Mary Phillipa Sledge

Production and Marketing Professional

About Mary Phillipa Sledge

Mary Phillipa Sledge possesses years of experience working on the sets of major motion pictures. In the early ’90s, she worked as art department coordinator for both The Quick and the Dead with Leonardo Dicaprio, Russell Crowe, Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman as well as Just Cause with Sean Connery. She worked as set decoration buyer for Crazy for a Kiss and art department coordinator for The People vs. Larry Flynt. In the mid-’90s, Mary Phillipa Sledge offered her expertise as a consultant for The Horse Whisperer and Hush, then served as an art department coordinator for Coppola's The Rainmaker and Vanilla Sky starring Tom Cruise. Her most recent film work was as set decoration assistant for Secretariat.

In addition to her film work, Mary Phillipa Sledge also works on smaller productions, including commercials. She produced and wrote with Evans Communications, Inc., in Dallas for several years, crafting commercials for McDonald's, Safeway Stores, Sears, and Radisson Hotels. She also was the president of P.S., Inc., an event publicity and advertising firm in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to moving to Memphis, she served as a regional writer for Saddle and Bridle, a national equine publication.

The American Saddlebred Horse

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mary Phillipa Sledge is involved with the breeding, showing, and selling of American Saddlebred horses. Mary Phillipa Sledge’s family has been highly regarded for their show winners and leading horses within the Saddle horse industry for five generations.

The American Saddlebred horse, also known as the American Saddle horse, has an easy gait and good stamina, making it a popular driving and leisure riding horse. The same size as a Thoroughbred, the breed is around 15 to 16 hands high and weighs around 1,000 pounds. Its body is covered in dense muscle, and the back is typically short and muscular, while the legs are generally straight-boned. The horse’s hips are also very strong. American Saddlebreds are often characterized by their satin coat, which is typically black, chestnut, brown, or bay in color.

American Saddlebred horses were first created through the crossing of the Thoroughbred and the Narragansett Pacer. Early on, they were largely used for plantation work or pulling carriages. Their calm and friendly temperament was, and still is, highly desirable, as is their strength and stamina. Today, the breed is best known for their qualities of a show horse. American Saddlebreds has five different gaits--walk, trot, canter, slow gait, and rack--and they are recognized for their elegance in performing each type during a show.

Funding for Multiple Sclerosis Initiatives Protected in 2015 Budget

Mary Phillipa Sledge, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is an experienced entertainment management professional and producer with SledgePro Media. Outside of her professional endeavors, Mary Phillipa Sledge volunteers within her community and contributes to organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

The Society recently broadcasted that MS initiatives received small increases or the same amount of funding in the government’s recently passed budget for the 2015 fiscal year. According to the Society, the finalized funding levels are a success for MS priorities, given the contentious budget system. The Society noted MS activists conducted more than 500 visits to congressional offices and sent more than 19,000 e-mails to compel officials to fund important MS programs, research, and services.

In the 2015 fiscal year, the MS Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) will receive the same $5 million amount that it received in 2014 and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will collect $30.1 billion, which is $150 million more than it received in fiscal year 2014.

Documentary Filmmaking

As president of SledgePro Media LLC, Mary Phillipa Sledge of Memphis, Tennessee, has produced and financed a wide variety of films. Mary Phillipa Sledge is actively involved in the making of documentary films as well as feature fiction pieces.

In the world of documentaries, creating connection to an audience is a filmmaker's primary task. If a film fails to impact those who watch it, no one will ever truly hear its message. World-renowned filmmaker Michael Moore has said that a successful documentary film entertains its audience and even makes them laugh. This engages an audience on a personal level and involves them in the story unfolding on screen, which can in turn inspire the audience to take action.

Audience engagement is relevant in topic selection as well. Filmmakers often want to raise the awareness of their audiences, but they fail to find the subjects that will fascinate or even outrage viewers. To achieve these ends, a film must tell human stories with a human impact. Audiences care about other people much more than they care about abstract ideas.

A documentary filmmaker must remember that he or she is responsible for the logistics that make the film happen. The filmmaker needs to know what the overarching idea of the film is, as well as its structure. Finally, everyone working on the film, from the director to the producer, must be aware of and committed to high production values. To be appealing, a film must be well-made.

The State of Rwanda's Economy

Mary Phillipa Sledge, the owner of Memphis-based SledgePro Media LLC, has more than two decades of professional experience in the entertainment industry. In her free time, Mary Phillipa Sledge supports charities like Bridge2Rwanda, an organization that focuses on helping students from Rwanda study abroad.

Formed in 2007, Bridge2Rwanda works to fortify relationships with countries to encourage direct investments in Rwanda to improve its economic state. Two decades after the genocide that stands as one of the lowest points in the country's history, Rwanda has experienced tremendous development in numerous aspects, including the economy. By bolstering good governance, the predominantly rural and agricultural country encourages the public and private investments necessary for short- to medium-term growth.

The government's efforts to help the agricultural sector regain focus also contributes to growth, and public investments in transportation and energy serve as essential driving forces in the momentum. As a result, Rwanda's economy grew from 4.7 percent in 2013 to 7.0 percent in 2014, with an expected continuation in growth in 2016 and beyond.

Exploring Beethoven's Fifth

An experienced professional in the film industry, Mary Phillipa Sledge is currently the executive producer at SledgePro Media LLC, an entertainment investment company based in Memphis. Apart from film and theater, Mary Phillipa Sledge also enjoys classical music, including orchestral works such as Beethoven's 5th Symphony.

Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 is Beethoven's most famous symphony and one of the most recognized compositions in the entire classical music genre. After a four-year composition period that spanned 1804 to 1808, the symphony premiered on December 22, 1808, at Theater an de Wien in Vienna to great acclaim from the period's most important music critics.

The symphony is famous for the opening four-note motif that has a "short-short-short-long" rhythmic pattern. This motif recurs in the first movement and throughout the entire symphony. Beethoven himself described it as inspired by the idea of "fate knocking at the door." The motif remains extremely popular and has appeared in countless variations in popular culture over the years.

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