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Friday, June 09, 2006


The feature film Act One, which recently claimed Best Narrative Feature in the hometowner category at 2005’s Indie Memphis Film Festival and screened for two weeks in full engagement at Malco Theatres, is now available on DVD home video. Act One is the latest award-winning film from Old School Pictures, a Memphis filmmaking collective that has been making movies together since 1998.

The Act One DVD has been mastered through a professional dual-layer replication process – the same method of disc production that has become the industry standard in Hollywood. In addition to the film itself, the Act One DVD boasts an abundance of special features to complement the movie including:

- Motion menus
- Dolby Digital 2.0
- Scene Selection
- Feature Commentary with director Brad Ellis and writer/actor Allen Gardner
- Feature Commentary with lighting designer John Moore, producer Mark Norris, and director of photography Matt Weatherly
- ‘One More Take’ – Behind the Scenes of Act One featurette
- Deleted Scenes with optional director commentary
- Audition Reel
- Outtake Reel
- Photo Slideshow with commentary by photographer Michael Norris
- News Channel 3 “Live at 9” interview with Mark Norris and Matt Weatherly
- News Channel 3 “Live at 9” interview with Brad Ellis and Allen Gardner
- Time Warner TV spots
- Q107.5 Radio Interview with Brad Ellis
- Movie Review by Film Commissioner Linn Sitler

The discs are available at $15 each, a price that includes both tax and shipping. You can purchase the DVD by visiting www.oldschoolpictures.net, or by contacting mail@oldschoolpictures.net.

This romantic comedy-drama stars Allen Gardner – who also wrote the screenplay – and Bettina Adger of Los Angeles, as well as stage actors Casey Cannon and Joey Watson of Memphis. The film also features a cameo by local character-actor Jerry Chipman of 21 Grams.

The film was directed and co-produced by Brad Ellis who, along with co-producing partners Mark Norris and Matt Weatherly of Old School Pictures, previously won the Hometowner Narrative Feature category at the 2002 Indie Memphis Film Festival with their thriller, The Path of Fear. Featuring over 50 speaking roles and utilizing locations all within Memphis, Act One is a light-hearted yet moving story about a young man, Kevin Hansen, and his journey into adulthood.

More information on Act One or the cast and crew of Old School Pictures can be found at www.oldschoolpictures.net.

Brad Ellis, Director – Old School Pictures
(901) 229-0753 E-mail: brad@oldschoolpictures.net
Brian Churchill, Co-Producer – Old School Pictures
(901) 754-6675 E-mail: churchillstudios@aol.com

Thursday, February 23, 2006

march at the co-op

March at the MeDiA Co-op
1000 S. Cooper Memphis, TN 38104 901-278-9077

    • 7:30-8:00 Open House/Membership sign up
    • 8:00-9:00 Mark Jones(Writer/Director/Producer) and Ryan Parker(DP/Editor/Director), who collaborated on the international festival hit, Eli Parker is Getting Married, will talk about their experience both on Eli, and on their latest, yet to be released fature film, Fraternity Massacre. They will show clips, and take questions about their projects.
  • Saturday March 4th 10am-6pm- - AUDITIONS for new Sawed-Off Collaboratory Film
    • This auditon is by appointment only, so please email Morgan@mediaco-op.org to set a time slot, and to recieve more information. More on Sawef-Off Collaboratory HERE.
  • Saturday March 25th 2:00pm - the First ever LIVE FROM MEMPHIS LIL' FILM FESTIVAL
    • Live From Memphis is pleased to present its first ever theme-based, mini-festival:
      LIL' FILM FEST!! "What is Lil' Film Fest?" you ask. Well, there's always something weird, strange, unusual, funny, or at least interesting happening around town, so we figured, Why not turn those happenings into lil' films? This first ever Lil Film Fest theme is: Baptist Hospital Implosion. For info on how to enter your film into this festival, go HERE.
      ALSO, please visit LIVE FROM MEMPHIS regularily to see what an amazing resource they are. Thanks.

DON'T FORGET about the rest of FEBRUARY:

  • Friday Feb 24th, and Saturday Feb 25th at the MeDiA Co-op, Memphis' first ever SGL Film Festval, featuring films with GBLT people in the African American community in celebration of Black History Month. Films begin at 7:00pm on Friday, and at Noon on Saturday, including many *Award winning films never before seen in Memphis.

  • ACT ONE at Studio on the Square (Extended for a second week!!!). The winner of this years Indie Memphis Best Hometown Feature award, ACT ONE is a very solid film. Don't miss this Old School Productions film while it's still enchanting audiences during its now two week-long run at Malco's mid-town Studio on the Square. For more info: GO HERE

Auditions for new Sawed-Off film

written by John Roemer, and Morgan Jon Fox.

  • Closed auditions, by appointment only on: Saturday, March 4th 10am-6pm at the MeDiA Co-op: 1000 S. Cooper Mem, Tn (yes, this time has changed since we last posted about it)
To make an appointment, please email: morgan@mediaco-op.org

**All ages/colors/sizes/orientations/etc encouraged. ***especially encouraged are people who've never acted before, but who are interesting, who care about life, who are comfortable in their skin, who are gender outlaws, and bursting at the seems with wonderful ways of looking at life, etc etc and so on.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Old School Pictures Announces Malco’s Week-Long Engagement of “Act One” at Studio on the Square

Old School Pictures is going to be running "Act One" at Studio on the Square from Friday, February 17 to Thursday, February 23. Malco has graciously offered to co-sponsor a full week run for the film. That's 4 shows a day for 28 total screenings! Come and check out the film if you didn't get to see it at Indie Memphis where it won Best Local Feature! Check it out 2 or 3 times, there will be plenty of opportunities! If this run is successful then Malco will surely be open to sponsoring these types of events in the future, which will benefit everyone in the local film community. Tickets will be available through all the normal Malco outlets, and showtimes will be featured on their site as well as the newspaper. For more details about the film, including cast and crew info, photos, and the trailer, be sure to bust on over to Old School Pictures.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Curbside Confessions Audition Feb 11th

Cowboy-Up Productions will be holding auditions for the full length feature film titled Curbside Confessions at the Media Co-Op Saturday Feb 11th from 9am till noon.

Tagline: There are no good people. There are no bad people. There are the decisions people make.

Curbside Confession revolves around four unrelated stories that come together on one night, confronting issues such as prejudice, violence, and drugs, but that is not what Curbside Confessions is truly about. It's about how ordinary people prevail over such issues. It's about redemption, love, loyalty, reunion, morality, doing the right thing no matter the cost, overcoming prejudice, and humanity.

For additional information:

For bios and sides please contact us at: CowboyUpProductions@gmail.com

We at Cowboy Up would like to thank the Media Co-Op and all of it coordinators for all the hard work and dedication they put forth for the Memphis film making community. They are truly amazing and I am grateful for all they do!!!

Arnold Edwards II
Cowboy-Up Prod.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


MeDiA Co-op February News
After nearly four years of hosting free workshops every Tuesday night at the co-op, we have decided to limit the Tuesday night workshops to the FIRST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH. This will allow us to host other workshop formats, and programs that are more intensive and diverse. We are developing a couple of intensive, multi-week workshops that will have limited enrollment. We will send out a notice on the progression of these programs as they are developed. Thanks to those of you who've attended the workshops over the years, your committment has been very valluable. We look forward to what the co-op will evolve into over time with the continued support of the local community....ok, so for the events this month:

  • Thursday, Feb 2nd @ 7pm : Music On Film Workshop . $25(gen admission), $15(students), FREE to Recording Academy members.

The Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy® and The Recording Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) presents a special Music On Film Workshop featuring panelist Karyn Rachtman and moderator Ralph Sutton.

Featured guests:
Karyn Rachtman has been a musical supervisor and producer for a multitude of motion pictures, including Boogie Nights, Bulworth, North Country, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Reality Bites.

Ralph Sutton has a well-established background in the music industry as a recording engineer and record producer. Over his more than twenty years of experience, he's worked with music industry elite, from Stevie Wonder to Prince, and Motley Crue to Marvin Gaye.

Seating is limited. Attendees must R.S.V.P. to reserve their space, courtneyb@grammy.com or 901.525.1340.

  • Saturday Feb 4th @ 10am-2pm: Open Casting Call

Oddly Buoyant Productions, makers of 2004 Indie Memphis award winner "Automusik Can Do No Wrong", are seeking actors for their new movie "Eat." All sizes, shapes, races, and sexes needed. Real-life experience in a restaurant is a plus.

For more information, email: mail@oddlybuoyant.com.

  • Tuesday Feb 7th @ 7:30pm: Forum/Workshop
An open-call to the local film community to discuss the FIRST ANNUAL MID-SOUTH INDPENDENT FILMMAKERS CONFERENCE. We are looking to get input from all directors, actors, writers, crew, etc from around the Mid-South about ideas for the Conference. Everyone is invited to this planning session.


Family and Friends Magazine is sponsoring a SGL Film Festival the 24th or 25th of February, and The Peace and Justice Center is sponsoring a film screening on Sunday, FEB 19th @ 6pm of a 9-11 related documentary. Another casting call for a local film will take place on Sat, FEB 11th from 9am-12pm organized by Arnold Edwards. Email: kugar13@gmail.com for more info.

More info on these and other events at the Co-op will be posted soon at www.mediaco-op.org

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Improv classes this month @ the Co-op

Practice your improv skills with students from Red West's Acting for the Camera classes and other interested actors. Red is starring in "Glory Road," opening officially on Jan. 13 and whipping up lots of buzz, so his classes are on hiatus for a few weeks. You can keep your chops in tune at these two classes on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 from 7-10 p.m. at the MeDiA Co-op (1000 S.Cooper). Cost is $10, part of which goes to support the Co-op.

Coaches include:
SAG-eligible actor/screenwriter Forrest Pruett ("Forty Shades of Blue"); SAG actor Michael Travis Stone ("Ray"); Indie director Arnold Edwards II and writer/actor Jon W. Sparks.

For more info, contact forrestpruett@bellsouth.net or call 382-3305.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Tales From SVA: First 16mm project - Critique

So today was the day that we showed the 16mm lighting project (linked below) to our class and production teacher. Over all I think our class was sort of bothered by the abstractness. it was uhm... maybe they liked it but weren't sure why. people complimented us afterwards though so that's nice.
Our teacher said the one thing he didn't like about it was the few shots of jackie dancing where it was hella dark and all you could see is like her arms. Cat's solo dancing was like that too. I think what happened there was that the contrast on the camera turned to black or something. the bolex we rented was slightly different and had some settings that I was never taught.
Anyone familiar with bolex cameras? cause this little triangle thing kept popping up in the bottom left of the viewfinder. anyone have any clue as to what that is?
p.s. morgan wanted me to have a little icon at the end of my posts so now I do.

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