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By Updated: March 04, 2019 7:44 PM CT | Published: March 04, 2019 9:36 AM CT
  • Director Barry Jenkins funding Memphis screenwriting fellowship
  • F45 Germantown grand opening March 9 
  • Memphis opens warming center
  • Permit sought for Overton Park apartments
  • Engineering firm honored for Concourse work

Director Barry Jenkins funding Memphis screenwriting fellowship

Director Barry Jenkins, who won the Academy Award in 2017 for Best Adapted Screenplay for “Moonlight,” will fund and select the recipient of Indie Memphis’ first Black Filmmaker Fellowship for Screenwriting. The winner of the $7,500 prize must reside in the Memphis metropolitan area.

In addition to the unrestricted cash, to be used for time off work, food or directly towards the project, the winner will periodically meet with advisors and filmmakers experienced with filming in Memphis and receive location and production advice from the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission.

Indie Memphis’ Monday announcement follows the news that Jenkins will also select the winner of the organization’s second Indie Memphis Black Filmmaker Residency for Screenwriting for black filmmakers who reside outside of the metro area.

Supported by the Remembering George Riley Fund, that winner will receive a $7,500 unrestricted cash grant, two months housing in Memphis, professional support, roundtrip travel accommodations, meetings with advisors and filmmakers experienced with filming in Memphis and location and production advice from the Memphis & Shelby County Film/TV Commission.

Applications for the fellowship and residency are both due by 11:59 p.m. March 31.

The residency’s goal is to provide opportunity for underrepresented artists in filmmaking to develop bold storytelling to be filmed in the Memphis area.

The three fellowship finalists and eight residency semi-finalists will each receive a VIP pass to attend the 2019 Black Creators Forum and the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

More details on the fellowship, residency and other opportunities can be found here

-Elle Perry

F45 Germantown grand opening March 9 

A Germantown location of F45, a worldwide fitness studio chain that offers 45-minute high-intensity, circuit training workout classes, will have its grand opening on March 9.

The F45 Germantown location is at 7850 Poplar Ave. in the same complex as Trader Joe’s and directly across from Whole Foods. It is the first F45 in Memphis, co-owner Steve Acree said in an email.

“The turn out has been great,” said Acree, who co-owns the fitness studio with his wife, Emily. “F45 requires us to have 250 participants in the workouts in the first two weeks to allow us to have a grand opening. We exceeded that in our first three days.”

Acree said he and his wife have more than 4,000 exercises in their database at the fitness studio, with each workout being different daily.

“We use tons of technology from nine TVs in the studio that demonstrate the workouts, flow of the room, timers for each exercise, heart rate monitors and more,” Acree said. “We have our own F45 FM radio station for the music and our own heart rate monitor app to track progress. Plus much more.”

Acree said he and wife have plans to open more F45 locations in the future. F45 has more than 1,400 locations worldwide.

-Natalie Martin

City of Memphis opens warming center through Thursday

With cold temperatures expected to linger through Thursday, the city of Memphis has opened a warming center.

The Horn Lake Zone Office at 4376 Horn Lake Road opened Monday, March 4.  The center will be open from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Wednesday. The center will close at 7 a.m. on Thursday.

The announcement comes as temperatures dropped to a low of 19 recorded at the National Weather Service office in Memphis, National Weather Service meteorologist Kole Fehling said. He said temperatures are expected to remain cold in the 30s and 40s until Friday when the cold front moves out and temperatures climb to a high in the 60s.

Until the cold moves, out anyone needing a ride or information about the warming center is asked to call the city of Memphis Office of Emergency Management at 901-636-2525.

Overnight shelters are  also available at the Memphis Union Mission at 383 Poplar Ave. or The Salvation Army at 696 Jackson Ave.

-Yolanda Jones

Permit sought for Overton Park apartments

Construction may soon start on the apartment development planned at the busy junction of Sam Cooper Boulevard and East Parkway, across from Overton Park.

Developer Makowsky Ringel Greenberg late last week filed for a construction permit for 2401 Sam Cooper. The document values construction at $15 million.

But the total project has been estimated at $22 million to erect 176 apartments. Originally called Overton Gateway, the apartments will flank the north and south side of Sam Cooper Boulevard just east of East Parkway.

The project last year received a 15-year tax break totaling $6.3 million from the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County.

Makowsky Ringel Greenberg has already started work on another Midtown apartment development called Madison@McLean. That 108-unit, five-story development includes a parking garage and about 1,100 square feet of retail space on the ground floor.

-Tom Bailey

Engineering firm honored for Concourse work

“The Academy Awards of the engineering industry” has honored Memphis engineering firm OGCB Inc. for its role in the design of Crosstown Concourse.

The firm received a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement from the American Council of Engineering Companies.

OGCB provided heating, air conditioning, plumbing, fire protection, and electrical design services for parts of the 1.3 million-square-foot, mixed-use Crosstown Concourse.

OGCB’s project team overcame constraints to locating piping, ductwork and equipment in providing cutting-edge, energy-efficient building systems and technologies tailored for Crosstown Concourse.

The project was among 196 engineering achievements from throughout the nation and the world recognized by the council as the year’s finest examples of engineering excellence. 

- Tom Bailey

Jerry Lee Lewis recovering from minor stroke

Jerry Lee Lewis is recovering from a minor stroke Thursday evening, according to his Twitter account.

The tweet Friday afternoon said Lewis is expected to make a full recovery.

"He is with his family, recuperating in Memphis and the doctors expect a full recovery," the note said. "The Killer looks forward to getting back into the studio soon to record a Gospel record and on the road performing live for his fans.

"His family requests privacy at this time. Well wishes and prayers are greatly appreciated."

The rock 'n' roll legend appeared frail during an appearance last fall at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Lewis, 83, performed "Great Balls of Fire" for the rockabilly tune's 60th anniversary. He appeared unsure whether he was supposed to perform as he was helped onstage.

He told the crowd he was "gonna give it my best shot" before the brief onstage appearance.

-Ron Maxey



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