Year-Round Workshops


SATURDAY, april 28 FROM 1:00PM - 4:00PM
circuit playhouse - 51 Cooper St
FREE sign up here

This workshop will encompass  an overview of a realistic, practical path towards becoming a director. This workshop will be geared towards those who are interested in being a hands on  writer/director., focusing on telling small, original stories that can be shot with little to no budget, and serve as the building blocks towards finding your intuitive voice as a director. You'll be advised on how to craft these stories, how to properly cast, and work with actors, as well as what to prioritize during production. 

Named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, Morgan Jon Fox is a Director/Producer based in Memphis, TN. He has directed 4 feature films, and is the creator of the critically acclaimed episodic series FERAL, about a close knit group of 20-something artists living in the south. Fox regularity produces films for Craig Brewer’s company BR2 including MTV’s $5 Cover, and short films for the Memphis Grizzlies, and Memphis Travel. He produced MAYA DARDEL (Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, 2017 SXSW), associate produced MEMPHIS (Tim Sutton, 2014 Sundance), and has Assistant Directed projects A24 films, ESPN, Tom Dolby (Call Me By Your Name), Tim Sutton (Dark Night), and Justin Timberlake

This FREE workshop is open to any students between 7th and 12th grade, but signing up is required. 
Sign up today HERE!

PLayhouse on the square - 66 Cooper St

Do you want to create an exciting sci-fi epic, but you don't have a spaceship? Or maybe a ghost story but you don't own a haunted, old mansion?

Location scouting is a vital process in the pre-production stage of filmmaking. Once a director has decided what kind of scenery they require, the search for appropriate locations begins! 

Join Location Manager & Scout Nicki Newburger as she takes you on a walking tour of homes, offices, & restaurants to show you the why's and how's of choosing a location for your next film shoot, as well as how to creatively use these environments to turn them into something magical and new!

This FREE workshop is open to any students between 7th and 12th grade, but signing up is required. 


Join filmmaker and screenwriter Melissa Sweazy, at Crosstown Arts' story booth on Saturday, July 8 from 12:30PM-3:00PM, as she takes you through an interactive, creative journey of writing a short movie script! From brainstorming to structure to character arcs, you'll discover many of the rules of screenwriting, and to break them! 

This FREE workshop is open to any students between 7th and 12th grade, but signing up is required. 

Melissa Anderson Sweazy is an award-winning screenwriter (Austin Film Festival Finalist for THE DEVIL IN REVERSE, Grand Prize at Vail and Nashville Film Festival, finalist at Nantucket for THE DEPARTMENT OF SIGNS AND MAGICAL INTERVENTION) filmmaker (Indie Memphis Best Hometowner Short for JOHN’S FARM, Indie Memphis Best Homeowner Doc Short “AJ,” Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble at Oxford Film Festival for DEPT OF SIGNS) music video director and professional photographer based in Memphis, TN.  Her documentary feature GOOD GRIEF, co-directed with Laura Jean Hocking, will debut in the fall of 2017. She is the recipient of the Indie Memphis Grizzlies Grant for her animated short “Stephanie Loves the Grizzlies.” 

Indie Memphis Youth Filmmaking Workshop

Saturday, April 29 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Circuit Playhouse - 51 Cooper St.

Youth Filmmakers! Please join us for our very first Indie Memphis Youth Filmmaking Workshop, Cinematography & Lighting with Jordan Danelz, at Circuit Playhouse on Saturday April 29th from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  Jordan is a Memphis-based gaffer and cinematographer that has worked on dozens of films and television shows, including NASHVILLE and SUN RECORDS. The workshop will consist of Jordan and his team walking you through the essentials of camera and lens use, lighting a scene, the proper ways to handle grip and electric equipment, and many other fun movie-making techniques!

This FREE workshop is open to any students between 7th and 12th grade.