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Memphis Film Work – THE MFW.org

TheMFW.org, designed to reach international audiences with compelling stories about the art, life, history, and culture of the Mid-South.

We are offering an authentic perspective on what makes the Midsouth a unique destination for cultural enlightenment and expression. Through our work, we hope to show what makes Memphis the ultimate gateway for creativity, innovation, Justice, and cultural expression. We will open the door for social entrepreneurs, thinkers, and doers to be seen, heard, and valued.

We are reaching the masses through one on one interviews, cultural narratives, weekly podcast series, live recorded talk shows, motivational speaker series, opinion columns, literary reviews, up-to-date neighborhood events, documentaries, films, and more.

Our Mission is to connect communities with powerful stories, programs, and events that reflect upon the art, life, history, and culture of the Midsouth.

After spending two decades in the healthcare industry as a salesforce team leader, training manager, and change management strategist, Lakethen now dedicates much of his time developing cultural landscapes that invigorate opportunities for Memphians to thrive. He is an accomplished songwriter, documentary film producer, community organizer, and content creator, intently focused on advocating for the betterment of those around him.

Lakethen founded Memphis FilmWorks in early 2016 as a non-profit media production company to produce social impact documentaries and community events that reflect the artistic vision, human connection, and a shared sense of humanity and culture throughout the Mid South. Multiple film projects and community events later, Lakethen is ready to move Memphis FilmWorks and his beloved city of Memphis to the next level of creativity, community, and industry phenomenon.

Our Neighbors Our Stories explores the history and culture of Memphis neighborhoods and the shared story experiences of more than 300 families and residents who shape them.

What is HAP?

The MFW History Ambassadors Program otherwise known as HAP is an interactive, educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge of middle and high school students in underserved neighborhoods about the rich history, heritage, and culture of its surroundings and throughout the Mid-south.

What Does HAP Offer?

HAP offers a six-week internship experience for selected students who will learn about important people, places, and events that have shaped Memphis’ 200-year history.

We are highly focused on the experiences and contributions made by people of color and indigenous populations relevant to the Memphis story.

HAP also offers career pathway training for school-aged youth interested in film production, media literacy, and broadcast journalism.

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