Major Hollywood production plans Memphis shoot

"Nothing But The Truth," an upcoming movie set in Washington, will be filmed in Memphis.

The movie, starring Matt Dillon, Alan Alda, and Kate Beckinsdale, comes to town as the result of a major campaign by the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission.

Much of the shooting for the film will take place in Judge Bernice Donald's courtroom at the federal building downtown.

Speaking by phone from a convention in New Mexico, Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission Chairman Linn Sitler said "Nothing But the Truth" director Rod Lurie was attracted to Memphis by new incentives Tennessee enacted to lure film makers.

"Where if you leave a million dollars in the state, you receive a 15% refund on certain aspects of your expenses," she said.

As part of the incentive deal, movie makers agree to hire local people and feature music in the film by Tennessee musicians.

"These people will leave two or three times what the state will give them, and the city and county gives them, in terms of job training, and we will end up with yet one more great film on our resume and more trained crew people," Sitler said.

Another incentive was free office space movie makers will be given on Beale Street.  More incentives are expected to follow.
Sitler said it is all the result of teamwork involving state, city and county officials, as well as some federal help from Senator Steve Cohen's office.

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