Nashville Film Festival’s 50th Anniversary Wrap

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival has come and gone. New friends were made. Good times were had. And, most importantly, wonderful films were shared.

The 2019 Nashville Film Festival featured over 300 of the year’s best independent films from all over the world. But the one that captured my heart was Nashville’s own Bluebird, Brian Loschiavo’s mesmerizing documentary about The Bluebird Cafe, an accidental landmark that changed the course of music history with its Sunday audition nights and implementation of the “in The Round” method, whereby, writers sit in the center of The Bluebird singing, taking turns and telling stories. A must-see!

JoJoRabbit opened the festival and set the bar for quality entertainment. The Opening Night Party piggybacked onto Taika Waititi’s moving WWII drama, featuring Scarlett Johansson, Roman Griffin Thomas, and Thomasin McKenzie, with a celebration at The Clementine. Executive Director Jason Padgitt welcomed festivalgoers and without adieu, turned the satge over to some of Nashville’s hot, rising talent. If there’s one thing in particular Nashville does well, it’s entertain!

 

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Singer/songwriter Lauren Jenkins performs at The Clementine to kick off the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

 

Out of the fire and into the ashes, a phoenix rising in the form of the Creators Conference ushered in opening weekend with its combined mojo of professional development and festival-style kinetic energy. Friday, October 4, 2019, Evolve Studio, a start-up venture from brothers, Joel and Jessie Edwards, shared their exerience and hope working and creating in Nashville, with their Evolve Studio team, personified the Creators spirit.

Friday night Chuck Berry, directed by Ron Brewer, made its world premiere at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival, Friday, October 4, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. Berry, an extraordinary entertainer, ushered in the era of rock-n-roll, with a showmanship that has often been imitated and rarely duplicated. Rock legend, Alice Cooper appeared in the film saying Mr. Berry created a blueprint for what rock-n-roll should be with his pioneering style. Highly recommended!

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The Berry Family on the red carpet at the 50th Nashville Film Festival (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

 

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The Berry Family on the red carpet at the 50th Nashville Film Festival (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

 

Saturday was highlighted by a keynote panel with HBO’s Len Amato and Evyen J. Klean, providing key insights into how ideas are chosen by the network giant and brought to life. Johnathon Shcaech and Jessica Barth’s #METOO panel, and an all-star comedy panel were just a few highlights from day three. The girls from NashFilm’s Living Reel Project debuted their song and short created for the festival, and ‘Who’s The Girl? The Ashley Cleveland’ had a sell-out crowd on day four.

 

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Cast of Who’s the Girl? at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival (Photo by Donny Evan)

 

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The Music Supervisors at the 50th Nashville Film Festival Opening Night After Party (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

Cat Rhinehart and Lahna Turner screened the world premiere of What’s Eating Ralphie May. “I thought Nashville’s 50th was the perfect time and place to premiere. Ralphie loved Nashville – and he talks about it in the film. I could tell the audience felt that affinity – so I couldn’t imagine a better fit. Ralphie would have been proud,” said Director Rhinehart. What’s Eating Ralphie May won an audience award and received a third screening with the Best of Fest lineup, Saturday, August 12th. Highly recommended!

 

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Comedian Lahna Turner, left, and Filmmaker Cat Rhinehart on the red carpet, October 7th, 2019, at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival. (Photo credit: Donny Evan)

 

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash also screened at 6 pm. posing quality of life issues for many festigoers, including myself. I put this one on my list of films to see and it receieved tearful admiration from more than one fan.

 

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John Carter Cash on the red carpet at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival (Photo by Donny Evan)

 

NashFilm also hosted the Tennessee premiere of Bluebird with Amy Grant, Tenille Townes, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Callie Khouri, Ruby Amanfu, Tony Arata, Dave Barnes, Steve Buchanan, Gary Burr, Roger Cook, Barry Dean, Tom Douglas, Mark Germino, Don Henry, Claude Kelly, Luke Laird, and more coming out to support the Nashville film.

 

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The filmmaking team of Bluebird on the red carpet at the 50th Nashville Film Festival (Photo credit by Donny Evan)

 

 

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The ABC Nashville television series star and producer team on the red carpet for the Tennessee premiere of Bluebird at the Nashville Film Festival (Photo by Donny Evan)

 

 

The Screenwriting Competition took place on Tuesday with over 1600 entries. A slew of readers provided a treatment of all the finalists’ work. Mo Morgan took honors in the Narrative Feature and Kelly Anelons took home honors in the Comedy Feature category.

 

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Mo Morgan poses for a photo after receiving the trophy for Best Narrative Feature for his screenplay, Sight, in the 2019 Nashville Film Festival’s Screenwriting Contest. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

 

 

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Kelly Anelons poses for a photo after receiving the trophy for her Best Comedy Feature screenplay, Life’s a Beaut, in the 2019 Nashville Film Festival’s Screenwriting Contest. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

 

Eternal Winter took home the Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature. Beautifully shot film complete with powerful acting and strong production values. Highly recommended. Another top narrative feature, in my opinion, was Alice , a bold and audacious drama delving into the female psyche from start to finish. See the full list of Jury winners here.

The closing night party was held at The Valentine in downtown Nashville. The festival continued into Saturday with the “Best of the Fest” films running all day Saturday, Oct. 12. On the list – HollywoodGlee makes Feedspot Top 20 Hollywood Blogs. Thank you, Anuj Agarwal!

Until next time, I’ll see you at the movies!

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About

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in the world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.

With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States.

*Featured photo: Larry Gleeson, left, with filmmaker Flavio Alves (The Garden Left Behind) at Best of Fest, Saturday, October 12th, 2019, at the 50th Anniversary Film Festival Nashville. (Photo credit: Giuliana Mignone)

 

 

 

 

 

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A Masterpiece! Brian Loschiavo’s Bluebird Receives Standing Ovation at NashFilm 2019!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Brian Loschiavo’s documentary, Bluebird, made it’s Nashville Premiere last night, October 8th, 2019 at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival receiving a standing ovation for the filmmakers from a sold out Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville theatre audience. Loschiavo’s film is about The Bluebird Cafe, an accidental Nashville landmark that changed the course of music history with its Sunday audition nights and implementation of the “in The Round” method, whereby, writers sit in the center of The Bluebird singing, taking turns and telling stories.

After starting out in 1982 as a traditional, upscale, gourmet restaurant business venture by Amy Kurtland, The Bluebird morphed into Nashville’s most famous songwriters club jump starting and launching the careers of countless artists including Taylor Swift, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Kelsea Ballerini, Kasey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Tenille Townes, Pam Tillis and Jason Isbell to name a few – all of whom appear in the film. The documentary also features interviews and/or performances of these stars inside or about their experiences inside The Bluebird.

The genesis of the film emanated from a conversation approximately two and a half years ago between Loschiavo (Riverside Entertainment) and the Bluebird Cafe Manager, Erika Wollam Nichols. While the venue had been portrayed in Callie Khouri’s ABC hit drama, Nashville, incredulously, no one had made a film about the Nashville “songwriters-in-the-round” at The Bluebird Cafe. Nichols, who had been running the restaurant for more than a decade, felt a film telling the story of the artists and the spirit of the community was important. As one of the cast members eloquently said, “Nashville wouldn’t be Nashville without The Bluebird.”

Technically, the film is a gem. Seamless editing, harmonious non-diegetic background music combined with the film’s mise-en-scene evoked a moment of self-awareness and the suspension of disbelief. Cinematographer Jeff Molyneaux captures artists’ frames with precision belying the challenges he faced. Anyone who has seen the performances of the songwriters-in-the-round at work might imagine a special production set was built to the very minutia detail of the cafe’s interior (as in the ABC Nashville series wth Charles Esten) allowing Molyneaux to set up his shoot. Years from now, film professors will prod their student to explain how the shots were executed in the live, at-capacity space.

Setting aside the spectacular techniques utilized, the film has a spiritual life of its own mirroring the songwriters, The Bluebird personnel, the artists who perform and the physical structure of the venue. With an atmospheric of a living room and a church sanctuary, artists from Faith Hill to Garth Brooks espouse the nurturing nature of The Bluebird. Fifteen year-old Landon Wall is also featured in the film performing in the venue several times as he honed his craft. In addition, Maren Morris hearkens the Holy Ghost in a powerful performance of “My Church” evoking memories of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” And, more than one tear was shed as Tenille Townes and Taylor Swift performed “Jersey on the Wall” and “Better Man,” respectively.

With irrefutable evidence accumulated over the years in the form of testimonies, The Bluebird is hallowed ground. It had been a best kept secret. After its depiction in the ABC Nashville television series, The Bluebird has become a mecca for songwriters and travelers alike from around the globe hoping to get a taste and glimpse of the establishment. It has also made songwriting cool. A groovy profession. Despite Amy Kurland’s effort to safeguard The Bluebird and its legacy by turning it over to the Nashville Songwriters Association International on January 1, 2008, a real estate developer has purchased the strip mall where The Bluebird is located.

A mesmerizing documentary about the Holy Grail of country music, Bluebird is a masterpiece. Best seen on the big screen…. A must-see film! Coming out with a limited release November 15.

NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary is Making Memories

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is showing hot films while the temperatures are cooling. Try the Nashville Film Festival App and Plan Your Fest! Find it the App stores.

Fest in style with a VIP Badge! Available here: NashFilm

 

Check out a few of yesterday’s candid shots!

Kate and Jan

Upcoming Hot Tickets

Mars

The Sheriff of Mars | Directed by Jason Ressler, Matthew Woolf
Mon, Oct 7, 1:30 PM

This is an uplifting tale of the musical redemption of a lovable, complex artist who exudes a magical and unique authenticity. Daniel Antopolsky is a country singer/songwriter who was discovered in France when he was 65. He had with him “he had 500 of the best songs no one had ever heard”. Today, he has released 4 albums with major media attention and toured the world with his music. Watch his rise as a Nashville recording artist and concert musician. TICKETS

Lost Bayou

Lost Bayou | Directed by Brian C. Miller Richard
Mon. Oct 7, 6:30 PM
Tues. Oct 8, 12:00 PM

In this hauntingly evocative Southern Gothic mystery, a struggling addict ventures into the Louisiana swampland to reconnect with her faith healer father, only to discover he is hiding a troubling secret aboard his houseboat. TICKETS

Wall of Mexico

The Wall of Mexico| | Directed by Zachary Cotler, Magdalena Zyzak
Mon. Oct 7, 7:30 PM

Veteran actors Esai Morales and Mariel Hemingway join with some newcomers to spin a fantasy about rich Mexicans turning the tables on poor white people. Inspired by the Trump Presidency, The Wall of Mexico premiered at SXSW is a role-reversing fantasy about a wealthy Mexican-American family that decides to build a wall to deter the intrusion of poor white people in the vicinity. TICKETS

Rodman

SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET | Directed by Roman Chimienti, Tuler Jensen
Tues. Oct 8, 6:00 PM

Mark Patton travels to horror conventions across the U.S. Each new city unwraps a chapter from his life that is met with equal parts joyful and bittersweet detail, as he attempts to make peace with his past and embrace his legacy as cinema’s first male “scream queen.” TICKETS

Berry Hill

Berry Hill | Directed by Buzz Cason and Mark Harper
Tues. Oct. 8, 2:30 PM 

Nashville‘s Berry Hill, now home to 40 music studios, took off when Buz Cason opened Creative Workshop there in 1970. He quickly recorded five number one hits by the Gatlin Brothers, and followed up with top artists like Gene Cotton, Kim Carnes, Dottie West, Kenny Rogers, the Doobie Brothers, Olivia Newton-John, Roy Orbison, The Faces, Merle Haggard, Leon Russell, Elvis Presley and more. The studio, known now as Blackbird, is owned by John McBride, and is one of Nashville’s premier recording studios, sound engineer schools and equipment rental companies. TICKETS

Bluebird

Bluebird | Directed by Brian Loschiavo
Still Tickets Available
Tues. Oct. 8, 5:30 PM / 7:00 PM / 7:15 PM / Sat. Oct. 12, 12 PM

It was 1982, and Amy Kurland, a 27-year-old culinary school graduate, was opening a café in the strip mall of an upscale Nashville suburb. She had no idea it would eventually become the most influential listening room in America. Over the next three decades, with Amy’s unwavering passion to showcase and nurture new talent, this unassuming venue would help birth legendary careers of Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Taylor Swift and countless more. The film features unforgettable performances by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell and many more. TICKETS

Doc Shorts

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Documentary Shorts 1:Sun, Oct 6, 6:30 PM & Wed, Oct 9, 3:00 PM
Documentary Shorts 2: Mon. Oct 7, 12:30 PM & Tues. Oct 8, 6:00 PM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth* (*but were afraid to ask) is the amazing story of how the Berkeley police department, the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands, an Academy Award winner and Mr. Spock are all connected by “Sudden Birth”, one of the most unintentionally hilarious and disturbing educational films ever created.TICKETS

Lumineers

The Lumineers III | Directed by Kevin Phillips
Sat., Oct. 12, 4:30 PM

The Lumineers’ III is a visual exploration of the band’s third and latest album. In three chapters corresponding with the album’s ten tracks, we follow three generations of a working-class family in the American Northeast. TICKETS

See you at the movies!

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*Featured photo: Emmett Anderson, left, and Talya Klein, finalists for Drama Feature Screenwriting Competition

Nashville Film Fest Hosts Chuck Berry World Premiere

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Chuck Berry, directed by Ron Brewer, made its world premiere at the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival, Friday, October 4, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. Berry, an extraordinary entertainer, ushered in the era of rock-n-roll, with a showmanship that has often been imitated and rarely duplicated.

The evening opened with a full on red carpet and Nashville hospitality. The screening was well received as the film’s director, Ron Brewer, does his homework as he shed light on the man and career that shaped and molded the British invasion during the 1960’s. The night continued with a celebratory after party at Nashville Acme Seed.

 

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Berry Family posing with an authentic Gibson Berry Guitar at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019. The family was present for the world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)
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Live entertainment at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019, following th world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)
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The Music Supervisors at the 50th Nashville Film Festival’s Acme Seed After Party, October 4th, 2019, following the world premiere of Ron Brewer’s documentary, Chuck Berry, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

Stay tuned for more as the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is heating up as temperatures outside are coming down!

See you at the movies…..

 

NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary Is In Full Swing!

Posted by Larry Gleeson

The 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival is well into its opening weekend. The  Festival App is an excellent tool to plan the Fest! It is available in App stores. A VIP Badge offers the premium festival experience and are available.

 

Here’s a quick look at upcoming films.

Music Documentaries | Chuck Berry: Directed by John Brewer

Sunday 10/6 2:00 PM

Berry

Brewer tells the story of a black preacher’s son who managed to cross the racial divide in 1950’s America with the power of a well-crafted song and a Fender guitar, only to discover that what was on the other side held the organized prejudice of a nation. This is a highly artistic nod to Sin City that shines a light on the facts and phantoms around the story of the Granddaddy of Rock & Roll. Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Carles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt. TICKETS

Graveyard Shift | Driven – Dark Comedy/Thriller – Directed by Glenn Payne

Driven

 

In this dark-comedy thriller, Emerson (Casey Dillard) is a ride share driver with nights full of annoyances until she picks up Roger (Richard Speight, Jr.), a mysterious out of towner on a mission to break a multi-generational curse.

This delightful movie handles jobs we hate, self-identity crisis, and coming of age tales all while slashing through legions of demons and reminding us to tip our drivers. It got snark, scares, and a whole lot of heart that pushes the boundaries of what can be done in genre films to give viewers the best ride possible. TICKETS

Documentaries | Gay Chorus: Deep South – Directed by David Charles Rodrigues

Saturday 10/5 12:00 PM

Gay Chorus

In response to a wave of anti-LGBT laws in Southern states and the divisive 2016 election, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. Joined by allies, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, they bring a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities and individuals confronting intolerance. The journey is a celebration of the power of music. TICKETS.

Music Documentaries | Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl – Directed by Amy Goldstein

Saturday 10/5 6:30 PM
Sunday 10/6 12:30 PM

Kate Nash

Kate Nash, punk renegade, TV wrestling queen (GLOW), and DIY leader of an all-girl band forgoes money and fame to speak out about gender inequality in the music business and to embolden other young women to find their voice. Cast: Kate Nash, Alicia Warrington, Frederik Thaae, Kate Craig, Tom Biller, Jarrad Kritzstein. TICKETS.

See you at the movies!

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(Sourced from press releases provided by NashFest and Alexa Oliphant)

 

Nashville Film Festival Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Edition In Style

Posted by Larry Gleeson

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Singer-Songwriter Lauren Jenkins in a soulful performance at the Clementine in Nashville, Tenn., at the Opening Night Gala, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, to lift off the 50th Nashville Film Festival. The festival is set to run October 3-12, 2019. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The 50th Nashville Film Festival is underway. Executive Director Jason Padgitt welcomed filmgoers, filmmakers and talent alike at the Clementine in Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday night……and he wasn’t alone! Padgitt provided the traditional opening remarks onstage with rising talent, singer-songwriter, Lauren Jenkins.

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Jason Padgitt, left, introduces singer-songwriter, Lauren Jenkins, Thursday night, October 3rd, 2019, at the Clementine in Nashville, Tenn., at the Opening Night Gala for the 50th Anniversary of the Nashville Film Festival with a run of October 3rd through October 12th. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson/HollywoodGlee)

The Opening Night Film program screened Taika Waititi’s much-buzzed-about dark comedy JoJo Rabbit, which delves into the World War II-era perspective of a young German boy who is forced to reconsider the nationalism in which he was raised. The film was proceeded by a VIP tent party at the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, home to this year’s screenings and the Creators Conference.

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VIP Hospitality at the Nashville Film Festival on Opening Night, Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Band members from Nikki’s Wives and Veridian gather for a little fun and socializing at the 50th Nashville Film Festival on October 3rd, 2019, Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Saint Luna Opening Night Cocktail Sponsor at the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville  (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Nashville Film Festival Sponsor Mercedez-Benz adorns the entryway of the Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville  (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)
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Regal Hollywood ScreenX & RPX Cinema – Nashville, home to this year’s screenings and the Creators Conference. (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

For more information on the 5oth Nashville Film Festival, including purchasing tickets and passes, please visit: https://nashvillefilmfestival.org/

About

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in the world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.

With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States.

*Featured photo: Bryce Bilello, Theatre Operations, Nashville Film Festival (Photo credit: Larry Gleeson)

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Early Music-Based Docs at Nashville Are Making Sweet Vibrations

Posted by Larry Gleeson

NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL JUMP STARTS 50th ANNIVERSARY AND ANNOUNCES SELECT MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES INCLUDING “BLUEBIRD,” “CHUCK BERRY,” “BORN INTO THE GIG,” “COOL DADDIO,” AND “THE SHERIFF OF MARS”

The Nashville Film Festival, taking place October 3-12, 2019, announces early music documentary features for 2019, including the world premiere of “Chuck Berry” by filmmaker Jon Brewer; “Born Into the Gig” by filmmakers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner; “Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore” from filmmakers Imogen Putler and Monika Baran; and “The Sheriff of Mars” from filmmakers Jason Ressler and Matthew Woolf.

 

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running independent film festivals in the U.S. Under the new leadership of Executive Director, Jason Padgitt, the Nashville Film Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than 250 films with an increased focus on music-based films, films from female directors and top American independent narrative feature films.

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Nashville Film Festival’s Executive Director, Jason Padgitt (Photo courtesy of NashFilm)

“The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating an incredible 50 year milestone by honoring the history of the festival while pointing the organization to a future of expanded opportunities for filmmakers worldwide and for the amazing arts community here in Tennessee,” said Nashville Film Festival’s Executive Director, Jason Padgitt. “There are so many great stories to share at this year’s festival and we’re very excited about all of the incredible films and events planned for this historic event.”

“We are thrilled to announce these music documentary titles for our 50th Festival. Each film truly complements Nashville’s wide variety of musical and artistic roots,” said Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival. “We are looking forward to presenting these powerful music documentaries as just one part of our amazing full slate of films.”

 

Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival
Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival

“We are thrilled to announce these music documentary titles for our 50th Festival. Each film truly complements Nashville’s wide variety of musical and artistic roots,” said Lauren Ponto, Programming Manager for the Nashville Film Festival.

“We are looking forward to presenting these powerful music documentaries as just one part of our amazing full slate of films.”

 

 

Select Music Documentaries Include:

Chuck Berry: The Original King Of Rock 'N' Roll

Title: CHUCK BERRY

Dir.: Jon Brewer

Cast: Chuck Berry, Alice Cooper, Themetta Berry, Joe Perry, Charles Berry, Stevie Van Zandt

Synopsis: In this highly anticipated feature- length documentary, the absolute instigator of Rock and Roll, CHUCK BERRY is truly revealed, with exclusive access. Despite his iconic status, and reverence for his talent by rock’s heroes John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Steve Van Zandt, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper) all featured, Chuck Berry was a family man. He was a prolific craftsman of word and chords; an undisputed and stunning combination of talent and charisma. Award-winning Film maker Jon Brewer (BB King The Life of Riley, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark), lends new insight to the man known as the bedrock of Rock n Roll.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

BLUEBIRD

Title:     BLUEBIRD

Dir.:       Brian Loschiavo

Cast:      Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Jason Isbell

Synopsis: It’s where megastars like Garth Brooks, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift got their break, and where emerging singer-songwriters continue to flock for a chance to perform original material. But The Bluebird Cafe, this unassuming venue nestled in a suburban Nashville strip-mall, faces an uncertain future. Featuring unforgettable performances by Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, Maren Morris, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell and many more, we’ll explore the past and present of this accidental landmark that has altered the course of music history.

Premiere Status: Southeast US Premiere

COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R. STEVIE MOORE

Title:     COOL DADDIO: THE SECOND YOUTH OF R. STEVIE MOORE

Dir.:       Imogen Putler, Monika Baran

Cast:      R. Stevie Moore, Mac DeMarco, Ariel Pink, Theophilus London, Tim Burgess, David Shrigley

Synopsis: Cool Daddio: The Second Youth of R. Stevie Moore tells a story of the greatest ‘undiscovered’ musical genius of all time. He has recorded 400 albums in 40 years… in his bedroom. Unique and eccentric. Unrecognized outside of a small group of music insiders, until now…

Premiere Status: US Premiere

 

Title:     BORN INTO THE GIG

Dir.:       Kate Davis and David Heilbroner

Cast:      Chris Stills, Skip Marley, Kori Withers, Ben and Sally Taylor

Synopsis: BORN INTO THE GIG tracks the children of rock stars James Taylor, Carly Simon, Bill Withers, Stephen Stills and the Marleys as they become singer- songwriters in the shadow of their legendary parents.  The path for these young artists is tricky — filled with family tension, humor, and courage as they strive to create their own music.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

THE SHERIFF OF MARS

Title:     THE SHERIFF OF MARS

Dir.:       Jason Ressler, Matthew Woolf

Cast:      Daniel Antopolsky, Townes Van Zand, Bill Hedgepeth, Sylvia Antopolsky

Synopsis: In space, no one can hear you sing…. The story of a lost singer who did everything he could not to become successful and ended up being so anyway.

Premiere Status: World Premiere

 

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

The Nashville Film Festival is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, making it one of the longest running independent film festivals in the U.S. Under the new leadership of Executive Director, Jason Padgitt, the Nashville Film Festival will feature a diverse lineup of more than 250 films with an increased focus on music-based films, films from female directors and top American independent narrative feature films.

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in October, 2019.  For more information, visit nashfilm.org.

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(Source: NashFilm blog)

Motherless Brooklyn (Norton, 2019):USA

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Viewed as part of the 46th Telluride Film Festival at the Palm Theatre. Motherless Brooklyn, a crime, drama film noir throwback by Edward Norton, tells the story of a gum shoe detective with Tourettes Syndrome, a disorder characterized by involuntary tics, investigating the death of his boss, mentor and adoptive father figure, Frank Minnis, played by Bruce Willis. Edward Norton wrote, directed, starred and produced the film.

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Edward Norton in Warner Brothers Pictures MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

 

A passion project twenty years in the making, Motherless Brooklyn, attempts to re-imagine the famed film noir era. While most noir films were black and white, Norton chose to showcase his work in color. And with a cast including Leslie Mann, Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe, I can certainly understand and appreciate his decision with the film’s colorful characters. Norton’s performance as Lionel Essrog, the Touretted detective, reminded me of Norton’s Oscar nominated performance as Roy/Aaron in the 1996 crime drama, Primal Fear. It’s every bit as impressive though seemingly carries a lighter psychological heft.

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Alec Baldwin, left, and Edward Norton in Warner Brothers Pictures MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

In Motherless Brooklyn, Lionel finds his legs in the world of detective investigations after the death/murder of his boss/mentor and adoptive father figure, Frank Minna. Driven to find the truth, Lionel navigates various scenes and worlds of New York City in the 1950’s with a rock-hard determination as the film’s peripheral characters are uninterested in who killed Frank Minna. Rather, each character has his or her selfish interests to pursue. Lionel, on the other hand, is steadfast and goes to any lengths to pursue the truth going so far as to impersonate a prominent and well-known New York Times newspaper reporter.

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Edward Norton in Warner Brothers Pictures MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

Norton’s character, Lionel, carries the film from start to finish. Utilizing a traditional, signature noir element, the narrative voice-over, Lionel fills the audience in on background elements as the film dives, reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, into a world of gangland violence and shady real estate deals within a flourishing underground entertainment scene.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, left, and Edward Norton in Warner Brothers Pictures MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

Several other aspects of the film push the work into the apex of top films. The film’s musical score by Daniel Pemberton takes a seat with the Miles Davis score in Elevator to the Gallows. Wynton Marsalis and Michael K. Williams deliver an astonishing, melodic trumpeting as Lionel and Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s character, Laura, a community, housing fairness activist, share a heartfelt, tender moment. The costuming from Amy Roth,  the cast of characters by Avy Kaufman and production design from Beth Mickle qualify the film as a solid period piece set in the 1950’s New York City. And while the mise-en-scene appears simple, it works magically with the calm, cool, polished voice-over narrative of a retrospective Lionel. Interestingly, Norton collaborated heavily with two-time Oscar nominee, Cinematographer Dick Pope.

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Edward Norton, right, and Willem Dafoe, center, in Warner Brothers Pictures MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN. (Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures)

Granted, with a A-list cast of Hollywood actors, Norton’s directorial work would seem to be a walk in the park. Yet, Norton not only directed the film, he also played the lead role adapting the Jonathan Lethem prize-winning novel of the same name to the screen, and was a major producing partner.

With a run time of 144 minutes, Motherless Brooklyn, comes in on time. Some editing and production choices allowed an emotional peek into the “broken brain” of Lionel and his coming to terms with his Tourettes that some viewers might find unsettling. Undoubtedly, the film, a Warner Brothers Picture production, is a vehicle for Edward Norton to showcase his talents. Yet, it also sheds light on a ruthless period in the urban planning of New York City providing an illumination into today’s socio-economic/political environment. Highly recommended.

 

Ford v Ferrari (Mangold, 2019):USA

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Viewed as part of the 46th Telluride Film Festival at the Werner Herzog Theatre, Ford v Ferrari (titled Le Mans ’66 in the UK and other destinations), directed by James Mangold (Walk the Line), tells the story of two obsessive artists, Matt Damon as car designer, Carroll Shelby, and Christian Bale as race car driver, Ken Miles, clashing and teaming up to build the world’s fastest race car after a verbal slight by Enzo Ferrari, owner of the then dominant Ferrari Formula One race car, towards Henry Ford II, proud Chairman of the Ford Motor Company.

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Matt Damon in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI. (Photo Credit: Merrick Morton TM and © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)

The film is driven almost exclusively by the powerful relationship dynamic of two strongly convicted characters who know how to win and have the will to do whatever it takes to do so – even going as far as paying the ultimate price for the love and exhilaration of the race car. Director Mangold skillfully manages the competing personalities not only of the film’s lead characters but also the egos and ambitions of the peripheral players from Ford as the managerial layers come to bear on the project.

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Christian Bale in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI. (Photo Credit: Merrick Morton TM and © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Complete with a dizzying array of tightly-framed close-ups of Bales’ character, Miles, behind the wheel, the audience is treated to a smiling, charismatic professional race car driver as he handles and brings to fruition a winning racing machinery with grace and expertise with mesmerizing cinematography from Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska, Walk the Line). Meanwhile, Damon crushes his “good ‘ol boy” Shelby character, often cutting the Ford Motor Company executives off in mid-stream as his self-determination to make the world’s fastest car becomes an obsession.

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Christian Bale in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI. (Photo Credit: Merrick Morton TM and © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.)

One aspect of filmmaking often overlooked by moviegoers is the sound and the role it plays in augmenting the film’s emotional intent. With Ford v Ferrari, Sound Designer Ted Wilkinson, turns the onscreen car racing world into a virtual spin with an exceptional soundtrack putting the viewer into the driver’s seat of race car driving including several live pit stops in the heat of the LeMans ’66 racing competition.

And while Bale and Damon garner most of the screen time, four-time Golden Globe nominee, Caitrione Balfe (Outlander), keeps both lead characters in check as the boys wind up in fisticuffs as they struggle to make their shared dream a reality. In addition, Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) carries a load as Peter Miles, Bales’ character, Ken Miles’ adoring son. Steady actor, Josh Lucas, delivers a strong performance as Leo Beebe, the Ford executive who, in trying to maintain a wholesome image for the motor company, almost single-handedly derails the project. Tracy Letts embodies the character of Henry Ford II in more than one memorable scene.

Ford v Ferrari has a fast run time of 152 minutes and is a family-friendly film produced by Chernin Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox (now owned by Disney). The release date is scheduled for November 15, 2019, putting the film right in the heart of the Oscar race. A must-see film, I highly recommend Ford v Ferrari be experienced with an advanced cinema sound system. You’ll be glad you did!

An important note: Through a long-term partnership with a goal of creating extraordinary film experiences, Meyer Sound and the Telluride Film Festival have collaborated to bring a custom designed Meyer Sound cinema sound system to a few of the festival major venues, including the Werner Herzog Theatre.

*Featured photo: Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Twentieth Century Fox’s FORD V. FERRARI. Photo Credit: Merrick Morton TM and © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

 

QUEEN & SLIM World Premiere To Open AFI FEST 2019

posted by Larry Gleeson

AFI Alumna Melina Matsoukas’s Feature Film Directorial Debut
to Launch 33rd Edition of Festival on Thursday, November 14

The 33rd edition of AFI FEST presented by Audi will open with the world premiere of Makeready and Universal Pictures’ QUEEN & SLIM. Directed by two-time Grammy® winner Melina Matsoukas (AFI Class of 2005) and written by Emmy® winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey, the film is a consciousness-raising love story that confronts the staggering human toll of racism and the life-shattering price of violence. The film stars Academy Award® nominee Daniel Kaluuya, Jodie Turner-Smith, Bokeem Woodbine, Academy Award® nominee Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore. Matsoukas was awarded AFI’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal earlier this year. The Opening Night Gala screening will take place Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, followed by an after-party at the Roosevelt Hotel.

In making the announcement, AFI President and CEO Bob Gazzale said,

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Bob Gazzale

“Melina’s powerful voice is the embodiment of the AFI ideal, for we believe in the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to share perspectives, inspire empathy and drive culture forward. We are honored to shine a proper light upon her and QUEEN & SLIM.”

 

For Matsoukas, the AFI world premiere represents a homecoming.

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Melina Matsouskas

“I feel privileged to present my first feature film, QUEEN & SLIM at the opening night of AFI FEST, a place that is integral to my story as a filmmaker. The tools I learned while receiving my Master of Fine Arts from AFI informs my artistry every day, and to have this moment come full circle is deeply moving,” said Matsouskas. “My mission as an artist is to create change in the world. My time at AFI further instilled the power of film as a tool for change, and I hope that QUEEN & SLIM sparks dialogue, leaving viewers thinking about themselves and the world long after leaving their seats.”

 

 

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Michael Lumpkin

Said Michael Lumpkin, director of AFI Festivals: “The film is an outstanding debut – a fearless, gorgeous and powerful cinematic achievement that speaks, better than any film this year, to the effects of racism and violence in our country today.”

About The Film

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Afraid for their lives, the man — a retail employee — and the woman — a criminal defense lawyer — are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

QUEEN & SLIM will be released on November 27, 2019.

AFI FEST 2019 takes place November 14-21, 2019, at historic theaters in Los Angeles. Screenings, Galas and other events will be held at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and the Hollywood Roosevelt. The full festival lineup and schedule will be unveiled in October.

Audi returns for the 16th year as the exclusive Presenting Sponsor of AFI FEST, enabling the festival to host the very best of world cinema. Audi and their visionary support reflect a continuing commitment to create opportunities for equality in film and television. Audi also supports AFI through the Audi Fellowship for Women, a full-tuition scholarship created in 2017 to support promising female directors entering the AFI Conservatory. This Fellowship is part of the Audi commitment to drive progress and a landmark investment in the future of the storytelling community.

Audi is the exclusive presenting sponsor of AFI FEST 2019. Additional top sponsors include AT&T and American Airlines, the official airline of AFI.

Passes are available now. Individual tickets will be available for purchase for AFI members beginning October 29 and for the general public on October 30.

Watch the trailer to QUEEN & SLIM below.

(Source: AFI.blog)

Julie Andrews to Receive 48th AFI Life Achievement Award

Posted by Larry Gleeson

America’s Highest Honor for a Career in Film to Be Presented at Gala Dinner on April 25, 2020

Tribute Will Premiere on TNT, Thursday, May 7 at 10pm ET/PT

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees that Dame Julie Andrews will be the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Andrews at a Gala Tribute on April 25, in Los Angeles, CA. The AFI Life Achievement Award has won Emmy® Awards across five decades in its 48-year run and will return for its eighth year with TNT, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in the fall. Audi returns as an Official Sponsor of the event.

 

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Kathleen Kennedy

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.” 

A legendary actress of both stage and screen, Andrews has enchanted and delighted audiences around the world with her uplifting and inspiring body of work. She continues to captivate viewers in front of the camera, with her remarkable wit, characteristic grace and an incandescent and unmistakable voice all of her own — while also shining a light on humanitarian issues in her activism and philanthropic work.

A three-time Academy Award nominee, Andrews star turn in MARY POPPINS won her both a BAFTA and an Oscar®. From her early debut as Polly Browne in “The Boyfriend” to her critically-acclaimed Eliza Doolittle in the Broadway hit “My Fair Lady” to her timeless performance as Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC to her groundbreaking dual roles in the gender-bending VICTOR/VICTORIA, Andrews has proven herself an accomplished and versatile actress. Throughout an illustrious career that spans seven decades, she has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys® and two Emmys® for projects infused with her incomparable charm and recognized for their ability to enthrall audiences worldwide. The critically lauded Andrews is also a Kennedy Center honoree, a Disney Legend inductee and the recipient of a SAG Life Achievement Award.

On stage and screen, she has delivered transcendent performances known for their elegance, artistry and humor, with additional acting credits including: “Camelot” (1960), THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY (1964), TORN CURTAIN (1966), HAWAII (1966), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (1967), STAR! (1968), 10 (1979), LITTLE MISS MARKER (1980), THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN (1983), DUET FOR ONE (1986), ENCHANTED (2007) and AQUAMAN (2018). She has also starred in multiple, successful franchises, including THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1 and 2 (2001); SHREK 2 (2004), SHREK THE THIRD (2007) and SHREK FOREVER AFTER (2010); and DESPICABLE ME (2010) and DESPICABLE ME 3 (2017) and the upcoming MINIONS. Recently, Andrews was cast in Shonda Rhimes’ new Netflix series BRIDGERTON to play a sharp-tongued gossip writer in Regency London, marking her continued evolution as an actress and icon. Andrews’ second memoir, “Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years” — a follow-up to her successful 2008 New York Times Best Seller, “Home: A Memoir of My Early Years” — will be released October 15.

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Nashville Film Festival Announces 2019 “Best of Fest” Films and Special Music Awards

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Score Composer Chris Lennertz honored with the 2019 EA Music Nashville Film Festival Composer Award 

Howard Shore earns Mike Curb Achievement in Film Music Award 

Nashville, Tenn. (October 11, 2019) – The Nashville Film Festival, which kicked off Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 12 announces the “Best of Fest” audience voted award films as the festival continues through the weekend with the closing night party Friday at The Valentine in downtown Nashville and “Best of the Fest” films running all day Saturday, Oct. 12.

Additionally, two music-related awards were announced to honor leadership in music and film. Score composer Chris Lennertz was presented with the 2019 EA Music Nashville Film Festival Composer Award by Electronic Arts Worldwide Executive Steve Schnur.

Lennertz has written music for some of the world’s greatest storytellers. Whether its soaring heroics for Seth Rogen as a hot dog saving the world in “Sausage Party” or the lush orchestral melodies of Steven Spielberg’s Medal of Honor series…a stark, out of tune gospel piano for Mark Ruffalo’s battle with addiction in “Thanks for Sharing” or futuristic dystopian Americana for J.J. Abrams’ “Revolution,” this classic eclectic ability has now become his signature. He has worked in almost every genre imaginable and spent weeks on Billboard charts. He has an Emmy nomination for the cult hit Supernatural, a Grammy for his arrangements on Ozomatli’s album Street Signs, and an amazing eleven BMI awards for blockbusters like Bad Moms, Horrible Bosses, Ride Along, and more. Equally comfortable on the small screen, on stage, and at festivals, Chris has written eclectic scores for Marvel’s Agent Carter and the smash dark superhero epic The Boys with Amazon Pictures. He has recently expanded further into musical storytelling in his collaborations with Tony award winners Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, and David Zippel as well as artists like Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae, Lizzo, Nick Jonas, Blake Shelton, Bebe Rexha, and more. His films have grossed well over a billion dollars worldwide. Chris is also one of the most in-demand composers in video games with hits like Medal of Honor, James Bond, The Godfather, and the Mass Effect series. His passion for education and philanthropy plays a major part in his life serving on the board of Education Through Music Los Angeles and The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation as well as Hands Together in Haiti. He personally launched the Symphony of Hope project after the 2011 earthquake to rally the film music community around the cause.

The Nashville Film Festival also announced Howard Shore as the recipient of the Mike Curb Achievement in Film Music Award. This annual award has been awarded to a leader in film music since 2007 and has previously been awarded to legendary artists including Paul Williams, Gustavo Santalolalla and T Bone Burnett. Mike Curb, a long-time supporter of the Nashville Film Festival, is the former lieutenant governor and acting governor of California, and is one of the most prominent figures in the entertainment world.

2019 NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE VOTES “BEST OF FEST” FILMS

MINUS ONE – Directed by Tanner Peterson.  Small towns have big stories. When 16-year old Sophia goes missing, three teens work tirelessly to find her. Adults and police apparently give up, but the school friends push forward to find her. Truth is in short supply. For Chandler some wounds may never heal.

WHAT’S EATING RALPHIE MAY – Directed by Cat Rhinehart.  Filmmaker Cat Rhinehart sets out to make a weight loss documentary on the beloved comedian Ralphie May, who is planning on having lap band surgery the following summer. As she spends the year filming Ralphie, along with his wife and two young children, it becomes clear the larger than life comedian has no intention of losing weight. Ralphie’s wife, fellow comedian Lahna Turner, slowly begins to realize her husband isn’t going to change, and no amount of pressure from her, nor past health scares he’s had, can compel Ralphie to change. Midway through filming, Ralphie decides not to have his scheduled weight loss surgery; a devastating blow to his wife and loved ones. A compromise is made, and a personal trainer is sent on the road with Ralphie during his nationwide tour in the hopes to help the comedian lose weight in lieu of surgery. Ralphie’s demanding tour schedule and pressure to lose weight puts a heavy strain on his relationship with his wife, forming a powder keg that blows while the family is on tour together. After a particularly bad fight with his wife, Lahna takes the children and flies back to their Los Angeles home. Ralphie eventually files for divorce, leaving Lahna to deal with the aftermath of trying to keep the family together. On October 6, 2017, Ralphie unexpectedly died during his residency in Vegas. The film revisits Lahna and the children two years later in an epilogue.

THE PLANTERS – Directed by Alexandra Kotcheff and Hannah Leder This is a radical experiment in feature filmmaking. Two women, starring in and making a film with no on-set crew. ‘The Planters’ is a dark comedy about Martha Plant, an air-conditioning telemarketer who sucks at her job, doesn’t like people but likes to bury stolen treasure in exchange for cash donations. While grieving the loss of her parents, Martha finds unlikely friendship in Sadie Mayflower, a Jesus-loving vagrant with multiple personalities. Martha takes Sadie into her home, gives her a stake in her secret treasure-planting business, and helps her work through her mental illness. In exchange, Sadie helps Martha keep her job, find love, and discover her true voice. But when someone starts stealing her treasure, Martha learns that opening herself up can come with unexpected consequences.

MR. JIMMY — Directed by Peter Michael Dowd.  In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a kimono salesman by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page. For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever. Inspired by Mr. Page’s ovation, Akio quits his “salaryman” job, leaving behind his family to move to Los Angeles and join “Led Zepagain.” Soon cultures clash and Akio’s idyllic vision of America meets with reality.

CHANGING THE GAME – Directed by Michael Barnett.  Filmmaker Michael Barnett’s richly textured documentary illuminates an issue both timely and topical, but at its core captures the warm-hearted, courageous characters living within it. Three resilient transgender high school athletes across the United States fight for their sports titles and combat voices of harassment in their pursuit to compete as themselves. We enter the lives of Sarah Rose Huckman, a spunky skier and teen policymaker in New Hampshire, Andraya Yearwood, a fierce track star slaying her competition, and at the center of our story Mack Beggs, a two-time Texas State Champion wrestler who made front-page headlines for dominating girl’s wrestling while pushing to wrestle other boys. Caught in the center of a national debate on transgender civil rights, these athletes channel the endurance they’ve learned from their sports into their ever more public advocacy battles. Those of us who remember feeling helpless and outcasted against the jeers and aggression of high school bullies will marvel at the perseverance each of these dedicated teens shows in the face of unharnessed vitriol from choruses of parents and pundits alike, developing an emotional maturity far beyond anything their young age should require and inspiring people of all ages to live proudly in their truth. Still, a network of support emerges to bolster their resolve, and despite the extreme anger of their opposition, each of these young forces of nature triumphantly overcomes hurdle after hurdle in their individual journey to live as their true selves and pursue what they love.

17 BLOCKS – Directed by Davy Rothbart – In 1999, nine-year-old Emmanuel Sanford-Durant and his family began filming their daily lives in America’s most dangerous neighborhood — just 17 blocks behind the U.S. Capitol. They’ve been filming ever since. Made in a unique collaboration with filmmaker and journalist Davy Rothbart, and spanning two decades, 17 BLOCKS illuminates a nation’s ongoing crisis through one family’s raw, stirring, and deeply personal saga.

CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER – Directed by Micky Reece.  Two sisters, Alma and Elizabeth, along with a dog who’s described as a “philosopher,” have come to Alma’s remote house to reconnect with Wesley after twenty years. Alma is recently divorced, Elizabeth is a workaholic in Washington, D.C., while Wesley lives in Paris dealing with a wife recently struck with a fatal disease. When the three come together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely adult melodrama about loneliness, and the desire to connect and share our lives with someone… but we must add to the mix one otherworldly piece of information: Wesley could be a vampire.

MICKEY AND THE BEAR – Directed by Anabelle Attanassio.  It’s April in Anaconda, Montana, and headstrong teenager Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father (James Badge Dale) afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. Secretly, Mickey fantasizes of going to college on the west coast and finally living life on her own terms. When Hank’s controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence.

In Shorts blocks, TENNESSEE SHORTS 3 and DOCUMENTARY SHORTS 2 were selected for Best of Fest.

Tennessee Shorts 3

  • Rallentando!
  • The Brothers Brothers
  • Two Thousand Dollar Friend
  • Trapped
  • Bum One
  • I Hate Coffee, A Love Story
  • Clipped
  • Five Secrets to Mom
  • A Common Era
  • They Came Prepared
  • Black Friday Man
  • Wrath
  • The Ghosting of Elise Montgomery

Documentary Shorts 2

  • A Lovesong for Latasha
  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Sudden Birth (But Were Afraid to Ask)
  • Dani
  • Inferno
  • Reality Baby
  • Ai Baba (Love Dad)
  • Exit 12

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019. For more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.

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THE NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL 2019 GRAND JURY PRIZE WINNERS

Posted by Larry Gleeson

NARRATIVE FEATURE GOES TO ETERNAL WINTER DIRECTED BY ATTILA SZASZ

PETER DOWD’S MR. JIMMY TAKES REEL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Nashville Film Festival’s Programming Director Lauren Ponto hosted NashFilm Grand Jury Awards Ceremony at the Regal Hollywood 27 and announced the winners of NashFilm’s Grand Jury Prizes for 2019. Robert Torres handled the animated and VR 360 Competition awards. Mario Ramos, CEO and President of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, presented the MeToo awards. Festival sponsor VR PRG’s David Bennett bestowed a $10000 rental package credit upon the Cinematography Award winners.

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Nashville Film Festival Executive Director, Jason Padgitt 

“The 2019 Nashville Film Festival delivered on the promise of showcasing the very best in film, music and culture this year. We continue to enjoy an amazing mix of films, filmmakers, events and celebrations while showcasing the best of independent film from all over the world and growing platform for all the talented filmmakers here in Tennessee. We are all extremely proud of this year’s festival and offer a special recognition to all of the incredible Grand Jury Prize winners,” commented Nashville Film Festival Executive Director, Jason Padgitt

 

Grand Jury Prize Winners

NARRATIVE FEATURE: ETERNAL WINTER Directed by Attila Szász

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: DARK SUNS Directed by Julien Elie

 NEW DIRECTOR’S FEATURE: THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND Directed by Flavio Alves

 ANIMATED FEATURE: ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow

 REEL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: MR. JIMMY Directed by Peter Dowd

 TENNESSEE FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION: TRIGGER Directed by Warren Smythe and Alexandra Sedlak

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: EXIT 12 Directed by Malcolm Pullinger

NARRATIVE SHORT: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW Directed by Marshall Curry

ANIMATED SHORT: WILD LOVE Directed by Paul Autric

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT: CRUDE OIL Directed by Christoper Good

TENNESSEE SHORT: JR ROOT Directed by Jonathan Frazier

TENNESSEE STUDENT SHORT: LOSING FACE Directed by Magdalene Kennedy

COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT: KNOCKING DOWN THE FENCES Directed by Megan Shutzer

YOUNG FILMMAKER SHORT: GREY HEART Directed by Theo Tapliz

EPISODIC PILOT: BOOTSTRAPPED Directed by Stephanie Liang

EPISODIC SERIES: TOP DOG Directed by Julia Tokarz

VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360: ACCUSED # 2: WALTER SISULU Directed by Nicolas Champeaux, Giles Porte

GRAVEYARD SHIFT FEATURE: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER Directed by Mickey Reece

GRAVEYARD SHIFT SHORT: JEFF DRIVES YOU Directed by Aidan Brezonick

The Graveyard Shift is a dimension of the Nashville Film Festival specializing in genre cinema, rigorous art, unconventional stories, and the strange and unusual. The 2019 Nashville Film Festival Graveyard Shift presented additional awards including:

  • Best Actress Award for star Mary Buss in Mickey Reece’s film CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER
  • Best Actor Award went to Richard Speight, Jr. for the Mississippi film DRIVEN.
  • Honorable Mention Award for Feature Film presented to Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen’s documentary SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
  • Honorable Mention Award in Graveyard Shift Shorts went to Steven Daniels’ BLOOD SPOOK.
  • The Graveyard Shift Jury presents a Special Prize to documentary subjects Mark Patton (SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET) and Joey Ryan (THIS IS WRESTLING: THE JOEY RYAN STORY) for changing discourses, crafting dialogues, and reshaping public narratives in all communities.

Special Awards also announced at the 2019 Nashville Film Festival included:

  • VER/PRG Cinematography Award to Hannah Leder & Alexandra Kotcheff for the feature film The Planters
  • Best Original Song Award to Phil Danyew for the song “You and Me Together” from the film The Planters.

NashFilm has hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry over the past week to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Festivities continues through the weekend with the closing night party Friday and Best of the Fest Films running Saturday.

Single ticket sales are still on sale at the NashFilm Box Office and online at www.nashfilm.org

HOT TICKETS

Manuel Oct. 11, 7:30 PM
Oct. 12, 10:30 AM

Manuel has crafted shining outfits for Elvis, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and continues to dress the stars of country and rock and roll music to this day. His rhinestone-studded wears still crowd his Nashville shop, and even at 83, Manuel continues to wine and dine late into the Music City nights with his friends. But Manuel still struggles with his legacy, how he’ll be remembered and how his business can evolve in the face of technology shifts. This documentary profiles a conflicted artist, whose dedication to his craft shows the spoils of his prolific work, but also the damage it can leave in its wake. Featuring intimate footage with country music stars like Loretta Lynn and Marty Stuart, the film dives deep into Manuel’s life and career. All the while, Manuel’s undying optimism and love for life shines through, creating an inspiring portrait of a man obsessed with his craft and living life to its fullest. TICKETS

Rain

Inside the Rain | Directed by Aaron Fisher

Oct. 11, 7:00 PM
Oct. 12, 1:00 PM

Facing expulsion from college over alleged conduct violations, a bipolar student indulges his misery at a strip club where he befriends a gorgeous, intelligent, outrageous woman and they hatch a madcap scheme to prove his innocence. “Inside the Rain” is an authentic portrait of bipolar disorder and depression, written, directed by and starring Aaron Fisher, who has this mental health disorder. An authentic and heartfelt portrait of bipolar disorder told with humor and compassion. TICKETS

Lost Transmissions

Lost Transmissions | Directed by Katharine O’Brien

Oct. 11: 6:00 PM
Oct. 12: 2:00 PM

At a party in Los Angeles one evening, aspiring songwriter Hannah (Juno Temple) finds herself at the piano, singing nervously alongside Theo (Simon Pegg), an established music producer with an infectiously joyous spirit. Despite Hannah’s self-consciousness, her talent is evident to Theo, who suggests they get together to record some tracks. But just as their friendship and creative partnership are taking off, Theo suddenly changes. He becomes distant and starts talking about secret messages transmitted through radio static. She chases him through Los Angeles, trying to get him into treatment, and comes face-to-face with the frustrating inadequacies of America’s health care system, all while balancing the demands of her own blossoming career writing songs for Dana Lee (Alexandra Daddario), a shiny, pre-packaged pop star in need of a new hit. Premiered at Tribecca.

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(Source: NashFilm news release)

 

 

NashFilm 2019 Grand Jury Prize Winners

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Nashville Film Festival’s Programming Director Lauren Ponto hosted NashFilm Grand Jury Awards Ceremony yesterday at the Regal Hollywood 27 and announced the winners of NashFilm’s Grand Jury Prizes for 2019. Robert Torres handled the animated and VR 360 Competition awards. Mario Ramos, CEO and President of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, presented the MeToo awards. Festival sponsor VR PRG’s David Bennett bestowed a $10000 rental package credit upon the Cinematography Award winners.

NashFilm has hosted world premieres, celebrities, and some of the most talented filmmakers in the industry over the past week to mark the festival’s 50th anniversary. Festivities continues through the weekend with the closing night party Friday and Best of the Fest Films running Saturday. See below for a list of awardees.

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Grand Jury Prize Winners

NARRATIVE FEATURE: ETERNAL WINTER Directed by Attila Szász

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: DARK SUNS Directed by Julien Elie

 NEW DIRECTOR’S FEATURE: THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND Directed by Flavio Alves

 ANIMATED FEATURE: ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE Directed by Raúl de la Fuente, Damian Nenow

 REEL MUSIC DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: MR. JIMMY Directed by Peter Dowd

 TENNESSEE FIRST FEATURE COMPETITION: TRIGGER Directed by Warren Smythe and Alexandra Sedlak

DOCUMENTARY SHORT: EXIT 12 Directed by Malcolm Pullinger

NARRATIVE SHORT: THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW Directed by Marshall Curry

ANIMATED SHORT: WILD LOVE Directed by Paul Autric

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT: CRUDE OIL Directed by Christoper Good

TENNESSEE SHORT: JR ROOT Directed by Jonathan Frazier

TENNESSEE STUDENT SHORT: LOSING FACE Directed by Magdalene Kennedy

COLLEGE STUDENT SHORT: KNOCKING DOWN THE FENCES Directed by Megan Shutzer

YOUNG FILMMAKER SHORT: GREY HEART Directed by Theo Tapliz

EPISODIC PILOT: BOOTSTRAPPED Directed by Stephanie Liang

EPISODIC SERIES: TOP DOG Directed by Julia Tokarz

VIRTUAL REALITY AND 360: ACCUSED # 2: WALTER SISULU Directed by Nicolas Champeaux, Giles Porte

GRAVEYARD SHIFT FEATURE: CLIMATE OF THE HUNTER Directed by Mickey Reece

GRAVEYARD SHIFT SHORT: JEFF DRIVES YOU Directed by Aidan Brezonick

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Tickets are stillavailable for the 2019 Nashville Film Festival!

Single ticket sales are on sale at the NashFilm Box Office and online at www.nashfilm.org.

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL: The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will celebrate its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019.  For more information, visit nashfilm.org.

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NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary Festival: Celebrating With Style

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Another big night on the red carpet at the 50th Nashville Film Festival:  Actors Clare Bowen & Charles Esten, Musician; Brandon Robert Young; Hit Songwriters Shane McAnally, Luke Laird; Reggae Artist Gramps Morgan, Legend Kathy Matea, NashFest’s own Jason Padgitt, and more!

Photos by Donny Evan

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EXPLORE THE WORLD AND NEW IDEAS THROUGH
THESE INTRIGUING FILMS

Song Names

The Song of Names | Directed by Francois Girard
Starring Tim Roth and Clive Owen
Sponsored by the Nashville Jewish Film Festival
Thu. Oct 10, 7:00 PM

Martin Simmonds (Tim Roth) is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his extraordinary best friend, a Polish Jewish virtuoso violinist, Dovidl Rapaport, who vanished shortly before the 1951 London debut concert that would have launched his brilliant career. Thirty-five years later, Martin discovers that Dovidl (Clive Owen) may still be alive, and sets out on an obsessive intercontinental search to find him and learn why he left. TICKETS

Honey Boy

Honey Boy | Directed by Alma Har’el
Screenplay by Shia LaBeouf; Starring Shia LaBeouf, Tennessee Premier, Sundance
Thu. Oct 10, 8 PM

Honey Boy tells the story of a young actor’s stormy childhood and young adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father and deal with his mental health. LaBeouf plays a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Har’el’s feature narrative is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine through the life and times of a talented, traumatized performer who dares to go in search of himself. TICKETS 

River Rose

Once Upon a River | Directed by Haroula Rose
Thu. Oct 10, 5:00 PM
Fri. Oct 11, 3:00 PM

Based upon the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon A River tells the story of a Native American teenager, Margo Crane, in 1970s rural Michigan. Margo is forced to journey on the Stark River in search of her estranged mother played by Lindsay Pulsipher (Hatfields & McCoys, True Blood). As she uses the skills she was taught to hunt, survive and fend for herself, Margo strikes an unlikely friendship. She will need to stay true to herself and create her own sense of family. Also featuring Sam Straley (The Kids Are Alright), Ajuawak Kapashesit (Indian Horse) and Kenn E. Head (ER, Chicago Fire), with original songs by Will Oldham, JD Souther, and Rodney Crowell, Peter Bradley Adams and filmmaker Haroula Rose. TICKETS

Dark Suns

Dark Suns | Directed by Julien Elie: Tennessee Premiere
Thu Oct 10, 5:30 PM
Fri Oc 11, 12:00 PM

Shot in stark monochrome, Dark Suns chronicles the hundreds of murders of women, journalists, students, and activists in Mexico since the 1990s, and the insidious culture of cartel violence and state corruption behind them. From the notorious femicides in Ciudad Juárez at the northern border to the murders of journalists in Veracruz in the south, director Julien Elie traces a path of organized and unpunished criminality that involves collusion with governments on both sides of the border. TICKETS 

Dorien

Dorien has everything to be happy: a successful husband, two adorable children and a booming veterinary practice. One day, she discovers her mother’s long-running love affair, her husband’s uncomfortable closeness to a colleague, and a lump in her breast. She needs someone to talk to but no one will listen. Is this truly the life she dreamt of? The Best of Dorien B. is a comedy-drama about a woman who rediscovers herself amid the chaos. TICKETS

Hunter

Climate of the Hunter | Directed by Mickey Reece
Fri. Oct 11, 9:00 PM

Reece’s narratives and characters are complicated and so very human. And, just as you settle into his film, he tilts it “wonderfully off its axis”. Two sisters come to their remote house to reconnect with a friend after twenty years. When the three get together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely adult melodrama about loneliness and the desire to connect. But then, Reece adds to the mix: Wesley could be a vampire. TICKETS

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NashFilm’s 50th Anniversary Festival Hits A New Note

Posted by Larry Gleeson

Cool Night On the Red Carpet
with Legends John Oates, John Carter Cash,
Joanne Cash and more!

Photos by Donny Evan

DON’T MISS THESE FILMS!

Reckon

Reckoning | Directed by Ruckus Skye, Lane Skye

Tues. Oct 8, 8:00 PM
Wed. Oct 9, 1:00 PM

At the top of a mountain, forty miles from the power grid, Lemon Cassidy manages to scratch out a humble living for her family. When her reckless husband, Tarlee, doesn’t come home several days, she begins to suspect the worst. Armed with only her wits and tenacity, she navigates the strange and dangerous world she lives in while attempting to stay within the boundaries of this society’s strict Creed, where crimes are punished by chopping off body parts. TICKETS

Hunter

Climate of the Hunter | Directed by Mickey Reece

Wed. Oct 9, 8:30 PM
Fri. Oct 11, 9:00 PM

Reece’s narratives and characters are complicated and so very human. And, just as you settle into his film, he tilts it “wonderfully off its axis”. Two sisters come to their remote house to reconnect with a friend after twenty years. When the three get together for dinner it has all the makings of a lovely adult melodrama about loneliness and the desire to connect. But then, Reece adds to the mix: Wesley could be a vampire. TICKETS

Swallow

Swallow | Directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Wed. Oct 9, 8:00 PM
Fri. Oct 11, 2:30 PM

Hunter (Haley Bennett) is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband (Austin Stowell) and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession. From the producers of “The Rider” and “The Tale”, and executive producer Joe Wright (“Darkest Hour”), SWALLOW plays like a warped fairy tale. Anchored by Bennett’s knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis. TICKETS

Ernie

Ernie & Joe | Directed by Jenifer McShane

Wed. Oct 9, 6:30 PM
Thu. Oct 10, 3:30 PM

Texas police officers are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes you on a personal journey, weaving together their experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. Guns tucked away, Ernie and Joe de-escalate confrontations, divert people to desperately needed mental health services, and save lives. TICKETS

Mickey

Mickey and the Bear | Directed by Anabelle Attanssio

Wed. Oct 9, 5:00 PM
Thu. Oct 10, 12:00 PM

Mickey Peck (Camila Morrone) is doing what she can to keep her single, veteran father (James Badge Dale) afloat, navigating his mercurial moods, opioid addiction, and grief over the loss of his wife. When his controlling, jealous behavior turns destructive, Mickey must decide between familial obligation and personal fulfillment as she puts everything on the line to claim her own independence. TICKETS

The 2019 Nashville Film Festival features over 300 of the year’s best independent films from all over the world. Watch the official 2019 Nashville Film Festival trailer.

THE OFFICIAL 2019 FESTIVAL TRAILER

 

NASHFILM 2019 WEEKEND RECAP

Posted by Larry Gleeson

 

 

 

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EVOLVE STUDIOS at the 50th Nashville Film Festival (Photo by Larry Gleeson)

 

Compelling and engaging panels, sell-out screenings, and film industry from around the world made up the first four days of the Nashville Film Festival 50th Anniversary. Opening night red carpet included the cast of ‘Born In The Gig,’ ‘Foster Boy,’ Jeezy, and Bubba Sparxxx. Day two welcomed the Berry family who came to support the world premiere of the ‘Chuck Berry’ documentary by filmmaker Jon Brewer. HBO’s Len Amato panel, Johnathon Shcaech and Jessica Barth’s #METOO panel, and an all-star comedy panel were just a few highlights from day three. The girls from NashFilm’s Living Reel Project debuted their song and short created for the festival, and ‘Who’s The Girl? The Ashley Cleveland’ had a sell-out crowd on day four.

Nashville Film Festival continues this week with Lahna Turner and the world premiere of ‘What’s Eating Ralphie May’ tonight at 6 pm. ‘The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash’ also screens at 6 pm. Tomorrow NashFilm will host the Tennessee premiere of ‘Bluebird’ with Amy Grant, Tenille Townes, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna, Callie Khouri, Ruby Amanfu, Tony Arata, Dave Barnes, Steve Buchanan, Gary Burr, Roger Cook, Barry Dean, Tom Douglas, Mark Germino, Don Henry, Claude Kelly, Luke Laird, and more coming out to support the Nashville film. Find the full schedule through Oct. 12 here.

ABOUT NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally-recognized non-profit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers.With Academy Award® qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film and partners with the Thompson Nashville to host guests from all over the world. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and is celebrating its 50th Anniversary October 3-12, 2019. For more information, visit www.nashfilm.org.

 

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