News and notes related from the local film scene:
Big Night at the Brooks: The Brooks Museum of Art screens the much-beloved 1996 film Big Night Thursday as part of a special event at the museum's Brushmark Restaurant. The 1996 film about two brothers (Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub) trying to save their family’s struggling Italian restaurant with one “big night” is arguably the gold standard of foodie cinema. It will screen in the restaurant with local chefs Wally Joe and Andrew Adams replicating the menu from the movie. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the screening starting at 7 p.m. Prices range from $8 to $18. For more information, go here.
Local Oscar-Watch Party: There are sure to be many Oscar-watching parties going on across the city Sunday night, but only one of them will be an official Academy Awards event. Minglewood Hall will host Memphis Oscar Night America party, one of 50 such events around the country, benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis. The party starts at 6 p.m., Sunday, March 7th. Tickets are $100 and are now on sale online at www.rmhmemphis.org or by calling (901) 312-7479. The broadcast will be shown on large screens and attendees will receive the same official program given to those at the actual awards ceremony in Hollywood. Food will be provided by more than a dozen area restaurants and Stax greats the Bar-Kays will provide live entertainment.
Free Workshop: Before the Oscars Sunday night, local filmmakers can get some free tips at a workshop sponsored by the Memphis & Shelby Country Film and Television Commission and Malco Theatres. Held at Studio on the Square, the workshop, entitled "Film Crew Boot Camp: How To Survive in the Changing World of Film," will be given by indie producer Mike Ryan (Junebug, Old Joy), whose latest film, Losers Take All, is scheduled to be shot in Memphis later this year. Topics include low-budget filmmaking, union vs. non-union crews, and making movies in Memphis. The seminar runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, March 7th, and is free and open to the public.
$5 Cover Honored: Craig Brewer's $5 Cover: Memphis got a couple of nominations in the second annual "Streamy Awards" for web-based video, announced this week. The series was nominated for Best New Web Series and Morgan Jon Fox, Nathan Black, and Josh Swain were nominated for Best Editing in a Web Series for their work on the series.
$5 Cover: Seattle Prepared to Launch: The second installment in the $5 Cover series, $5 Cover: Seattle, got a local screening this week. Executive-produced by Brewer, the Seattle installment was directed by Lynn Shelton (Hump Day) and is scheduled to debut this summer. Here's the trailer:
Fraternity Massacre on DVD: Local filmmaker Mark Jones' feature Fraternity Massacre on Hell Island gets an April 20th DVD release via Ariztical Entertainment. You can purchase here.