Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Modern Movie~Making In Memphis
On this South Main Street corner in 1988 the modern wave of Memphis movie making was born, in great measure through the efforts of the Memphis & Shelby County Film Commissioner Linn Sitler and Shelby County Government official Alonzo Woods. Until Mystery Train, Memphis had not hosted a nationally-distributed feature film since King Vidor's Hallelujah!, which had been based in the city in 1928 to shoot much of its principal photography here. An independent feature, Mystery Train later won producer/director Jim Jarmusch a major award at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.
The Mystery Train film was immediately followed in Memphis by Orion Pictures Great Balls of Fire!, which told the life story of Sun Studio legend, Jerry Lee Lewis. Later Memphis-based filmmaking included such notable and diverse features as The Firm, 21 Grams, Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Forty Shades of Blue (directed by Memphian Ira Sachs), Academy
Erected by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment.
Location. 35° 7.965′ N, 90° 3.528′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of G.E. Patterson Avenue and South Main Street, on the right when traveling east on G.E. Patterson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 540 South Main Street, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of First Memphis Telephone (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1866 Memphis Massacre (about 600 feet away); The Lorraine Motel (about 700 feet away); The Blues Foundation (approx. 0.2 miles away); WLOK Radio Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Tom Lee Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Tom Lee Memorial Clayborn Temple (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.