A substantial amount of the Tennessee Waltz "evidence" was gathered in an office at 119 South Main Street, leased by the government's fake company called E-Cycle. It turns out the office was also where one of the government's key witnesses was doing some of his own filming.
You've seen the undercover video of John Ford in the E-Cycle office before. Prosecutors say it shows the longtime official on the take.
But this time around, it's Shelby County Circuit Court Judge D'Army Bailey in the hot seat. But this video does not belong to the feds.
"Quiet on the set. Cameras rolling..." This is the movie Tim Willis was making while the Feds were running the sting. Willis used the government's E-Cycle office as the office of one of his main characters, a federal agent. "Now I'm senior agent Mike Stone from the FBI and we done caught you and your guys and I'm gonna put your a** behind a tall fence," says actor D'Army Bailey.
The movie stars Memphis musician Christopher "Freesol" Anderson as a thief planning a heist. D'Army Bailey plays a down-on-his-luck federal agent trying to get one of the bad guys to rat out friends. "We just want you to help us out, cooperate with us and we'll take care of you. You don't have anything to worry about," he tells a possible informant.
Perennial political candidate Joe Cooper is in the movie, if only for a moment. And the DVD includes a behind-the-scenes interview with its creator about his ambitions to have the crime-thriller produced by a big studio.
At the end of the DVD, a message appears, reading, "...and that's street life. Currently in production are two films you're sure to enjoy. The 'Fight Game' and the highly anticipated story of political corruption in Tennessee 'the Tennessee Waltz.'"
Action News Five got an email from Tim Willis. He tells me his publicist is still looking for a distribution deal for Street Life. About that cryptic teaser at the end of the movie? He says he can't comment on when or if there will ever be a film or a book based on his experiences with Tennessee Waltz. He says he has no deals to do either at this time.