What happened to Last Train to Memphis. I love the tv shorts fest and their films, and then poof their gone! Any info? Anyone, Anyone?
Are we talking about the same Steve Cohen? Look, Cohen will be "respectful, kind, helpful, and friendly" when there is something in it for him. All other times he is an asshole. Willie has him pegged, and like me he has seen the side of Cohen when he isn't "On".
I have worked with Cohen several times, and he IS a major asshole if you are a nobody. I hate Wille, but Cohen is no better. Pick a lesser of two evils!
I agree it does help expose people to the great, Memphis musicians. If only it could have been done without the bonehead Brewer and his band of misfits at the helm!
I love how Indie Memphis breaks their rules for certain filmmakers. For example:
GENERAL RULES Submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2007 and may not be publicly exhibited in Shelby County, Tennessee prior to the 2008 festival dates (excluding other Indie Memphis screenings)
Yet OMG/HAHAHA was publicly screened in Memphis Nov 10th last year! http://jonwsparks.blogspot.com/2007/11/omghahah-premiere-nov-10.html
Not only was it screened again by Indie Memphis at this years festival, it won several awards. It seems the rules only apply to filmmakers who are not buddies with the organizers. I beg, I plead, someone please start another festival to compete with and shut down Indie Memphis. I know of several films that were rejected this year that were way better than OMG. Indie Memphis wreaks of favoritism to certain filmmakers, while it ignores upcoming talent who they do not know. Typical Memphis attitude. Filmmakers who have been rejected in the past because your film had previously been screened in Memphis (and I know of several) should be totally outraged! Only thing they did right this year was waive the entry fee for locals. With all the controversy and outrage last year, they had to do this to get anyone to enter.
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