Memphis Named A Top Place For Making Movies

Brad Postlethwaite plays with his band, Snowglobe, on an episode of $5 Cover. He's one of several Memphis musicians who played fictional versions of themselves on the MTV web drama. Credit: MTV

Brad Postlethwaite plays with his band, Snowglobe, on an episode of $5 Cover. He’s one of several Memphis musicians who played fictional versions of themselves on the MTV web drama. Credit: MTV

A Tennessee city is back on Movie Maker’s ranking of the best places for filmmakers–and it’s not Nashville.

The industry magazine gave Memphis high marks for special assistance that goes above and beyond the state’s financial incentives. The city provides things like free office space on Beale Street and retired financial experts who volunteer business advice to independent films.

The result has been productions that don’t just shoot in Memphis, but showcase the city. The output ranges from Undefeated, an Oscar-winning documentary about a local high school football team to an MTV web series set in the city’s music scene, called $5 Cover.

Movie Maker ranks cities based on available incentives, the local culture, and how many productions show there over the course of the previous year. This is the third time Memphis has made the cut.


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