Memphis, TN (March 3, 2005)–Hustle and Flow, the independent film purchased by Paramount/MTV at the recent Sundance Film Festival for a record $9 million, was shot on the inner city streets of Memphis and scored in the city’s legendary Ardent Studios. Directed by 33-year old Craig Brewer and scored by composer Scott Bomar, the film was financed by Academy Award-nominated director/screenwriter John Singleton for $2.8 million.
Bomar composed the Stax Records-influenced score, which was recorded with former Stax recording artists. The film, which portrays a Memphis pimp who realizes his dream of becoming a rapper, received the coveted Sundance Festival Audience Award for dramatic film. Among the actors in the film is Isaac Hayes, who recorded, among other projects, his Hot Buttered Soul album at Ardent Studios.
Pictured (l-r) at Ardent Studios are: recording engineer Matt Martone, Hustle and Flow composer/musician Scott Bomar, and assistant engineer Curry Weber.
The Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film was awarded to Forty Shades of Blue, with original music composed by Dickon Hinchliffe and recorded at Ardent Studios. All the recording studio scenes were filmed in Ardent’s Studio A. Producer/director was Ira Sachs and music supervisor was David Less, both Memphis natives.