Now Showing: Memphis Rocks


Last week we discussed the importance of crafting a legacy statement to help steer your life and priorities, while affording future generations something to cherish. This week, let us re-focus on our civic pride campaign, “Memphis Rocks,” which is now featured on thousands of T-shirts being worn around the Mid-South and in various cities around the globe.

The slogan is a fun chance to capture what makes our city special, like being the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll, but more importantly, it is a giveback with all proceeds from the effort supporting the Memphis Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial. “Memphis Rocks” is also a category at the 14th Annual Memphis International Film & Music Festival and we just extended the deadline, so you can be a part of the action.

The “On Location: Memphis International Film & Music Festival” takes place April 25-28. 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. Films are shown and the festival primarily takes place at Malco Theatres with a number of film industry workshops and music showcases sprinkled in at other venues.

“Memphis Rocks” is a community-oriented and -generated category that provides us a chance to spotlight positive stories and perspectives, heartfelt moments, toe-tapping pieces and artful narratives that capture the soul of our city. It is a chance to show the amazing work that you, your company, nonprofit or school is doing in the Mid-South. Better yet, it is completely free, so you have the freedom and opportunity to share your story and then, possibly even have your short film shown on the silver screen during a special “Memphis Rocks” showcase at the festival.

Films simply must be five minutes or less and positive in nature to fit the theme. The deadline has been extended to April 22 at noon. To enter, just upload your film to YouTube and email me the link or you can mail or drop off a DVD at our Lipscomb Pitts Building, 2670 Union Ave. Extended, Suite 100. We will soon be linking and sharing each of the submissions on our YouTube channel, lpbreakfastclubtv, and then picking the winners to play at the theater. There will be an assortment of prizes for winners, so break out your camera or phone and start channeling your inner George Lucas. Visit to learn more about the festival. Now, get going and help us show the world why Memphis Rocks!

Jeremy Park, director of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at and followed on Twitter (@lpbreakfastclub) and Facebook (