. Founded by Jim Weter in 2005, Cellardoor Cinema began in Oxford, MS,
producing narrative short and feature length films as well as recording live
performances by local musicians. Originally named Cellardoor Film, the group
was mainly comprised of volunteer film and theater students willing to help
out with the productions.
Borrowing much of the equipment from the University of Mississippi,
Cellardoor Film made 2 feature length films: "Crimson Twins" & "33" and 4
short films: "The Breakup", "Revolving Roommates", "The Note" & "Rose".
Cellardoor Film then moved to Memphis, TN in 2008 and began working in
documentary and commercial video production for national groups such as
HGTV, Nationwide Insurance, Autozone, Servicemaster, as well as many local
businesses. It was also during this time that Cellardoor Film became
In 2008, Writer/Director Jim Weter started production of Cellardoor
Cinema's first film after moving to Memphis, "Homecoming." Shooting during
the summer of 2008, "Homecoming" stars local Memphis actors Christian
Walker & Katherine Mitchell. Production on "Homecoming" was finished in
Oct. of 2008 and was released on DVD.
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Next, Cellardoor Cinema started working on it's first narrative feature film in Memphis, "Blind People." Starting pre-production on "Blind People" in the summer of 2009, a
general audition was held on June 15, 2009 at the Artisan Hotel in Memphis where more than 100 local actors came to audition for parts in the film. The parts for the film were cast
and production started in Oct. of 2009. The production wasn't without it's share of difficulties however, but through damaged sets and re-casting actors, "Blind People" finished
production in Mar. of 2010. Post-production for the film lasted 6 months and was finished in Sep. with a closed premier for cast and crew on Oct. 3rd, 2010. "Blind People" is
currently on sale through the Cellardoor Cinema Website, Amazon.com, and is available online on Amazon Instant Video.
Also taking place in 2010 was the first annual Cellardoor Cinema Screenplay Contest, held by
Cellardoor Cinema to promote local films in the Memphis area and with a grand prize of the
finished film going into production by Cellardoor Cinema at the end of the contest. At the end of
the contest, "At Stake: Vampire Solutions" (AS:VS) by Duane P. Craig won and was produced by
Cellardoor Cinema. AS:VS went on to show at numerous festivals around the U.S.
2011 saw the production of the 2nd Screenplay Contest Winner "Letters to Camille" by Liam Smith
as well as the start of production on the sequel to AS:VS, "AS:VS - Back in Business" which
wrapped production in the spring of 2012 and was completed in 2013.