Bonafide, deep-fried and 'Southern-ied': this is Memphis creative in a nutshell. Our home city that snuggles up to the meandering, 2300 mile river is a hotbed for individuals pursuing rich, genuine artistry that we've been proud to be a part of since we first got started in 2011. Last month we had the great pleasure to film six artists and creators for a recent film that's slated to debut at the inaugural Blur Summit in Brooklyn at the end of this year.
Earlier this year, a couple San Francisco techies named Laney Strange and Billy Bicket set up shop in Memphis to establish the Memphis Fellows program and highlight the creative profiles of artists within the Bluff City. The creative duo came to us interested in making a film that would visually tell the stories of six creatives in Memphis who specialize in performance art of some kind. While they differ in taste, age and talents, their passion does not.
While the films aim to highlight the creative endeavors of six individuals separately, it is also meant to highlight themes of technology, media and their convergence in the work/professional lives of individuals that define the modern workplace as we know it. Throughout the film, we tried to bring viewers into the personal experiences of featured artists as they went about their days; highlighting subtle details like how they packaged items in their day jobs or interacted with friends offstage.
Memphis has always been a town that's boasted a great roster of creative talent: William Eggleston, the grandfather of color photography, Elvis Presley, filmmaker Creg Brewer, and an aspiring dancer named 'Lil' Buck who recently made an appearance in the New York Times (just to name a few). For years we have seen great musicians play and perform in venues throughout the city, moving audiences and connecting with them along the way. That's why we are incredibly excited to capture some of the stories and experiences of the creative talent in Memphis through something that we love.