For release: September 29, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis College of Communication and Fine Arts will recognize hometown
filmmaker Craig Brewer with its 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award in the Creative
and Performing Arts. The award will be presented at a luncheon Friday, Oct. 16, at
11:30 a.m. at Charles Vergos Rendezvous in Downtown Memphis.
Brewer is director of the films The Poor and Hungry, Hustle & Flow, and Black Snake Moan, as well as creator of $5 Cover, an MTV drama series about Memphis musicians. His passion for Memphis music has been
the driving force behind his movies, which have garnered accolades ranging from the
Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival to the Academy Award for best original
With the help of his collaborators, Brewer has gone from making micro-budget digital
features to working with A-list Hollywood actors, all the while staying loyal to the
local scene that has formed the basis of his compelling work. Using his films as a
forum to display the talents of local Memphis musicians, he exposes them as well to
a wider audience and greater appreciation.
“Craig was selected for the award because he has achieved national prominence as a
filmmaker who uses Memphis, Memphis music, and the South to create compelling cinemagraphic
characters and stories,” said Dr. Richard Ranta, dean of the College of Communication
and Fine Arts.
The cost of the luncheon is $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Seating is
limited. For reservations, call 901-678-5086 or 901-678-4372.