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VOL. 127 | NO. 212 | Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Jeremy Park

Memphis Rocks in Film Festival

By Jeremy Park

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Last week we discussed Crosstown Arts, which is a local nonprofit working to cultivate the arts and revitalize the Sears Crosstown Building. This week let us refocus on “Memphis Rocks,” which recently was the subject of a reader-response series featuring your perspectives on what makes Memphis so unique and special. As a quick refresher, “Memphis Rocks” is a civic pride campaign that promotes our city and is designed as a give back, supporting the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial. Now for the exciting news: Memphis Rocks will be a category at the 14th Annual Memphis International Film & Music Festival.

The On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival takes place April 25-28, 2013. The festival has a reputation for showcasing some of the finest independent films from around the world in categories of features, documentaries, live action shorts, animation and music videos. It is a powerful vehicle for Memphis tourism, attracting a vast array of celebrities, like Morgan Freeman, Holly Hunter, Cybill Shepherd and Tom Berenger, as well as other industry professionals, such as writers, directors, producers and investors, from all around the nation and various other countries. Films are shown and the festival primarily takes place at Malco theaters with a number of film industry workshops and music showcases sprinkled in at other venues.

So, “Memphis Rocks,” just like feature films and documentaries, is now a category at the upcoming film festival. This gives us a catch-all platform to share positive stories, heartfelt moments, toe-tapping pieces and artful narratives that capture the soul of our city. It is an avenue to creatively share your perspective on what makes Memphis great or showcase the amazing work you and your company, nonprofit or school are doing in the community. Even more, it is a public category where you have complete freedom to either tap into your inner-George Lucas or simply have fun making a film with your phone or laptop. Either way, “Memphis Rocks” will give you the chance to share your story and possibly see your masterpiece played on the silver screen, just like a celebrity!

Films must be five minutes or less and there will be five sub-categories for judging: individuals, schools, nonprofits, corporations and a viewer’s choice award. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 28. Each of the films will be featured on a “Memphis Rocks” YouTube channel where viewers can vote on their favorites. For integrity purposes, there is a nominal submission fee of $25, which will be donated to the MPD Fallen Officer Memorial in keeping with the “Memphis Rocks” theme and effort. There will be an assortment of prizes for winners in each category, so break out your camera or phone and visit www.onlocationmemphis.org to learn more and submit your film. Let’s show the world why Memphis Rocks!

Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com and followed on Twitter (@lpbreakfastclub) and Facebook (facebook.com/lpbreakfastclub).

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