On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival

OL:M Shorts FestivalThe 2nd Annual On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival  at the Hard Rock Cafe Memphis is a one-of-a-kind festival. This festival is located on historic Beale Street.  Every Tuesday night during the month of July, OL:M  will screen short films in the short categories of Live Action, Animation and Documentary. Shorts are reviewed by the audience on the spot.  The top film from each category is automatically screened during the 17th Annual On Location: MEMPHIS International Film and Music Festival in August.  Live music will also be a part of each Tuesday night program.  In addition, every night of the festival patrons can secure vouchers for the 17th Annual On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival good for Two (2) festival passes for $20.00.   This deal offered ONLY during the Shorts Festival.


The 2016 Official Selections


Live Action (July 5)

How I Got Made

How I Got Made – Nashville, TN

In 1981, young Gaby learns lessons about loyalty, the movies and family. She puts these new skills to work in a unique way as she helps her younger brother defeat the school bully after watching “The Godfather” with their Dad.




Melancholy – Antioch, TN

Melancholy is a heartwarming story of a young woman struggling with major depressive disorder who find love and support in the face of a debilitating disease. Melancholy gives a honest face to the millions of people suffering from major depressive disorder. In one day we experience the life of Sara, at her lowest, crippled by her depression and gasping for air as she searches for a way out. She looks everywhere she can for help and ultimately finds it in the support of her friends.


Test Drive

Test Drive

Test Drive  – Mahwah, NJ

A customer shocks a salesman with an unusual test drive.




A Matter of Principle

A Matter of Principle

A Matter of Principle – Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, England

Two sisters get an early morning call to help an old friend who has been injured in circumstances he’s reluctant to explain in a place he has no right to be.






Lunch – Northridge, CA

A young man plans to relax in the park next to his office, but a zealous street performer has plans of his own.




Animation (July 12)

Rabbit Blood

Rabbit Blood

Rabbit Blood – Astoria, NY
Just an ordinary day at an old mysterious Turkish country house where its residents have an extraordinary way of brewing tea.




The Beach Boy

The Beach Boy

The Beach Boy- Berlin
A story of two star-crossed lovers in ancient Vietnam. Baeed on a traditional folk tale and adapted for animation in a style inspired by local Asian art styles.





Natural Attraction

Natural Attraction

Natural Attraction – Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany) 
NATURAL ATTRACTION shows a natural spectacle, turning a sparse, dry landscape into a fruitful place bearing new life. The interplay between sky and earth reminds of a sensual love act to express the dependency and perfect correlation of both elements.





Documentary (July 19)

Something to Believe In – Germantown, TN
A teen girl living a life of privilege in Memphis, Tennessee goes to Haiti and finds meaning and purpose being with those who are rich in spirit but physically poor. When she returns home she makes a surprising decision to make a difference in the life of one child in Haiti.


Floatin Down South

Floatin Down South

Floatin’ Down South  – Hilversum, Netherlands

September 2015 three artists, two from The Netherlands and one from Seale, Alabama, built a Pirate Raft with found and salvaged materials on the base of an old pontoon boat. They floated southwards on the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico. It took them eight days….A fourth firned, a filmer from the Netherlands, directed and filmed the trip and he made a ‘river movie’.


Tick Tock Clock

Tick Tock Clock

Tick Tock Clock – Houston, TX

With rare 8mm film footage, this fun, historical film captures Texas teenagers in the 1950s who came of age during a monumental time of change — the birth of a new music, rock ‘n’ roll, the birth of television, and rebellious new idols such as James Dean and Elvis Presley – to now, in the digital age of computers and the internet.




2015 On Location: Memphis Highlights (July 26)

Come see the short film highlights from the 2015 On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival. It’s a surprise!


The Music

A variety of musical guests will complement the selection of films during the On Location: MEMPHIS Shorts Festival at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street.  Learn more about each artist here.

Skyelor Anderson

Tuesday, July 5 – Skyelor Anderson Band

Skyelor Anderson is a singer-songwriter who is making a name for himself in the country music circuit through his fierce dedication to God, his family, his fans, and an “I’ve come too far to stop now” attitude. He appeared on the first season of The X Factor, his music has appeared on iTunes and his debut EP is currently available.  Whether an acoustic show or with his band, he plays originals, covers, modern country and country standards. He even throws in a little rock ‘n roll every now and then. He is often compared to Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.



Tuesday, July 12 – Crockett Hall Band

Crockett Hall is an indie musician and singer songwriter from Memphis. He is currently at work on his very first album at High / Low recording.





Tuesday, July 19 – Joyce Howard  (Miss Joyce)

Her name is Joyce Howard-Hemans, better known as Miss Joyce. She is a vocalist and songwriter that has a unique sound reminiscent of vintage soul. Music is her passion and what God has blessed her to be able to do. Miss Joyce enjoys sharing the testimony of her own life and/or real life situations to which others can relate.




Tuesday, July 19 – Drew Erwin

Drew Erwin is a 20-year-old singer songwriter based out of Memphis, Tennessee. At the age of 16, with no performing experience, America voted him the Youtube Audition winner on America’s Got Talent season 7. He has shared the stage with Cody Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix, Allen Stone, Youtube sensations Megan & Liz, Chris Wallace (ex frontman of The White Tie Affair), and many more. Erwin currently is student at the University of Memphis studying Music Business with a focus on Guitar.



DenekaLewisTuesday, July 26 – Deneka Lewis

Memphis native Deneka “LottaLox” Lewis is a dynamic songstress whose powerful vocals are equally matched with her reflective lyrics. She was also the winner of the 2013 Ostrander Award for her performance as one of the church ladies in the musical The Color Purple. A product of a diversely enriching childhood, Deneka has always had a talent for the arts. Deneka makes it a point to not get stuck inside the box, and thus explores many genres of music including rock, R&B, jazz, soul, house and classical.


TraditionalIndianDanceTuesday, July 26 – Traditional Indian Classical Dance

Haimanti Basu is a trained Indian classical and a professional and an internationally acclaimed “ Odissi” dancer. She draws upon the aesthetic of Odissi dance (a temple dance)to create poetic, refined and sensitive works to inspire the soul in a quest for the authentic self.



PujaThe talented, stunning, poised and intelling Puja Keriwala will also perform.