bring it with you to auditions, stapled to resume and headshot. An audition form may be downloaded from our website (www.theatrememphis.org).

Fallen Angels
Written by Noël Coward
Directed by John Rone
performed on the Lohrey Stage February 5 – 21, 2010

Noël Coward's Fallen Angels is a comedy about two married Englishwomen, Julia and Jane. Their husbands, Fred and Willy, take them for granted. Before getting married, each of the women had a romance with the same dashing Frenchman, Maurice. While the husbands are away on a golf trip, Julia and Jane find out that Maurice is about to pay them a visit. What will happen when they meet again?

Saturday, Oct 3 @ 1:45 PM
Sunday, Oct 4 @ 5:45 PM
Monday, Oct 5 @ 6:45 PM Callbacks by invitation only

o Auditions will be cold readings from the script.
Familiarity with the script is strongly advised for all auditionees.
o Scripts are available at the box office and may be rented for 3 days
with a refundable $5 deposit. Rental deposit is forfeited if materials
are returned after the due date.
o Current resume and headshot strongly advised.
o Roles Available: 3 Men, age 30-50 3 Women, age 30-50
o Rehearsals begin Monday, November 30, 2009.
o No roles have been precast.

All auditionees should fill out an audition form in advance and bring it with you to auditions, stapled to resume and headshot. An audition form may be downloaded from our website (www.theatrememphis.org).

Live From Memphis @ Indie Memphis

62 films and 4 Days of Live From Memphis at the 12th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival!!

Live From Memphis has been partnering with Indie Memphis since 2004, and this year that relationship has truly blossomed. Indie Memphis has reached out to us and we're hanging on for the ride. Please join us in a celebration of this long-lasting relationship at the following showcases all happening at Indie Memphis!! Flipside Memphis (part 2), 5th Annual Music Video Showcase, Li'l Film Fest 11: Musical Horror, and the Best of Li'l Film Fest 2009. We're also throwing the official Indie Memphis opening weekend (aka The Music Video Showcase After-party). There's just so much to celebrate :)

Flipside Memphis (part 2)
Friday, October 9th, 5:30pm at Studio on the Square
Runtime approx. 50 minutes

Flipside Memphis is a project produced by Live From Memphis in partnership with the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Initially developed as accompanying material for Craig Brewer's "$5 Cover," Flipside explores and exposes the real-life Memphis, by showcasing cool local talent, unique hang-outs, and all the stuff that is the heart of our city. These fifteen all-new episodes are being presented on the big screen for the first time.

River Arts Fest
Metal Museum
Central BBQ
New Daisy Theatre
Memphis Pops Festival
Zombies Attack!
Folk Alliance
Five in One
Rock For Love
Memphis Zoo
Paul Taylor
Live From Memphis

5th Annual Music Video Showcase
Saturday, October 10th, 7:30pm at Studio on the Square
Runtime approx. 80 minutes

First launched in 2005, the goal of MVS is to give both local filmmakers and musicians a chance to "rock the big screen!" All the entries in the Music Video Showcase are either by local directors or local musicians. Come support local music & local film all at once!

"One Good Reason" | Sore Eyes | dir. Sarah Fleming
"Frozen Fun" | The Clears | dir. Live From Memphis
"Monster" | Skillet | dir. Andy & John Irwin
"Todo Vuelve A Empezar" | Alfepado | dir. Angel Ortez
"Sun Never Goes" | The Perfect Vessels | dir. Graham Burks
"Hitler Lives" | Mudboy and Sons | dir. True Story Pictures
"16 Hours" | Ohio Briars | dir. Laura Jean Hocking
"America" | 8 Ball | dir. 8 Ball & Joe Gotti
"Tequila Salt" | Taco and Da Mofos | dir. Waheed AlQawasmi
"North Memphis Like Me" | Juicy J featuring Project pat and V Slash | dir. Nathan Black
"Sittin' On Blades" | Bigg Baby | dir. Jonathan Thomason
"Feels So Good" | Muck Sticky | dir. Nathan Black
"Somebody Better Tell 'Em" | Art of Raw | dir. Catina Johnson
"Begin" | Overjoid | dir. Eric Swartz
"Beauty Hunter" | Burning Star Core | dir. Tom Strodtbeck
"Good Luck" | Good Luck Dark Star | dir. Chad Schaffler
"Whatever You Like" | Taco and Da Mofos | dir. Waheed AlQawasmi
"Hero" | Skillet | dir. Andy & John Irwin
"Love" | Snowglobe | dir. Christopher Reyes
"Eighteen With A Bullet" | Fingers Like Saturn | dir. Mike McCarthy
"No Mistake" | Total Savage | dir. Brad Phelan

Li'l Film Fest 11: Musical Horror
Sunday, October 11th, 5:30pm at the Brooks Museum of Art
Runtime approx. 60 minutes

Live from Memphis' Li'l Film Fest is a quarterly, theme-based film festival, designed to encourage and inspire Memphis filmmakers while engaging the local audience in order to strengthen Memphis' artistic community. The theme of Lil'l Film Fest 11 is "Musical Horror," with each filmmaker required to include the secret ingredient: "orange." Each film in the program is 5 minutes or less.

The Tell-Tale Shitty Music directed by Kristopher Steward & Hunter Duesing
Fool Hearty directed by R. Jason Rawlings & Dave Godbout
You Better Behave directed by Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury
Threnody directed by Jon W. Sparks
Thriller directed by Anupam 'Al' Lahiri
Spacecrane 2010 directed by HG Ray
Orange Delight directed by Donald Meyers
Unstable directed by Wesley Catlett & Justin Houston
Dark Fountain directed by Harmony Stewart
OCD directed by Joe Fragale
Frankenstein vs. Dracula: the Opera! directed by Adam Remsen

Best of Li'l Film Fest 2009
Wednesday, October 14th, 9pm at Studio on the Square
Runtime approx. 85 minutes

Li'l Film Fest is a quaterly film festival designed to encourage and inspire Memphis filmmakers while engaging a local audience. Currently in it's 3rd year, to date Li'l Film Fest has helped to inspire the creation of 131 films and in the process supported hundreds of aspiring filmmakers, crew members, and actors.

From Li'l Film Fest 9: Memphis - Fact or Fiction?
Journeyman directed by Arnold Edwards
An Exemplary Look at Memphis, Tennessee - Free of Charge! directed by G.B. Shrewsbury
El Regalo (The Gift) directed by Angel Ortez
Milhouse & The King directed by Alex & Clay
Weird Tales of Shelby Forst Vol. 1 - Thrill Hill directed by H. G. Ray
Snipe Huntin' directed by Eric Swartz
Chuck, From Craigslist directed by Morgan Jon Fox
CottonBallLand directed by Corduroy Wednesday

From Li'l Film Fest 10: Family
Sunday directed by Val Overstreet
Dinner at the Olson's directed by Don Meyers
Family Heat! directed by Andy Strong
Meet the Grotz directed by Rich Kimball
Son of… directed by J. Lazarus Hawk
Downer directed by Jason Rawlings and Jason Davenport
Monday directed by Eric Swartz

From Li'l Film Fest 11: Musical Horror
Lil Film Fest 11 Jury Winner (TBD)
Lil Film Fest 11 Audience Winner (TBD)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Seeking a cast

From Arnold Edwards II:

I have the pleasure of co-producing and being 1st AD on an upcoming
project titled A Disjointed Proposal. I'm contacting you in hopes you
may be interested....

The talented Derek Steiner, Unwatchable Films, is casting for his
short comedy A Disjointed Proposal:

Hilarity ensues when an unfortunate accident leads a commitment phobic
waiter through a sequence of events in search of his severed finger
while dodging his girlfriend's persistent requests to bond with her
parents who happen to be dining at the same restaurant.

We’re looking for all ages, genders and ethnic backgrounds.

The shoot dates will be Friday Oct 23rd and Saturday 24th from 10pm till 5am.

This is a no-budget student project. This means it’s not a paying gig,
but a wonderful opportunity to exercise your amazing talent, meet new
people/network, work on something fresh and have your work showcased
in festivals around the country!

If interested, send your contact info, a picture and any related
materials you’re interested in sharing that showcases your abilities
to Derek at:


Monday, September 21, 2009

Indie Memphis Films in Focus, etc.

Indie Memphis 'Secret Screening'
Get a free sneak peak at one of the 2009 Indie Memphis
features -- one so cool that we can't tell you which one it is!
Your only hint: Musical. Space. Western. (No, not that one.)
7:30 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 23 @ Malco's Studio on the Square
Admission: Free and open to the public.

Other Special Screenings:

7 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 23
@ Memphis Mary's Stop 345 (345 Madison Ave.)
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Food and drink will be available at the cash bar.

7 pm, Thursday, Sept 24 @ Malco's Paradiso
Admission: $7 / RSVP at orders@2mminutes.com or call 888-705-5324

presented by On Location: Memphis
7 pm, Thursday, Sept. 24 @ Malco's Studio on the Square
Tickets on sale at the door, beginning at 5 pm the day of the show.

Mike McCarthy's CIGARETTE GIRL - Gonerfest Matinees
1 pm on Thurs. 9/24, Fri. 9/25 and Sat. 9/26
@ Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $7 at the door / $5 with Gonerfest ticket or Brooks membership.

In Theatres:

WORLD'S GREATEST DAD @ Malco's Ridgeway Four

IN THE LOOP @ Malco's Ridgeway Four

ADAM @ Malco's Ridgeway Four

THE HURT LOCKER @ Malco's Ridgeway Four

You judge the short films

On Location:Memphis is hosting "Manhattan Short" on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. at Studio on the Square.

Filmgoers here are joining audiences in 172 additional cities across five continents to view and judge the next generation of filmmakers when the 12th Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screens at Malco’s Studio On The Square Theatre on Thursday 9/24 at 7 pm. “We are excited to be the only organization in the state of Tennessee to be given the privilege of participating in the Manhattan Short Film Fest for the 2nd year,” said Lisa Bobal, President On Location: MEMPHIS.

This year the festival received 428 entries from 36 countries around the world from which 10 short films – all 14 minutes and under in length – were selected. Countries represented this year include the USA, Australia, Mozambique, UK, Israel, Spain, France, Sweden and Italy in what festival organizers describe as a “Cinematic Olympiad.”

Filmgoers will be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the one film they feel should win. Votes are tallied at each cinema and forwarded to the festival’s headquarters in NYC where the winner will be announced Sept. 27.

With some of our past finalists achieving the highest recognition the industry has to offer by going on to be nominated for and even winning an Oscar in the short film category, including two finalists in the past two festivals, the Manhattan Short has come to be known as one of the best launching pads for filmmakers in the world today.

Tickets to the event in Memphis, on Thursday, 9/24/09, will go on sale at 5 pm that day at Malco’s Studio On The Square. Contact Lisab@onlocationmemphis.org for more details or questions.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Elvis at The Shell. Really!

"Historic return of Elvis Presley to the Levitt Shell for 12th annual Indie " on Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm.

Erik says, "Mark your calendar & spread the word! Elvis and outdoor movies are returning to the Levitt Shell with a free screening of the "Elvis: '68 Special" on Friday, Oct. 9 as part of the 12th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. Hooray! http://www.facebook.com/l/89be3;www.indiememphis.com".

Event: Historic return of Elvis Presley to the Levitt Shell for 12th annual Indie
"Free screening of "Elvis: '68 Special" on Friday, Oct. 9th"
What: Performance
Host: Indie Memphis
Start Time: Friday, October 9 at 7:00pm
End Time: Friday, October 9 at 9:00pm
Where: Levitt Shell

Filmmakers: The clock's ticking...

The National Film Challenge, the 48 Hour Film Project's sister competition, is coming on October 23rd through 26th!


Regardless of where you live, this is your opportunity to write, shoot, and edit a short film in three days. Just like in the 48 Hour Film Project, you'll receive a character, prop, line of dialogue, and a genre at 7pm local time, October 23rd. Then you'll have to mail the film in on October 26th. In the following weeks the top films (determined by a national panel of judges) will be available for viewing (and voting!) on the NFC website. The winning films will screen with the 48 Hour Film Project City Winners at the next FIlmapalooza at the NAB Show, the 48 Hour Film Project's end of year event. In addition there are cash prizes for the winning films!


--48HFP Filmmakers who have a need for speed and want to make another film before the 48HFP returns to your city in 2010.
--Filmmakers who either missed your city's 48HFP or who did not register in time to make your city's team limit.
--Filmmakers who live in cities that do not have a 48HFP yet. (Please forward this to your friends and relatives who might be in this dire


Registration is now open on our website. The number of teams is limited to 300 and registration is on a first come first served basis.
The Early Bird Entry Fee is $115 if you register on or before September 23, 2009 and $135 if you register between September 24, 2009 and October 22, 2009. Teams can be anywhere from 1 person to 30 or more people. Read all of the rules of the contest here:


Do you have any questions about the National Film Challenge? Please check our FAQ page and then use our web form to submit questions you still need answered.


Wondering what your competition will be like? View the winning films from the last four Film Challenges in our on-line screening room:


The National Film Challenge is a non-profit event brought to you by KDHX Community Media and the 48 Hour Film Project.


Every second counts! (Even when you have a whopping 72 hours to make your film.)

Monday, September 07, 2009

Understanding Shakespeare

One of the difficulties faced when learning Shakespeare is language accessibility. We simply have difficulty understanding the words, and so we miss the meaning of his plays and sonnets. LaVita Brooks will be taking on the responsibility of helping The Actors Community understand Shakespeare's language in order to appreciate what the plays mean.
Lavita trained with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA and has been teaching Shakespeare for two years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has been acting professionally for four years. During her first scene study, Lavita will go over Self Awareness which allows the actor to block out the things around them with voice and body exercises. This will be a lesson in acknowledgement of self.
The Actors Community helps adult actors who want training the chance to train without wondering about a lot of fees. It also helps in keeping the acting muscles warm so that when an opportunity for an audition approaches; the actor has been working on their craft that can be applied to the audition and possibly get them the job.
For more information, send inquiries to jenneanfarmer@gmail.com.
Scene study group will meet Tuesday, September 8th at Caritas Village from 6:30p-8:30p. Directions are below.
Caritas Village
Take Poplar Avenue westbound
Turn right on Merton Street
Turn left on Harvard Avenue
Caritas Village will be to the left
2509 Harvard Avenue

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fiddler on the Roof: Tough guys needed

Amy Hanford needs a couple more guys for Fiddler at Harrell Theatre. Small part, limited rehearsal. I need guys to play Russians to come kick some butt. Any interest? Omggal123@aol.com