Memphis named #14 "Best Place to Live and Work as a Moviemaker 2018"

January 17th, 2018

MovieMaker Magazine announced this morning that its editors have once more chosen Memphis to its annual list of “Best Places to Live and Work as a Moviemaker” – ranking Memphis as #14 “Best Place” for 2018.

Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler credits the selection of Memphis to the prestigious list to the following accomplishments in 2017: “…the continued growth of the Memphis independent filmmaking community, an influx of prestigious productions from out-of-town, and the launch of former Hollywood director Tom Shadyac’s own brand of independent filmmaking in his adopted hometown, Memphis.”

Click here to read the post from Moviemaker Magazine ranking Memphis #14 in "Big Cities"

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Above: Memphis moviemaking champion Tom Shadyac sets up a shot of Brian Banks with DP Ricardo Diaz. Photograph by Katherine Bombay

Incentivized by Tennessee’s state production incentive program, Shadyac’s feature, “Brian Banks,” is based on a true-life story of social injustice. It marks the beginning of his plans to produce films here. At the same time, Shadyac has begun training young people – especially from the city’s inner city – in the skills needed for filmmaking.  Also shot in Memphis and state-incentivized, the faith-based film, “Indivisible,” directed by Memphian David Evans, promises to be a hit when distributed this year by Provident Films. Indie Memphis, the city’s year-round celebration of film, enjoyed record-breaking festival attendance and expanded its year-round screenings and workshops. Also in 2017, the documentary “Best of Enemies” won a national Emmy, marking the first time a Memphian had won the award for a production conceived and developed in Memphis. Emmy winner and co-director/co-writer/co-producer Robert Gordon headed a largely Memphis-based team of producers, crew, and musicians.

Among the locally-based companies assisted in 2017 by The Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission Office were: Hotkey Studios, Made in Memphis Entertainment, Oddly Buoyant Productions, Old School Pictures, Running Pony Productions, Unapologetic Records, Archer Malmo, 88 1/3 Productions, VIA Productions, Roundtrip Films, Inherent Media, Music + Arts Studio, Optimum Studios, Woodliff Photography, Media Ranch, Cat + Fish, U-BABY, Truth Shall Rise, Grace works Pictures, and Sevans Films.

Out-of-town originating productions assisted in 2017 included those airing on numerous U.S. television networks -- HBO, The Discovery Channel, The Food Network, E!, Comedy Central, National Geographic, TLC, NBC, The Travel Channel, TV One, Lifetime, CNN, OWN, and PBS. Foreign shoots assisted in 2017 included those for the BBC, Arte + Wdr (Germany), Sky Arts (UK), and Voyage TV (France).

Learn more about the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commission.

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