"Lately, civic and community leaders at multiple levels throughout the Bluff City are asking two basic questions: “How do we make Memphis a more attractive city for young professionals and top talent?” and “How do we cultivate a more robust creative community that gives young professionals the desire to stay and build their lives here?”
Prodigi Arts and Memphis Punch may have an answer to those very questions. The digital production studio and creative house partnership is producing a film that highlights the narratives of six Memphians who are living out creative lives in the fields of music, art and performance outside their full-time jobs in non-related industries. This short film is set to debut at the Blur Summit in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 4-5, organized by the transplant duo from Memphis Punch.
Not only is the film intended to be a visual iteration of the Blur Summit’s main objective, exploring the boundaries between work and play, but also seeks to put Memphis on the ‘mental map’ of the minds of leaders from Google, Amazon and Microsoft (to name a few) who will be attending the summit.
"For decades, Memphis has been a key reference point for topics related to music, civil rights and barbecue (and in recent years, education and entrepreneurship). However, this film will offer creative individuals from around the country (who may have little understanding of Memphis beyond these well-known topics) a more elaborate and in-depth picture of the city from the narratives of six individuals who actually live there. Film has long been a medium by which audiences gain a more robust picture of a place and the people who live there; an understanding that Prodigi Arts has always strove to incorporate into their own videos.
While the film exists to explore themes related to technology, media, vocation, passion and their existence in the lives of working professionals today, Memphis serves as the backdrop upon which the conversation begins for attendees of the Blur Summit. The film aims to showcase lifestyles and activities of actual creative individuals, rather than only the city’s most iconic places and exhibits. However, these areas of focus have traditionally been the sole emphasis of the city’s marketing and promotional efforts, leaving out the narratives of the citizens that actually live there.
The film, scripted and directed by Memphis Punch and filmed, edited and produced by Prodigi Arts, will show viewers the creative activity taking place in the Bluff City and hopefully attract creatives looking to thrive in a city that fosters talent and encourages the development of creativity wherever it appears."