Friday, October 5, 2007

Memphis Film Society Announcements

Oct 5, 2007

Memphis News

1. Indie Memphis Film Festival
2. MFS Mixer
3. Colors Agency Acting Classes
4. Memphis International Film Festival Update
5. SAGIndie Memphis Signatory Workshop
6. Nothing But the Truth Casting

Memphis Screenings and Events

1. Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury Retrospective

Memphis Announcements

2. Volunteer Call for Indie Memphis

Memphis News

1. Indie Memphis Film Festival. The 2007 Soul of Southern Film festival will be held at the Malco Studio on the Square theatre Oct 19-25 and features several locally produced productions. You can purchase individual tickets to shows for $8.50 or pick up a Six Pack ($40) or festival pass ($70 in advance, $80 at door) at the theatre (2105 Court Street).

2. MFS Mixer. To kick off the festival unofficially, the Memphis Film Society will be hosting a mixer. Like our other mixers, this is a great opportunity for local filmmakers and producers to meet with actors, agencies, and vendors in the Memphis film community. Specifics about the mixer will be released in the next few days; we still have not decided on a venue (if you have suggestions, feel free to email them to us at

3. Colors Agency Acting Classes. Colors Agency has announced their fall schedule for classes. They will be offering a Basic Acting for Film and Television course (10 weeks) and a class on Intermediate Scene Study (6 weeks). For more information, contact Colors Agency at 901-726-9300.

4. Memphis International Film Festival Update. Today is the deadline for submitting your film to MIFF 2008 (March 27-30). However the deadline for entering the music video competition has been extended to Oct 31. More information regarding submissions and deadlines can be found at the MIFF website:

5. SAGINdie Memphis Signatory Workshop. Are you considering producing your own film? Plan to attend this workshop presented by the Screen Actors' Guild and SAGIndie. This presentation will explain SAG's various low-budget agreements and walk you through the process of signing an agreement from start to finish. The workshop is free and open to all. Malco Studio on the Square, 12-1pm, Oct 21.

6. Nothing But the Truth Casting. The film will be accepting headshots and resumes for various extra roles throughout shooting. These can be sent to:

Casting NBTT
c/0 The Memphis & Shelby Co. Film and Television Commission
50 Peabody Place, Suite 250
Memphis, TN 38103

The film stars Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, and David Schwimmer. Shooting begins Oct 10.

Memphis Screenings and Events

1. Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury Retrospective. Every Picture Tells a Story: an evening with Geoffrey Brent Shrewsbury to celebrate the release of his retrospective anthology DVD. Memphis College of Art (Overton Park, 1930 Poplar Avenue), Oct 13, 7pm.

Memphis Announcements

1. ZoMBiEz!! has been selected for the 10th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival. It is scheduled to screen on Sunday, Oct 21 @ 5:15pm and on Wednesday, Oct 24 @ 1:10pm at Malco's Studio on the Square. Lets pack the house and have a laugh! Invite everyone you know. Pass this on and tell all your friends.

2. Volunteer Call for Indie Memphis. Indie Memphis wants you to volunteer to work at this year's film festival. Volunteers are wanted Oct 19-25. Shifts are two hours long and volunteers get a screening pass per shift worked, along with a nifty t-shirt. Interested parties should contact with info and availability.

If you have an event, screening, or want to publish an announcment through the Memphis Film Society, please send the details to

Rich Newman
Memphis Film Society

Friday, July 6, 2007

Memphis Film Society Is Official

After months of organizing, re-organizing, and working with the local legal eagles, the Memphis Film Society is now a formal 501(c) non-profit organization. What does this mean? It means that MFS will be able to provide more services to you, the Memphis film community.

That said, September 2007 will be the big rollout month for us. Here's what to expect for September and beyond...

Monthly Mixers. After our 'test' mixer last March, we realized this would be a great opportunity for members of the community to meet and greet with each other in a 'low pressure' environment. It was also great for everyone to meet the powers-that-be behind the Memphis International Film Festival! Starting September, MFS will be hosting regular monthly mixers with our partner Celtic Crossing in Midtown.

Memphis Moving Pictures. As part of our first purchase as a non-profit, we managed to get a theatre quality digital projector and portable screen system. So, September will kick off our newest program: Memphis Moving Pictures. Every month we will be hosting unique screenings of films in unique settings. Imagine watching Jaws while swimming in a lake, or Friday the 13th in the middle of the woods! In addition to these types of fun screenings, we will also be featuring the works of local producers/directors.

Workshops. One great asset MFS had from the get-go was contacts. And what good are contacts if we don't use them? We will be hosting regular workshops focusing on training local crew members and providing them with the tools they will need to get into the local union. We will also be bringing in instructors to work with local actors as well.

Weekly Newsletter. Members of MFS will receive a weekly e-zine that will list local/national film news, cast/crew calls, and film events that will be happening around Memphis. You'll never miss an important casting call again with our help.

Other programs will follow as we get our office up and rolling: A grant program, annual gala, and members only discounts with local film service providers just for a start! Stay tuned in August for our official rollout e-zine.

If you have not yet signed up for the Memphis Film Society (it's free!), send us a quick email to with 'Add me!' in the subject line and you're as good as in!

Rich Newman
Memphis Film Society

Friday, March 23, 2007

Film Mixer Successful!

With a turnout of 100+ for our first film mixer, we are more than pleased here at the Memphis Film Society. With a crowd that included actors, gaffers, directors, talent agents, casting agents, and local resources, the Network Memphis Film Mixer at Celtic Crossing was a great success.

We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to come out and support local, Memphis film by attending the mixer and purchasing passes for the Memphis International Film Festival. Next month's mix should prove to be even bigger and better. With a scheduled speaker, free swag, plenty of networking opportunities, and a night of awesome food and drink at Celtic Crossing, the April mix will satisfy everyone.

Stay tuned for more info regarding the next mix, as well as our first Memphis Film Society screening that should be hitting next month. And it won't be just any about a screening with the filmmaker in attendance, food and drinks, and giveaways? More info will be coming soon...

Hey, send us your email address and we'll get you on the mailing list. Contact us at for all the latest. Cheers!

Rich Newman
Memphis Film Society

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

1st Ever Network Memphis Film Mixer

The Memphis Film Society is proud to announce that the first of our monthly programs will be rolling out this month! The 1st Network Memphis Film Mixer will be held on March 21, 6pm at the Celtic Crossing Irish pub (903 South Cooper) in the Outdoor patio area. This is the day before the Memphis International Film Festival kicks off--so use this mixer as a chance to make contacts, plan your schedule, and organize!

In addition to networking with other local filmmakers, actors, and film crew, the Memphis Film Forum will be on hand to sell advance tickets and passes to the 8th Annual Memphis International Film Festival.

The Celtic Crossing will be offering drink specials, great food at a great price, and a night of trivia competition after the mixer as well, so lets get the word out about this event!

Come on out and join us for an event that will only grow over the next few months. More info about the mixer, as well as a possible speaker will be released later. Feel free to contact us at with any questions, suggestions, or input concerning the Memphis Film Society or the Network Memphis mixers.

Posted by: Rich Newman

Monday, February 26, 2007


This is the beginner site for the Memphis Film Society. My name is Rich Newman and I'm in the process of setting up this organization. I will be updating this site with new information over the next few months as things develop. The MFS will be for filmmakers, film enthusiasts, and industry professionals involved with the Memphis film scene--this includes actors!

In addition to hosting monthly mixers and screenings, the Society will also be setting up a filmmaker's grant program, a local short film festival, and setting up a small studio in Memphis that filmmakers can use for screenings, dailies, casting calls, production meetings, etc.--though all of this may be a couple years down the line!

I'm very excited to be a part of Memphis' film scene, and I look forward to meeting everyone in the Memphis film industry at our first mixer in March 2007. Stay tuned as the organization gets off the ground, and we start accepting memberships/sponsorships. For now, please email me with your email address and I will add you to the e-mailings for all the Society events, which are all free of charge. Cheers!

Rich Newman
Founder, Memphis Film Society