News Around the South - June 22

Here's a quick hit of news from Around the South for June 22. According to Anne Thompson's Thompson on Hollywood Director Craig Brewer has found a cast for his Footloose remake. The film is slated to start shooting in Georgia this Fall.

Tonight Memphis Beat debuts on TNT at 10pm. Featuring Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl, Chasing Amy) as Memphis Detective Dwight Hendricks, as well as DJ Qualls as a fellow officer of the law and Alfre Woodard as his superior, the show actually shoots in New Orleans. Read Hollywood Reporters Review

Will it be listed as a green festival? The Charlotte Area Bicycle Alliance in Charlotte, North Carolina has announced they're looking for some assistance in starting a Charlotte Bicycle Film Festival. Although a crazy notion, combining Charlotte's beauty with a cycling enthusiasts passion could be a winning formula for a destination event.

The call for entries for the 2011 Nashville Film Festival's  have opened. The Earlybird Deadline for the fest is July 23, 2010, with the Late Entry Deadline being November 26, 2010.

Founder of Nashville Film Festival Dies

Mary Jane Coleman who founded Sinking Creek Film Festival in 1969, which would become what is now known as the Nashville Film Festival in 1998, has died.

Nashville's festival is not only the oldest in the South, it's one of the oldest in the nation. The Greeneville Sun includes this quote in their writeup:

In a June 1987 interview with The Greeneville Sun, she explained why she created the festival.

"There was an international festival in Atlanta, but I wasn't interested in that. I have no time to promote Hollywood films.

"Independents use film as an artistic tool, and express themselves in their films -- things like injustices being done, documentaries.

"There was no festival in the South for independent film-makers, so I decided to try to do one."

Mary Jane Coleman died June 19, 2010 at her home in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Announcement on Nashville Film Festival Site - NashvilleFilmFesival.org

Mary Jane Coleman Dies; Pioneer In Boosting Indep. Films - Greenevillesun.com

Film festival founder Mary Jane Coleman dies - WKRN.com