The premiere will function as a fundraiser for the Indie Memphis Film Festival, which opens its 13th installment later this month.
Directed by David Harris, an MTV executive who had previously been a producer on Brewer's $5 Cover series, Savage County was similarly envisioned as a web-based project that could end up on television as well. And it will, with MTV recently announcing that Savage County will debut on MTV2 on October 7th at 10 p.m.
The film was shot at a variety of area locations with a cast and crew that was heavy on Memphians and $5 Covers veterans, with Erin Hagee and Morgan Jon Fox reprising their $5 Cover roles as a producer and assistant director, respectively. In front of the camera, Patrick Cox, Jimmy Crosthwait, Jeff Pope, and Ivey McLemore are among the local actors who appear, while local musicians such as Al Kapone, Jason Freeman, and El Dorado & the Ruckus are featured on the soundtrack. I reported from the scene of the production for a Flyer cover story last year.
Harris, who has a history with Indie Memphis that pre-dates $5 Cover, will be in attendance. Tickets go on sale Friday for $12 ($10 for Indie Memphis members). There will be three screenings, at 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Malco Theatres and the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission are co-resenting the event.
For a taste, here's a look at the film's trailer: