Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our First Mixer of the Year and the 2016 Memphis 48HFP

It's time to start gearing up for another round of the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project!  As with last year, we will be holding the weekend competition early in August (specific dates to be announced shortly)--and that means registration for teams will open up most likely in May.  To assist you with forming your team we will be hosting our first mixer of the year next month (April) at the awesome Slider Inn.  Look for the event to pop up on the Memphis Film Society's Facebook page, so be sure to give us a visit there and throw a 'like' our way to keep up with what's happening.

The Memphis 48 Hour Film Project is a great way to dip your toes in the local filmmaking scene and to create a short film that will not only screen during the competition at the awesome Malco Studio on the Square, but be available for you to screen at any local, national, or international film festival! Shooting a film in 48 hours can be a bit hectic, but it can also be fun!  We have a short get-together to draw film genres at the beginning of the weekend, we have a nice wrapup at the end of the competition, we get to watch all the films on the big screen at Malco, and (if that's not enough) we then have an awards ceremony and party to hand out various awards and announce the winner.

If you visit the official Memphis 48 Hour Film Project website you can watch the winning films from the previous four years of the program as well as learn more about registration and building your team.  To that end, though, here are a few tips for making your entry into the 48HFP a success:

1.  Build a core team and make it a partnership.  Don't be 'in charge' and don't try to do everything.  This makes the weekend too stressful and overloads you.  Instead, choose your team members (director, camera operator, screenwriter, actors, etc) and work together during the competition.

2.  Sign up your team AS A TEAM.  On the surface, the registration for the 48HFP can seem a bit steep.  But this is a team price.  When you divide the cost among the team members for shooting your film it will most likely be less than $20 a person.  This also invests all your members to show up and do their best during the weekend.

3.  Attend the MFS mixers.  There are certainly a lot of social/awesome film events happening in Memphis (Indie Memphis alone hosts quite a few), but the film society mixers are built with the indie community in mind.  Here is where you will meet actors trying to get involved with films, crew members looking for a gig, and peers that will commiserate with you over a coffee/beer to discuss projects.  Don't miss out on any of that.

4.  Use your Memphis knowledge.  While you are not allowed to 'write' your film for 48HFP in advance (and how could you since you haven't drawn your film genre yet), you can certainly take an assessment of the things you have to your advantage for the weekend.  Who are your friends with camera and audio gear? Who has lights?  Maybe you know a few locations that would allow you to film inside.  All of these things are one less worry when the weekend goes down.

5.  Stay positive.  As mentioned before, it can be stressful to write, shoot, and edit a movie in 48 hours.  Don't be the complainer on the set.  Don't be the one who doesn't show up at the locations. Always have a smile for your team mates and be the person who stays motivated.  You can always catch up on sleep; enjoy the weekend and it will all pay off when you go to the film screening and the award ceremony.  And even if you don't win, remember that Memphis is a small film scene.  Word will get around that you are a pleasure to work with.

I hope these tips will assist everyone with their 48HFP experience--and I hope to meet everyone at the next mixer.

Monday, April 27, 2015

2015 Memphis 48 Hour Film Project

The dates for this year's Memphis 48 Hour Film Project are official.  We will be hosting a weekend of filmmaking this year August 7-9.  Teams will have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film and turn it in.  More details about this year's competition will be coming soon--as well as the first of three mixers for teams to find crew and actors.

In the meantime, be sure to follow the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project on the official Facebook page and stay tuned to the official website to recruit team members, sign up your team, and get the details for this year's event.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Screenwriter SIG Springs Into Action!

At long last, we are ready to roll out our special Screenwriter's SIG (special interest group) for the general public!  The group--Screen-SIG for short--will be a local resource for writers and filmmakers to workshop the scripts for short films, tweak those pesky scenes that plague your screenplay, and even just offer the opportunity to hone your craft.

Screen-SIG will meet bi-weekly (first meeting to be announced in the next few days) on Sundays at 3pm and run till approximately 5-6pm.  At each meeting, EVERY attendee can bring ten pages of a script--be it a scene from a full length screenplay, an entire short script, or simply a work-in-progress that you want feedback for.  And we will read those scenes, give feedback, and offer constructive suggestions.

In addition to the writers/filmmakers who are present with their scripts, Screen-SIG meetings will also include local luminaries--producers, writers, directors--who will be present to offer some insight about your work, as well as offers suggestions for improving it, etc. 

So, rather than doing a screenwriter meetup that involves reading ONE full-length script from a screenwriter who will probably disappear from the meetings once his/her script has been read, Screen-SIG will give everyone a chance to read from their work at EVERY meeting.  And you will want to come to every meeting--even if you aren't bringing any pages that week--and here's why...

Screen-SIG will also offer incentives to the members who attend and contribute to the meetings.  After attending five meetings of Screen-SIG, members will get access to a unique online forum for screenwriters to share their work, get input, and even collaborate on projects at any time.  It's a great way for those who are serious about the craft of screenwriting to constantly give/receive feedback--even when Screen-SIG isn't meeting!

In addition to this, regular attendees of Screen-SIG will also get meetup/luncheon opportunities.  We will be offering intimate (5 attendees max) opportunities for folks to sit down and have lunch with people who are actually making movies and who are always actively looking for great scripts/ideas.  Lunch may also be with a successful screenwriter who has sold work and can offer great advice for those aspiring to make screenwriting their career.

So, to sum up:  Meetings with EVERYONE reading their scripts, film luminaries at the meetings to provide input, unique online forum for regular members, and networking opportunities in a casual but intimate lunch setting.  What could be better?

Stay tuned for the first Screen-SIG meeting date TBA via the Memphis Film Society Facebook page very soon!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MFS Presents a 2-Day Acting Workshop With Jeremy London

The Memphis Film Society presents a two day acting class with famed actor Jeremy London.  The class takes place June 28/29 and includes a seminar, as well as a practical workshop where students will participate in scenes with London.  All students are guaranteed to perform scenes with Jeremy--as well as to receive feedback/critique of their performance.

Here is London's bio from IMDb:

Jeremy London and his twin brother Jason London were born in San Diego, California, but were raised in small towns in both Texas and Oklahoma. Jeremy began acting on stage at the age of seventeen, where he impressively portrayed the leading role in The Music Man and fell in love with performing. Jeremy was the first of the two to start auditioning and forced Jason to attend an audition with him and it was Jason who ended up nabbing a role. A leading role The Man in the Moon (1991) starring Reese Witherspoon in her feature film debut. Jeremy went on to success of his own soon after starring along Sam Waterston in the dramatic series I'll Fly Away (1991), which was a critically acclaimed series garnering an Emmy award for Best Drama. Jeremy went to fame as not only a serious actor with an undeniably bright future starring in other projects such as the cult comedy Mallrats (1995) directed by Kevin Smith and even had a role in the popular nineties series Party of Five (1994) as the handsome Griffin Holbrook alongside Neve Campbell. Jeremy has proved a serious actor with the ability to take risks in such films as Gods and Generals (2003) effortlessly stepping into the role of Civil War Captain Sandy Pendleton, where he held his own alongside heavyweights such as Robert Duvall. Jeremy hard hasn't gone unnoticed he has received three People's Choice Awards, and three Telly awards for his directing debut of the Documentary Secrets Through the Smoke (2001) Jeremy's genuine personality has earned him a long career in Hollywood. Starting as teen heartthrob, Jeremy has made the impressive transition into a respected career not only as an actor with a slew of roles under his belt and many more ahead but has also successfully segued into directing, writing, and producing his own films. His feature film directorial debut of the brilliant thriller The Devil's Dozen (2013) proved he is a skilled director and will be directing many more films in the future. Jeremy is also a proud father of his son Lyrik and engaged to Actress Juliet Reeves, with whom is expecting a child with in June 2014.

Because of the individual attention each attendee will receive, seating for the workshop is capped at 30 attendees.  Price for the workshop is $180.00, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the local production of the film, "Blackburn."  Your seat at this event can be reserved here.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Another Great Year for 2014!

With the first of our quarterly mixers fast approaching, we thought it would be great to let you know what's happening with the Memphis Film Society!

--Return of the 48 Hour Film Project.  It will be our third year rolling out this weekend of filmmaking fun and it should prove to be the most exciting yet.  With teams coming from Oxford, Tupelo, and even Nashville, there will be more fun and filmmaking to be had in this year's event.  Be sure to follow the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project on our official Facebook page and keep an eye out for registration at our official website.

--More free screenings.  Last year we hosted five free screenings of fantastic movies for the Memphis film community--including Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, and Rush.  We have partnered with several PR firms to insure that even more freebies will be screened in 2014.

--Mixers!  Yes, the quarterly mixers are returning.  One for each season.  The first is coming up in just a couple weeks (stay tuned to the MFS Facebook page for the event posting) and is sponsored by Jungle Software.  In addition to mixing it up with Memphis film folks and actors, we will be giving away a few copies of Jungle Software's killer film production software, Chimpanzee.  Who knows?  There may be a few additional surprises and giveaways, too...

It all adds up to a great year ahead.  Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter to get direct invites to the events (in the sidebar) and let us know if there's something else that we need to be doing for the Memphis independent film scene.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Oct 30 -- Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Halloween!

Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the 1978 classic, “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” with a series of HALLOWEEN films on the big screen. The celebration begins in October with the nationwide release of “John Carpenter’s Halloween” and continues through the month with “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” in select theaters. Each of these films will be presented in a striking, new HD transfer and 5.1 audio.

All three of these films will be screened for one ticket price at the Malco Paradiso (584 South Mendenhall) this Wednesday, Oct 30 starting at 7pm.  You won't want to miss this one time opportunity--and what better way to kick off the 2013 Indie Memphis Film Festival that starts the very next day!

More information is on the Malco Website and on the Halloween Screenvision page.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Advance Screening -- RUSH

Join the Memphis Film Society with supporting the new Universal Pictures production RUSH by attending the advance screening of the film tonight, Thursday Sep 12 (7pm) for FREE!  Use this link to RSVP for the screening tonight and to receive two free admissions to the movie.  The screening takes place at the Malco Paradiso theater at 7pm.

RUSH features Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde--and is directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard.  Here is the official synopsis:

The epic action-drama stars Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) as the charismatic Englishman James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) as the disciplined Austrian perfectionist Niki Lauda, whose clashes on the Grand Prix racetrack epitomized the contrast between these two extraordinary characters, a distinction reflected in their private lives.  Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, RUSH portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed -- handsome English playboy Hunt and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Lauda.  Taking us into their personal lives on and off the track, RUSH follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut to victory and no margin for error.  If you make one mistake, you die.

See you at the movies!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

2013 Memphis 48 Hour Film Project

It's that time again!  We are two weeks away from this year's competition (July 26-28) and we are stoked!  We are on the cusp of passing our last year's team totals and we are kicking off a new series of mixers tonight to help teams with recruiting their cast and crew.

Today's mixer (Sunday, July 14) will be at the Slider Inn in Memphis at 6pm--and we hope to host a second mixer in the next weeks leading up to the festival weekend.  In the meantime, if you haven't signed up for a team this year, you need to act fast!

This year's event is hosted by The Cove and this spot will act as the venue for our kickoff get-together, the turnin event, and the wrapup party/awards ceremony.  All of these events are included for free with the weekend of shooting--and your film will screen at Malco Studio on the Square on the big screen for you and your family/friends to see.

So sign up today for a team (the cost can be split amongst the members of your team) at the official Memphis 48 Hour Film Project website and get ready for a weekend of exhaustion and fun!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Zero Dark Thirty Mixer

With the new year comes a new direction for the Memphis Film Society.  Last night kicked off the first of this year's quarterly mixers--and with the new "quarterly mixer" program (vs. monthly or bi-monthly in years past) comes a new way to party and mix it up with the Memphis film scene.

In addition to featuring a speaker, we will also focus on a film of particular artistic merit that will be playing soon in Memphis.  This time around that film was Zero Dark Thirty, the new blockbuster from director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker).  Lucky Memphians are being treated to an advance screening of the movie Wednesday, January 9th (7:30pm) at the Malco Paradiso theater and MFS had free passes to the screening to give away and lots of free swag for those attending the mixer (including official ZDT t-shirts, cinema posters, and mini-posters).

Of course, we also had a great speaker on hand, Bard Cole (associate producer of the WKNO television program Professor Ghoul's Horror School), who brought along his co-producer Mike Degnan as a bonus!

There will be three more official mixers this year--and, hopefully, even more opportunities to promote films that are coming to Memphis (and to help spread the word about their screenings).  That said, there are still tickets available for the advance screening of Zero Dark Thirty to purchase at Malco Paradiso--and the movie will be in Memphis for it's wide-release debut this Friday, January 11.  So hit the theater and support this wonderful film.  You can also get more info about the movie by visiting the film's official website.
A big thank you to Fuel Film for supporting last night's mixer, as well as Sony Pictures and Allied Integrated Marketing for bringing Zero Dark Thirty early to Memphis (and for all the free goodies to give to the Memphis film community).  We also want to thank the Hi-Tone for hosting the mixer, Bard and Mike for speaking, and every person who came out and supported the event.

See you all at the next mixer!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Free Advance Screening - Here Comes the Boom

Join the Memphis Film Society with supporting Columbia Pictures new movie Here Comes the Boom starring Kevin James.  Columbia Pictures invites you and your family to an advance screening of the upcoming comedy HERE COMES THE BOOM starring Kevin James, Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek.

In this PG-rated, hilarious, heart-warming film James portrays a high school teacher who takes up MMA Fighting in hopes of winning enough prize money to save his school’s music program. The trailer can be viewed on the film’s official site

RSVP through this link on (you may have to set up a free account for claiming your tickets) to reserve your free tickets for this advance screening on Wednesday, September 26 at the Malco Majestic theater (7pm).  Just remember to arrive early--and all passes/seats are first come first served.

 About the movie:

HERE COMES THE BOOM (Columbia Pictures)
Genre: Comedy
Rating: PG
Release Date: Friday, October 12, 2012
Run Time: 1 hour 45 Minutes
Starring: Kevin James, Henry Winkler, Salma Hayek
Official Site:
In the comedy Here Comes the Boom, former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school. 

Thank you for supporting MFS and Columbia Pictures by attending this free advance screening!