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Nat Faxon Jim Rash. Ben and Ryan fell in love with the script, they had a great working relationship and chemistry, and they wanted to do it. The company was formed in with a focus on producing films with a “more redemptive tone” [1] suitable for families. Mobile Apps iPhone iPad Android. But films are not just being shot in Memphis, they’re being developed here as well. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Download the new Commercial Appeal app for continued updates.

Most important, one of the movie’s producers — one of the financiers who enabled the movie to exist — is Memphian Ben Nearn, a former investment banker turned filmmaker. This article about an American film distributor or production company is a stub. When he’s not on a film set, he’s screening the dailies. The investors who contributed to that fund include “many from Memphis,” he said. Download the new Commercial Appeal app for continued updates. Nearn said “Mississippi Grind” was shot on film rather than less expensive digital video “to intentionally give it that grainy texture, as a throwback to the ’70s. The only other thing I’ve ever worked on where the performance was on that level was Taraji P. Shot over 30 days in early , “Mississippi Grind” is the fourth feature release in the past two years from Sycamore Pictures, still probably best-known for its first film, the period coming-of-age comedy “The Way Way Back,” with Toni Collette, Steve Carrel and Sam Rockwell.

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This is a model that Nearn also pursued in his earlier movie investment and production venture, Cross Creek Pictures.

Views Read Edit View history. That success was gratifying, but Nearn decided to strike out on his own with Sycamore Pictures, to make movies that were less dark and more “redemptive,” or at least — as in the case of “Mississippi Grind” — somewhere in between.

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Hollywood comes to Memphis

Most important, one of the movie’s producers — one of the financiers who enabled the movie to exist — is Memphian Ben Nearn, a former investment banker turned filmmaker.

Scott in The New York Times, while Justin Chang in Variety described “Grind” as “a bittersweet, beautifully textured road movie” with “superb performances” and a “haunting sense of place. It’s definitely an homage to ‘California Split,'” he mearn, citing Robert Altman’s gambling movie. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Retrieved 9 September Even using film, the movie was made on a surprisingly modest budget, in part because “all of the cast was in some respect investing alongside of us. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. Bomar played guitar, bass, electric piano and piano, with Stax veteran Howard Grimes on the drums. Released Friday in Memphis where it is playing exclusively at the Malco Studio on the Square”Mississippi Grind” is neadn gritty s-style character portrait of a sad sack gambling addict Ben Mendelsohn and his fast-talking if not particularly trustworthy new friend Ryan Reynolds.

Ben Nearn, an investment banker turned movie maker, started Sycamore Pictures in Nat Faxon Jim Rash.

You want everyone looking at your director as the one running the show. Nearn said “Mississippi Grind” was shot on film rather than less expensive digital video “to intentionally give it that grainy texture, as a throwback to the ’70s. The company was formed in with a focus on producing films with a mpvies redemptive tone” [1] suitable for families.

But films are not just being shot in Memphis, they’re being developed here as well. Anna Boden Ryan Fleck. The salaries they make on this movie are far moviee than what they would typically make on a studio movie — far less.

Moviss investors who contributed to that fund include “many from Memphis,” he said. Though shot primarily in Louisiana, this road-trip gambling drama sets some of its action in Memphis, West Memphis and Tunica.

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The Way Way Back. Maybe it’s because we’re based in Memphis, people want to see what we’re up to. Memphis’ Scott Bomar composed the movie’s original gen, and such classic Memphis artists as bluesman Memphis Slim and soul singer O.

Wright appear on the soundtrack.

That’s something others are now realizing too. The idea is that Sycamore Pictures films break neaen or make a profit before they even are delivered to audiences, thanks to distribution deals and other forms of revenue, and thanks to the films’ modest budgets.

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This article about an American film distributor or production company is a stub. Neanr the same time, “Our objective is to never interfere. Retrieved from ” https: Shot over 30 days in early”Mississippi Grind” is the fourth feature release in the past two years from Sycamore Pictures, still probably best-known for its first film, the period coming-of-age comedy “The Way Way Back,” with Toni Collette, Steve Carrel and Sam Rockwell.

Nearn personally saw to it that “Mississippi Grind” arrived in Memphis only a week after its New York and Los Angeles openings, even though some larger cities will have to wait.

The objective is to hire competent people with a clear and organized vision for the film that we agree with and have approved, and to let them execute that vision. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Nearn, formerly an investment banker who moved on to become COO and a minority investor in Cross Creek Picturesmaintains the company’s Memphis offices; Rice, an independent film producer and writer, maintains the Los Angeles office.

Ben and Ryan fell in love ndarn the script, they had a great working relationship and chemistry, and they wanted to do it. The Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission said if the state offered tax incentives, there’s no question Hollywood would be sending more big budget projects this way.

Retrieved 17 September A Merry Friggin’ Christmas. If that’s the case, “Mississippi Grind” could be a hit.