a love story set to music. Memphis the Musical is based on the life of Dewey
Philips, the Memphis DJ responsible for putting rock 'n roll hits on the radio.
Soon it will be made into a feature film.
definitely going to be a musical film.
But it's probably going to be more drama with music in it, more like
Walk the Line or Dream Girls where the music is organic to the story,"
explains Molly Smith.
is a native Memphian and a successful movie producer for Alcon Entertainment.
Her new movie Beautiful Creatures comes out in February. She was an executive
producer on the mega hit The Blind Side.
Blind Side was set in Memphis, but filmed in Georgia. Smith hopes to keep Memphis
has just been one of those states that unfortunately has been a little harder
to bring films to in the past couple years.
I've had to take a couple films to Georgia and Louisiana because of more
competitive tax incentives," she says.
making is expensive, and Smith wants every dollar to go to the screen.
last movie filmed in Louisiana and saw a 32 percent tax rebate. She says right
now, Tennessee only offers 15 percent.
Sitler with the Shelby County and Memphis Film Commission says both mayors and
state officials are working together to bring Memphis to Memphis.
Smith is optimistic, "Memphis is a
character in this story. It's all set on
Beale Street so it would be great to work this out and do it there."
says shooting movies on location means using local vendors and an influx of
a Memphian born and raised in Memphis, I've always dreamed of doing something
and shooting in Memphis. Filmmakers like
Craig Brewer have had the pleasure of shooting in Memphis. Of course it would be a tragedy to not do
something called Memphis in Memphis."