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!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fall 2012 Film News

Allotrope Media team shoots their 48HFP movie
With the summer heat behind us, the Memphis film community has a lot going on--and the monthly mixers can once again resume!  But that doesn't mean we haven't been busy... 

MFS has supported four independent pictures with their screenings in Memphis (including Peace, Love & Misunderstanding and Your Sister's Sister from IFC Films), supported the first ever 48 Hour Film Project weekend in Memphis, and co-hosted a DSLR Filmmaking course with Fuel Film!

Now, going into Fall, there's some great news to share with everyone:

The Memphis 48 Hour Film Project will return for 2013.  With a successful inaugural year under its belt, the 48HFP will be happening again next year.  Create a team and shoot your own short movie--in 48 hours--with other Memphis filmmakers and compete for prizes.  In addition to the fun involved with accomplishing this feat, teams also get to attend three get-togethers (this year they were at the Hi-Tone Cafe), attend an awards ceremony, and even see their movie screened at Malco's Studio on the Square!  It's a lot of fun, so stay tuned to the official website and sign up for the mailing list there to keep informed.

Fall mixers are kicking off Thursday, October 11.  Now that we can all stand comfortably outside with a drink in our hand to mix it up, MFS will be hosting the first Fall mixer on October 11.  Location and speaker will be announced on the Facebook event page next week, so be sure to 'Like' our Facebook page to get updates about our events and mixers.

Fuel Film is hosting the Fuel Film: Expo 2012.  With three separate event tracks for Actors, Crew, and Filmmakers, this year's event promises to be a weekend of fun and education.  Weekend passholders get a goodie bag--and everyone can come to the Friday night kickoff party!  The event is scheduled for September 28-30 and more details (as well as tickets) can be gotten at Fuel Film's website.

In addition to all this, another DSLR Filmmaking class will be coming soon--as well as a screenwriting intensive/weekend--so stay tuned for those events.  See you all at the next mixer!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

10 Reasons to Sign Up for the 48HFP

With the debut weekend of the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project less than a month away, we wanted to give you ten reasons to sign up your team today.  The 48HFP is unlike any other weekend film shoot or festival in Memphis and here's why...

1.  Your team and your final fee for each member is up to you!  When you register a team for the 48HFP for $125.00, that is for the whole team.  So if you have five team members, that's just $25 each.  If you have ten team members, it's $12.50.  And so on...  In fact, the bigger your team the better!  The average team size world-wide is fifteen people.

2.  The 48HFP screening at Malco Studio on the Square is YOUR premier!  These screenings are open for everyone to attend.  Your team will automatically get two free tickets--and additional tickets can be purchased for a low price for other team members who want to attend, along with family members, friends, etc.  The more the merrier!

3.  The 48HFP is a worldwide phenomenon--not just local!  There are over 100 cities that participate in this program all over the world.  And your 48HFP movie has the chance to be seen in places as diverse as the SXSW Film Festival, Cinequest, Filmapalooza, and even the Cannes Film Festival!  In addition to this, you can upload your finished movie to the website for viewing starting this fall!

4.  48HFP is a cheat-proof time based film festival.  On kickoff night, each team draws the genre of movie they will shoot--14 genres total in the competition--and they will also be provided with a line of dialogue, a character, and a prop that must be included in the movie they shoot.  Because of these requirements, it's impossible for a team to pre-shoot a high production value movie and enter it.  Everyone has the same chance at the 48HFP!

48HFP Awards Ceremony
5.  In addition to a film competition, you get four chances to party/mix it up with everyone competing!  There is a kick-off party, a turn-in party, and a wrap party (all at the Hi-Tone Cafe), as well as the screening at the Malco to keep you entertained throughout the week of fun!  What better way to celebrate the shooting of your movie?

6.  You can win an award...or multiple the 48HFP.  There are local awards--such as Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Actor, etc.  And the overall winner of the Memphis project will receive a trophy, advance to the Filmapalooza film festival, and receive a copy of Movie Magic Screenwriter Software 6.  And ten of the best overall films shot around the world will screen at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival!

7.  The inaugural year of the Memphis 48HFP is the best year to get involved.  All 48HFP cities get a price break the first year of the competition--after that the price per team goes up.  So getting involved now will let you know how much you will LOVE being in the competition and justify competing again next year!  Also, there is typically a lower turnout at the inaugural year.  Though we want as many teams as possible to get involved, chances are each year will feature more and more competitors.

8.  You can also sponsor the 48HFP!  If you don't have the time to create a team or to compete in the project, you can also sponsor the festival as a whole to get exposure along with the festival.  This is a great way to get your production company, production services, etc. out there for independent movie makers!  Just visit the website for more info.

9.  The 48HFP is fun!  You may think it's hectic shooting a short film in one weekend--and it can be--but it is also a lot of fun.  You can make your weekend as easy as shooting in one location with a few actors, or as exciting as shooting all over the city!  Bookend this process with two parties at the Hi-Tone Cafe and you have one fun weekend!

48HFP Premier Screening

10.  You matter in this film festival.  With most film festivals, you pay a fee, send in your movie, and wait months to find out that you were not accepted into the festival.  This is not the case with 48HFP.  EVERY movie gets screened and treated to the red carpet at this event.  Also, since the Memphis 48HFP is working through social networks, you are also the important element with getting word out about the event.  So, you matter to us!

The 1st Memphis 48 Hour Film Project is scheduled for the weekend of July 13-15, with the screenings scheduled for July 17/18 and the Wrap Party/Awards Ceremony on July 21.  Learn more about the event and sign up your team on the official Memphis 48HFP website--and be sure to sign up for the newsletter there too!  You can also help us get word about about the event by posting a badge to your blog/website and liking/sharing our Facebook page.

See you at the event!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Peace Love & Misunderstand in Memphis!

Join the Memphis Film Society and IFC Films with welcoming the independent feature film Peace, Love & Misunderstanding to Memphis!  The movie kicked off this past week at Malco's Studio on the Square and it will be playing throughout the weekend--and it needs your support!

Here's more about the movie:

Two-time Academy Award-nominated director Bruce Beresford (DRIVING MISS DAISY, MAO'S LAST DANCER) showcases a brilliant performance from two-time Academy Award-winner Jane Fonda in PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING. 

For uptight Manhattan lawyer Diane (Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener), crazy means driving her teenage son Jake (Nat Wolff) and daughter Zoe (Elizabeth Olsen) to Woodstock to visit their grandmother Grace (Fonda). The crazy part is that the kids have never met Grace. In fact, Diane hasn't spoken to her mother in twenty years. Grace is the epitome of the term “hippie”: she stages protests and hootenannies in the town square, smokes (and sells) a lot of dope, and howls at the moon once a month with her goddess-worshipping girlfriends. But what’s meant to be a weekend getaway turns into a summer adventure of romance, music, family secrets, and self-discovery. 

PEACE, LOVE AND MISUNDERSTANDING is a heartfelt comedy and a story about second chances and the things that divide and reunite families.

We need more movies like this screening in Memphis!  So support IFC Films and Malco Studio on the Square with the future screenings of this project.  For more information, please visit the films Facebook page (and like them, too!) and go to the Studio on the Square website to get show times and to purchase advance tickets for the movie.  

See you there!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

May Mixer - 48 Hour Film Project

Come on out for the Memphis Film Society May mixer and hear speaker Mark King talk about the upcoming Memphis 48 Hour Film Project.  Here are the details about this new event:


The 48 Hour Film Project, the largest filmmaking competition in the world, is coming to Memphis!  In a wild, sleepless weekend,  you and your team will make a short movie from scratch - that is writing, shooting, and editing in only 48 hours. On Friday, July 13 you will get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue and a genre, all in to include in your move. By Sunday, July 15, the movie must be complete. Each completed film is guaranteed a screening at Studio on the Square the following week.

To be a part of 48HFP, register online starting May 15 at:

Registration costs $125 per team, space will fill up quickly so register as soon as possible. The is no limit on how many people can be on a team.

For more information contact, Mark King, Memphis Producer of the 48 Hour Film  Project at

Meet other Mid-South filmmakers, spend 48 hours in intense movie making, have your film screened at the Studio on the Square, and compete to represent Memphis against the other 48HFP cities around the world!  The top films from around the world screen each year at the Cannes Film Festival!

Come out and make a movie!
The whole weekend sounds like it will be a blast since it includes a Kick-Off Party,  a Drop-Off Party, a screening of the movies that are shot, and a Wrap Party with awards!  Visit the official website of the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project and be sure to like them on their Facebook page
To hear more about this fun-filled weekend, come out to our May mixer Thursday, May 24 at Sky Grille (7pm) and stick around to mix it up through an open mic night hosted by local singer/songwriter Tori Tollison.   Details about the mixer can be found on Facebook--RSVP for the event if possible.

See you there!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Coming Soon!

2012 is off to a great start with a DSLR workshop, a Movie Nite! screening of Willy Bearden's One Came Home, and a mixer under our belt.  But that is only the beginning...

We have several events coming soon in the near future, including more screenings and mixers, more workshops, and a weekend writing workshop geared just for screenwriters.  What more could you need to get your movie production up and running?

That said, there are more plans for this year's calendar and we will be actively seeking movies to screen at our Movie Nite! events.  If you have a completed feature film (narrative or documentary) and you'd like to screen it before a local audience (even as a cast/crew event or test screening), let us know at  We are also taking suggestions for speakers at our mixers--as well as for new, fun locations to host our mixers at.

It all adds up to a great 2012 so be sure to 'like' us on Facebook (link is in the sidebar) and to join our email list on this website.  Cheers!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

DSLR Filmmaking Crash Course

FuelFilm:Memphis and the Memphis Film Society invite you to learn what it takes to develop, shoot, and distribute your independent feature film using the power of a DSLR camera, Saturday February 11 and Sunday February 12 from 9am to 4 pm both days (with lunch on your own).  Join us at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee Street, Memphis, TN, where only $40 buys an unbelievable amount of instruction!

This course covers all aspects of production—development, pre-production, production, and post-production/distribution—all with the use of a low budget and a DSLR camera.  Topics include script development, planning your workflow, blocking and shooting, adhering to a budget/schedule, creating a viable product that WILL be distributable, and (of course) DSLR cinematography (though attendees can also opt to shoot with a different camera if they choose to).  Attendees are encouraged to bring writing materials and a USB thumb drive for class materials and extras since a LOT of information will be provided during the two day course.
Space is limited!  Register here at Eventbrite!

**About the Instructor**

Rich Newman is the founder of the Memphis Film Society and has worked in video and film production for over ten years.  His credits include six feature films (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Alamo, and Friday Night Lights to name a few), numerous short films, and he recently directed/produced the feature film Ghosts of War.  He also worked as a script judge for the Austin Film Festival, was involved with the SXSW Film Festival, and taught guerilla filmmaking at the University of Memphis.  Rich studied film direction at New York University and DSLR filmmaking at the Canon Masters of Light course.