The On Location: MEMPHIS International Film & Music Festival (OL:M) recognizes that each artist and filmmaker is an independent business owner. Therefore, through the festival, OL:M has set out to schedule discussions and connect filmmakers and artists with service providers who not only can help them create their art, but also assist with their business. This year four industry discussions are scheduled throughout the festival, while a new business expo will provide a way for business owners and entertainment industry professionals to establish connections.
The discussions kick off at noon on Friday September 4, with Christie Taylor, Acquisitions Coordinator for Black Lava Films, and Linda O. Olszewski, Acquisitions Consultant for Shorts HD, and their discussion on “Distribution for Short Films.” The 90-minute program will take place at Ardent Studios in Midtown Memphis. Later that afternoon Johnnie Walker will host “Do You Know Johnnie Walker?” at 3 p.m inside Cooper Walker Place. Walker is the Executive Director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission. She will discuss the knowledge she learned during her time on the major level at Island Def Jam and how she is using it to help indie artists.
On Saturday, September 5, DJ Jus Borne and Allen Hayes will conduct a DJ and producer discussion on “Creating Music For Today’s Audience.” This discussion is scheduled at Cooper Walker Place at 12:30 pm. At the same time at Malco Studio on the Square, Trey Haley, the founder and CEO of Tri Destined Studios, along with industry veteran Leo Hall will discuss “How to Get Film Distribution.” Haley’s film The Man in 3B will screen at 6:30 that evening.
In addition to the panels, this year OL:M will feature a two-day business expo. The expo will take place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Cooper Walker Place on Friday, September 4, and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the same location on Saturday, September 5. Loudpac.com and Fluid Future Studios will be providing equipment demonstrations, while businesses ranging from law firms to hairstylists and personal trainers will take part in the event. DJ Andre Money will provide tunes on Saturday, and there will be giveaways from all businesses raffled off during the two days. The Unreal Radio Blog will also be on hand interviewing guest filmmakers.
The full slate of businesses includes: LoudPac.com, Fluid Future Studios, Tennessee Women in Film & Media, Positioned For Millions: Entertainment Business Affairs Service, The Grove Recording Studio, Unreal Radio Blog, Unreal Film Festival, Sherri the Stylist, Stokes and Glass, PLLC, Coliseum Coalition, CDL Entertainment, MK Inventory Assessment, 1 Solution Auto Network, Mckinley’s and Busy B (Catering for Film Shoots) and personal trainer JeCarlos Crockam.
Attendance to all industry discussions and the business expo is included with festival passes or festival day passes.
On Location: MEMPHIS Film and Music Festival passes are $65, while On Location: MEMPHIS Music Festival passes (granting access to all music-related films, performances and the business expo at Cooper Walker Place) are available for $45. Friday and Saturday Film and Music single-day passes are $40 apiece, Friday and Saturday Music single day passes are $25 each, and a Sunday Film day pass is $20. VIP access to Thursday’s Mix & Mingle Preview Party at the Hard Rock Cafe is priced at $30. General admission to that event is FREE. Individual screening tickets for every film are just $8. Tickets are available via TicketLeap by visiting www.onlocationmemphis.org; promo code: SWEET16 can be used for a 25% discount.