The Sundance Lab Film “Free in Deed,” a drama about a Pentecostal preacher who tries to help a struggling single mother and her autistic child, will be shot in Memphis.
The film’s stars include David Harewood, who most recently had a prominent role as CIA official David Estes on Showtime’s “Homeland.” The film is written by Jake Mahaffy, who also will direct it, and it is being produced by Mike S. Ryan (whose credits include “Junebug”) as well as Mike Bowes and Brent Stiefel.
The Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission helped bring the project to Memphis. Casting is under way now.
Evolve Bank & Trust is hosting a Make-A-Wish celebration tomorrow at its Shady Grove Branch, at 6070 Poplar Ave.
The celebration, in coordination with Talk Shoppe, will involve granting a wish for a child in need.
Talk Shoppe is a networking group that offers free education and networking to anyone interested in real estate or business. For months, Talk Shoppe and other business people have been working to raise money to grant the wish.
The event happens Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.
“At the age of 16, I was arrested for a crime I didn’t commit, ultimately spending 18 years of my life in prison before finally being released in 2011.”
So Jason Baldwin begins an explanation of the Kickstarter campaign he’s launched to raise money to help him write his memoir – a book that will tell his side of the West Memphis Three story.
“Four documentaries and a narrative feature have been made about this case, and my friend Damien has written two books. Now I’m looking forward to sharing with you my story in my own words.”
As of right now (Sat. Dec. 7) 382 backers have helped Jason raise a little more than $16,000 of his $25,000 goal.
The Shelby County Health Department has launched its first mobile app.
The release of B4BabyLife is part of a campaign to reduce the local infant mortality rate.
It’s a free app (available for Android and iPhone devices) and features include prenatal information, access to local resources, ways for fathers to help and information on how to stay healthy before and between pregnancies.
CB Richard Ellis Memphis has launched a Twitter campaign to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.
It’s part of CBRE Inc.’s global fundraising effort toward the same goal.
Anyone who wants to participate in the photo-sharing campaign locally is encouraged to tweet a picture of themselves with a CBRE|Memphis sign, which can be found around the Memphis-area. Tweets (to @cbrememphis) should be tagged #HelpingHaiyanRelief.
When the campaign wraps up on Dec. 20, each photo will equate to a $1 donation which CBRE Memphis will make to the CBRE Disaster Relief Foundation, up to $1,000.
Retweets of photos don’t count.