I will begin casting a new feature by the brilliant, Ira Sachs, called Forty Shades of Blue in Memphis, TN on January 5th, 2004. What a great way to start the new year!

Alan James is a legend in Memphis, a white man who produced black music back in the 60’s and 70’s, the heyday of Memphis Soul. Now in his later years, he’s still living the high life in the penthouse of the best luxury high-rise in town.

Alan lives with his girlfriend, Laura, a Russian beauty Alan met when she was a hostess at a restaurant on the bluffs of Mississippi. Much younger than Alan, Laura spends most of her time alone, or raising their three year old son, Sam. A stranger in Memphis, she lives a comfortable, though alienated life with her legendary boyfriend.

Alan also has a grown son, Michael, who’s married and lives in Los Angeles. A freelance writer by profession, and a malcontent by temperament, Michael and his father have a complicated relationship fueled by jealousy, disappointment and anger. When Michael returns home for the first time in many years, the initial hostility he feels towards his father’s “girl” develops into something much more, and a messy, dangerous affair ensues.

In the bars and bedrooms of this very contemporary city, a love triangle forms, illuminating the hearts and souls of these three tangled lives.

Starring veteran actor Rip Torn as Alan, Forty Shades of Blue will be shot on location in Memphis, Tennessee – the hometown of writer/director Ira Sachs – and where he made The Delta, his first feature film. Screened at Sundance, Rotterdam and Toronto festivals, The Delta was released in the US by Strand Releasing and broadcast nationally on the Sundance channel.

Forty Shades of Blue has been developed with Executive Producers Sydney Pollack and Geoff Stier, and their company Mirage Enterprises. Producing is Margot Bridger (The Delta, Jesus’ Son, Sidewalks of New York), Donald Rosenfeld (Howard’s End, Remains of the Day, Surviving Picasso), Jawal Nga (The Clearing, upcoming, with Robert Redford and Willem Dafoe) and Sachs.


Jordan Beswick, C.S.A
“Forty Shades of Blue”
c/o Memphis Film Commission
516 Tennessee
Suite 215
Memphis, TN 38103


APRIL JAMES: (late 20’s) Michael