FUELFILM: Memphis Announces Star-Studded Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Memphis, TN – September 19, 2012   FuelFilm:Memphis proudly announces the Second Annual FuelFilm:Expo, A Motion Picture Industry Conference & Tradeshow, September 28-30, 2012 at Southwest TN Community College’s Macon Campus. Featuring guest speakers, expert panels, and hands-on workshops, this unique 3-day event offers learning, entertainment, and networking for all levels and categories of motion...

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The Fourth of July movie problem
Jul03

The Fourth of July movie problem

By Matt Martin   There’s a time of the year for any kind of movie. That is, if you watch a lot of films across the year, one tends to find that certain movies just seem to work better during certain times of the year. Obviously, Christmas and Halloween movies work best during their respective seasons. And it would stand to reason that a very summertime movie, like say a beach comedy, would just seem to work better in the...

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The summer’s smaller films

By Matt Martin Spring is over. And that means a new set of movie-going rules have begun. The new season of cinema is based on a simple equation: Summer = blockbusters. With The Avengers setting sky-high box office records (it has already made over a billion dollars globally and has become the highest-grossing film of all time) and with the highly anticipated releases of The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man only weeks away,...

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2011: The year in documentaries

By Matt Martin The last decade of cinema can truly be seen as a documentary “renaissance.” Although documentaries and reality movies have been made since the dawn of film, never before has a combination of financial support and audience interest allowed for a literal flood of smart, well-made documentaries to be made. The documentary film has been on the upswing since the late 1960s, when cheaper, smaller cameras allowed...

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Trash from the Attic: Memphis movie theater history

By Matt Martin I remember it like it was yesterday.  Strange then, that it’s one of my first memories. In May of 1977, I was taken to my first movie theater. I was only 3 years old, with little understanding or interest in anything beyond toys, candy, and animated television. But my older brother was hounding my parents to take him to see this small little sci-fi movie that had just come out. My parents reluctantly agreed,...

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Trash from the attic: 2012 movie preview
Feb05

Trash from the attic: 2012 movie preview

By Matt Martin So many movies, so few worth seeing. Each year, the barely functioning Hollywood system releases a torrent of safe, predictable, and usually forgettable films to an ever-dwindling audience. Since investment costs are high, movie studios can’t risk putting large amounts of money into anything but the most obvious money makers. This leaves little room for many kinds of movies, and it becomes harder and harder for...

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